- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 16, 2002

Missile defense test conducted successfully
An interceptor rocket smashed into a dummy warhead 140 miles over the Pacific last night in the fourth successful test of its kind, a Pentagon spokeswoman said.
The interceptor, launched from a tiny Pacific island near the equator, destroyed the dummy warhead at 9:41 p.m., Cheryl Irwin added.
The test was the sixth of a prototype of a ground-based missile defense system. The interceptor successfully destroyed the dummy warhead in three of the previous five tests, including the most recent one in December.

Son of homeless victim files wrongful-death suit
FORT WORTH, Texas A woman accused of striking a homeless man with her car, driving home with him stuck in the car's windshield and leaving him to die in her garage now faces a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the man's son.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday by Brandon Biggs, 19, claims that 25-year-old nursing aide Chante Mallard's "grossly negligent actions" led to his father's death.

Transsexual's 'marriage' ruled invalid by court
A "marriage" between a man and a transsexual woman was not valid in Kansas, the state Supreme Court declared yesterday in a case that had been watched closely by advocates for transsexuals.
The ruling came in the case of J'Noel Gardiner, whose right to inherit half of her late husband's $2.5 million estate had been challenged because she was born a man.
The sex-change operations took place years before her 1998 "marriage" to Marshall Gardiner.

Oregon man believed to have shot family, self
McMINNVILLE, Ore. A family of six was found shot to death in their rural home in an apparent murder-suicide, investigators said yesterday.
Robert Bryant, described as a 37-year-old self-employed landscaper, is believed to have shot his wife and four children, ages 9 to 15, before turning the gun on himself, said Yamhill County District Attorney Bradley C. Berry.

Rumsfeld has growth removed from neck
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had a growth removed from his neck yesterday, the Pentagon announced.
Scans and examination of the growth called a lipoma indicated it was benign, the statement said. The tissue was sent for tests to confirm that, it added.
The growth was removed in a 90-minute operation, and Mr. Rumsfeld returned to his office afterward, the statement said.


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