- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Pentagon agrees to impact studies
The Pentagon has agreed in principle to study the environmental impact of U.S. missile defense test plans in an area stretching from California to Alaska to Hawaii.
At issue is everything from test-rocket launches that emit large quantities of ozone-depleting chemicals to facilities that store and use hazardous solvents and other explosive chemical compounds, said plaintiffs in a lawsuit that led to the proposed settlement.
The Pentagon said it would begin a full study next month on the impact of launching either interceptor or target missiles from Kodiak Island, off the coast of Anchorage, Alaska.

Hirschfeld investigated in reputed murder plot
NEW YORK New York real estate mogul Abe Hirschfeld, in jail for plotting to kill his former business partner, is now being investigated for targeting a state judge, prosecutors said yesterday.
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office said it was considering new charges of criminal solicitation against the eccentric millionaire for trying to hire a hit man to kill Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman.
Judge Gammerman is presiding over a case in which the 82-year-old Hirschfeld is being sued by his daughter and the estate of his former business partner, Stanley Stahl, in civil court.
Hirschfeld, who once offered Paula Jones $1 million to drop her sexual harassment case against President Clinton, is serving one to three years at Sullivan Correctional Facility in upstate New York for plotting to have Mr. Stahl killed. Mr. Stahl died of a stroke in August 1999.

Study says calcium cuts colon cancer risk
BOSTON Modest increases in calcium intake reduced the risk of colon cancer in a study of U.S. nurses and health professionals, Harvard researchers reported yesterday.
Among people with low-calcium diets, even a modest increase in calcium appeared to offer some protection against cancer, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health said in today's Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Men and women who included more than 700 milligrams to 800 milligrams of calcium in their diets each day had a 40 percent to 50 percent lower risk of distal, or left-side colon cancer, compared with participants taking less than 500 milligrams of calcium each day, the study said.

Noriega loses bid for release from prison
MIAMI Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega will not be recommended for early release on his drug-trafficking conviction, his lawyer said after a closed-door parole hearing yesterday.
Noriega, 66, who wore his khaki military uniform to the two-hour hearing, is serving a 30-year sentence for his protection of Colombian cocaine shipments through Panama in the 1980s.
The hearing officer said he would recommend Noriega serve out the remainder of his term, which would make him eligible for release in five years, attorney Frank Rubino said.

Report criticizes Cincinnati policeman
CINCINNATI A Cincinnati policeman who shot and killed a fleeing black man last year, touching off days of rioting, handled his revolver carelessly and misled investigators about what happened, an internal police report said yesterday.
The officer, Stephen Roach, was acquitted of negligent homicide and obstruction of official business in Hamilton County Municipal Court last year.
Police Chief Thomas Streicher said in the report that investigators concluded Officer Roach improperly engaged the trigger of his gun when he confronted Timothy Thomas, 19, in a dark alley April 7, resulting in an accidental shooting.
The report said that Officer Roach also misled the investigators by telling them initially that he shot Mr. Thomas because "I feared he was going to shoot me." Three days later, under more questioning, Officer Roach told homicide officers "the shooting of Mr. Thomas was an accident and he did not intentionally shoot Mr. Thomas," the internal report said.

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