- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 24, 2002

Officials suspect hijacker exposed to anthrax
The government is investigating a report from medical authorities that one of the September 11 hijackers was treated three months before the attacks for a lesion that could have been caused by exposure to anthrax, U.S. officials said yesterday.
The information is contained in a memorandum prepared by experts from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, who studied a Florida doctor's treatment of hijacker Ahmed Ibrahim A. Al Haznawi, the officials said. The memo concluded that anthrax was the most likely diagnosis for the man, said Tim Parsons, a spokesman for the university's School of Public Health.
Al Haznawi, a possible Saudi national, was one of the hijackers on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County in rural Pennsylvania.

Lawyers say authorities mistreated Lindh
Attorneys for "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh have filed court documents claiming mistreatment of Lindh at the hands of U.S. interrogators during his arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.
Lindh was captured by U.S. officials in Afghanistan on November 24, and the authorities began interrogating him December 1.
"He was surrounded by armed guards and held in a room in which the only window was blocked, making it difficult to discern whether it was night or day," Lindh's lawyers wrote in court documents filed Friday. The documents also claimed that Lindh was fed sparingly and given only minimal medical attention, according to the report.

Eileen Farrell, opera soprano, dies
TRENTON, N.J. Eileen Farrell, who excelled as both an opera and pop soprano in a string of successful recordings and performances, including five seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, died yesterday. She was 82.
She died at a nursing home in Park Ridge, said Brian Kellow, who co-wrote her 1999 autobiography "Can't Help Singing." He did not disclose the cause of her death.
Although her career at opera's top level was relatively brief, she was considered one of the leading dramatic sopranos of her time.

Accused priest dismissed as president
LOS ANGELES A Roman Catholic priest was ousted as president of a boys' parochial school after accusations surfaced that he molested boys in the 1970s.
The Rev. Dominic Savino, 63, was fired Friday as president of Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino and barred from acting as a priest by the Order of Carmelites, the religious order that operates the school.
"Father Dominic has cooperated with our investigation and acknowledged there were some incidents that took place and he did seek psychotherapy and counseling," said the Rev. Joe Fitzgerald, alumni relations director.
School officials said they reported Father Savino to the Police Department's Sexually Exploited Child Unit.
Father Savino, 63, had been president of the school since January 2001.

Egan says Church to remove priests
NEW YORK Cardinal Edward Egan, leader of the pre-eminent U.S. Catholic archdiocese, yesterday said that any priest who abuses a child will be removed from ministry. He also urged those with sexual-abuse complaints to inform authorities immediately.
Cardinal Egan, under fire after reports that he had allowed priests suspected of abuse to continue working during his tenure from 1988 to 2000 as bishop in Bridgeport, Conn., also said that the cases cited by the Hartford Courant newspaper on March 17 had occurred prior to his time in the state.
In a letter to parishioners, Cardinal Egan said that should his Archdiocese be approached with an accusation, the Church would report it to authorities "if there is reasonable cause to suspect abuse and the victim does not oppose the reporting."


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