- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Man drives truck into Florida mosque
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A man who said he was motivated by hatred of Muslims drove a truck into a mosque just 30 minutes before evening prayers, police said yesterday.
No one was injured Monday in the Islamic Center of Tallahassee, which is located at Florida State University.
The driver, Charles Franklin, 41, walked away and was arrested later at a campus bar on charges of burglary and criminal mischief, police said. Mr. Franklin told police that he could have blown up the mosque if he had put propane tanks on the front of his truck, and that he tried to join the military to kill Muslims but was turned down.

Lawyers gain access to shoe bomb suspect
BOSTON A federal judge eased restrictions on defense lawyers' access to accused shoe bomber Richard C. Reid but banned them from repeating the conversations, saying, "We are engaged in a war on terrorism."
The Justice Department had sought to curtail Mr. Reid's contact with the outside for fear he would find a way to communicate with other terrorists.
Chief U.S. District Judge William G. Young said Monday that federal prosecutors did not have the authority to limit contact between Mr. Reid and his defense but agreed with prosecutors that the sensitive nature of the case required careful handling of information.
Mr. Reid has pleaded not guilty to nine charges that include attempting to murder the 197 passengers and crew members.

Shelton suffers spinal injury
Retired Army Gen. Henry "Hugh" Shelton, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, suffered a spinal injury over the weekend and is being treated in a military hospital, a spokeswoman said yesterday.
The general, a tough paratrooper who retired in September as the top U.S. military officer, was in stable condition at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.
"He incurred a spinal injury in a fall at his home on Saturday, March 23. He is here pending further evaluation," a hospital spokeswoman said.
She declined to give details of his condition or to comment on a TV report that the 60-year-old general had been treated in an intensive care unit and had limited use of his arms and legs after the fall.

CDC issues steps to fight supergerms
ATLANTA The government issued new guidelines for doctors and hospitals yesterday to slow the growth of so-called supergerms powerful bacteria that develop resistance to overused antibiotics.
An estimated 1 million hospital infections and tens of thousands of deaths are blamed on drug-resistant germs each year.
Among the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Avoid infections by limiting the use of catheters, and don't overuse antibiotics.

Bus, van collide, killing four
IXONIA, Wis. A tour bus carrying 21 persons from a retirement home collided head-on with a delivery van yesterday, killing at least four persons and injuring more than a dozen.
Both drivers were among those killed, Jefferson County Sheriff's Capt. Kevin Stapleton said.
More than a dozen people were taken to area hospitals. At least four were in critical condition.
Zinzendorf Hall, a retirement home in Watertown, had chartered the bus to take people to Milwaukee, said Ehren Bittorf, the manager of bus-owner Transportation Services of Watertown.

Jury convicts husband in 'Springer' killing
SARASOTA, Fla. A man was convicted yesterday of killing his ex-wife hours after they and another woman were featured on a "Jerry Springer Show" episode about secret mistresses.
Ralf Panitz, 42, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the July 2000 slaying of Nancy Campbell-Panitz, 52. Jurors, who deliberated for two days, also convicted him of violating a domestic-violence order.
Panitz could get life in prison when he is sentenced in May. Prosecutor Charlie Roberts called the second-degree murder conviction "an appropriate verdict." He had sought a tougher first-degree conviction.


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