- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 19, 2002

President pushes prescription drug plan
President Bush said yesterday that Congress must deliver on prescription drugs for Medicare, a promise he and congressional candidates across the country campaigned on just two years ago.
"Medicare is an essential program, but it has not kept pace with the advances in medicine," Mr. Bush said in his weekly radio address. "We need to do more to fulfill Medicare's promise."
It was the second straight day that Mr. Bush pressed for changes in Medicare, the health insurance program serving 40 million elderly and disabled Americans.

Woman says FBI made up statement
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. A former FBI informant testified yesterday that she never told the agency that she saw Bobby Frank Cherry plant the bomb that blew up a church at the height of the civil rights era and killed four black girls, contradicting a 1964 agency report.
The FBI report quoted Mary Francis Cunningham, who worked for the bureau after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963, as saying she saw Mr. Cherry place the bomb at the church. The report also said she witnessed Mr. Cherry and three other Ku Klux Klan suspects sitting in a car near the church the morning of the bombing.
As the defense began calling witnesses yesterday, Mrs. Cunningham said she never gave the FBI that information.
"I did not make that claim. I did not make that statement to anyone," she said.

Judge rejects challenge on aliens
MIAMI A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit challenging a secret decision by the Bush administration to indefinitely jail Haitians who apply for political asylum after they have been caught trying to enter the United States illegally.
U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard accepted the Justice Department argument that immigration "strikes at the heart of a nation's sovereignty" and deferred to the executive branch.
Immigration attorneys sued over a decision in December to keep Haitian asylum-seekers behind bars until their cases are decided to discourage a feared mass exodus from the Caribbean nation afflicted with political upheaval and poverty.

2 men charged in restaurant slayings
CHICAGO Murder charges were filed against two men in the shooting and stabbing deaths in 19993 of seven people at a fried chicken restaurant in suburban Chicago, a case that has baffled police for years.
Juan Luna, 28, and James Degorski, 29, have been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.
"These two defendants massacred seven people," Linas Kelecius, an assistant state's attorney, said at a hearing yesterday at which a judge ordered them held without bail.
Mr. Luna made a videotaped confession, and Mr. Degorski confessed orally before stopping a videotaped confession, the prosecutor said.
The pair were arrested Thursday, two months after Mr. Degorski's former girlfriend, a 26-year-old college student, went to police with information she had kept secret for nearly 10 years, fearful Mr. Degorski would kill her, Mr. Kelecius said.

Bomb scare delays start of air show
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. A man who left two suspicious packages at the Chattanooga airport was taken into custody by police yesterday, delaying the start of an air show, but a bomb squad determined the packages contained no explosives.
The unidentified man was spotted by airport security guards placing a "briefcase-type package" under a table near two U.S. Air Force Thunderbird jets, said Ed Buice, a spokesman for the Chattanooga Police Department. A second package was left in a nearby parking lot.


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