- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2002

Bush moves to end printing monopoly
The Bush administration announced yesterday that it would let private firms compete for federal printing and copying contracts worth $500 million a year, moving to end the Government Printing Office's 141-year-old monopoly on federal business.
"The time has come for the executive branch to liberate its agencies from a monopoly that unfairly penalizes both taxpayers and efficient would-be competitors," said Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Office of Management and Budget director.
Mr. Daniels said the change would save taxpayers as much as $70 million annually.
The federal agency prints, copies and distributes a wide range of reports, regulations and tax forms for Congress, the White House and 130 government departments and agencies.

Army general to lead U.S. Southern Command
Army Lt. Gen. James Hill was appointed yesterday to lead U.S. forces in South and Central America and the Caribbean as commander in chief of the U.S. Southern Command.
Once confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Hill would fill a position vacated last year by Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, now vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Gen. Hill, also nominated for promotion to full general, is commander of the I Corps, based at Fort Lewis, Wash. He is a veteran of combat in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, and was deputy commander of the U.S.-led peacekeeping force in Haiti from 1994 to 1995.

Boston court orders Cardinal Law to testify
BOSTON A Massachusetts judge ordered yesterday that Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law testify tomorrow in the child sexual-abuse case of defrocked Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan, saying she was worried Cardinal Law might be ordered back to Rome.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney made her ruling the first business day after the archdiocese backed out of a multimillion-dollar settlement with the 86 plaintiffs in the civil suit Friday, saying it was too expensive.
She criticized the archdiocese for pulling out of the deal and said she was worried Cardinal Law would be called to Rome by Pope John Paul II or given a diplomatic post by the Vatican, either of which would delay or make impossible his deposition.
Sexual-abuse accusations against Geoghan, who is serving a prison term for fondling a 10-year-old boy, triggered the crisis that has rocked the U.S. Catholic Church and sent shock waves all the way to the Vatican.

Officer fatally shot after struggle
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. A police officer was killed with her own firearm yesterday while struggling with a man who had wandered away from the hospital where he had been taken hours earlier for a mental evaluation.
Julie Jacks, 26, the department's rookie of the year for 2001, was shot multiple times while in a neighborhood near Parkridge Hospital, Police Chief Jimmie Dotson said.

Judge in Lindh case weighs interview options
A federal judge in Alexandria said yesterday that he is considering a video hookup to allow attorneys for American-born accused Taliban guerrilla John Walker Lindh to interview detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said defense requests for interviews with the detainees presented an unprecedented legal conflict between a defense's right to speak with witnesses who could help a defendant and the government's attempt to gather intelligence in the war on terrorism.
Lindh's attorneys have demanded face-to-face interviews, but the government has rejected such a procedure. The judge said he was exploring a video or telephone hookup.
Lindh, who is charged with conspiring to murder U.S. citizens, appeared in the courtroom wearing glasses for the first time. The judge asked both sides to either reach an agreement or present final legal briefs that would allow him to resolve the interview issue.


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