- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Bush EPA nominee called unqualified
The Bush administration's choice to enforce the nation's environmental laws came under attack at a Senate hearing yesterday for not having enough job experience.
Some Democrats at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing said John Suarez was unqualified to serve as head of the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement office because he has no experience in environmental law.
Mr. Suarez spent three years as Commissioner for New Jersey's Division of Gambling Enforcement and before that served seven years as an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey, where he focused on white-collar crimes such as mail fraud.

Priest pleads not guiltyto rape charges
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. A retired Roman Catholic priest charged with repeatedly raping a boy, sometimes in the church confessional, pleaded not guilty yesterday and was ordered held on $750,000 cash bail.
The Rev. Paul Shanley, 71, who is charged with three counts of child rape, had recently left the country and is a flight risk, prosecutor Lynn Rooney said during the arraignment in Newton District Court.

Lindh lawyers ithdraw subpoena
Lawyers for John Walker Lindh withdrew a subpoena yesterday for a U.S. agent who interviewed the U.S.-born accused Taliban fighter at a prison camp shortly before a CIA agent was killed there.
The lawyers sought pretrial testimony from the agent at a hearing in July, hoping his testimony would show that Lindh was not involved in the killing while he was a captive in Afghanistan.
Prosecutors said the agent, identified only as CS-1, may be available for trial testimony if his identity is protected.
"In light of the government's agreement to produce CS-1 at trial, scheduled to begin Aug. 26, 2002, Mr. Lindh hereby withdraws his request for a subpoena," the defense pleading said.

Organic produce contains pesticides
Almost one-fourth of the organic produce in grocery stores could contain traces of pesticides, scientists say.
A Consumers Union-led study of government-collected data found pesticide residue on 23 percent of organic fruits and vegetables and on nearly 75 percent of conventionally grown produce.
The findings published today in the journal Food Additives and Contaminants don't mean that any of the produce is unsafe. The residues are seldom even close to the limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Rolling Stones announce tour
NEW YORK The Rolling Stones are ready to yell "Start Me Up" one more time.
The band members landed in a blimp at a New York press conference yesterday to announce their latest tour, which comes near the 40th anniversary of the band's first show.
The rock band's 2002-2003 world tour will include playing in stadiums, arenas and small clubs. The Rolling Stones will be coming to FedEx Field in Landover on Oct. 4. Tickets go on sale May 18.

Study bolsters link of breast-feeding, IQ
CHICAGO Breast-fed babies may grow up to be smarter adults, according to research that bolsters the evidence linking nursing and intelligence.
In the study of 3,253 Danish men and women, the more babies were breast-fed through 9 months of age, the higher they scored on intelligence tests in their late teens and 20s. Breast-feeding past 9 months had no effect on scores.
The link can probably be explained by the effect of nutrients in mothers' milk on the developing brain, and benefits from the close physical and psychological relationship breast-feeding involves, researchers said.


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