- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 27, 2003

Two charged in fight over Wal-Mart line

FOREST PARK, Ill. — A man and a 15-year-old boy were charged with attacking two Wal-Mart shoppers following an altercation in a crowded checkout line on Christmas Eve.

The incident began when a group of women cut in line in front of shoppers Matthew Baures, 22, and Genevieve Gomez, 28, sparking an argument. When Mr. Baures and Miss Gomez left the store, a group of men confronted them in the parking lot, authorities said.

Mr. Baures was punched and kicked, and Miss Gomez was struck when she tried to intervene. Authorities say the teen used a baseball bat to hit both victims, who were treated at the scene.

Lennell Greer, 41, and the teen were charged with felony aggravated battery.

Kerry goes after Dean on foreign policy

MANCHESTER, N.H. — With a month to go before the New Hampshire primary, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts made some of his strongest attacks yet against Democratic front-runner Howard Dean, portraying him as inexperienced in foreign policy and a muddled thinker.

“People are left wondering: What will he say next?” said Mr. Kerry, addressing about 180 supporters in a city library auditorium. “This election is too vital for us to lose it if voters refuse to take a gamble on national security.”

He pointed to Mr. Dean’s lukewarm statements on Saddam Hussein’s capture and an answer to a hypothetical question about where to try Osama bin Laden.

“What kind of muddled thinking is it if you can’t instantly say that in your heart you know that bin Laden is guilty?” Mr. Kerry asked. “After every episode comes a statement trying to explain it away. Will Americans really vote for a foreign policy by clarifying press release?”

Justice asks to limit anthrax ruling

The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to reconsider the ban that has halted mandatory anthrax vaccinations for military personnel.

The department’s motion seeks to clarify whether the judge’s injunction on the vaccinations applies only to the six plaintiffs who sued over the anthrax shots, according to a lawyer for the plaintiffs, Mark S. Zaid.

The motion asks U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to reconsider his action on the grounds that the suit was not filed on behalf of all military personnel. A department spokesman yesterday refused to comment on the motion.Handling of cadaver leads family to sue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The children of a cancer patient who donated his body for research filed a lawsuit after learning their father’s embalmed head was kept in a tool shed for nearly 11 years.

The head of Osie K. Whitten, who died Dec. 24, 1990, of colon cancer, was among 150 pounds of human cadaver parts removed from the medical center at the University of California, Davis.

Police say David Lawrence Beale told them he used the remains to hone his dissection skills. The suit targets Mr. Beale, the medical center, and Pathology Support Services Inc., which managed the medical center’s morgue and autopsy service.

Buddhist kills self to protest Vietnam

MIAMI — A Vietnamese monk set himself alight in a Buddhist temple in the United States to protest the lack of religious freedom and demand democracy in his communist homeland, a follower said yesterday.

Thich Chan Hy killed himself in front of a statue of Avalokita Bodhisattva, a figure of compassion, on Christmas Eve, said Phuong Huynh, a youth group leader at the Lien Ha temple in Charlotte, N.C.

“He left a letter to his master on a scroll … with three wishes that he had given up his life for,” Mr. Huynh said. “The three reasons were ‘I wish that all the people living in Vietnam be entitled to freedom of religion and belief, I wish that all the people in Vietnam be entitled to human rights and democracy, and I wish that Vietnam will preserve its sovereignty of its lands and sea borders.’ ”

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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