- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 23, 2003

Elementary school named for lost shuttle
LAS CRUCES, N.M. A new elementary school in Las Cruces is being named for the lost Space Shuttle Columbia, which broke apart shortly after passing over the state on its return to Earth.
The name was chosen Friday by students, parents and staff after a review of more than 200 suggested names for the new school, Principal Jennifer Terrazas said. The top choices were: Robledo, Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Elks and Columbia.
"I wanted a lot of community input to truly represent the thoughts and ideas of the students and families representing the new school," Miss Terrazas said.
Columbia broke apart more than 39 miles above the Southwest during its re-entry Feb. 1. All seven astronauts aboard were killed.

Professor carried plague onto planes, paper says
LUBBOCK, Texas The Texas Tech University researcher accused of lying to the FBI about missing vials of plague bacteria repeatedly carried live samples of the germ aboard commercial airliners, a newspaper reported.
Thomas Butler's attorney, Floyd Holder, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that the professor imported plague about 60 times during the past 30 years but said his method of transporting the specimens was "absolutely safe."
Mr. Holder said he believes federal authorities will probably file additional charges against Mr. Butler accusing him of not going through proper channels in importing live plague samples. Transporting such biological material requires permits and other documents.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Dick Baker said he could not comment on any possible additional charges.
Mr. Butler is charged with falsely reporting as missing 30 vials of the potentially lethal plague bacteria that he had destroyed.
News of the supposedly missing vials last month triggered a terrorism alert.

12 academy cadets reported sexual assaults
DENVER The number of female Air Force Academy cadets who say they were sexually assaulted and then reprimanded for reporting it has increased to 12, said Sen. Wayne Allard, Colorado Republican.
News reports last week said that at least five female cadets said they got in trouble for reporting they had been sexually assaulted. Mr. Allard said his office has since heard of seven more cases.
The academy's superintendent, Lt. Gen. John Dallager, issued a brief statement Friday saying there is zero tolerance for sexual assault at the school and in the Air Force.
"Any and all perpetrators will be brought to justice and disciplined appropriately," he said.
His brief statement did not address Mr. Allard's charges.
An Air Force team is at the Colorado Springs-based academy looking into the reports after Mr. Allard and Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican, asked the Pentagon to investigate.
Mr. Allard said he did not know the outcome of the more recently reported cases but that he believes the women's stories.

Last effort made to identify bodies
NOBLE, Ga. A year after the discovery of hundreds of corpses abandoned at a rural Georgia crematory, officials brought in families for one last review of records yesterday, hoping to match relatives to the 112 bodies still not identified.
About 75 people met with investigators to look at written reports of what's left of the remains that were scattered in the woods around the Tri-State Crematory, in Georgia's northwest corner.
At least nine persons told investigators yesterday that they may have spotted something.
Crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh, 29, faces 334 felony criminal charges of theft by deception for taking money for cremations he never performed. He is reported to have stopped performing cremations in 1997, when he took over the family business from his father.


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