- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 5, 2003

Plane lands in Chicago after bomb threat
CHICAGO A bomb threat caused a Lufthansa Airlines flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to Mexico City to make an emergency landing at O'Hare International Airport yesterday, officials said.
The Boeing 747-400 carrying 392 passengers landed around 4:20 p.m., Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Monique Bond said. The aircraft landed safely and was being searched.

Gephardt criticizes Bush's leadership
Democratic Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, who is taking a first step toward a White House bid in 2004, said yesterday that President Bush is offering poor leadership at a critical time in the nation's history.
"On nearly every issue of importance to the country national security, the economy, health care, education, energy policy President Bush is leading the country either down the wrong path or not leading at all," Mr. Gephardt said in a statement.
"I look forward to challenging President Bush and offering a distinctive choice and different direction for our domestic, economic and national security policies," said Mr. Gephardt, the outgoing House Democratic leader from Missouri.
White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan took issue with Mr. Gephardt's assessment.
"The president's leadership is clear," she said. "His focus is on waging the war on terror, on defending our homeland and on strengthening America's economy and we're making great progress on all fronts."

Convicted child molester arrested again
BERKELEY, Calif. A convicted child molester whose kidnapping of a boy was turned into a television movie was arrested after purportedly trying to buy a child, police said.
Lt. Dennis Ahearn, a spokesman for the Berkeley police department, said Kenneth Parnell was arrested Friday night after a tip.
"We became aware of the fact that Mr. Parnell was attempting to purchase a child through another party. We intervened in that purchase," Lt. Ahearn said.
Mr. Parnell, who never got the child, was booked into the Alameda County Jail for investigation of conspiracy to commit child stealing and solicitation to commit a felony crime, authorities said.
He had drawn national attention years earlier when his kidnapping of Steven Stayner, a boy he kept with him for several years, became the subject of the book "I Know My First Name is Steven" and a 1989 TV movie of the same name.
Mr. Parnell was convicted in the 1972 kidnapping of the boy, who was then 7, and the 1980 kidnapping of a 5-year-old boy. He served five years in prison.

Candy leads police to robbery suspect
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas man was arrested after police followed a trail of evidence from a bungled bank heist discarded wrappers from candy he purportedly stole and ate as he made his getaway, police said yesterday.
"It's a classic," said Patrolman Jerry Lung of the Marked Tree police department, who arrested Michael Brown, 33. Marked Tree is a small community about 135 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Mr. Brown reportedly smashed the glass door of a bank in the community, then looked directly at the bank's security cameras, Patrolman Lung said.
When Mr. Brown found that all the money had been stashed away because the bank was closed, he stole a clock radio and fistfuls of candy, police said.
As he left the facility, he ate the candy and left a trail of wrappers that led to his home in a nearby trailer park.
Mr. Brown was arraigned on Friday on robbery and other charges, and remains in jail pending trial.

Fugitive in killing of family captured
BAKER CITY, Ore. A fugitive charged with killing his wife and three children and dumping their bodies in a forest was captured yesterday after a two-week manhunt, prosecutors said.
Edward Morris, 37, was arrested without incident in a drug store parking lot here, said Baker County District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff.

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