Cheney salutes West Point cadets
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Vice President Dick Cheney told graduating cadets yesterday that they are beginning military service at a “crucial hour” for a nation still threatened by terrorists.
“The battle of Iraq was a major victory in the war on terror, but the war itself is far from over,” Mr. Cheney told the 846 graduates of the U.S. Military Academy and their families.
At a ceremony held under tight security, the vice president honored two West Point graduates who were killed in Iraq and 1st Lt. John Fernandez, who lost most of his left foot and his right leg below the knee during fighting near Baghdad. Lt. Fernandez, who attended the ceremony, received a standing ovation.
Report criticizes deadly police raid
NEW YORK — A police raid on the wrong apartment that resulted in the death of a 57-year-old woman was caused by a communication breakdown between officers, according to a report.
Alberta Spruill went into cardiac arrest after the May 16 raid, during which officers broke down her door, threw a flash grenade and handcuffed her. A police informant wrongly identified her Harlem apartment as one used by an armed drug dealer to stash cocaine and heroin.
An internal department report released Friday said police did not conduct surveillance on the apartment to verify the informant’s tip and did not tell the raiding elite Emergency Service Unit that the tip came from a drug dealer who had been arrested four days earlier on an assault charge.
Judge schedules Nichols trial
OKLAHOMA CITY — A judge has set March 1, 2004, as the trial date for bombing conspirator Terry Nichols on 162 state murder charges, saying both sides would have enough time to prepare their cases.
Although Nichols, 48, is serving life in prison on federal conspiracy and manslaughter charges for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the state murder charges could result in his execution.
The earlier counts covered the deaths of eight federal law enforcement officers. The state charges relate to the other 160 fatalities, plus two unborn children whose mothers died in the blast.
Judge Steven Taylor denied requests by prosecutors and defense attorneys for a later date.
BYU news Web site guilty of plagiarism
PROVO, Utah — Brigham Young University’s student news organization has given up two national awards for Web page design because the two students who crafted the page copied another Web site.
This spring, the BYU site NewsNet won first place among colleges for Web page design in a contest sponsored by the University of Missouri chapter of the Society of Newspaper Design.
NewsNet officials learned from a BYU student in April that the Web site strongly resembled that of Builder.com — a site that provides instruction on how to build Web sites.
From wire dispatches and staff reports.