- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 15, 2003

Air Force cadets punished for misconduct
DENVER The Air Force said yesterday that it has punished 21 male cadets in connection with rape and other sex-related charges since 1990, offering the numbers as evidence that the service takes sexual misconduct at the Air Force Academy seriously.
Of the 21, five received jail time, eight were expelled and eight were reprimanded, the Air Force said. One cadet was exonerated, and one still faces charges.
"This information was compiled to show that senior leaders are taking these matters seriously," said Valerie Burkes, an Air Force spokeswoman.
The Air Force has said that at least 56 accusations of sexual abuse at the academy have been reported in the past 10 years and that there are probably many more female cadets who have not come forward.

'Falcon' being released from federal custody
SAN FRANCISCO Christopher Boyce, whose Cold War spying was immortalized on film in "The Falcon and the Snowman," is being released after more than a quarter-century in prison.
He was scheduled for release from federal custody today.
Mr. Boyce and his childhood friend, Andrew Daulton Lee, were convicted of espionage for smuggling classified CIA documents and sellling them to the Russian Embassy for about $77,000 in 1976. Lee was paroled in 1998.
Mr. Boyce was 22 when his father, a former FBI agent, helped him land a summer job as a clerk at TRW Inc. in Redondo Beach, Calif., where he had access to the classified communications.
After spending half his life in prisons across the country, Mr. Boyce, 50, moved into a halfway house in San Francisco in the fall. He married a woman he met while fighting for parole.
Mr. Boyce made headlines in 1980 when he escaped from federal prison in Lompoc, Calif., and robbed banks to support himself for 19 months before being recaptured.

Actor Blake released on $1.5 million bail
LOS ANGELES Actor Robert Blake posted $1.5 million bail and was released from jail yesterday to await trial on charges of murdering his wife.
"Give me a cigarette," Mr. Blake, 69, said to his defense investigator as he stepped out of the downtown jail. He took a drag before briefly commenting to a crush of reporters and photographers.
"I never thought I'd make 11 months in a cement box," he said, adding: "This is God's day. He's never let me down."
The actor was arrested in April and kept in custody without bail after prosecutors filed an accusation of "lying in wait," a special circumstance that typically precludes bail.
Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash unexpectedly set bail Thursday at the end of a preliminary hearing in which the actor was ordered to stand trial for the killing of Bonny Lee Bakley.
The judge said Mr. Blake would have to stay at one residence, have electronic monitoring and surrender his passport. Prosecutors opposed bail but said they would not appeal Judge Nash's ruling.

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