- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 23, 2003

Charges mulled over missing Bill of Rights
PHILADELPHIA Federal authorities are weighing the possibility of criminal charges over an attempt to sell a copy of the Bill of Rights, missing since the Civil War, that was seized during an undercover sting.
But proving criminality in the sale of government documents isn't always easy, especially if they were taken during wartime.
"The problem for the government is to figure out whether the person had criminal intent, whether they knew they were stolen," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Goldman, a history buff who has prosecuted museum theft cases.

No-fly zone imposed over downtown Chicago
CHICAGO Federal officials yesterday said there would be a no-fly zone over Chicago's business district after repeated requests from city officials.
"What we're asking for is just common sense," said Mayor Richard Daley.
Earlier in the week, he criticized the government for imposing no-fly zones over Disney amusement parks but not the nation's third-largest city. New York City and Washington also have no-fly zones.
The Federal Aviation Administration restriction bars small planes from flying over the city's business district, including the 110-story Sears Tower.

Snowplows free Colorado residents
DENVER Many people got out of their neighborhoods Saturday for the first time since the region's biggest snowstorm in 90 years dropped as much as 11 feet of snow, as crews worked to clear roads to others who were still stranded.
"More and more people are able to get out because the county roads have been plowed," said Bill Barwick of the statewide Alpine Rescue Team, whose members were contacting stranded residents, often by skis.
The heavy snow continued taking a toll on buildings. Students using the Ritchie Center sports complex at the University of Denver were evacuated Saturday because a wall was threatened by heavy snow tumbling off a roof. A suburban Office Depot was evacuated because of fears the roof would collapse.

Small plane crashes at air show, killing pilot
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. A small civilian airplane crashed yesterday during an air show, killing its pilot. No one on the ground was injured.
Witnesses said the plane had just flown a loop in preparation for a low pass along the runway, but instead of leveling out it crashed next to the runway.
"It went head first into the ground," said Linda Ogletree, of Windsor, Ontario.

Extraterrestrial Culture Day becomes official
SANTA FE, N.M. Believers in space aliens, rejoice.
New Mexicans can now celebrate every second Tuesday in February as "Extraterrestrial Culture Day" after a Roswell lawmaker's proposal won approval in the House.
Some lawmakers scoffed at the idea. But the sponsor of the memorial, Republican Rep. Daniel Foley, said life on other planets if you believe in it surely has its own set of cultural beliefs.
"They have some sort of culture, whether it's something we understand or not," he said.
The measure, approved Friday, claims extraterrestrials have contributed to the recognition of New Mexico.

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