- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 8, 2003

Pakistani president's nephew released by U.S. authorities

The nephew of Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was released yesterday by U.S. immigration authorities after being held for more than two weeks for a visa violation.

Aamir Javed Musharraf was detained Feb. 19 in Memphis, Tenn., when he went to register at a local immigration office under a federal program requiring thousands of visiting men and boys from 25 mostly Muslim countries to be photographed and fingerprinted.

Mr. Musharraf was discovered to have an expired tourist visa from 1994. He could be deported to Pakistan or could be permitted by an immigration judge to stay. Authorities did not know Mr. Musharraf's place of employment or any other details of his life in the United States.

As of early this week, about 1,700 people have been detained for at least a few days out of the 122,500 who have registered under the program, which was developed after the September 11 terrorist attacks as part of a plan to tighten U.S. borders.

Ohio neighbor held in killing of girl, 11

FREMONT, Ohio A man went into his neighbor's apartment, killed an 11-year-old girl and dumped her body in a ravine across the street, police said.

Shaquale Woodhouse, 24, was charged with aggravated murder and jailed on $1 million bail in the slaying of Chanel Barnett.

Chanel's mother reported her missing about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, and officers found her body wrapped in a sheet 2½ hours later. She was wearing only a pair of socks and had cuts and scratches on her face.

Capt. Sam Derr would not say how she was killed or whether she was sexually assaulted.

Osprey grounded again with faulty hydraulics

The Navy has grounded its test fleet of V-22 Osprey aircraft for about two weeks so workers can replace potentially faulty hydraulic lines, military officials said yesterday.

Testing at the Texas factory that assembles the Ospreys found that hydraulic lines were failing much more quickly than they should have, said Ward Carroll, a spokesman for the Osprey program. The Navy switched suppliers and will begin replacing the potentially faulty hydraulic lines Monday.

The grounding comes at a critical time for the $40 billion Osprey program, which has been plagued by safety problems and faces a crucial hearing in May before a Pentagon panel that will recommend whether to keep or scrap it.

U.S. still providing N. Korea nuclear data

While the Bush administration confronts North Korea over development of nuclear weapons, it is allowing the regime access to thousands of documents on nuclear technology as part of an electric power project, the Energy Department acknowledged.

Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, questioned the continuation of the nuclear technology transfers.

In a letter to Mr. Markey, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said the administration was considering suspending the technology transfers, which began in 1996 as part of a program to help North Korea build two light-water nuclear reactors to generate electricity.

Grants will tighten homeland security

The Homeland Security Department will make $566 million in grant awards available to states to help local public safety officials cover the cost of anti-terrorism efforts.

Specific amounts will be distributed to states and U.S. territories based on population, with the largest share $45 million going to California.

State governments will determine how to distribute the money to cities and counties.

In recent months, some governors have criticized federal officials for not allocating enough money to states and cities that have spent millions of dollars on equipment, personnel and infrastructure improvements since the September 11 attacks.

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