- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 4, 2003

FBI says boy’s DNA not of missing oneCHICAGO — DNA tests show that a boy abandoned at a suburban hospital is not the same boy who vanished in North Carolina 2½ years ago, the FBI said yesterday .Thomas Kneir, FBI special agent in charge, said the results were conclusive that the boy is not Tristen “Buddy” Myers. Authorities said the boy’s DNA had been compared with Buddy’s mother’s, Raven Myers.”I wish I were here to give you and, more importantly, the family of Tristen … Myers some good news. Unfortunately, that is not the case,” Mr. Kneir said.”The two children are not identical,” he said.Air Force official chosen for Army jobDefense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who has differed with the Army’s civilian and uniformed leaders, plans to name the Air Force’s top civilian official to replace Thomas White as secretary of the Army, a defense official said yesterday.James Roche has been secretary of the Air Force since 2001 and put in 23 years of military service in the Navy, retiring with the rank of captain in 1983. Mr. Roche had also served as Democratic staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee.The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Rumsfeld plans to turn to Mr. Roche for the top civilian post in the Army. This follows Mr. White’s resignation under pressure from Mr. Rumsfeld on April 25.Pentagon sets rules for military tribunalsThe Pentagon issued rules yesterday for military tribunals to try prisoners caught in the war on terrorism and said trials could take place at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba.The office of Defense Department General Counsel William Haynes revealed instructions for trials of non-U.S. citizens before military commissions authorized in an order issued by President Bush two months and two days after the September 11 attacks.This marks a “big step” toward holding such trials, according to one official who said it did not necessarily mean trials would be held “next week or next month.” Those convicted by the tribunals could face the death penalty.Deputy General Counsel Whit Cobb said the instructions were meant to pave the way for “full and fair” trials.Girl recites pledge despite dad’s lawsuitSAN FRANCISCO — The California schoolgirl whose father sparked a court battle against the Pledge of Allegiance has been saying it even though she could opt out of the daily ritual, a school official said Thursday.Michael Newdow, an atheist whose 8-year-old daughter attends a school in the city of Elk Grove, near Sacramento in Northern California, sued because of the Pledge’s reference to “one nation under God.”The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Pledge should be banned because the phrase violates the constitutional requirement on church-state separation. The issue has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has yet to decide whether it will take the case.Climber cuts off arm to escape boulderSALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A rock climber used a penknife to cut off part of his own arm to free himself after being trapped under a 1,000-pound boulder for five days, police said yesterday . Aron Ralston, 27, was discovered by hikers Thursday after severing his arm below the elbow with a pocket knife before using climbing equipment to lower himself down a 50- to 75-foot rock face to seek help.”This guy is a rare hero,” said Sergeant Mitch Vetere of the Emery County Sheriff’s Department, who was one of the first officials on the scene when Mr. Ralston was discovered.


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