- The Washington Times - Friday, August 6, 2004

New photos led to high terror alert

Authorities have evidence that new surveillance photographs were taken of Prudential Financial’s headquarters in Newark, N.J., in January, a top homeland security official said yesterday.

Previously, U.S. officials said only that there was some evidence of new surveillance as late as January of this year.

But retired Coast Guard Adm James Loy, the deputy secretary of homeland security and No. 2 official at the agency, said that new photographs were taken in January of the building’s interior and exterior, and were not simply old photographs that had been altered or otherwise updated.

“Both inside and out,” Adm. Loy said, following a ceremony to confer badges on officers of the department’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection office.

The intelligence prompted last weekend’s decision to issue terrorism warnings and tighten security in New York, Newark, New Jersey, and Washington.

Six found slain in Florida home

DELTONA, Fla. — Four men and two women were found slain in a home Friday after one of them failed to show up for an early morning shift at a nearby Burger King, and authorities said the killer was apparently at large.

“It appears that we have a murderer on the loose,” Volusia County sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson said.

Sheriff Ben Johnson did not offer a potential motive or specify how the victims died. “There was an extreme level of violence,” he said.

The victims, whose names were not immediately released, ranged in age from 18 to mid-30s, and they did not appear to be related.

ABA proposes rule favoring gays

ATLANTA — Judges are on the front line of battles over legal rights for same-sex couples and should never belong to an organization that discriminates against homosexuals, supporters of a proposed change to American Bar Association ethics rules argued yesterday.

Judges are already prohibited from joining clubs that discriminate based on race or sex. An ABA panel is debating whether to make groups that discriminate against homosexuals off-limits as well.

The ABA, the nation’s largest lawyers’ group with more than 400,000 members, writes conduct rules for judges and lawyers. States and federal courts generally adopt them, with some changes.

It is not known how many judges participate in groups such as the Boy Scouts that have policies against hiring homosexuals or having homosexual leaders, or some veterans groups that restrict membership to heterosexuals.

Alvin replacement to probe deep sea

A new deep-sea research vessel will be able to carry people to 99 percent of the ocean floor, diving deeper than the famed Alvin that pioneered the study of seafloor vents, plate tectonics and deep ocean creatures over the past 40 years.

The new American submersible will provide the tools to reach “not for the stars but for the depths,” Robert Gagosian, president of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, said yesterday at a briefing at the National Science Foundation.

France, Russia and Japan also operate deep sea research vessels and China is building one, officials said. The new ship will have similar capabilities.

It will dive thousands of feet deeper than Alvin, carry more scientific instruments, communicate more quickly and stay down longer.

MIA’s remains returned to family

The body of a Texas airman missing in action from the Vietnam War has been identified and returned to his family for burial with military honors, the Pentagon said yesterday.

He was identified as Chief Master Sgt. Luther L. Rose, of Howe, Texas, a gunner whose plane crashed in Laos.

On June 23, 1966, Sgt. Rose was on an AC-47 gunship on a nighttime armed reconnaissance mission over southern Laos when a crew member radioed that the craft was on fire. Witnesses reported it crashed into a wooded area 30 miles northeast of Tchepone, a Laotian town near the Marine firebase at Khe Sanh, Vietnam, the Defense Department said.

A joint team of U.S. and Lao specialists recovered the remains of Sgt. Rose and other crew members in 1995. The remains underwent a wide array of forensic testing at the military laboratory in Hawaii.

The Pentagon still lists more than 88,000 American service members as missing in action, including 1,855 from the Vietnam War, said the statement from the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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