- The Washington Times - Friday, December 17, 2004

Kerik’s term as NYC police chief probed

NEW YORK — Bernard Kerik, who withdrew his nomination for homeland security secretary after disclosing he had not paid all required taxes for a nanny, did not fill out a background form when he was appointed police commissioner in 2000, city officials said.

The Department of Investigation (DOI) said it is examining Mr. Kerik’s tenure as head of the New York Police Department under former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani but declined to cite specifics.

According to DOI findings, Mr. Kerik submitted a background form when he became commissioner of the Department of Correction in 1998 but did not fill one out when he was appointed police commissioner two years later.

Misplaced ballots found in warehouse

SEATTLE — With Washington state in the middle of a recount of ballots in the governor’s race, election officials in Seattle’s King County yesterday found a plastic tray containing 150 misplaced ballots in a warehouse.

The discovery brings the number of belatedly discovered ballots to 723 in the heavily Democratic county — potentially enough to swing the election to Democrat Christine Gregoire.

Republican Dino Rossi won the Nov. 2 election over Mrs. Gregoire by 261 votes in the first count and by just 42 after a machine recount of the 2.9 million ballots cast. On Thursday, with every county except King, Pierce and Spokane reporting, Mr. Rossi had pulled ahead by 74 votes.

Philadelphia Episcopal priest named bishop

PHILADELPHIA — The Rev. David Moyer, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, Pa., has been elected a bishop in the Anglican Church in America (ACA), a breakaway Episcopal group including 8,000 U.S. members and 500,000 members worldwide.

Mr. Moyer will be consecrated Feb. 16 at Good Shepherd by three bishops of the ACA. He said he will continue pastoring the church as well as overseeing ACA military chaplaincies.

The priest is currently serving under the auspices of the Anglican Province of Central Africa. Archbishop Louis Falk, head of the ACA, said Mr. Moyer has the permission of Central African Archbishop Bernard Malango to remain at Good Shepherd. The actual election, he said, occurred in late November, but the result was only announced yesterday.

Pilot, aircraft controls cited in school strafing

An Air National Guard pilot who fired on a New Jersey school during a training exercise was to blame for the incident, but poorly designed controls in the F-16 also played a role, the Air Force concluded yesterday.

The report suggested changes to the aircraft control systems to prevent another incident such as the Nov. 3 strafing of Little Egg Harbor Township Intermediate School. In an F-16, the same trigger is used to produce a laser marker to focus on a target and to fire the gun in certain modes of operation.

The pilot was identified as Maj. Roberto Balzano of the 113th Wing of the District of Columbia National Guard. The report said his commander will determine if any punitive or administrative action should be taken.

Panel urges easing flu shot restrictions

ATLANTA — Two months after a flu vaccine shortage spread alarm across the country, a federal advisory panel yesterday recommended the government ease restrictions on the nation’s supply and make shots available to everyone 50 and older.

The move was prompted by worries that tens of thousands of doses of flu vaccine might go to waste.

Some states are reporting a surplus of flu vaccine. One reason is that many elderly or chronically ill people did not try to obtain a shot because they figured they would not be able to get one. Also, the flu season has been mild so far.

The recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices came during an emergency meeting. The CDC usually accepts the panel’s recommendations.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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