- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 19, 2004

Homeland Security official resigns

Adm. James Loy, deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, announced his retirement yesterday, leaving the second-highest position at the department vacant.

Rep. Christopher Cox, California Republican and chairman of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, announced the retirement and called Adm. Loy “one of the federal government’s foremost strategic thinkers and innovative managers of the past decade.”

Mr. Cox said the departure is “doubly painful” because it comes so close to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s resignation, which was announced last month.

Boat buyer arrested after couple vanished

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Police have arrested a man who bought a boat from a couple who disappeared a short time after the deal was completed.

Officials said Skylar DeLeon of Long Beach was arrested on a money-laundering charge related to his cash purchase of a 55-foot cruiser from Thomas and Jackie Hawks, a retired Arizona couple who had lived aboard the vessel for several years.

The vessel reportedly was bought by Mr. DeLeon, 25, in mid-November for more than $400,000 in cash.

Mr. DeLeon apparently was the last person to see the Hawks, who were reported missing by family members after failing to attend a Thanksgiving dinner.

Police find prints of Oswald’s killer

DALLAS — Authorities found a card bearing Jack Ruby’s fingerprints, Bonnie and Clyde’s autopsy photos and other police-related memorabilia during a drug raid last year.

Police found the memorabilia last March during a raid on Michael Roppolo’s apartment, the Dallas Morning News reported Friday. Roppolo was convicted of drug possession in November 2003. He told authorities a relative who used to work for the department gave him the materials.

It’s not clear whether Ruby’s prints were taken after he shot accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, or whether the fingerprint card was made in an earlier arrest.

Gore recalls mother as role model

CARTHAGE, Tenn. — Former Vice President Al Gore remembered his mother at her funeral yesterday as an inspiring role model for women who thought education was the “key to freedom in life.”

“She wanted everyone to personally feel the enlightenment from knowledge that she had felt in her own life,” Mr. Gore said of Pauline LaFon Gore, who died Wednesday at 92.

“It was her deep conviction that education opens the door to a new way of understanding the world and provides the key to freedom in life,” he said.

More than 200 people attended the funeral at the United Methodist Church in Carthage, a small town about 50 miles east of Nashville where the Gore family owns a farm.

Seized evidence OK for Rudolph trial

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A federal judge has ruled that investigators properly seized evidence from bombing suspect Eric Rudolph’s trailer and shed in North Carolina, making it admissible at trial.

Mr. Rudolph’s attorneys had argued that federal agents improperly seized items such as books, a sales receipt, $1,600 in cash, two daggers, bayonets and pistols, which were not within the scope of the search warrants.

But prosecutors said Mr. Rudolph had abandoned his property to go into hiding in the North Carolina wilderness after he was linked to the 1998 bombing of a Birmingham abortion clinic that killed an off-duty police officer and injured a nurse.

ISP gets $1 billion in anti-spam lawsuit

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A federal judge has awarded an Internet service provider more than $1 billion in what is thought to be the largest judgment ever against spammers.

Robert Kramer, whose company provides e-mail service for about 5,000 subscribers in eastern Iowa, filed suit against 300 spammers after his inbound mail servers received up to 10 million spam e-mails a day in 2000, according to court documents.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Wolle filed default judgments Friday against three of the defendants under the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and the Iowa Ongoing Criminal Conduct Act.

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