- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 13, 2004

ADL pays out millions in defamation case

DENVER — The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has settled a bitter 1994 defamation case by paying $12.1 million to a couple it accused of anti-Semitism.

The ADL reached an agreement with William and Dorothy Quigley, whom its regional director denounced as anti-Semitic during a 2000 hate crimes case against the couple.

The Quigleys had been accused of trying to drive a Jewish family from an upscale neighborhood. ADL officials became involved when Mitchell and Candace Aronson said their police scanner picked up the Quigleys’ plotting on cordless telephone conversations.

Authorities later discovered the recordings were illegal under new federal restrictions.

EBay halts auction of Vietnamese girls

SAN JOSE, Calif. — EBay halted an auction this week and suspended a Taiwanese user who reputedly tried to sell three Vietnamese girls on the Internet site for a starting bid of $5,400.

The auction, which began March 2 on EBay’s Taiwan site, did not include a detailed description of the goods for sale but said the “items” were from Vietnam and would be “shipped to Taiwan only.”

Vietnamese activists groups in Australia and the United States noticed the listing as early as March 5 and began sending e-mail to women’s rights and immigrant advocates around the world.

Dam breaks, floods dozens of homes

PURVIS, Miss. — A dam holding back a 1,100-acre lake in southern Mississippi broke yesterday, flooding dozens of homes and several roads in two counties, authorities said.

After the failure of the Big Bay Lake dam, emergency officials found 43 homes damaged and 12 mobile homes destroyed.

Officials had not determined whether anyone was missing or injured and search crews were going door to door in areas below the dam.

Rumsfeld said to have 9/11 memorabilia

The Justice Department investigation that criticized FBI agents for taking souvenirs from the World Trade Center site also found that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and a high-ranking FBI official kept items from the September 11 attack scenes.

The final investigatory report said the Justice Department inspector general confirmed Mr. Rumsfeld “has a piece of the airplane that flew into the Pentagon.”

The report did not say when or where Mr. Rumsfeld obtained the piece and did not comment on the propriety of officials obtaining such souvenirs.

“He doesn’t consider it his own,” Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said, adding the piece is on display for the Pentagon. “We are mindful of the fact that if somebody has an evidentiary requirement to have this shard of metal, we will provide it to them.”

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