- The Washington Times - Friday, October 14, 2005

DeLay associates released on bond

AUSTIN, Texas — Two associates of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, were released yesterday on $10,000 personal bonds as their attorneys indicated they may split from their former boss on legal strategy.

Lawyers for defendants Jim Ellis and John Colyandro are pressing in Texas appeals courts to have their charges dismissed before going to trial. They made it clear yesterday they would be willing to wait weeks or months for those appellate decisions.

Mr. DeLay’s attorneys, however, have said they want his trial as soon as possible.

The men all are awaiting trial in a case in which a prosecutor charges a scheme to circumvent Texas’ ban on corporate money for 2002 political campaigns.

Education contract with Williams probed

Investigators at the Education Department have contacted the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia regarding the Bush administration’s hiring of commentator Armstrong Williams to promote its agenda.

The action was disclosed by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, who has pressed for a criminal fraud investigation focused on questions about whether Mr. Williams actually performed the work cited in his monthly reports to the Education Department.

The Government Accountability Office has concluded that the Education Department engaged in illegal “covert propaganda” by hiring Mr. Williams to promote the No Child Left Behind Act without requiring him to disclose that he was being paid.

Killer pleads guilty to escape charge

DEDHAM, Mass. — A twice-convicted killer who fled a life sentence 20 years ago and became a poet in Chicago pleaded guilty yesterday to an escape charge and was sentenced to three more years.

The new sentence will begin after Norman Porter completes a life sentence for the 1960 murder of John “Jackie” Pigott, a 22-year-old store clerk he fatally shot during a clothing store robbery.

Porter, 65, could be free in about five years if granted parole, said his lawyer, Gordon Walker.

Northeast sees rain for 8th day in row

SPRING LAKE, N.J. — Toilets backed up with sewage, military trucks plowed through headlight-high water to rescue people and swans glided down the streets as rain fell for an eighth straight day across the waterlogged Northeast yesterday.

Overflowing lakes and streams forced hundreds of people from their homes, tens of thousands of sandbags were handed out in New Hampshire and flood warnings covered parts of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Some spots have had more than a foot of rain since Oct. 7, and 2 to 3 more inches of rain were expected in some places by today.

Across the Northeast, at least 10 persons have died because of the downpours since last weekend, and four others remain missing in New Hampshire.

Navy pilot rescued after jet crash

KEY WEST, Fla. — A Navy jet crashed yesterday off the Florida Keys and its pilot was rescued from the water after ejecting from the plane, the Coast Guard said.

The FA-18 went down 36 miles southwest of Key West about 9 a.m., Coast Guard spokeswoman Gretchen Eddy said. The only pilot aboard was found alive a short time later and was hoisted out of the water by a Navy helicopter.

The jet is part of the “Gladiators” squadron based at the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia, which conducts training missions out of Key West, the Navy said.

The jet’s mission and the cause of the crash were not immediately clear.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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