- The Washington Times - Friday, September 30, 2005

Army ends year’s recruiting off mark

The Army closed the books yesterday on one of the leanest recruiting years since it became an all-volunteer service, missing its enlistment target by the widest margin since 1979 and raising questions about its plans for growth.

Many in Congress believe the Army needs to get bigger — perhaps by 50,000 soldiers over its current 1 million — in order to meet its overseas commitments, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army has not published official figures yet, but according to data provided by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, it finished the 12-month counting period with about 73,000 recruits. Its goal was 80,000. A gap of 7,000 enlistees would be the largest — in absolute number as well as in percentage terms — since 1979.

University to house stem-cell bank

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison will house the nation’s first bank of embryonic stem cells, Gov. James E. Doyle’s office said yesterday .

The National Institutes of Health picked the school as the site for the National Stem Cell Bank, which will house all lines of embryonic stem cells available for federally funded research.

The bank will acquire, store and distribute the lines to researchers around the world, Mr. Doyle’s office said.

Five Hispanics killed in trailer-park attacks

TIFTON, Ga. — Five men were killed and at least six persons were wounded in what appeared to be a string of robberies targeting Hispanic immigrants at trailer parks in and around the city early yesterday , authorities said.

Two suspects were being sought.

Some of the victims were beaten with an aluminum baseball bat found at one of the scenes, and at least one victim was shot, Colquitt County Sheriff Al Whittington said.

All the dead were immigrants from Mexico, and all but one belonged to the same family, according to Francisco Dominguez, who said his uncle and a cousin were killed in their trailer on the outskirts of town.

Crews make gains against wildfire

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of people were allowed to return home yesterday as firefighters gained ground against a 20,000-acre wildfire that cast such a smoky haze over the city that drivers turned on their headlights in the middle of the day.

The blaze on the Los Angeles-Ventura county line was 20 percent contained, said Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bryant.

“We’re really happy with the weather today. This is a good opportunity for us,” he said. “It is a very, very important day for us in fighting this fire.”

Firefighters were aided by fading desert winds that let more humid ocean air move back inland. But the shift also pushed smoke over parts of Los Angeles and neighboring valleys, triggering health warnings.

Missing hiker’s body found after 10 years

WALSENBURG, Colo. — Bones found in the Colorado mountains have been identified as the remains of a climber who vanished 10 years ago.

Huerfano County Coroner Della Duran said Jim Mills of Fort Worth, Texas, probably fell while on or near the summit of Mount Blanca, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. She believes a landslide may have covered his body and scattered his possessions.

Judge gets 28 months for soliciting money

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former municipal court judge who admitted funding a gambling habit with money she solicited from attorneys who practiced before her was sentenced yesterday to 28 months in prison.

Prosecutors said Deborah A. Neal received about $36,000 in loans from at least 17 attorneys and three bonding companies during her more than eight years on the bench. Neal, 54, resigned in November.

Neal gave some attorneys preferential treatment, prosecutors said. In one case, she dismissed about 40 traffic citations issued to a defense lawyer who loaned her money.

Prosecutors decided not to pursue charges of judicial wrongdoing. Neal pleaded guilty to a single count of mail fraud.

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