- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

ALABAMA

Siegelman, Scrushy witnesses sentenced

MONTGOMERY — Two key witnesses in the case that led to the conviction of former Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth Chief Executive Officer Richard Scrushy were sentenced to federal prison terms yesterday.

Lobbyist and landfill developer Lanny Young was sentenced to two years in prison for bribery-related charges, fined $25,000 and ordered to serve three years of supervised probation after his release from prison. Nick Bailey, a longtime Siegelman aide, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised probation on bribery-related charges, but he was not fined.

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller said further hearings will determine how much restitution Young and Bailey should pay.

CALIFORNIA

Marine pleads in Iraqi’s death

CAMP PENDLETON — A Marine charged with kidnapping and killing an Iraqi civilian pleaded not guilty yesterday in his first court appearance.

Cpl. Trent Thomas belonged to a squad of seven Marines and a Navy corpsman who were accused of abducting the 52-year-old man, shooting him at a roadside hole and trying to cover up the killing.

Cpl. Thomas is charged with kidnapping, murder, conspiracy, making a false official statement, larceny and housebreaking in the April 26 death of Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania, west of Baghdad.

Cpl. Thomas, 24, from the St. Louis area, was on his second combat tour in Iraq. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted at his trial, which was set for March.

ILLINOIS

Radiation therapy for prostate in doubt

CHICAGO — Using radiation to try to halt the spread of advanced prostate cancer after the gland has been surgically removed does not appear to add much to overall survival rates, a study said yesterday.

About a third of the 230,000 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the United States each year result in removal of the gland, and of those, the cancer has spread in 38 percent to 52 percent of patients, said the report from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

For the past four decades, radiation treatments often have been used in cases where the cancer has spread, but the effect of such therapy on survival has not been tracked, said the report published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

The Texas researchers said they looked at 425 men with cancer beyond the prostate after the gland had been removed from 1988 to 1997.

INDIANA

Cornfield searched for crash victims

ROLLING PRAIRIE — Authorities scoured a cornfield yesterday for remains of the co-founder of an Iowa marketing company, three of his employees and a pilot who were killed when their twin-engine plane crashed in rural northern Indiana.

Jeff White, spokesman for Two Rivers Marketing in Des Moines, said the company chartered the flight to travel from Ankeny, Iowa, to South Bend, Ind., on Monday.

All five died on impact, LaPorte County Chief Deputy Coroner John Sullivan said. The cause of the crash was not determined, but officials were considering fog as a factor. Those living nearby told police that they heard a noise that rattled windows.

MASSACHUSETTS

Gay veterans appeal ruling for military

BOSTON — Twelve homosexual veterans appealed a federal judge’s decision to throw out a lawsuit challenging the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network filed the plaintiffs’ appeal Monday in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Boston, arguing that the policy denies homosexuals’ constitutional rights to privacy, free speech and equal protection.

U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole had thrown out their lawsuit in April, ruling that Congress has the authority to establish the country’s military policy.

NEW YORK

Goya painting stolen en route to exhibition

NEW YORK — A painting by famed Spanish artist Francisco de Goya was stolen as it was being transported to an exhibition, two museums announced.

The painting, “Children with a Cart,” disappeared last week while en route to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, the museum announced Monday in a joint release with Ohio’s Toledo Museum of Art, which owned the oil painting.

At the time of the theft, the picture was in the care of a professional art transporter, the museums said. The painting disappeared in the area of Scranton, Pa.

The image of four children at play, completed in 1778, was insured for about $1 million and was slated to be exhibited with about 135 paintings by Spanish masters.

NORTH CAROLINA

Baptists vote to cut gay ties

GREENSBORO — The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina voted yesterday to cut ties with congregations that affirm or approve of homosexuality, formally adopting a policy that allows the group to investigate whether member churches are friendly to homosexuals.

The convention, which with more than 4,000 member churches and 1.2 million members is the second-largest association of Baptist churches in the nation, said it was one of the most rigid anti-homosexual policies among the nation’s Christian churches.

“It’s not something that we wanted to do, but homosexuality is the only sin that has its own advocacy group,” said convention spokesman Norman Jameson. “Those advocacy groups are pushing us into this stance.”

The vote changes the convention’s long-standing laws, which previously required its members only to support the convention through cooperation and financial contributions. Now any churches that “knowingly act to affirm, approve, endorse, promote, support or bless homosexual behavior” will be barred from membership.

TEXAS

Condemned inmate wins reprieve

LIVINGSTON — A condemned inmate set to die this week for slaying a convenience store owner in 1997 won a reprieve from the state’s highest criminal court, which ordered a hearing on his claim of prosecutor misconduct.

Charles Anthony Nealy, 42, faced lethal injection tomorrow night. Defense attorneys argued that the Dallas man was not guilty and that a nephew of Nealy’s testified against him because of pressure from prosecutors.

The postponement by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, issued late Monday, leaves the execution tally for the year in the nation’s busiest capital punishment state at 24, about average for Texas in the past decade. No other executions are scheduled until early next year.

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