- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 22, 2007

Snow returnsto warm welcome

White House press secretary Tony Snow, who has suffered a recurrence of cancer, got a warm reception when he joined President Bush last night at the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner.

Mr. Snow promised to return to the White House briefing room soon for more jousting with the press corps. “We’ll have that entertainment again, trust me,” he said.

Court upholdsvoter ID law

PHOENIX A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt to halt enforcement of an Arizona law that requires voters to show identification before casting a ballot and submit proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a trial judge’s refusal last year to block the requirement while a legal challenge awaits trial in federal court in Phoenix.

“Now we know we get to enforce the law while the lawsuit is pending,” said state Solicitor General Mary O’Grady.

The 2004 law requires that voters at polling places produce government-issued picture ID or two pieces of other nonphoto identification specified by the law.

Supporters of the requirement contend it helps prevent voter fraud by noncitizens.

Critics said that the law would disenfranchise voters, particularly minorities and the elderly, and that requiring voters to acquire and produce identification would be burdensome in time, money and effort.

Board seeks action against ex-principal

LYNWOOD, Ill. A school board has taken the first steps to bar a former principal secretly videotaped having sex with one of his teachers from working at any Illinois school.

The Sandridge District 172 School Board voted Friday to file a complaint demanding that Cook County education officials suspend Leroy Coleman’s teaching and administrative certificates. After that, school officials would ask the state to permanently revoke his certificates.

The board said it also might seek the same penalties against the teacher who appeared in the videotape, Janet Lofton.

Mr. Coleman and Miss Lofton resigned a week earlier.

Cook County sheriff’s police are trying to determine who made the video and whether a crime was committed. Authorities think the tape was made by a camera hidden inside a heating vent in the principal’s office, but investigators have not found the camera.

Man accused of taking software to Iran

PHOENIX A former engineer at the nation’s largest nuclear power plant has been charged with taking computer access codes and software to Iran and using it to download details of plant control rooms and reactors, authorities said.

The FBI said there’s no indication the plant employee had any terrorist connections.

Mohammad Alavi, who worked at the triple-reactor Palo Verde power plant west of Phoenix, was arrested April 9 at Los Angeles International Airport when he arrived on a flight from Iran, authorities said.

Mr. Alavi, 49, is a U.S. citizen and denies any wrongdoing, said his attorney, Milagros Cisneros of the Federal Defender’s Office in Phoenix.

He is charged with a single count of violating a trade embargo that prohibits Americans from exporting goods and services to Iran. If convicted, he would face up to 21 months in prison.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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