- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pilot killed in F-16 crash

PARKER, Ariz. — The pilot of an F-16C fighter jet that crashed in a rugged area of western Arizona was killed when his plane went down, Air Force officials confirmed yesterday.

The student pilot was practicing air-to-air combat with another F-16 from Luke Air Force Base about noon Friday when his plane crashed, base spokeswoman Mary Jo May said.

Federal and state aircraft spotted the wreckage late Friday in a remote area about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix. Rescuers could only reach the site by helicopter and arrived at daybreak yesterday. They found the pilot’s parachute and some of his gear about 150 feet from an impact crater. It took several hours for the Air Force to confirm that he had died in the crash.

The pilot, whose identity hasn’t been released, pending notification of relatives, was part of the 62nd Fighter Squadron, one of eight squadrons at the base.

Astronauts go out on spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With Dextre the robot’s power problem solved, astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station yesterday to put together the bulk of the gigantic walking and working machine.

Shuttle astronauts Richard Linnehan and Michael Foreman were so eager to get started on the robot assembly that they got out the hatch early.

The nighttime spacewalk — expected to last into the wee hours of today — came close to being drastically altered or even delayed. For nearly two days, a technical glitch prevented NASA from getting power to Dextre, lying in pieces on its transport bed.

Neighbors sue Enron chief’s widow

HOUSTON — The neighbors of the widow of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay have sued her, accusing her of not paying her share of fees associated with living in one of Houston’s most exclusive high-rises.

Linda Lay is already fighting an attempt by the federal government to seize nearly $13 million from Mr. Lay’s estate, including the family condominium at the Huntingdon.

The lawsuit by the Huntingdon Council of Co-Owners seeks more than $100,000 in unpaid fees from Mrs. Lay or foreclosure of her condo, which tax records value at about $4.75 million. In court documents, her attorney denied all the accusations in the high-rise’s lawsuit and asked that she be awarded her costs for fighting the claims.

Craig’s List wins discrimination case

SAN FRANCISCO — The free site Craig’s List is not liable for discriminatory housing ads posted on its Web site, a federal appeals court has ruled, handing a victory to the Internet bulletin board where every month more than 30 million people post offers to buy, sell or rent goods and services, including housing.

A group of Chicago lawyers sued the site in 2006 because some of its housing notices discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion and ethnicity. Various ads say “no minorities” or “no children.” Declaring such preferences violates the Fair Housing Act and would be illegal in a newspaper.

But a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday found that Craig’s List is not the publisher of these ads, as a newspaper would be. Instead, the Web site is more like an intermediary carrying information from one person to another and, therefore, not liable for its content, the panel said in a ruling that upholds a lower court decision.

The attorneys “cannot sue the messenger just because the message reveals a third party’s plan to engage in unlawful discrimination,” Judge Frank Easterbrook concluded.

Teens get two years in homeless attack

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two teens have been sentenced to two years each in prison for the beating and stabbing attack on a homeless man in a Fort Lauderdale park.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Livingston and 17-year-old Patrick Keels were charged as adults and pleaded no contest in November to attempted second-degree murder.

Authorities say Livingston and Keels attacked 45-year-old William Teeters as he was reading in a park in September 2006. Mr. Teeters suffered cuts and bruises.

A third teen is already serving a two-year prison sentence. A fourth is facing sentencing tomorrow.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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