- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008


20 compound kids to stay in state care

LITTLE ROCK | An Arkansas judge said 20 children removed from the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound by child welfare officials will temporarily remain in state custody.

A spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Monday’s ruling came after parents waived a hearing over the Nov. 18 seizure.

Another hearing on the status of the boys and girls has been set for Jan. 12.

Mr. Alamo was arrested in September after his Arkansas compound was raided by state and federal agents. He has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he took minors across state lines for sex.


Astronauts complete final spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL | Astronauts successfully carried out one last spacewalk Monday, finishing an unprecedented clean-and-lube job that they began a week ago at the International Space Station.

Spacewalker Stephen Bowen wrapped up work on a jammed solar-wing rotary joint as his partner, Shane Kimbrough, squirted some extra grease as a precaution on another joint that is working fine.

Just before the spacewalk began, NASA added a 16th day to Space Shuttle Endeavour’s mission. Managers wanted to give the astronauts more time to fix a machine that’s supposed to turn urine into drinking water; additional repairs were performed Monday.

The $154 million recycling equipment was delivered by Endeavour, along with other home makeover items needed to expand the space station crew to six next year.


Court lets Vatican abuse suit proceed

LOUISVILLE | A lawsuit can continue against the Vatican purporting that top church officials should have warned the public or authorities of known or suspected sexual abuse of children by priests in the Archdiocese of Louisville, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the go-ahead for the lawsuit filed by three men who say priests abused them as children. They say the Vatican orchestrated a decades-long cover-up of priests sexually abusing children throughout the U.S.

Louisville attorney William McMurry is seeking class-action status, saying there are thousands of victims nationally in the scandal that haunts the Roman Catholic Church. He is seeking unspecified damages from the Vatican.

Jeffrey Lena, a Berkeley, Calif.-based attorney for the Vatican, said the appeals court’s decision narrows the plaintiffs’ case because the court upheld dismissing several issues.


Bystander shot in church dies

CLIFTON | A second victim of a weekend church shooting died Monday, leaving one survivor who was in extremely critical condition, authorities said. The estranged wife of the purported gunman, who remained at large, also died in the attack.

John Dennis, 24, a bystander in the shootings, died of head wounds suffered in Sunday’s shooting at St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church.

The search for the suspect, Joseph M. Pallipurath, focused on Georgia, where he has relatives, Passaic County Prosecutor James Avigliano said.

Mr. Pallipurath, 27, who had come from Sacramento, Calif., is accused of killing his wife, Reshma James, 24, authorities said. She had been staying with relatives near Clifton since leaving Sacramento, where they lived.

She had taken out a restraining order against Mr. Pallipurath, Mr. Avigliano said.


Appeals court upholds convictions

NEW YORK | A federal appeals panel has upheld the convictions of three men in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the men received a fair trial.

The Aug. 7, 1998, attacks at U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. A trial of four men in the attacks ended with convictions just weeks before Sept. 11, 2001.

The ruling only pertains to three of the four defendants because one of them initially appealed but then withdrew his appeal. All of them were sentenced to life in prison, including two who were eligible for the death penalty.

Authorities said Osama bin Laden, who remains under indictment in the case, directed the attacks through his al Qaeda network.


Sect leader named in latest indictment

SAN ANTONIO | An elder of a polygamous sect and two other church members surrendered to authorities Monday to face felony charges relating to the marriage of underage girls to older men.

Fredrick Jessop, 72, a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), who oversaw its Yearning For Zion Ranch in West Texas, faces one count of conducting an unlawful marriage ceremony involving a minor on July 27, 2006, the same day one of his daughters was purportedly married to jailed FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.

The girl was 12 at the time and is now the only child from the Yearning For Zion Ranch in foster care after her mother refused to cooperate with child-welfare authorities.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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