- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Catholic leader blasts Arizona illegals bill

LOS ANGELES | The head of the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese has condemned a proposed Arizona crackdown on illegal immigrants, saying it encourages people to turn on one another in Nazi- and Soviet-style repression.

The measure wrongly assumes that Arizonans “will now shift their total attention to guessing which Latino-looking or foreign-looking person may or may not have proper documents,” Cardinal Roger Mahony said in his blog Sunday, a day before Arizona’s Legislature sent the immigration enforcement measure to the Republican governor.

Gov. Jan Brewer has not indicated whether she will sign the bill, which creates a state misdemeanor of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document. It also would require officers to determine immigration status if there’s reason to suspect a person is in the country illegally.


FBI had 47-year file on von Brunn

James von Brunn, the white supremacist who died before he could stand trial in the shooting death of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, first came to the FBI’s attention 47 years ago when he was accused of making a death threat over a business dispute.

Documents about the 1963 incident were released by the FBI this month in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Associated Press.

The episode provides an early glimpse of von Brunn as an angry man. In later years, he tried to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve board — a crime for which he spent more than four years in prison. He became a virulent white supremacist who published racist and anti-Semitic rants. On June 10, according to charges that were still pending when he died in January, he walked up to the Holocaust museum in Washington and opened fire, killing a guard. He was hit in the face by return fire.

Von Brunn denied making the threat in 1963, and the U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland declined to prosecute.


Space shuttle lands after weather delay

CAPE CANAVERAL | Shuttle Discovery and its astronauts returned safely to Earth on Tuesday after making a rare flyover of America’s heartland to wrap up their 15-day, 6-million-mile journey to the International Space Station.

The touchdown was delayed by rain and fog that dissipated as the sun rose, allowing Mission Control to take advantage of the morning’s second landing opportunity.

Shuttle commander Alan Poindexter held a small U.S. flag as he stood in front of Discovery, two hours later, and described the “beautiful entry.”

Discovery swooped through a hazy sky before landing a day late because of rain. Within a few hours of completing what one NASA manager described as an “unbelievably successful mission,” the space agency was announcing delays to its last two shuttle flights.

A final launch schedule is expected in the next few weeks.


Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick found in violation

DETROIT | A judge ruled Tuesday that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick violated terms of his probation by failing to report some of his assets but held off deciding whether to send him to jail.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner said Kilpatrick could remain free on bond pending his sentencing May 20, but strongly suggested that Kilpatrick may be headed to jail and ordered state corrections officials to prepare a pre-sentence report and submit it to the court.

Prosecutors have said Kilpatrick hasn’t paid enough toward his $1 million restitution to Detroit.

But Judge Groner said Kilpatrick didn’t violate his probation by failing to pay or claiming he couldn’t pay. Instead, the judge found him guilty of failing to disclose his assets and forfeit tax returns as part of the original plea agreement and subsequent order.

Kilpatrick pleaded guilty in 2008 to misconduct tied to his lying under oath about an affair with a staff member in a whistleblowers lawsuit. He served 99 days in jail, agreed to give up his law license and his political career, and agreed to repay the city $1 million for settling an employment lawsuit related to his misdeeds.


Rapist who claimed drug allergy executed

LUCASVILLE | A serial rapist who strangled a 16-year-old girl in 1988 and who had argued that he might be violently allergic to the state’s execution drug was put to death Tuesday with no apparent complications.

As the lethal injection began, Darryl Durr clenched his fists, grimaced and held his head up for about 10 seconds before gently putting it down. It wasn’t clear whether he was in pain or emotionally reacting to the moment.

Durr, 46, was pronounced dead at 10:36 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Durr kidnapped Angel Vincent from her home in Elyria on Jan. 31, 1988, while her mother and stepfather were away at a Super Bowl party, prosecutors said. He raped her and strangled her with a dog chain and hid her body inside two orange traffic barrels placed end to end in a Cleveland park.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday, upholding a judge’s ruling that Durr waited too long to raise the allergy issue, then relied mainly on speculation to ask for time to investigate.


Police: Gunman had grudge against doctor

KNOXVILLE | A mentally ill gunman who killed a hospital worker and wounded two others was upset with a doctor who he thought had implanted a monitoring device during an appendectomy in 2001, police said Tuesday.

Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV said gunman Abdo Ibssa first entered a medical tower near Parkwest Medical Center and asked for the doctor who performed the appendectomy. After being told the doctor wasn’t there, Ibssa went to another area where patients are discharged and opened fire with a revolver.

He killed himself after shooting the three women who worked at the hospital on Monday, a day before his 39th birthday.

Investigators found a note at Ibssa’s Knoxville apartment in which the gunman said the doctor had implanted a chip that was being used to track his movements, Chief Owen said.

Haloperidol, an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and Tourette’s syndrome, also was found at his apartment, but investigators think that he hadn’t been using it, Chief Owen said.


City lets homeowner display anti-gay sign

CASPER | An anti-gay sign painted on a homeowner’s fence near a high school will be allowed to remain because there’s nothing the city can or should do about it, city officials said.

Chris Trumbull painted the words “Leviticus 20:13, To be gay equals death” on his fence. Mr. Trumbull said the message is the Bible’s, not his.

Mr. Trumbull’s property sits along a route between Roosevelt High School and the Boys & Girls Club where dozens of high school students pass every day. City Code Enforcement Supervisor Shelley LeClere said the city asked Mr. Trumbull to remove the message but he declined.

Councilman Keith Goodenough said he didn’t think it was the city’s place to “draw the line.”

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