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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba B14 BftANDON Jam Israeli troops demolish Palestinian HQ West Bank Israeli forces blew up the fortresslike Patestiniafl headquarters where the afffiy said wanted Palestinians were faded taking down onequarter of it in one blast and leaving only rubble with a second early said nearby resi I saw hills of said Mohammed whose win dows were blown out by the blast about 120 metres Theres nothing called the head quarters The Israel army would only say its Manson faffitirfmember denied parole for 14th time A parole board refused yesterday to grant free dom to ftmner Charles Manson disciple Leslie Vain Houten after a lengthy and emotional hearing at which she said she would always bear the sorrow of the cult killings that landed her in prison 33 years The ruling came after a prosecutor and the family of the victims urged the Board of Prison Terms never to grant parole to the now 52yearold woman who was described as a model This was a cruel and calculated operations were continuing in Hebron but Palestinians living in three other homes around the compound all said the building was no longer Before the second the Israeli army commented on an earlier explo sion that sent sparks and flames into the night The army said then its forces had rigged a part of the building where it believed the wanted men had been ignoring four days of calls to sur Military officials have said about 15 wanted men were believed to be holed up in the The army spokesmans office refused to say whether soldiers had confirmed any deaths or if there were any fresh indica tions of the number of people Heavy fog settled in over the area before the second blast and electricity failures in the area made it difficult to see the extent of Curfews and an Israeli military order barring journal ists made it impossible to A former Palestinian cabinet minis ter had been allowed in by the army yes terday to negotiate the surrender of the 15 wanted men who Israeli military offi cials have said were believed to be inside but Talal Sidr said he couldnt find the The army said afterward its soldiers were certain the men were still four days after surrounding the com pound as part of a military offensive on the West Bank of the Jordan The offensive has confined Palestinians to their homes while sol diers search for Palestinians suspected of involvement in terror The open ended prompted by twin sui cide bombings that killed 26 began 10 days Also Israelis expressed anger about an Israeli armyreleased photograph showing a Palestinian baby dressed up like a suicide bomber with apparently fake ammunition belts and explosives strapped to its Palestinian Labour Minister Ghassan Khatib said it was understand able Palestinians would teach their chil dren violence toward The Israeli he distributed the picture to tell the world that the Palestinians are teaching their children how to hate Israel and how to act against Israel and I just want to say this is Associated Press a disregard for human said Sharon the board commissioner who chaired the It was Van Houtens 14th appear ance before the parole board and had been considered her best chance yet of winning A judge earlier this month strongly admonished the board for flatly turning her down every time based solely on the without tak ing into account her accomplishments id My heart aches and there seems to te no way to convey the amount of pain Van Houten told the state parole board during the hearing yester I dont know what else to Charles his chief lieutenant Charles Tex Watson and three women Van Susan Atkins and Patricia Kjenwinkle convicted and sentenced to death for their roles in the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Leno and Rosemary La and four The sentences were later commuted to life when the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in the All five Manson family members are still behind Louis nephew of Leno La told the board yesterday that Van Houten should stay in prison for the rest of her Miss Van Houten should already be dead for her part in these unprovoked he Associated Press Wildfires rage WorldCom starts cutting workforce by WorldCom began laying off workers worldwide ending a week that saw the telecommunications giant disclose a massive accounting scandal that could force it into WorldCom revealed Tuesday that its internal auditors had found that billion US was wrongly listed on its books as capital expenses in 2001 and That means WorldCom may have actually lost millions of dollars when it was reporting the company eliminated about jobs in in nearly 700 in 500 in Colorado and 250 in In other the numbers ranged from a few to a few The cuts account for about 20 per cent of the workforce of the Clintonbased which operates in 65 WorldComs Canadian operations consist of offices in Calgary and Vancouver for a total workforce of just under 300 Only about 10 to 20 people were laid off across where no offices will be said a worker at WorldCom Canadas Toronto offices who wouldnt give his WorldCom was unavailable to con firm the Canadian Analysts have speculated that WorldComs Canadian operations which sell Web hosting and highspeed Internet services mainly to business clients could be in jeopardy if the company enters bankruptcy and is forced to sell off In the company employs That number was reduced by about 100 Im going to miss the friends that I have and Im worried about what theyre going to said Kimberly a 31yearold moth er of two who lost her job in the accounting department at WorldCom who cried as she described the sombre mood of her said she and others were frustrated and WorldComs largest employment base about is in the where MCI Communications had its headquarters and where chief executive John Sidgmore has his WorldCom bought MCI in 1998 for billion Press Xerox admits revenues overstated by billions ASSOCIATED PRESS Members of the Sierra Hothot of maintain the fire line during a back burn near The defensive mea sure was used to combat the RodeoChediski fire that has spread across A third of the firefighters protecting the mountain town of Show Low shifted to another front yesterday as the blaze slipped into rugged canyon terrain south of a small Experts say police arent dragging heels in search for missing Utah girl BY PATTY HENETZ Associated Press f SALT LAKE CITY For more than a investigators looking into the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart urgently wanted to talk to a drifter they said might have information about the mysterious But once Bret Edmunds was recovering from a drug overdose in a hos pital about kilometres police appeared tojose And Richard a handyman in the Smart went to pe top of the list of potential There were earlier dead ends in the threeweekold case the man with a missing front tooth and a multicoloured Rastafarianstyle knit the apparently fruitless search of nearby Emigration Canyon for die So does this mean the Salt Lake City police are much as police were accused of doing in the JonBenet Ramsey case Not at some experts They say Salt Lake City investigators appear to be doing what they need to do to build a To Mike a criminal justice investigator for the Utah attorney generals office and coordina tor of the Utah Criminal Tracking and Analysis it is methodical police In he police investigating a crime should not come to a conclusion too We can sometimes develop a theory before we have all the King Then we can spend all our time adjust ing our facts to fit the Police say 14yearold Elizabeth was taken at gunpoint from her bedroom in the earlymorning hours of June The early stages of the case were marked by Police initially reported that Elizabeths nineyearold Mary was threatened by the kid Katherine had pretended to be asleep through much of the abduction and that the kidnapper may not have realized she was Investigators say that during the first couple of police had to move fast and chase down all sorts of possibili ties because the chances of finding the teen unharmed diminished as the hours Scott a Denver defence attorney who closely watched the 1996 JonBenet said police in Boulder were accused of sloppy police work and were criticized for their refusal to quick ly call in the FBI and for what was seen as arrogance when anyone asked a tough In Salt Lake City investiga tors appear to be highly Robinson If they are withholding investigative the lawyer that is exactly what they should be Certain crimescene details known Xerox announced yesterday that it had over stated revenue by billions of dollars over the past five including billion US that should properly be recorded in the The which comes in the wake of a series of recent reports of corporate accounting sent Xerox shares sharply They fell a or per to US in midday trading on the New York Stock The restatement was required under a settlement Xerox reached with the Securities and Exchange The SEC said in April that account ing improprieties increased the copier companys pretax profits by billion US from 1997 through Without admitting or denying Xerox settled with the SEC by paying a million civil the largest levied against a company for financialreporting The adjustments announced yester day cover an additional year beyond those examined before the SEC settle ment and reduce revenues and pretax income for 1998 and 1999 while increasing revenues and pretax income for 2000 and Xerox said it would file a 1 OK state ment reflecting the restatement for 1997 2000 and adjustments to Xerox today closes a difficult chap ter in the companys we are firm in our resolve to ensure the highest integrity of the companys financial said Anne chair woman and chief executive of Xerox said pretax income over a fiveyear period declined by bil lion from previously reported About billion of revenue that was recognized over past years has been reversed and will be recognized in the companys future beginning this Revenues for 19972001 have been reduced by two per cent to For 1997 through the company reversed billion of previously recorded equipment sale That figure was offset by billion of rev enue that has been recognized and reported during the same period as ser document outsourcing and financing But after police talked a fourth only to the police and the suspect can be time with the younger they changed used to confirm whether investigators their account and said that Mary have the right advisers met twice on terrorism before attacks WASHINGTON President George Bushs national standing of this threat that we built in 90s about the emerging security leadership met formally nearly 100 times in the threat of they just didnt seem to get months prior to the U attacks yet terrorism was the topic Clinton officials said their council principals met every two during cwJylwppJ those officials to three weeks to discuss terrorist threats after The White House acknowledged the dearth of toplevel Those meetings increased during times of heightened terrorist meetings devoted to the subject of terrorism by tie principals such as immediately prior to the millennium cele commStee of the National Security Yet it has when the principals met nearly every day to discuss the level of given only scatthreat Bushs principals committee was focused on missile international economic global warming and the stance toward a subject of par ticular interest to National Security Adviser Condoleezza a Russian expert who has now worked for both Bush One discussion on terrorism occurred July amid escalat hints of aKJaida One current security council speaking on condi tion of said that intensive planning of antiterror jgm strategies was largely the role of midlevel committees at the NSC not thecabinetlevel The description of the 90 to 100 meetings was confirmed by three White House Critics said the low nujnber of terrorism meetings by the iog concerns about a likely attack by one official most senior meoto of the secunty council indicated the But experts believed alQaida would attack American administrations priorities were targets not inside the United What were mewwipat doing to bring this to the atten The other terrorism meeting occurred 4 as the secwj T Qjff9fayt spokesman ty couneU put finishing touches on a proposed national secu Given our growing under rity policy review for the Associated Press BRANDON Heres A Deal You Can Swallow Starting June 1 2002 and ending July 3 1 2002 you have a chance to Win a WAIEH COOLER ATD 2 JUGS OF MMTOR A woron FOR A YEAR courtesy of Ibe Brandon Sun and Pure Water Pure Plus How Any customer who signs up for a minimum monthly debit or 3 month subscription during this promotion will receive a FREE WATER REFILL If you sign up for a 6 month subscription you will receive TWO FREE WATER REFILL If you sign up for a 12 month subscription you will receive THREE FREE COUPONS redeemable at Pure Water Plus Your name will also be entered Into the draw for the Water Cooler If you are a current home subscriber and convert to a monthly debit 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