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Vude' IRS agent
from tax case
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A judge said an
Internal Revenue Service agent was incompetent
and rude in her dealings with a couple who owed
US District Judge B. Avant Edenfield on
Monday removed IRS agent Sherilyn Heyward
from the case of Brenda and Alan Stout, owners
of a Garden City convenience store.
"The combination of incompetence and rude-
ness with which the Stouts were treated at the
hands of Heyward and her supervisor is unac-
ceptable," the judge's order said, adding that it
"demonstrates the IRS' lack of organization and
respect for the taxpayers."
The judge last month voided a search warrant
he had approved for a search of the Stouts' busi-
ness. The affidavit contended Mrs. Stout was
switching bank accounts in an effort to conceal
assets and avoid paying $ 10,900 in back taxes.
The Stouts have complained that IRS 9fficials
gave them four different figures to satisfy the
taxes. Their business was raided May 10 by six
agents who took $2.46 belonging to an employee
and money collected from the sale of novelty
clowns by a private citizen, evidence showed.
The Stouts are now trying to sell their busi-
ness to satisfy the IRS bill.
The judge said the IRS agent's affidavit was
probably intentionally misleading. While the af-
fidavit said the Stouts owed $7,532.95 plus pen-
alties, it did not mention that nearly $90,000 in
back taxes were paid within the last year.
Heyward could not be reached for comment.
An IRS spokesman in Atlanta said the agen-
cy's lawyers would review the order before issu-
ing a response.
16 arrested after melee erupts
during flag-burning celebration
SEATTLE (UPI) — Police arrested 16 people when
a celebration of a Supreme Court decision upholding
the right to burn the U.S. flag turned into confronta-
tions between supporters and opponents of the ruling.
About 200 people were involved in the demonstra-
tion Tuesday night, which was broken up about 15
minutes after it started, police said. Sixteen people
were arrested, cited for failure to disperse and then
released, police said.
Flags were burned near the Capitol Hill Post Office,
the scene of a flag-burning demonstration last year
after a flag-desecration law was implemented.
Craig Cleveland of Seattle threw water on one flag
that was set ablaze and exchanged angry words with
"It angers me terribly," Cleveland said afterward.
"If they want freedom of speech, they should go out
and talk to people about their beliefs. Don't desecrate
our symbol of freedom."
But Darius Strong of Seattle, arrested in 1989 for
burning a flag minutes after the Flag Protection Act
became law, said he supports the Supreme Court rul-ing.
"They shouldn't pass judgment against us," he said.
"They shouldn't say, 'You don't have the right to burn
the flag.' They shouldn't punish us for what we've
The high court ruled 5-4 Monday the Flag Protec-
tion Act of 1989 was unconstitutional because it vio-
lated the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.
Earlier Tuesday, President Bush and federal law-
makers renewed their campaign for a constitutional
amendment to ban flag desecration.
Last year, the justices struck down a Texas law
against flag burning, prompting Congress to pass the
Flag Protection Act of 1989. Flag-burning arrests in
Seattle and Washington spearheaded the federal law
The Supreme Court ruling occurred three days be-
fore Flag Day, the anniversary of the day in 1777 when
Old Glory was adopted. A demonstrator waves a blazing American flag during arally in Seattle Tuesday night.
Ship impounded after 260,000-gallon oil spill
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal
judge ordered an oil tanker impounded
Tuesday so that New Jersey, New York
state and New York City can guarantee
that the vessel's owner can pay for dam-
ages resulting from last week's 260,000-gallon oil spill.
"This order gives us the power to pre-
vent them from moving the ship until
we're satisfied," said Gordon Johnson,
an assistant attorney general for the stateof New York.
Johnson said Govs. Jim Florio of New
Jersey and Mario Cuomo of New York
decided to seek the impoundment of the
vessel because officials received word
that the ship BT Nautilus could be ready
to move as early as Wednesday from
Bayonne, N.J., where it was docking last
Inursday when it ran aground.
Charles Anderson, a New York City
attorney representing the 811-foot ship's
owners, Nautilus Motor Tanker Co. of
London, characterized U.S. District
Judge Nicholas Politan's order as routine
in maritime cases..
Anderson said the ship was under re-
pair and no decisions have been made on
moving it. He said the company's under-
writers are working on posting a bond to
guarantee payment of cleanup costs.
Workers collected about 100 gallons of
oil waste that washed up along a five-
mile stretch of Sandy Hook beach Tues-
day, including three miles of beaches
where swimming is normally permitted,
according to the National Parks Service.
The beach was clean by 5 p.m., said
parks service spokesman Manny
The Coast Guard has not determined
the cause of the grounding.
Navigational charts of the area where
the BT Nautilus ran aground are accu-
rate, and the accident would not have
occurred if the ship had been following
the proper route, said Capt. Robert
North, coordinator of the cleanup.
A grand jury is to meet this week to
consider charges that the tanker's first
mate, Gregory Frederick Geoffrey, 52, of
New Marske, England, was operating a
vessel while intoxicated, said Christo-
pher Florentz, a spokesman for the New
Jersey attorney general's office.
The Coast Guard said tests of the cap-
tain, Albert Ainscough, and the pilot,
Jim Naughton, showed no traces of drug
or alcohol use.
The BT Nautijus ran aground while
being docked, ripping a 30-foot-long
gash in its hull and pouring 260,000 gal-
lons of No. 6 industrial heating oil into
the Kill van Kull, a busy waterway sepa-
rating Bayonne from the New York City
borough of Staten Island.
Attorneys for New York and New Jer-
sey argued that the captain and crew
were "incompetent, inattentive, reckless
and otherwise grossly negligent in their
duties, which resulted in the general un-
seaworthiness of the BT Nautilus." That
condition caused the "illegal discharge of
oil," according to papers filed in federal
Anderson said the allegations were
"totally unfounded" and noted that the
cause of the investigation remained
The spill was the fourth major one in
the waterway and nearby Arthur Kill this
Aquino OKs ban on bridal schemes
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Corazon
Aquino on Wednesday signed into law a ban on
schemes to use the mail to offer Filipino women as
brides to foreigners.
Aquino said the new law, passed by Congress,
prohibits "commerce in women under the guise of
The new law, among other things, bans establish-
ment of mail-order bride businesses and the print-
ing and distribution of material promoting suchbusinesses.
It also declares unlawful the "solicitation or in-
aucement" of Filipino women to become members
oi any club or association whose objective is to
match women with foreign nationals for marriage
on a mail-order bride basis or through per-
sonal introductions for a fee.
Violators face a prison sentence of six to eight
$870) fmeS °f 8>00° t0 20'000 pesos ($348 l°
"The mail-order bride is a relatively new phe-
nomenon in our society, but its perpetrators are
many," Aquino said.
"They are able to carry out their pernicious trade
through the use of the media for personal profit,"
"Most of the time, their victims are young
women from our remote (villages) whom they lure
through sweet talk and grandiose promises," Aqui-
no said. "Although we come by success stories every
so often, most of the feedback is devastating not
only to individual persons and families but also to
our national pride."
Sen. Ernesto Maceda, chief sponsor of the new
law, said "the alarming rate of battered Filipino
wives married to foreign nationals" through the
mail-order bride business made him decide to file
The new law states that any foreign offender will
be deported and barred from re-entering the coun-
try after serving a sentence and paying a fine.
Elderly find weights
can pump you up
CHICAGO (AP) — You might not see many
great-grandmothers down at the gym, but a
study released Wednesday suggests the very old
may benefit from pumping iron.
The findings, reported in the Journal of the
American Medical Association, are based on a
study of 10 residents of a Boston nursing home,
ages 86 to 96.
After an eight-week training period, most had
doubled their weight-lifting ability and some had
tripled or quadrupled it, the researchers said.
The researchers, led by Dr. Maria Fiatarone
of the U.S. Agriculture Department's Human
Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts
University in Boston, called the study the first to
examine weight training in the very old.
The findings suggest the very old can lower
their risk of injury by exercising.