Abortion doctor’s killer executed

STARKE, Fla.

Paul Hill, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion
doctor and his bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, was
executed last night by injection. He was the first person put to
death in the United States for anti-abortion violence.

Hill, 49, was condemned for the July 29, 1994, shooting deaths
of John Bayard Britton, a doctor, and his bodyguard, retired Air
Force Lt. Col. James Herman Barrett, and the wounding of Barrett’s
wife outside the Ladies Center in Pensacola.

As he has since the slaying, Hill showed no remorse and urged
abortion foes to use whatever means to protect the unborn.

“If you believe abortion is a lethal force, you should oppose
the force and do what you have to do to stop it,” Hill said as laid
strapped to a gurney in the execution chamber. “May God help you to
protect the unborn as you would want to be protected.” Hill was
pronounced dead at 6:08 p.m., Gov. Jeb Bush’s office said.

Death penalty opponents and others had urged Bush to halt the
execution, some of them warning Hill’s death would make him a
martyr and unleash more violence against abortion clinics. The
governor said he would not be “bullied” into stopping the
execution.

IRS centers provide faulty information

WASHINGTON

IRS centers established to help people prepare their tax returns
gave incorrect answers – or no answer at all – to 43 percent of the
questions asked by Treasury Department investigators posing as
taxpayers. The investigators concluded that half a million
taxpayers may have been given wrong information between July and
December 2002. Service varied widely by state, with some of the
best in the Northeast and some of the worst in the Midwest and
Plains. Auditors were given correct answers to 57 percent of their
tax law questions during the course of the study. Less than half,
or 45 percent, of the questions were answered correctly and
completely. In 12 percent of the cases, the answer was correct but
incomplete.

Internal Revenue Service employees gave wrong answers to 28
percent of the questions. Twelve percent went unanswered, as
taxpayers were told to do their own research in IRS publications.
In 3 percent of the attempts to get questions answered, the auditor
could not get any service at the center. The IRS disputed the
results. Using the raw numbers gathered by Treasury investigators,
the IRS recalculated the error rate and ignored any instance when a
taxpayer was denied service or told to do his own research.

Viruses disrupt power-plant PC systems

WASHINGTON

Government regulators are warning nuclear plant operators about
computer outages caused by Internet infections, confirming
disruptions of two important internal systems in January at a
nuclear power plant already shut down.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said safety was not
compromised at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant along Lake Erie
in Ohio, partly because the plant was shut down in February 2002
after workers found a hole in the 6-inch-thick steel cap covering
the plant’s reactor vessel. The two computer systems affected by
the widespread “Slammer” Internet disruption in January are
regularly used by plant operators for monitoring pressure and
temperature during accidents, but they are not formally considered
safety equipment, NRC spokesman Matthew Chiramal said.

Court confronts death penalty issue

WASHINGTON

The Supreme Court is back in the thick of the death penalty
debate, coming face to face with the effects of its own recent
rulings on who can be executed and who decides that sentence.

The justices are confronting several capital punishment
questions: whether juveniles should be executed, what to do about
poor performances by defense lawyers and whether juries rather than
judges should have sentenced scores of death row inmates.

The court has dealt before with all three subjects, but not with
finality.

Some of the most dramatic recent rulings came last year.

Some black leaders question prison labor

SALTERS, S.C.

Officials in struggling Williamsburg County see the new federal
prison rising behind the pines along a lonely two-lane highway as
the answer to the high unemployment level. But some black leaders
wonder whether a county that is more than two-thirds black should
tie its future to a system that locks up so many members of their
race.

The $110 million medium-security prison will hold about 1,150
inmates and is scheduled to open at year’s end. It will bring more
than 380 jobs, most of them paying well more than double the
county’s average personal income of $12,794, according to the
Federal Bureau of Prisons.

– Compiled from Daily wire reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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