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was sentenced to death yesterday by a
judge who called the Washington-area
shootings that left 10 people dead "so
vile that they were almost beyond
Muhammad denied any involvement
in the October 2002 rampage, echoing
a claim of innocence he made in his
opening statement to the jury when he
briefly served as his own attorney.
"Just like I said at the beginning, I
had nothing to do with this, and I'll say
again, I had nothing to do with this,"
He told the judge he plans to appeal,
and urged, "Don't make a fool of the
Constitution of the United States of
A jury recommended a death sen-
tence for Muhammad last year, but
Circuit Court Judge LeRoy Millette Jr.
had the option to reduce it to life in
prison without parole. Millette said the
evidence of Muhammad's guilt was
"These offenses are so vile that they
were almost beyond comprehension,"
jail jumpsuit with a slightly graying,
unkempt beard, in sharp contrast to his
clean-shaven, well-dressed appearance
at trial. His teenage accomplice, Lee
Boyd Malvo, is to be sentenced today
to life in prison.
About 50 family members of sniper
victims were in the courtroom. One
silently shook his fist as Millette
announced the sentence.
"Justice has been served today,"
said Sonia Wills, mother of sniper
victim Conrad Johnson, who would
have been 37 this Sunday. "I can go
The sister of Hong Im Ballenger,
allegedly killed by Muhammad and
Malvo in Baton Rouge, La., in the
weeks before the D.C. attacks, said
Muhammad deserved to die.
"He killed so many innocent people,"
said a tearful Kwang Im Szuszka. "My
nephew is 12 years old and he needs his
mommy.... It breaks my heart."
Muhammad, 43, was convicted of
capital murder on Nov. 17 for the Oct.
9, 2002, murder of Dean Harold Mey-
ers at a gas station near Manassas.
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IsraeliWest Bank raid
prompts gun battle
Marines help Haitian police disarm rebels
Loyalists demanding the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide set up
flaming barricades and stoned cars yesterday, and the U.S. Marines said they will
begin helping Haitian police disarm rebel groups.
Also, the U.S. military announced a second death caused by American Marines,
who, with French Legionnaires, form the vanguard of a U.N. peacekeeping mission.
Efforts to bring calm to this troubled Caribbean nation followed a bloody insur-
gency that ousted Aristide on Feb. 29, put rebels in control of half the country and
sparked a frenzy of looting and violence. At least 130 people were killed in the rebel-
lion; reprisal killings since Aristide's ouster have left at least 300 dead.
The announcement yesterday that the Marines will begin helping disarm rebel
groups is a tall order in a country where all sides are threatening to resume the
Marine Col. Charles Gurganus called on Haitians to tell peacekeepers who has
weapons and to turn in arms. "The disarmament will be both active and reactive, but
I'm not going to say any more about that," he said, giving few details.
Hubble shows deepest view of universe yet
The deepest-ever view of the universe, a photo by the Hubble Space Tele-
scope that looks back to the edge of the big bang, shows a chaotic scramble
of odd galaxies smashing into each other and re-forming in bizarre shapes.
The snapshot of the universe, called the Ultra Deep Field, captured light
that had streaked through space for more than 13 billion years, starting its
journey when the universe was only 5 percent of its 13.7-billion-year age.
The view has about 10,000 galaxies, some mixed in chaos that one
astronomer said "looked like a train wreck."
Capturing such faint and distant light, officials at the Space Telescope
Science Institute said yesterday, was like photographing a firefly hovering
above the moon.
"For the first time we're looking back at stars that are forming out of the
depths of the big bang," said Steven Beckwith, director of the institute.
"We're seeing the youngest stars within a stone's throw of the beginning of
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli forces backed by
tanks and combat helicopters raided the West Bank
town of Jenin yesterday, prompting a gun battle
that killed a Palestinian woman in her home, Pales-
tinian witnesses and military officials said.
Israeli forces entered Jenin in search of gunmen
from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a militant
group linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.
The sound of shooting echoed throughout the town.
A 23-year-old Palestinian woman was killed in
her home in the fighting, Palestinian hospital offi-
cials said. The circumstances of her death were not
immediately known. An Agence France Presse
photographer was shot in the leg, the officials said.
Earlier yesterday, the army lifted a five-day clo-
sure it had clamped on the West Bank and Gaza
Strip for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Palestinian
workers were permitted to enter Israel and the Erez
Industrial Zone in the Gaza Strip, the army said.
Israeli media reported that tensions between
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and army chief Lt.
Gen. Moshe Yaalon had risen due to a disagree-
ment over the Israeli leader's plan to withdraw
from Gaza unilaterally.
Sharon and Yaalon both denied the reports. Top
military officials appear to have misgivings about
the plan, which could entail Israel evacuating most
of its settlements in Gaza.
Mohammed Deif, the chief Hamas bombmaker
who tops Israel's wanted list, said Hamas played a
key role in forcing Israel to consider leaving Gaza.
"The Israeli collapse is near, with God's support.
It's closer than they imagine. We will witness the
victory with our own eyes," Deif said in an audio
download from the Hamas Web site. "Their crimi-
nal Sharon, who always refused any peaceful solu-
tions, saying they are treason against Israel, the one
who came to eliminate the resistance ... he is the
same Sharon who has now decided on a total evac-
uation and full withdrawal from Gaza," Deif said.
A Palestinian youth runs for cover yesterday as an Israeli
army tank advances in the streets of the northern West Bank
town of Jenin.
U.S., Europe tone
down Iran criticism
Accepting painful compromises, the
United States agreed with key Euro-
pean nations yesterday to tone down,
criticism of Iran for its continued
Washington also accepted a draft res-
olution containing some praise of
Tehran's willingness to open its nuclear
programs to outside inspection.
Both sides signed off on the draft
document prepared for a high-level
conference of the International Atomic
Energy Agency after days of grueling
negotiations aimed at finding the prop-
er mix of praise and criticism.
The United States insists Iran is
interested in making nuclear weapons.
Washington wanted the meeting to con-
demn Iran for not fully living up to
pledges to reveal all past and present
nuclear activities while keeping open
options for future involvement by the
U.N. Security Council.
Study: 92 Air Force
cadets accused of rape
A study showed airmen in the Pacific
were accused of 92 rapes from 2001 to
2003, prompting an order to change how
sexual assaults are reported and the way
victims are treated. The five-month study
was the most intense examination of its
kind by an Air Force command.
"We owe our airmen and our airmen
owe each other immediate and decisive
action to prevent further sexual
assault," Gen. William Begert, com-
mander of Pacific Air Forces, told field
commanders in a letter dated March 1.
"Too many sexual assaults have
occurred and continue to occur."
Begert initiated the study after seeing
dozens of rape claims arise among
a cadets in the Air Force Academy.
Robot vehicles race
in Pentagon trials
They're a motley bunch of garage tin-
kerers, off-road enthusiasts, high school
students, physicists and programmers
who hope their microprocessor-jammed
jalopies usher in the next generation of
military combat vehicles.
But can any of these meticulously
engineered, unmanned autos actually
cross the Mojave Desert on their own?
On Saturday, the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon's
research and development arm, will
award $1 million to the first team whose
robotic vehicle can cover a rugged desert
course from Barstow, Calif., to Primm,
Nev., in less than 10 hours.
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