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Wednesday, September 29, 2004; Page B03


Moussaoui Seeks Appeals Court Review

Attorneys for Zacarias Moussaoui are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its latest decision that he cannot interview key al Qaeda detainees and that the government can seek the death penalty against him.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals this month sent the case back to a federal judge in Alexandria for trial. Moussaoui is accused of conspiring with al Qaeda in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He is the only person facing charges stemming from the attacks in a U.S. courtroom.

_____Moussaoui Trial_____
Court Clears Way for Moussaoui Trial (The Washington Post, Sep 14, 2004)
Detainee Tells Hearing He Was Member Of Al Qaeda (The Washington Post, Aug 27, 2004)
Panel's Finding of Guilt Makes Fair Trial Harder (The Washington Post, Jul 24, 2004)
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United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui

The petition for rehearing was filed under seal Monday by Moussaoui's attorneys and was referred to yesterday on the court's docket. Prosecutors declined to comment.


Library Sets Reopening of Children's Area

The Children's Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown is scheduled to reopen next month after a month-long renovation project, a library spokeswoman said.

The children's area of Washington's main library closed Sept. 7 for remodeling. The $130,000 renovation includes new carpet and furniture and lower bookshelves to give children easier access to reading material.

The second-floor space will be bigger by nearly 2,000 square feet. It is set to open the week of Oct. 11. In the meantime, a temporary children's area in Room A-9 is open from Monday to Saturday.


Mikulski and Pipkin Schedule Debates

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and her opponent in the Nov. 2 election, state Sen. Edward J. Pipkin (R-Queen Anne's), have agreed to two public debates next month, their campaigns said.

The first, co-sponsored by Maryland Public Television and the League of Women Voters, will be broadcast live on MPT at 7 p.m. Oct. 18.

A panel of three journalists, not yet chosen, will question the candidates. MPT newscaster Jeff Salkin will moderate, and each candidate will make an opening and closing statement.

On Oct. 22, the two candidates will debate on Washington's WTOP radio (1500 AM) from 10 to 11 a.m., the campaigns said.

Leader of Bridge Study Group Bows Out

A former head of the Maryland State Highway Administration stepped aside yesterday as leader of the group named to study the faulty repair work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

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