Pentagon Seeks IRS Help
To Locate Reservists
FORT WORTH -- The Defense Department, strapped for troops for missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, has proposed to Congress that it tap the Internal Revenue Service to locate out-of-touch reservists.
The unusual measurewould allow the IRS to pass on addresses for 50,200 of the 280,000 former military members who still face recall into active duty as part of the Individual Ready Reserve. For it to become practice, Congress and President Bush would have to approve the proposal, which would involve amending the tax code. The Pentagon said the measure has been examined by lawyers.
Lt. Col. Bob Stone, a spokesman for the assistant defense secretary for reserve affairs, said the proposal was developed several years ago and is not connected to the Army's current troop shortage. Part or all of nine of the Army's 10 active-duty divisions are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and 167,000 members of the reserves or National Guard are on active duty.
* NEW YORK -- The city Parks Department denied an appeal from the antiwar group United for Peace and Justice to stage a huge demonstration in Central Park on the eve of the Republican National Convention. The decision upheld an earlier denial for an Aug. 29 rally for 250,000 people, which officials said would damage the Great Lawn.
* SEATTLE -- A seriously injured climber who had been stranded at 12,300 feet on Mount Rainier was rescued by an Oregon National Guard helicopter but later died, authorities said. Peter Cooley, 39, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, had fallen 30 feet on Liberty Ridge on Saturday.
* LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A tough-talking sheriff who painted the jail pink pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in a corruption probe and agreed to resign. Former Davidson County sheriff Gerald Hege was given a suspended six-month sentence and placed on three years' probation.
* OAKTOWN, Ind. -- Two F-16 fighter jets collided over rural Indiana during training, killing one pilot, the Air National Guard said. The other pilot parachuted to safety.
* LINDEN, N.J. -- Andrew Pachana, 72, lost control of his car and plowed into parishioners exiting a Roman Catholic church, killing Janina Karolczyz, 66, and critically injuring Maria Loztak, 59, and a 9-year-old girl, police said.
* NEW YORK -- A former state senator who was a force in the legislature for nearly 30 years pleaded guilty to conspiracy, admitting he helped people get lucrative state contracts in return for payments to his father's law firm. Guy Velella, 59, who also served as chairman of the Bronx Republican Party, pleaded guilty in exchange for a sentence of a year in jail.
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* NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Renaldo Rose, 24, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for masterminding the kidnapping of Edward Lampert, one of the richest men in the United States. Rose admitted that he and three other men kidnapped Lampert from a Greenwich parking garage Jan. 10, 2003. They were caught after an associate used Lampert's credit card to order a pizza.
-- From News Services