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April 25, 2001

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

Army updating process to replace medals

World War II veteran Noel Paradis of Worcester, Mass., lost his medals years ago. He received replacements for his Purple Heart and Bronze Star last week, more than a year after his daughter requested them. For all its high-tech weaponry, the Pentagon still is in the the Paper Age when it comes to handing out medals. The Army is now converting from an all-paper system to one with computers in an effort to reduce the average wait for a medal from a year to three months.

The Army receives 5,000 requests per month, more than the other military branches combined.Requests go to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, where 30 million records are warehoused. Orders to deliver medals are sent to an Army office in Philadelphia. A computer link between the offices should reduce wait times, officials said. The current system has not been updated for 30 years.

CINCINNATI

Hate-crime indictment brought after rioting

In the first indictment for a hate crime during three days of riots in Cincinnati, a white man has been charged with throwing a brick through a black man's car window and shouting racial slurs.

A grand jury on Monday indicted Craig Carr, 20, on a charge of ethnic intimidation for throwing the brick on April 12 during riots in black neighborhoods elsewhere in Cincinnati, prosecutors said. The rioting followed the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed black man.

In Ohio, ethnic intimidation the state's "hate crime" cannot be charged as a sole offense, but can be attached to other criminal charges to bring a stiffer punishment. On Friday, Allen announced 63 indictments on charges committed during the riots. All but one of those defendants are black.

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