Archive for Saturday, March 31, 2001

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March 31, 2001


Change of venue eyed in dog-mauling death

The lawyer for the couple charged in the dog-mauling death of a neighbor said he likely will seek to move their trial. And he also will tell them to stop speaking publicly.

"Their attitude about this case has just tarnished them," attorney George Walker said Thursday after a judge delayed arraignment for Marjorie Knoller and her husband, Robert Noel, until April 13.

"I can tell them now what to do, and you won't hear a word from them," he said. In addition to a murder charge against Knoller, both she and Noel face charges of involuntary manslaughter and keeping a dog that killed a person.

U.S., British warplanes attack Iraqi targets

A U.S. Air Force F-15E warplane attacked an anti-aircraft artillery site Friday in southern Iraq in response to what U.S. officials called recent Iraqi attempts to shoot down U.S. and British pilots.

The U.S. strike was the first in southern Iraq since American and British planes attacked several air defense sites Feb. 16 around Baghdad. Friday's attack was near the city of As Samawah on the Euphrates River, about 130 miles south of Baghdad, officials said. Friday's strike was announced by U.S. Central Command in Tampa, which is responsible for U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf area.

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