Material discovered during the investigation of a motorist who committed suicide during a routine traffic stop by police in West Allis, Wis., appeared to make him the leading suspect in the murders of a federal judge's husband and motherFeb. 28 in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune identified the dead man as Bart Ross and said a suicide note indicated that District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow had ruled against him in a civil case, costing him "his house, his job, and family." The Tribune said there was no immediate known link between Ross and Matthew Hale, a white supremacist convicted of plotting to kill the judge. Hale is in prison awaiting sentencing.
A Department of Defense investigation, shared with Congress, turned up no "single, overarching reason" for the abuse of prisoners under US control in Iraq's Abu Ghraib complex in 2003 or elsewhere in Iraq and Afghanistan. While intense pressure was placed on interrogators to exact useful information from prisoners, the report indicates there is no evidence that it subverted the obligation of interrogators to treat detainees humanely. The review, presented by Navy Vice Adm. Albert Church, is among several on the issue.
Seven current and former Major League Baseball players, plus several top officials, were subpoenaed to testify before Congress next week about reported steroid use that threatens the game's image. Among those slated to appear are Sammy Sosa and retired slugger Mark McGwire, as well as former star Jose Canseco, who has charged rampant use of steroids. Major League Baseball said it intends to fight the subpoenas.
The University of Colorado's governing board said it is "exploring all the options," including a contract buyout, in legal discussions with controversial Prof. Ward Churchill, who has compared some 9/11 terrorism victims to World War II Nazi figure Adolf Eichmann. The firestorm caused by the comparison was one of the issues prompting this week's resignation of Elizabeth Hoffman as the university's president.
Glenn Davis, the "Mr. Outside" on the powerful Army football teams that won national titles in 1944 and '45, died Wednesday in La Quinta, Calif. The Heisman Trophy-winning halfback joined "Mr. Inside," fullback Doc Blanchard, in one of the sport's legendary backfields. Davis averaged a record 8.3 yards per carry during his collegiate career.