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CALLER THREATENS TO KILL CLERGYMEN AFTER SLAYINGS AT ABORTION CLINIC

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An anonymous caller phoned a Roman Catholic Church and threatened to kill 20 clergymen in retaliation for the slayings of a doctor and his bodyguard outside an abortion clinic.

"We are hoping it was a one-time only crank call," said Mary Ross Agosta, communications director for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami.Catholic priests were warned to be careful and dress inconspicuously. So were Episcopal clergymen, who dress similarly to Catholic priests.

The threat was passed on to the FBI and a task force on domestic terrorism, Metro-Dade police spokesman Denis Morales said Monday.

A grand jury was scheduled Tuesday to review the July 29 slayings of Dr. John Britton and his escort, retired Air Force Lt. Col. James Barrett.

Barrett's wife, June, was wounded in the shotgun attack.

The panel will decide whether to indict Paul Hill, a former Presbyterian minister who has been jailed on charges of murder and attempted murder.

On Friday, a bomb squad from Eglin Air Force Base was sent to Hill's house after someone reported a suspicious package on the doorstep. The package turned out to be full of plastic baby dolls.

Meanwhile, anti-abortion activists in Mississippi began a promised week of demonstrations outside the clinics of the state's only abortion doctor.

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Slain escort buried

Had he lived, James H. Barrett would be celebrating his 75th birthday Tuesday with what he predicted would be "the party to end all parties."

Instead, the cremated remains of the abortion clinic escort killed in Pensacola, Fla., are interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Barrett, a former Air Force lieutenant colonel, was buried Monday with military honors that included the firing of three volleys and the sounding of taps.

"Our lives have been touched by the life of Jim Barrett," said the Rev. Paul Johnson, addressing Barrett's widow, sons and daughter and 100 other mourners.