- The Washington Times - Monday, August 21, 2000

Kennedys statue planned for Hyannis

BARNSTABLE, Mass. President John F. Kennedy died when his son, John Jr., was just a toddler, but a bronze statue will picture an imaginary moment the two might have shared as adults.

The $300,000 statue will depict the two men walking along a beach, with the senior Kennedy's arm around the shoulder of his son, who died last year in the crash of his private plane.

The Barnstable Town Council approved a request by the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to place the statue on town land, perhaps as soon as the fall of 2001.

The Chamber of Commerce commissioned sculptor David Lewis to create the statue, after consulting President Kennedy's brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and daughter, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg.

Ford said to set low tire pressure

DETROIT Ford Motor Co. recommended inflating Firestone tires on Explorers to less than maximum levels to reduce the risk of rollovers during sudden turns, newspapers reported yesterday.

The tires used on the sport utility vehicles have been the focus of a recall of 6.5 million tires by Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.

The recall has focused scrutiny primarily on the sometimes catastrophic failure of tires that were underinflated. When a tire's pressure is low, more of its sidewall is in contact with the road, which can lead to the tire cracking or peeling.

Vintage guns stolen from traveling museum

DENVER Denver police are searching for vintage firearms that were stolen from a traveling museum.

Among the collectible weapons stolen Friday from the Greater Museum of Military and Period Antiques Inc. were 12 rare rifles, shotguns and automatic rifles manufactured during the 1800s and early 1900s and used by troops during World War I and World War II.

The stolen weapons are valued at more than $20,000.

Groups want FDA to regulate Eclipse

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Twenty-two public-health organizations have asked the Food and Drug Administration to regulate a new reduced-smoke cigarette that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. claims is safer than other cigarettes.

The groups, including the American Cancer Society, signed a petition sent to the FDA this month seeking the regulation.

Eclipse is a nicotine-delivery system, not a cigarette, making it eligible for government regulation, the petition says. The Supreme Court earlier this year ruled that Congress did not give the FDA authority to regulate cigarettes.

Reynolds says testing shows that Eclipse, which heats tobacco instead of burning it, lowers a smoker's risk of cancer, chronic bronchitis and possibly emphysema.

Jail guard loses pay for prank

KENT, Wash. A jail guard who sprinkled itching powder on the bedsheets of four inmates as a prank has been suspended for one month without pay.

The 27-year-old officer at the Regional Justice Center admitted to the Aug. 3 incident, which gave the inmates rashes, said Steve Thompson, director of the King County Department of Adult Detention.

The officer was placed on paid leave while officials investigated. That changed to one month of unpaid leave after the investigation was completed Wednesday.

Gas explosion rocks large shopping mall

CONCORD, N.C. Officials evacuated a large shopping center yesterday after a natural gas explosion at a nearby construction site shook the complex.

No injuries were immediately reported, but hundreds of shoppers inside the mall said they could feel the heat and vibrations.

The explosion shot flames and debris 100 feet in the air and the fire was still burning more than two hours later.

The construction site was several hundred yards from Concord Mills mall, off Interstate 85 about 20 miles northeast of Charlotte.

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