- The Washington Times - Monday, December 11, 2000

Colorado to put record of arrests on Internet

DENVER The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is about to introduce a new Internet service that will let state residents run background checks on neighbors, their children's teachers or anyone else over the age of 18.
Arrest records are already public under the state's open-records laws, but they have not been available on line. That is expected to change by midsummer, said Bob Armstrong, the CBI agent in charge of the section.
For a small fee, computer users will be able to download the criminal history of anyone arrested in Colorado in any case in which fingerprints were taken. The cost has not been determined, but CBI officials expect it to be about $5 a search.

Clinton to announce immunization effort

Hoping to increase the number of U.S. children who get their vaccinations, President Clinton plans to order federal officials to study the immunization status of the 5 million children under age 5 who get government aid.
Mr. Clinton is to be joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala and Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman for today's announcement.
"This is a major step forward to try to ensure children enrolled in [federal nutrition programs], some of our poorest children, are protected," Dr. Walt Orenstein, who heads the national immunization program for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, said yesterday.

Astronauts wrap up space station mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Overjoyed with their success, space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts packed yesterday to come home after increasing the size and power of the international space station, Alpha.
Good weather is forecast for today's landing, scheduled for 6:04 p.m. EST.
The shuttle crew outfitted the space station with solar wings spreading 240 feet from tip to tip and already generating up to 42 kilowatts of electricity for the three men on board.
"I'm in the pure-joy mode right now," astronaut Joe Tanner said from Endeavour. He and spacewalking partner Carlos Noriega installed the solar wings last week, then went back out to make an unexpected repair on a wing that was too slack.

Durbin forgoing run for Illinois governor

Sen. Richard J. Durbin said yesterday he will not run for Illinois governor in 2002, leaving Democrats without the candidate most thought gave them their best shot at the state's top post in nearly three decades.
Though he has not formally launched a re-election campaign, Mr. Durbin will almost certainly seek re-election to a second Senate term in two years, a job he likely will keep.
"I was trying to measure where I would be most effective for the people of Illinois," Mr. Durbin said in an interview.
Mr. Durbin informed his Senate Democratic colleagues during a private meeting Tuesday. Two days later, he told reporters he was still pondering his choice and would make an announcement after the first of the year. His decision was first reported in the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday.

Tiger cub dies after heart surgery

COLLEGE STATION, Texas The first tiger known to have had open heart surgery died of complications following the operation, veterinarians at Texas A&M; University said yesterday.

They said the lungs of the 5-month-old tiger, known as Karma, filled up with fluid, and he died seven hours after the surgery on Saturday to repair a congenital heart defect.

"We were pleased overall with how Karma did in surgery, however, we were very concerned with his lung capacity and ability to breathe," Terry Fossum, chief of surgery at Texas A&M;'s college of veterinary medicine, said in a statement.

Karma, who lived in a wildlife refuge in east Texas, had a hole in his heart that likely would have killed him in a few months, doctors said. He was short of breath and, even at 45 pounds, had stunted growth.

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