- The Washington Times - Friday, December 29, 2000

Police recover stolen koala bears

SAN FRANCISCO Acting on an anonymous tip, police early yesterday recovered two female koalas that had been taken from the San Francisco Zoo.
The bearlike creatures were discovered missing from their indoor quarters Wednesday morning by an animal keeper.
Police later arrested a 17-year-old male at a youth guidance center on charges of stealing them.
Zoo officials returned the missing animals to the climate-controlled enclosure they share with five other koalas.
"They are OK," zoo spokesman Nancy Chan said as she watched the animals yesterday morning. "They apparently were really hungry, so they went right into their night quarters and they were fed right away."

'Charmed' actress accused of DUI

LOS ANGELES Actress Shannen Doherty, star of the WB network television hit "Charmed," was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving yesterday after officers saw her black pickup truck weaving on a California freeway, police said.
Miss Doherty, 29, was stopped by officers at about 3 a.m. while driving in Thousand Oaks, north of Los Angeles, California Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Moriarty said.
A spokesman for Miss Doherty, who first shot to fame on the hit TV series "Beverly Hills 90210," could not be reached for comment on her arrest.
Mr. Moriarty said officers had observed Miss Doherty's truck weaving across lanes of the Ventura Freeway. She was given a field sobriety test at the scene, Mr. Moriarty said, and then taken to jail for a blood test to determine her level of intoxication. She was released several hours later and ordered to be in court Jan 26.

Strike ends at one of 2 Seattle papers

SEATTLE After more than five weeks on strike, union employees of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer accepted a contract offer last night and agreed to return to work next week.

Workers at the Seattle Times voted on a separate proposal and results are expected today.

The Post-Intelligencer vote was 88 in favor and 29 opposed.

Art Thiel, a spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, said reporters and editors expect to return next week.

Mr. Thiel added that workers at the Post-Intelligencer, where he is a sports columnist, would not undermine Times workers if they continue the strike, which began Nov. 21 mostly on pay issues.

The two papers have separate and competing newsrooms but publish together under a joint operating agreement. The papers negotiate together but their union contracts differ slightly.

Elderly man charged in 'mercy killing'

DELTONA, Fla. A man who said he killed his wife out of compassion has been charged with first-degree murder.
Leo Visco, 80, was also denied bond Wednesday, to the dismay of the woman's oldest son.
"Why put him in jail?" Mike Bono asked. "What's that serve? He loved my mother. He was a saint to that lady."
Eva Visco, 74, was shot in the head Tuesday with a .22-caliber revolver.
Investigators initially believed Mrs. Visco was suffering from cancer, but an autopsy found no cancer or any other terminal illness, and she was taking no medication for a serious illness.

Mexican files suit over border shooting

SAN DIEGO A Mexican man shot last year while trying to cross the U.S. border is suing the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported yesterday.
Gerardo Flores Valdivia was shot Dec. 22, 1999, by inspectors working for the INS. Authorities said Mr. Flores provoked the inspectors by charging at them with a broken rum bottle, the paper said.
But the lawsuit filed last week in federal court here claims Mr. Flores was repeatedly taunted by the six inspectors questioning him, the Union-Tribune said.
Mr. Flores admits breaking the bottle, but contends he was shot without warning. He also claims inspectors continued to shoot him after he dropped the bottle and tried to flee, the paper said.

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