- The Washington Times - Monday, September 18, 2000

Idaho lawmaker pelted with fish

MISSOULA, Mont. A 20-year-old protester was arrested after flinging rotting salmon at a member of Congress Saturday morning at the start of a hearing on forest health.

Rep. Helen Chenoweth-Hage, Idaho Republican, was not injured, but the hearing was recessed while she cleaned salmon from her hair and jacket.

The man, identified as Randall Mark of Moscow, Idaho, was charged with felony assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing a police officer. He was booked into the Missoula County Detention Facility in lieu of $16,000 bond.

Rep. Rick Hill, Montana Republican, and Mrs. Chenoweth-Hage, who heads the House Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, held the hearing at the University of Montana to discuss the summer's wildfires.

Giuliani parades 1 day after treatment

NEW YORK A day after undergoing major treatment for prostate cancer, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Saturday marched two dozen blocks in a Manhattan parade.

The mayor appeared to be operating at full force, stepping off at noon in the German-American Steuben Parade up Fifth Avenue. Wearing a cap inscribed "Mount Sinai" the hospital where he underwent the procedure Friday Mr. Giuliani said the doctors "did it in such a skillful way that I'm able to march."

At the start of the parade, Senate candidate Rep. Rick A. Lazio and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner greeted Mr. Giuliani with hugs.

Tractor-trailer crash kills 5 in family

STATESVILLE, N.C. Five persons killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of their minivan were members of the same North Carolina family, authorities say.

Victims were identified as Mickey D. Blackburn, 47, of Boonville; his wife, Christine Kimmer Blackburn, 38, and children Mikki Blackburn, 2, Bobbi Kimmer, 4, and Destiny Kimmer, 5.

Witnesses said the burning minivan was lodged beneath the tractor-trailer after Friday's crash on Interstate 77 about five miles north of Statesville. Charges were expected to be filed against the truck driver, who suffered minor injuries, the Highway Patrol said.

"He just came up on that traffic and wasn't paying attention," Sgt. Rick Barrett said.

Southern California gets record temperatures

LOS ANGELES Blazing Southern California temperatures broke or tied 15 records Saturday, including one that had stood for nearly three-quarters of a century, according to the National Weather Service.

It was 108 degrees at the Michigan-UCLA football game at Pasadena's Rose Bowl, breaking the record of 106 degrees set in the area in 1929.

First-aid stations were overcome with people seeking relief, and scores of fans, supplied with ice packs and wet cloths, vied for spots in the shade.

The highest temperature recorded statewide Saturday was 112 degrees in Borrego Springs in San Diego County. That tied a 1971 record.

The hot weather is expected to continue into next week, said the weather service's John Gorman.

Astronauts close doors to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts closed the doors to the international space station yesterday after accomplishing all their chores and more.

They planned to pull away aboard Atlantis late last night.

"You did a fantastic job," radioed Mission Control, "and we know the Expedition One crew will really appreciate all the effort you put in getting their new home set up."

Expedition One the first permanent space station crew is scheduled to blast off Oct. 30 aboard a Russian rocket and arrive at the complex two days later for a four-month stay.

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