- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2001

Stowaway in plane falls to his death
A stowaway fell to his death from an American Airlines jet as it was approaching New York's John F. Kennedy airport after a seven-hour flight from London.
The man, whose identity police are trying to establish, was hiding in the plane's landing gear when it opened, dropping him 1,500 feet on a parking lot some six miles from the runway.
Police said the man was clad in a blue shirt, black slacks and no shoes. In his pockets were some personal effects, a map of Europe but no means of identification, they added.

Mother sentenced after 3 sons die in fire
SPOKANE, Wash. — A woman who sedated her three sons so she could go out drinking was sentenced Wednesday to 31/2 years in prison for the boys' deaths in a house fire.
Jamesetta Shealeay, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree manslaughter in the deaths of the boys, ages 2 to 6, in the January 2000 house fire. It was ruled accidental.
The boys had been given excessive doses of cold medicine and were too groggy to escape, prosecutors said. Shealeay consumed at least eight beers and other alcohol that night, prosecutors said.

Appeals court asked to dismiss Elian suit
MIAMI — The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss an excessive-force lawsuit filed by Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives against former Attorney General Janet Reno and other federal officials.
The relatives contend the former officials violated their constitutional rights by ordering the armed pre-dawn raid to seize Elian from their Miami home on Easter weekend in April 2000.

Two hijackers die in charter plane crash
MIAMI — A couple who tried to hijack a small plane to Cuba were killed yesterday when the aircraft plunged into the sea off Florida, but the pilot survived, officials said.
Miami television station WSVN quoted the FBI as saying a man and a woman chartered the plane for a sightseeing tour then pulled a knife and demanded that the pilot take them to Cuba. The plane went down during the ensuing struggle.
The pilot was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. He was reported in good condition at Lower Keys Hospital, where he was treated for cuts and bruises.

Train driver flouted rules before crash
CHICAGO — The operator of a commuter train that rear-ended another train last week violated basic operating rules in the moments leading up to the collision, federal investigators said.
The driver ignored a requirement not to move his train because another one was in his path, investigators said. He also didn't make a mandatory call to the Chicago Transit Authority's command center to get instructions.
Investigators have ruled out mechanical problems and signaling-system failures. Investigators have expanded their review to look at safety training within the transit authority and employee compliance with it.

Fishing vessel hit charted rock in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A fishing vessel that sank in Prince William Sound, spilling 35,000 gallons of diesel fuel, hit a rock that was marked on nautical charts, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The 180-foot Windy Bay hit the ledge Saturday morning, when the tide was near its low ebb. As the tide ran back in, the Windy Bay slipped off the ledge and sank in 1,000 feet of water.
The spill was the worst since the Exxon Valdez dumped 11 million gallons of crude oil into the sound in 1989.
The Coast Guard said the Windy Bay's owners could be liable for a fine of up to $11,000 for the spill. Officials said the fact that the ledge was marked on charts would not affect the Coast Guard's decision on whether to fine the vessel's owners.

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