- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2001

AIDS-related deaths in prisons fall sharply
AIDS-related deaths in the nation's prisons have fallen sharply because of better treatment, but increasing numbers of inmates have tested positive for the virus that causes the disease, a Justice Department study says.
In 1999, 242 state prisoners died from AIDS-related causes, down from a 1995 peak of 1,010, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported yesterday.
Nearly 10,000 AIDS cases were confirmed in federal, state and local correctional facilities in 1999: 6,200 in state prisons, 3,100 in local jails and 430 in federal institutions. The overall inmate population was 1.9 million.
The study did not indicate whether inmates had contracted AIDS or HIV before they entered prison or after.

Boy attacked by shark doing well after surgery
PENSACOLA, Fla. — An 8-year-old boy whose arm was reattached after a shark attack has made good progress, but may need more than a year to regain use of the limb, doctors said yesterday.
"The doctors were pleased; he had a good 24 hours," said Pam Bilbrey, spokeswoman for Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. "They were pretty ecstatic when they left this morning, about how well he's doing right now."
Jesse Arbogast of Ocean Springs, Miss., was attacked Friday evening while swimming at Gulf Islands National Seashore near Fort Pickens in the Florida Panhandle.
His uncle wrestled the 7-foot-long bull shark to shore. Ranger Jared Klein then shot the shark four times with a 9mm pistol, and pried its jaw open with a police baton. Volunteer firefighter Tony Thomas used a clamp to pull the boy's severed arm out of the shark's gullet.

Asthma linked to being overweight
CHICAGO — A link found between asthma and being overweight could mean that adults who get rid of the fat also might ease their asthma, researchers said yesterday.
But their study was not able to determine if the added weight caused the asthma, or if asthma resulted in the weight gain.
Asthma sufferers are also more likely to suffer from other maladies such as ulcers, hypertension and depression, according to the study of 1,130 adults ages 17 to 96 living in Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

Court to decide fitness of ex-Klansman
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A judge must decide whether a former Ku Klux Klansman is mentally competent to be placed on trial for murder in the deaths of four black girls in a 1963 church bombing.
Two evaluations earlier this year — one for the defense and one for the court — found Bobby Frank Cherry, 72, incompetent to stand trial. But a third review by two specialists, ordered at the request of the prosecution, found that Mr. Cherry was well enough to face the charges.
Circuit Judge James Garrett scheduled a hearing for today to sort out the conflicting evaluations.

Seattle mayor leaves hospital after assault
SEATTLE — Mayor Paul Schell was discharged from a Seattle hospital yesterday, a day after an irate black activist struck him with a megaphone, giving the mayor a black eye and fracturing two bones in his face, a City Hall spokesman said.
After addressing a group celebrating public and private investment in Seattle's predominantly black Central District, Mr. Schell, who is white, was struck by James Garrett and sent sprawling to the sidewalk, police said.
The attack came at the site where a Seattle police officer shot and killed black motorist Aaron Roberts on May 31, prompting protests from local black leaders and community members furious over purported "racial profiling," the singling out of black residents for arrests.
Mr. Garrett, also known as Omari Tahir-Garrett, was arrested on suspicion of felony assault, local media said.

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