- The Washington Times - Monday, February 3, 2003

ALASKA
Cancer won't stop musher
WILLOW Musher DeeDee Jonrowe is refusing to let a grueling course of chemotherapy keep her from taking on another grueling course the 2003 Iditarod dog sled race, which starts March 1.
Mrs. Jonrowe, 49, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July and is recovering from treatment that sometimes left her so weak she couldn't close her hands.
After undergoing a double mastectomy, Mrs. Jonrowe began chemotherapy in mid-August.
"The Iditarod is my wellness," Mrs. Jonrowe said. "It represents what I love and what God has allowed me to do in my life."

RHODE ISLAND
Leaders offer public office hours
PROVIDENCE One family came to Gov. Donald L. Carcieri to talk about insurance for their child. Another man just wanted to shake the governor's hand.
In a state with a shadowy reputation for public corruption and backroom deal-making, doors are beginning to open and politicians typically only seen and heard including the governor are listening.
Mr. Carcieri, whose predecessor is serving more than five years behind bars for corruption, last week held his first day of monthly office hours meant solely for regular citizens.

CALIFORNIA
22 earthquakes hit near Dublin
LOS ANGELES A series of 22 mostly small earthquakes struck Northern California yesterday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, though two registered at magnitude 4.0 or higher on the open-ended scale.
The series of quakes, which started at 8:19 a.m. local time, were largely centered about two miles north of the city of Dublin, said a USGS earthquake-tracking Web site for Northern California.
Earthquakes between magnitudes 4.0 and 4.9 can be felt indoors, can disturb dishes and windows, and can make cars rock, the USGS said.
No damage or injuries were reported immediately.

COLORADO
Old chemicals destroyed; residents evacuated
LITTLETON Staffers let old, unused chemicals pile up in a high school chemistry lab. When they finally were discovered, several hundred people had to be evacuated while they were cleared out over the weekend.
The chemicals at Littleton High School were found in a routine fire department check Thursday afternoon, said Diane Leiker, school spokeswoman. The wing with the chemicals was closed immediately but school continued Friday.
At least eight batches of chemicals were detonated, and a contractor hired by the city hauled away more. Residents were allowed to return to their homes after dusk, when the detonations were completed.
The chemicals included peroxide and perchloric acid, a corrosive and explosive chemical. Most were dangerous only if moved or shaken, said Jeannine Natterman of the Colorado Department of Public Health.

FLORIDA
Woman, 113, dies after developing cold
DAYTONA BEACH Hazel Penniman Luther, who had been one of the world's oldest people, died Friday after developing a cold and fever. She was 113.
Born Dec. 11, 1889, Mrs. Luther was the world's ninth-oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group. She was the fifth-oldest living American and the second-oldest Florida resident: John McMorran of Lakeland was born 175 days before Mrs. Luther.
At her 113th birthday party, Mrs. Luther was asked if she wanted to live forever.
"I think I already have," she replied.

MAINE
Heavy snow, sleet cause accidents
Snow and ice made roads hazardous yesterday in Maine, and snow showers were scattered from the central Rockies across the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest.
Low pressure centered off the coast of Maine spread a mixture of precipitation across the state, ranging from heavy snow in the north to a mixture of freezing rain, rain, sleet and snow in the south.
The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning for far northern Maine, with up to 18 inches of snow possible by morning in some areas. Caribou, Frenchville and Millinocket reported heavy snow by early afternoon.
Slippery roads caused numerous accidents across Maine and canceled some public events.

MINNESOTA
Lawmakers reconsider anti-circus law
ST. PAUL If state lawmakers act, the world-famous Cirque du Soleil can rest assured its next Minnesota performance will be strictly legal.
Last year, the international troupe of clowns, acrobats, mimes, dancers and trapeze artists appeared at the same time the State Fair was under way in suburban Falcon Heights.
This was a clear violation of a statute banning circuses anywhere in Minnesota while the State Fair is on, from late August through Labor Day.
Legislators doubt any prosecutor would enforce the "gross misdemeanor" punishable by up to $3,000 and a year in jail. But to be on the safe side, a House agriculture committee will consider repeal of the 1933 anti-circus law.

MONTANA
Avalanche kills one, buries another
HELENA An avalanche in western Montana killed one man and temporarily buried another, authorities said.
Jason Troyer, 21, of Fairfield, probably suffocated after he was covered by 12 to 15 feet of snow Saturday, said Ray Vonada, Lewis and Clark County chief deputy coroner.
Mr. Troyer's snowmobile became stuck and a friend, Wendell Baer, 27, of Stevensville, helped free the sled, said Clark County Undersheriff Leo Dutton.
"They started their snowmobiles, went to leave and an avalanche broke loose," Undersheriff Dutton said. "They tried to run and were buried."
When the slide ended, Mr. Baer's helmet and hand were sticking out of the snow. He also, unlike Mr. Troyer, was wearing a transceiver, which helped the other six persons in the party find him.

NEW JERSEY
Doctors threaten malpractice strike
TRENTON Thousands of doctors from across New Jersey were expected to walk off the job today in the first statewide physicians' strike over rising medical malpractice insurance premiums, officials said.
The planned work stoppage, likely to be one of the largest by U.S. doctors, was intended to press state lawmakers into capping the amount of money juries can award to injured patients who sue their physicians over malpractice.
Some medical practices were expected to shut completely until Wednesday, while others planned to remain open for emergencies only. Emergency surgeries and critical medical procedures such as kidney dialysis and cancer treatments would be unaffected, organizers said.
The strike was expected to culminate in a mass rally outside the New Jersey State House in Trenton tomorrow.

PENNSYLVANIA
Man shoots student, kills self on campus
PHILADELPHIA A former Temple University student shot his ex-girlfriend as she worked security inside a campus administration building, then killed himself, police said.
The 21-year-old woman, a junior from Baltimore, was hospitalized in serious but stable condition yesterday. She had been shot in the right eye and chest just before 8 a.m. Saturday, Philadelphia police said.
The ex-boyfriend, Shawn Walker, 21, of Mantua, N.J. had been seen walking with Cori Miller as she reported to work more than an hour earlier, but nothing seemed amiss, said Carl Bittenbender, Temple's executive director of public safety.

TENNESSEE
Officials reprimanded in man's death
KNOXVILLE A police officer and his superior were reprimanded and ordered to undergo training for not notifying the family of a man found dead in a motel.
Officer James Gadd discovered the body but never called the man's relatives. Sgt. Rick Lyon did not accompany Officer Gadd, even though the department requires supervisors to respond to all death calls.
Lloyd Thomas McCampbell Jr., 47, was found dead Dec. 5 by a motel operator who had gone to his room to collect rent. The operator called police and Officer Gadd responded. He had the body taken to the Knox County morgue.
Mr. McCampbell's immediate relatives in the area, including his mother, sister, estranged wife and three young sons, were not notified of the death until more than a month later, when a morgue employee tracked down the family.
Mr. McCampbell died of internal bleeding.

UTAH
Attack on guide dog leaves student stranded
SALT LAKE CITY With her devoted canine companion, Jayla, by her side, Karen Patterson was undaunted by her blindness able to pursue a college degree and to work daily teaching visually impaired children to read braille.
But a vicious weekend attack on Jayla, by a pit bull running free, suddenly has changed all that.
Miss Patterson frets that Jayla, a 4-year-old yellow Labrador retriever who was left with a gaping wound to a front leg in the attack, never will be able to resume her duties because she is "emotionally too disturbed."
The pit bull that attacked Jayla was euthanized Monday after the owner voluntarily agreed to the action and brought in the dog, Orem police Lt. Doug Edwards told the Salt Lake City Tribune.

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