- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 19, 2003

INDIANA
Veteran executed for killing fellow soldier
TERRE HAUTE A decorated Gulf war veteran who said his exposure to Iraqi nerve gas caused him to rape and kill a female soldier was executed by injection yesterday.
Louis Jones Jr., 53, died by injection at the U.S. Penitentiary near Terre Haute after President Bush and the U.S. Supreme Court refused his two final requests that they intervene.
Jones, who had no previous criminal record, admitted kidnapping 19-year-old Pvt. Tracie Joy McBride from a Texas Air Force base, raping her and beating her to death with a tire iron.
His attorneys said exposure to the gas caused severe brain damage that led him to kill. The issue was not raised at Jones' trial because he became aware of the exposure only afterward.

LOUISIANA
Woman's slaying linked to serial killings
BATON ROUGE DNA evidence has linked the death of a college student to a serial killer who has slain four other women in Louisiana, authorities said yesterday.
Carrie Lynn Yoder, a 26-year-old graduate student at Louisiana State University, was found dead Thursday in a marsh not far from where another victim's body was discovered during the summer.
Authorities had already linked the killer to the unsolved slayings of Gina Wilson Green, Charlotte Murray Pace and Pam Kinamore, all of the Baton Rouge area, and Trineisha Dene Colomb of Lafayette.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Pat Englade said yesterday that DNA evidence left on the victims connects all five slayings to one man.

ALABAMA
State given time to approve jail funds
MONTGOMERY A state judge gave Gov. Bob Riley, a Republican, additional time to remove state inmates from long-overcrowded county jails.
The decision means the Legislature has until April 13 to appropriate $4.6 million to jails and the state's prison for women.
The Legislature is expected to approve the funds.

ALASKA
Vandals disable school buses
ANCHORAGE Vandals cut brake lines on 50 school buses sometime before early Monday morning, disabling the bus fleet and leaving about 2,700 students without their normal transportation to school.
More than 560 students were absent from Eagle River and Chugiak schools, a number that school officials say is more than usual.
Anchorage police are investigating the vandalism but have made no arrests.
Whoever cut the brake lines reached over both front tires to slice hoses, then crawled beneath the bus to take out the back brakes, Steve Kalmes, the district's transportation director, told the Anchorage Daily News.

ARIZONA
Archaeologists find evidence of village
PRESCOTT Archaeologists excavating American Indian ruins at Willow Lake are finding more evidence of a once-thriving village.
Artifacts uncovered suggest that the hilltop village, with 20 or so pit houses, flourished from 850 to 1100.
City officials say they probably won't incorporate the ruins into plans for a park at the lake.

CONNECTICUT
Girl, 12, testifies in sex-abuse case
BRIDGEPORT A 12-year-old girl, her hair pulled back in braids, testified yesterday that she was forced to perform oral sex on the former mayor of Waterbury in City Hall and other places.
The girl, who was 10 years old at the time of the reported abuse, said her prostitute aunt took her and her then-8-year-old cousin, the aunt's daughter, to Mayor Philip Giordano, where they performed sex acts and let him fondle them.
Her graphic testimony prompted several jurors to cover their faces.
Mr. Giordano is on trial in federal court on 18 charges of violating the rights of the girls by abusing them, conspiring with the convicted prostitute and using his cell phone to set up sexual liaisons with the girls in City Hall, his law office, his house, his car and at a friend's apartment.

FLORIDA
'JEWBAN' plate gets official OK
MIAMI State officials say a Florida man's personalized license plate that reads "JEWBAN" is OK after all.
That's because the term is commonly used by Cuban Jews in South Florida to describe themselves.
"It became apparent that the prevailing interpretation of Jewban is not derogatory to a group," said Bob Sanchez, spokesman for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Tabares Gomer, 63, said he got the plate last year because he is proud of his Cuban-Jewish heritage.
But the Highway Safety department wrote him asking that he remove the plate, which could be construed as anti-Semitic. Mr. Gomer appealed.

GEORGIA
Cemetery lawsuits get class-action status
ROME A federal judge granted class-action status yesterday to hundreds of people suing the operator of the Tri-State Crematory for not performing cremations.
U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy ruled that anyone who sent relatives for cremation at Tri-State from 1988 to 2002 may join the lawsuit.
"We hope their combined power will vindicate their rights and keep this from ever happening again," said Nashville, Tenn., lawyer Kathryn Barnett. "It's a tremendous victory for these families, who can now unite in pursuing justice."
The families are seeking monetary damages and a resolution for how the unidentified remains found at the crematory will be handled, she said.
About 334 bodies that were supposed to have been cremated were found in February 2001.

ILLINOIS
Study finds exercise eases Gulf war illness
CHICAGO Behavior therapy and exercise may provide some relief for veterans ailing from Gulf War illness, an unexplained set of symptoms that often includes fatigue, pain and memory loss, a government study found.
Although the benefits were modest, the results are the first evidence of treatment for the ailment, the researchers say.
In the study reported in today's Journal of the American Medical Association, veterans who received 12 weeks of group therapy or regular aerobic exercise noted improvements in some symptoms, but neither treatment provided much pain relief.

IOWA
Teen shoots self in principal's office
GUTTENBERG A troubled high school senior, hiding a rifle under his coat, went to the principal's office and shot himself in the abdomen, police said.
Richard F. Hubbard III, 17, was in stable condition yesterday at University Hospitals in Iowa City, and was expected to recover from the wound.
Police Chief George Morteo said Mr. Hubbard went into Clayton Ridge High School Principal James Whalen's office Monday afternoon. He thanked the principal for listening to his problems but said he had reached a point where talking would no longer help, Chief Morteo said.
The teen then pulled a .22-caliber rifle from under his coat and shot himself. Mr. Whalen was not injured.

MAINE
City asks consumers about prescription drugs
PORTLAND The city of Portland is seeking information from Maine residents who have bought prescription drugs from Canada.
The city plans to use responses to its nonscientific online survey to press the state for help with the rising cost of prescription drugs, officials said.
The questionnaire will ask about the types and quality of drugs, the method of purchase, and the cost.

MASSACHUSETTS
Court says students can give out prayer candy
SPRINGFIELD Students have free-speech rights to hand out candy canes that have prayers attached to them at school, a federal judge ruled.
In the latest chapter in the United States' long debate about separation of church and state, U.S. District Judge Frank Freedman ruled that Massachusetts school officials violated the rights of a group of students, members of a Bible club at Westfield High School in western Massachusetts, by disciplining them for distributing the candy canes.
In a ruling issued Monday and made public yesterday, Judge Freedman said the one-day student suspensions violated their First Amendment rights to free speech, and he entered a preliminary injunction barring the school from punishing them or enforcing similar speech restrictions against them.

MINNESOTA
Priest leaves millions to archdiocese
PRIOR LAKE Bill Seefeldt's friends thought he was just scraping by, living in a cluttered cabin, clutching coupons and wearing threadbare clothes.
But when Mr. Seefeldt died last year at 89, he left $4.6 million to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
"He never let on that he had that kind of money," said Jean Thompson, a friend and music director at Prior Lake's Church of St. Michael, where the retired military chaplain celebrated Mass every Monday until he was 87.
Unlike many members of religious orders, diocesan priests take no vow of poverty. Mr. Seefeldt parlayed a family inheritance of $100,000 and pensions from the Army, civil service and his Social Security into a fortune with the investment advice of Roy Stueve, a friend of 50 years.

MONTANA
Advocates urge funding for smoking prevention
HELENA Smoking prevention advocates urged lawmakers to heed their constituents' wishes and adequately fund a statewide smoking-prevention program.
In November, voters passed an initiative that would dedicate approximately $9.3 million of the state's annual tobacco settlement payment for prevention programs. That's nearly three times what's contained in the state budget bill.

NEBRASKA
Abortion total drops in state
LINCOLN The number of abortions in Nebraska dropped for the fourth straight year in 2002, punctuating a 27 percent drop since 1998.
Figures released by the state Health and Human Services System showed 3,075 abortions in 2002, down from 5,140 in 1998.
Some abortion providers credit the drop to the "morning-after" pill.

NEW MEXICO
Village produces two lottery winners
VIRDEN In the village of Virden, population 143, people still talk about when Linda McClure won $30,000 in the state lottery.
A year later, minus one day, another Virden resident, Deborah Morrow, has hit it big, winning $20,000 with a New Mexico Lottery Cash Zone scratch ticket, lottery officials announced Sunday.
She said she narrowly missed winning last year.
"I was going to buy the very same ticket Linda did," she said. "But I was running late for a wedding and decided not to stop. Linda went in a few minutes later, bought the ticket and won."
Both winning tickets were bought from the same store, the Line, on the New Mexico-Arizona border.
NEW YORK
Women want time for errands
NEW YORK What do women really want?
More time to run errands, according to a survey released yesterday.
A poll sponsored by apparel maker Jones New York of 300 employed women across the nation showed that about half would use the extra time during their workday for running errands.
Ranking second was eating lunch with a friend, while exercising was third and clothes shopping fourth, the survey showed.
The survey also showed that 10 percent of the women polled had ever exercised during their workday.

OKLAHOMA
State to test radar for bioterror attack
GOLDSBY A crop-duster will start spraying puffs of dust and grain alcohol over central Oklahoma next week to test whether weather radar could detect a bioterrorist attack.
The test was delayed by a month after residents complained about powdered egg whites and a sterilized natural pesticide that were included in the original test materials.

TEXAS
Statue to honor Wolfman Jack
DEL RIO A statue of the man who became Wolfman Jack when he was on a border radio station will be erected in his honor this Halloween in Del Rio.
A miniature replica of the statue, constructed by sculptor Michael Maiden out of wax, went on display Saturday at a daylong music festival held in honor of Wolfman Jack, whose real name was Robert Smith.
The disc jockey, whose gravelly voice and wolf howls made him one of the nation's most recognizable personalities, was featured in the 1973 film "American Graffiti." He died in 1995 at age 57.
The statue replica, which stands just more than 2 feet tall, depicts Wolfman Jack dancing a jig on one leg with a rainbow of musical notes.

WASHINGTON
Police arrest suspect in bank robberies
TACOMA Dressed in a yellow jacket and matching pants, a career bank robber hit two banks Monday in 16 minutes, then was caught after he boarded a bus, police said.
Investigators booked the 46-year-old Seattle man into jail on suspicion of two counts of first-degree robbery. He's also suspected in a Seattle bank robbery during the weekend, Tacoma police spokesman Jim Mattheis told the Tacoma News Tribune.
Tacoma police officers, who swarmed into the area after the first robbery, were patrolling downtown when the bandit struck for the second time.
Officers spotted the man, distinctively dressed in yellow, boarding a bus. While the bus was still stopped, officers took the man into custody.

WISCONSIN
Governor vetoes tribal gambling bill
MADISON Gov. James E. Doyle, a Democrat, yesterday vetoed for the second time a bill that would have given state legislators final say in some tribal gambling contracts.
The governor now has the sole authority to negotiate compacts with tribes.
The bill would have required legislative approval for compacts that last longer than 15 years or expand American Indian gambling to off-reservation sites.
The Senate tried to override the governor's first veto but fell one vote short. Legislators could try to override the second veto, which requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers.

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