- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 22, 2004

Bush family dog euthanized

Spot, the presidential pet dog born at the White House nearly 15 years ago, was euthanized yesterday after suffering a series of strokes.

The president and first lady put Spot down at a veterinarian’s recommendation because the dog was in pain.

Spot, an English springer spaniel, was born at the White House during the administration of Mr. Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, and was among three pets of the Bushes. Spot is a daughter of Millie, a pet of the former President Bush. She would have been 15 in March.

The Bushes’ other pets are Barney, a Scottish terrier, and India, a black cat.

2 railroad workers killed in train collision

CARRIZOZO, N.M. — Two workers were killed when the freight train they were on hit another train in southern New Mexico yesterday, officials said.

An eastbound Union Pacific train carrying automobiles swiped the side of a train carrying grain as it moved onto a side track, UP spokesman John Bromley said. The two men, whose names were not released, were on the Union Pacific train, he said.

Emergency workers and a hazardous-materials team were working to clear the wreckage and clean up about 100 gallons of diesel fuel from the crash site, police officials said. Authorities were trying to determine what caused the collision.

3 soldiers charged in killing of comrade

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Three Fort Benning soldiers have been indicted on murder charges in the stabbing death of a fellow soldier after a night at a strip club.

A Muscogee County grand jury indicted former Pvt. Alberto Martinez of Oceanside, Calif.; Pvt. Jacob Burgoyne of Middleburg, Fla.; and Pfc. Mario Navarrette of San Juan, Texas, in the July 12 killing of Spc. Richard Thomas Davis of St. Charles, Mo.

Spc. Davis’ charred body was found by Army investigators in a wooded area Nov. 7.

Authorities said Spc. Davis, 24, was killed after the group of 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, soldiers went to a topless bar to celebrate their homecoming from Iraq. The three men face other charges, including aggravated assault.

N.J. governor to OK stem-cell funding

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey is poised to become the first state in the nation to finance stem- cell research.

Gov. James E. McGreevey will announce in his budget address Tuesday that the state will provide $6.5 million for a stem-cell research institute, the New York Times reported in yesterday’s editions.

Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey will run the institute, which will be based in New Brunswick. Mr. McGreevey wants to spend $50 million over the next five years for research on human embryonic stem cells.

Last month, the governor signed legislation making New Jersey the second state behind California to support stem-cell research. In California, a ballot initiative is being proposed that would raise $3 billion over 10 years for stem-cell research.

Firefighter admits arson of historic church

VIRGINIA DALE, Colo. — A volunteer firefighter who was once named firefighter of the year has pleaded guilty to burning down a historic church that was nearly 125 years old.

Austin Gene Mayo, 20, was arrested in November, just days after the Virginia Dale Community Church was destroyed. He pleaded guilty to arson on Friday and faces up to 12 years in prison and five years’ probation. Sentencing was set for April 2.

A passing motorist spotted the fire on Nov. 16, but firefighters could not stop the flames from destroying the building.

Mayo was a former Livermore Fire Protection District firefighter of the year.

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