- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2005

ARKANSAS

Smoker injured in leap for cigarette

FOREMAN — A leap of faith proved hazardous for a smoker in need of a cigarette fix after a night on the town.

Jeff Foran suffered trauma to his nose, eyes and chin after jumping from a car traveling 55 to 60 mph. Authorities said Mr. Foran, 38, who took the leap Saturday night, was trying to retrieve a cigarette blown out of the passenger-side window.

“If anything could make him stop smoking, this should be it. The man is lucky to be alive,” state police Trooper Jamie Gravier said.

The driver of the car, Jerry Glenn Nelson, said Mr. Foran had asked him earlier in the evening to be a designated driver after a night of drinking.

ILLINOIS

Study finds walking aids cancer patients

CHICAGO — Women with breast cancer who walk at least an hour per week have a better chance of beating the disease than those who don’t exercise at all, researchers said yesterday.

But many women hurt their chances of survival by cutting back on exercise after they are diagnosed, the study said.

“It is well-established that exercise plays an important role in preventing many diseases, including breast cancer,” said lead researcher Michelle Holmes of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “However, we found that women who are physically active after breast-cancer diagnosis may lower their risk of death from breast cancer and cancer recurrence.”

Regular exercise is thought to lift survival rates by diminishing production of the hormone estrogen, which promotes tumor growth in the most common type of breast cancer, said the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

INDIANA

Governor refuses to block execution

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels rejected the request of a convicted murderer for a reprieve of his execution so he could donate part of his liver to an ailing sister.

The decision was announced about 12 hours before Gregory Scott Johnson, 40, is scheduled to die by lethal injection early today at the Indiana State Prison. Mr. Daniels, a Republican, said he found “no grounds to second-guess years of court rulings or to reject the recommendation of the parole board.”

The board recommended on Friday that Mr. Daniels deny clemency or a reprieve, saying Johnson was guilty of the beating death of Ruby Hutslar, 82, and should be put to death as scheduled.

Mr. Daniels said he accepted the sincerity of Johnson’s motivation in trying to donate part of his liver, but noted that medical specialists had advised against it, arguing that Johnson’s sister would be served better by accepting a new organ through the conventional process.

OHIO

Carriage horse flees onto freeway

CINCINNATI — Whoa, Nelly. Or should that be hail, Caesar? A carriage horse called Caesar bolted from its usual downtown spot and raced about a mile onto a freeway, startling motorists and a police officer who saw the animal zip past him.

Cincinnati police Lt. Michael Neville called for help Sunday after he spotted the horse pulling an empty carriage. A cabdriver corralled the horse by an exit ramp until help arrived.

Caesar may have become frightened when the carriage driver began to pull up the top on the buggy, said Jazz Cann, a driver for Elegant Carriages, which owns the rig and the horse.

“At least he wasn’t going the wrong way down a one-way street,” Lt. Neville said. “He did run a red light, but I’m not going to cite him.”

RHODE ISLAND

Animals to be tested after human deaths

PROVIDENCE — A pet-store chain linked to a rodent virus that killed three human transplant patients said yesterday it has asked that breeding stocks of hamsters, guinea pigs and mice be tested for signs of the virus.

Three patients died from the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) after receiving organs from a single donor, health officials said Monday. They think the donor may have contracted the virus from a hamster purchased at a Petsmart store in Warwick.

A spokesman for Phoenix-based Petsmart said the company has asked vendors that supply hamsters, guinea pigs and mice to the Warwick store to test their animals. Not all vendors that supply the chain are affected, spokesman Bruce Richardson said.

TEXAS

House approves life-without-parole bill

AUSTIN — Lawmakers in the No. 1 death-penalty state tentatively voted yesterday to give juries the option of sentencing murderers to life in prison without parole.

Death-penalty opponents hope it will reduce the number of executions in Texas.

Texas juries now can sentence people convicted of capital murder to either death or life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. Of the 38 states with the death penalty, Texas and New Mexico are the only ones without a life-without-parole option.

The bill approved by the state House on a 104-37 vote yesterday would take away the life-with-parole option — a move that has been criticized by some civil liberties groups that want juries to have as many options as possible.

The life-without-parole option has passed the Senate. A final House vote of approval today would send it back to the Senate, which must consider amendments made by the House. The legislative session ends Monday.

VERMONT

Lack of substitutes forces school closure

BARTON — A shortage of substitute teachers to replace those on strike forced district officials to close Lake Region Union High School.

Officials wanted high school students to continue going to class so they could complete their school year. The lack of substitutes could jeopardize the June 19 scheduled high school graduation. No negotiations toward resolving the strike have been set.

WEST VIRGINIA

Secret papers found in analyst’s home

CHARLESTON — A Pentagon analyst previously accused of leaking top-secret information to a pro-Israel group was charged yesterday with illegally taking classified government documents out of the Washington area to his West Virginia residence.

Lawrence Anthony Franklin, 58, was not authorized to take such documents to his home in Kearneysville, according to the federal charge issued along with an arrest warrant by U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston in Martinsburg.

The FBI found 83 classified documents in Mr. Franklin’s home in the Eastern Panhandle town last June, the documents said. Investigators say 38 of those documents were top-secret, and 37 others were classified as secret.

WYOMING

Vietnamese students to enroll at UW

LARAMIE — Top Vietnamese students will enroll at the University of Wyoming (UW) for graduate training in science and technology under an agreement with a group formed to foster relations between the United States and Vietnam.

The agreement between UW and the Vietnam Education Foundation will take effect immediately. In 2000, Congress created the foundation and allocated $5 million to fund such exchanges.

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