- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 7, 2006

Rescued miner inhaled dust, gases

PITTSBURGH — The lone survivor of the West Virginia coal mine explosion probably started to inhale large amounts of dust and gases in the last hour he spent in the mine as he lay on his left side, causing inflammation in his left lung, a doctor said yesterday.

Dr. Richard Shannon, speaking for a team of doctors treating Randal McCloy Jr., said that stabilizing the inflammation will be important for getting the miner off a ventilator.

The dust and gases were inhaled because Mr. McCloy, in the hour before his rescue, lost the ability to cough, sneeze or control his airway, the doctor said.

High court to hear police search case

The Supreme Court said yesterday it would clarify when police can enter a home without a search warrant, in a case involving Utah officers who watched a fight through a window.

Justices will consider the officers’ handling of a complaint in Brigham City about a loud party. Police officers peered through a door and windows and saw four adults restraining a juvenile, who then broke free and punched one of the adults in the face.

The officers entered and arrested the adults, who were charged with intoxication, disorderly conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A judge threw out the charges on grounds that the police entered without a search warrant.

In an appeal, the state of Utah argued that courts are deeply divided on what emergency circumstances are required for warrantless police entries.

Lou Rawls dies at 72

LOS ANGELES — Lou Rawls, who earned fame with his unique voice and respect through his prodigious fundraising for the United Negro College Fund, died yesterday of cancer. He was 72.

Mr. Rawls began as a gospel singer and spent nearly five decades working his soulful, velvet-voiced magic on classic tunes including “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” and “Lady Love.”

“His voice was so unique,” said producer Kenny Gamble, who with Leon Huff wrote “You’ll Never Find.”

“The other thing was that he had a sense of community,” Mr. Gamble said. “Thousands and thousands of young kids benefited from his celebrity.”

With his wife, Nina, at his bedside, Mr. Rawls died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was hospitalized last month for treatment of lung and brain cancer, said his publicist, Paul Shefrin.

Navy chaplain to break fast

Navy Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt, who has been on a water-only fast to protest regulations against a uniformed chaplain using sectarian prayers at public events, says the Navy has decided to allow him to officially pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

He will break his 18-day fast at 11 a.m. today in front of the White House at a press conference lauding “a victory for religious freedom in the Navy.”

The chaplain said his supervisor, Capt. Lloyd Pyle, told him late yesterday afternoon he can pray Christian prayers in a public setting while uniformed. The chaplain was removed from shipboard duty last spring when he began protesting new military regulations against sectarian prayer.

Cheney uses cane for foot problem

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A foot ailment forced Vice President Dick Cheney to use a cane yesterday, but it didn’t affect his sense of humor.

“I’m a little hobbled-up today,” Mr. Cheney told workers at a Harley-Davidson factory in Kansas City, Mo., where he was highlighting upturns in the economy. “I don’t usually carry a cane, but (Defense Secretary) Don Rumsfeld has been chewing on my ankles.”

Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said the vice president was experiencing a recurrence of a “pre-existing foot condition.”

She said the problem was being treated with rest and anti-inflammatory medicine.

Miss McBride said the foot condition is not related to surgery Mr. Cheney had in September to remove aneurysms behind both knees.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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