- The Washington Times - Monday, August 20, 2007

CALIFORNIA

Psychologists reject interrogation ban

SAN FRANCISCO — The nation’s largest group of psychologists yesterday scrapped a measure that would have prohibited members from assisting interrogators at Guantanamo Bay and other U.S. military detention centers.

The American Psychological Association’s policy-making council voted against a proposal to ban psychologists from taking part in interrogations at U.S. military prisons “in which detainees are deprived of adequate protection of their human rights.”

Instead, the group approved a resolution that reaffirmed the association’s opposition to torture and restricted members from taking part in interrogations that involved any of more than a dozen specific practices, including sleep deprivation and forced nakedness.

Critics of the proposed ban who spoke before the vote at the 148,000-member organization’s annual meeting said the presence of psychologists would help ensure interrogators did not abuse prisoners.

“If we remove psychologists from these facilities, people are going to die,” said Army Col. Larry James, who serves as a psychologist at Guantanamo Bay.

FLORIDA

Woman survives shark attack

SARASOTA — A college student was bitten by a shark in Sarasota Bay and needed more than 100 stitches to close her wounds.

Andrea Lynch, 20, said she was floating on her back near a boat when the shark bit her side Wednesday, shook her and then let her go.

When she got back into the boat, she told her friends that she might have been bitten by a shark but they thought she was joking or mistaken.

“I reached back with my hand and felt all these gashes on me, and there was blood running down my body and pooling in the boat,” she said.

Miss Lynch had 17 puncture wounds. Doctors said the shark’s teeth missed all major organs but were close to her lungs.

LOUISIANA

College plans ’biblical’ law school

PINEVILLE — Louisiana College hopes to open a law school in 2009 with a “biblical worldview” to train defenders of conservative Christian values in the courtroom and in politics, President Joe Aguillard said.

It would be the school’s first doctoral program.

MICHIGAN

Mother makes skydive salute

THOMAS TOWNSHIP — Tina Peters wanted to do something special to salute her son’s service to his country as he heads back to Iraq for a second tour, so she jumped out of an airplane.

It was the first jump for the 57-year-old woman.

“My mom’s crazy,” Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Peters, 31, said before the jump. “I’ll be sitting back with the insurance agent, watching.”

His older brother, Ray Peters, 32, was scheduled to skydive with their mother yesterday in a “Jumping for Jason” event at Browne Airport in Saginaw County.

Tina Peters said she wasn’t nervous about the jump.

“One of us will scream like a little girl, and it’s not gonna be me,” she told the Saginaw News.

Sgt. Peters, a member of the 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron, is scheduled to be deployed next week for about 10 months.

MINNESOTA

Man’s body found at bridge site

MINNEAPOLIS — The body of a man missing since an interstate bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River was recovered early yesterday, bringing the confirmed death toll to 12, authorities said.

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office identified the remains as Scott Sathers, 30, of Maple Grove.

Mr. Sathers worked in enrollment services at Capella University and was on his way home from work, using his usual route, when the Interstate 35W bridge crumpled during evening rush hour traffic on Aug. 1.

Divers continued searching for the last person on the list of missing, Greg Jolstad, 45, of Mora.

NEW JERSEY

6th suspect arrested in students’ slayings

TRENTON — A sixth and final suspect in the execution-style slayings of three college students in a Newark schoolyard two weeks ago was arrested early yesterday, authorities said.

Melvin Jovel, 18, was caught at the home of a relative in Elizabeth about 3 a.m., said a spokeswoman for the Essex County prosecutor’s office.

About 10 officers from the Newark Police Department, Essex County prosecutor’s office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement made the arrest.

He was charged with murder stemming from the Aug. 4 shootings of Terrance Aeriel, 18; Dashon Harvey, 20; and Iofemi Hightower, 20. Mr. Jovel’s bail was set at $2 million by state Superior Court Judge Michael Ravin.

Mr. Jovel was arrested about 24 hours after federal authorities in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs of Washington arrested Nicaraguan immigrant Rodolfo Godinez, 24, and Alexander Alfaro, 16, his half brother.

Three other suspects — Jose Carranza, 28, an illegal alien from Peru, and two juveniles — were already in custody.

NORTH CAROLINA

Graham improves in hospital

ASHEVILLE — Hospital officials said evangelist Billy Graham remains in fair condition, but is awake, eating, walking around and steadily improving.

The 88-year-old preacher was admitted Saturday to Mission Health & Hospitals for treatment of intestinal bleeding. The hospital said the bleeding has stopped and Mr. Graham’s blood pressure is good.

Hospital officials said Mr. Graham watched the televised service of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C., as he does each Sunday at home, then ate lunch.

They added that Mr. Graham has been walking in the hall near his hospital room, and continues to visit with friends and family. Family members said they hoped his hospital stay would be brief.

WISCONSIN

Church attendees get tuition discount

OCONOMOWOC — Parents whose children attend St. Jerome Parish School here can save $1,400 off the annual tuition if they sign a contract agreeing to attend church regularly.

“Parents are the primary educators in the way of faith,” said the Rev. John Yockey of St. Jerome Parish, which operates the school. “This is a call to inactive parents to renew their religious practices.”

For years, parents qualified for the discount by simply registering as church members. But only about half showed up in church regularly, leaving some parishioners miffed.

Father Yockey created the new policy, which will begin when the school year starts next month. Parents who want the stipend had to sign a contract agreeing to attend church at least seven of every 10 Sundays.

Those who refuse to sign the contract or who don’t meet the 70 percent attendance rate must pay the regular annual tuition of $4,500 per child.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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