- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 18, 2007

ARKANSAS

TB patient found, returned to isolation

LITTLE ROCK — A man with tuberculosis who fled medical isolation at a hospital was found yesterday off Interstate 30 near Little Rock, authorities said.

Franklin Greenwood, 50, was being taken back to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital, said Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Rehrauer.

A district judge ordered Mr. Greenwood placed in isolation on June 29 after he was seen coughing up blood outside the city’s traffic court. Mr. Greenwood fled on July 1.

Health officials said Mr. Greenwood is contagious but has a form of TB that can be controlled with treatment. They don’t think his TB is drug-resistant, but they want to test him further to determine whether he is a safety risk.

CALIFORNIA

Wildfire threatens Neverland Ranch

LOS OLIVOS — Residents of several hundred homes in the mountains of Santa Barbara’s wine country, including Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, were asked to evacuate as a shift in the wind threatened to push a wildfire their way.

The 43-square-mile blaze in the Los Padres National Forest had come within about two miles of some homes when more than 1,000 residents living in and around Los Olivos were advised to leave Monday night, said Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Eli Iskow.

The notice covered a swath of land where Mr. Jackson’s ranch sits. The pop star has not been living at the ranch, and it was unknown whether residents or staff members had heeded the voluntary evacuation.

The fire, which was 35 percent contained, has charred 27,600 acres of dry and brittle wilderness since it started July 4. The steep, rocky terrain has complicated efforts to surround the blaze. Firefighters also have had to contend with spotty communications deep in the canyons.

COLORADO

Traveler with TB undergoes surgery

DENVER — Andrew Speaker, the tuberculosis patient who caused an international public-health scare in May, underwent successful surgery yesterday to remove a diseased portion of his right lung, hospital officials said.

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