- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 13, 2007

Missouri flooding not as bad as expected

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri River neared its highest point in the state’s capital city yesterday after a week of flooding towns upstream, but hydrologists said it wasn’t nearly as bad as feared.

The river reached about 29 feet yesterday morning, about six feet above flood stage. That was high enough to flood stretches of the riverside Katy Trail hiking and biking route and some low-lying roads, plus nearly 1,400 acres of farmland.

However, it was short of the predicted 34-foot peak, which could have wiped out many farmers’ crops for the year and inundated the Jefferson City Airport.

Brownback misses mark with analogy

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. — Note to Sen. Sam Brownback: In Packerland, it’s not cool to diss quarterback Brett Favre.

The Republican presidential hopeful drew boos and groans Friday at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention when he used a football analogy to talk about the need to focus on families.

“This is fundamental blocking and tackling,” Mr. Brownback said.

“This is your line in football. If you don’t have a line, how many passes can Peyton Manning complete? Greatest quarterback, maybe, in NFL history,” he said, referring to the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

Oops, wrong team to mention in Wisconsin.

Realizing what he had said, the Kansas Republican slumped at the podium and put his head in his hands.

“That’s really bad,” he said. “That will go down in history. I apologize.”

Minnesota eyes smoking ban

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota would ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other establishments under a bill approved by the Legislature.

The bill passed the state House by an 81-48 vote early yesterday, hours after the state Senate approved it 43-21. It now heads to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has said he will sign it.

Minnesota would become the 20th state to prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants. Violations would carry fines of up to $300 for smokers and business owners who allow smoking. The ban would start Oct. 1.

CBS Radio drops shock jocks

NEW YORK — One month after CBS Radio fired radio host Don Imus, it has permanently pulled the plug on a pair of suspended New York shock jocks for a prank phone call rife with Asian stereotypes.

“The Dog House with JV and Elvis,” hosted by Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay, “will no longer be broadcast,” CBS Radio spokeswoman Karen Mateo said yesterday.

The cancellation of the show on WFNY-FM, nearly three weeks after the hosts were suspended, was another indication of the increased scrutiny on radio hosts and the heightened management sensitivity to complaints in the wake of Mr. Imus’ firing.

Mr. Vandergrift and Mr. Lay broadcast a call to a Chinese restaurant in which the caller, in an exaggerated accent, placed an order for “shrimp flied lice,” claimed he was a student of kung fu and compared menu items to employees’ body parts.

Woman sentenced for caging grandson

BRIGHTON, Colo. — A 62-year-old woman was sentenced to three years in prison for locking her grandson inside a dog kennel every night for three years while she went to work as a jail counselor.

Under a plea bargain, June Candelario also was sentenced Friday to one year of probation.

“I cannot imagine any society that would say it is just and fair to inflict this harm on a child that cannot protect himself,” Adams County District Court Judge Harlan Bockman said.

Candelario, a former state trooper, put the boy in a 4-foot-by-3-foot kennel each day at 4 p.m. and let him out hours later when she returned from work, authorities said.

Four rescued from tank of feces

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. — This nasty rescue is no fish tale.

Rescuers cut through a filtration tank of dense fish feces to reach four workers who fell into the sludge Friday while cleaning the 18-foot tank at a western Massachusetts farm.

The workers became trapped for 45 minutes after a bracket holding a plastic filtration pad collapsed as they stood on it to clean the fiberglass tank at the Australis Aquaculture fish farm, said Turners Falls Fire Capt. David Dion and the fish farm’s manager, Josh Goldman.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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