- The Washington Times - Monday, April 14, 2008


Small plane crashes into two homes

COMPTON — A twin-engine plane crashed into two homes Saturday outside Los Angeles, injuring the two persons on board and three on the ground, authorities said.

The Cessna 310 went down just before 4 p.m. near the Compton/Woodley Airport, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The plane’s fuselage crashed through one roof, and its left wing lodged in a second home.

The plane was carrying two men, and both were in critical condition, Mr. Gregor said.

In one house, a woman was critically injured and a man suffered less serious injuries, Mr. Gregor said. In the other home, a woman complained of chest pains.

The flight originated at Montgomery Field in San Diego and was heading for Hawthorne Municipal Airport, about 10 miles away.


Oyster-eating champ shellacks the competition

NEW ORLEANS — Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti looked down at the litter of empty oyster shells in front of him and savored the sweet taste of victory. For Crazy Legs Conti, the bitter taste of defeat could be washed away only with beer.

The Acme World Oyster Eating championship belt — leather, with a silver dish featuring an oyster on the half-shell — hung on Mr. Bertoletti’s skinny hips. The 22-year-old Chicago resident took the title Saturday by slurping 35 dozen of the big bivalves in eight minutes.

“I could probably do a couple dozen more, especially if they were charbroiled,” said Mr. Bertoletti.

Mr. Conti, the defending champion, tied for third, sucking down 24 dozen. Juliet Lee, 43, of Germantown, Md., methodically polished off 31½ dozen for second place.


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