- - Wednesday, September 24, 2008

CALIFORNIA

Hand reattached after accident

LOS GATOS — A 6-year-old girl is recovering after surgeons reattached her left hand, severed when it was caught in a loop of jump rope that had snagged on the axle of her mother’s car.

Erica Rix underwent 10 hours of surgery after the accident in early September and spent nine days in intensive care before returning home.

Erica was playing with a jump rope in the back seat of her mother’s car and let one end of the rope out the window to flutter in the wind.

“I wanted to see it go up and down because I thought I was going to fly,” she said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today.”

GEORGIA

Top court blocks inmate’s execution

ATLANTA — The U.S. Supreme Court gave a last-minute reprieve to a Georgia man less than two hours before he was to be executed for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty police officer.

Supporters of Troy Davis, 39, have called for a new trial as several witnesses have recanted their testimony. Protesters had arrived by the busload to protest the execution, carrying signs with slogans like “Justice for Troy Davis” and wearing blue T-shirts emblazoned with “I am Troy Davis.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton had accompanied members of Davis‘ family to the protest, including Davis‘ mother, Virginia.

HAWAII

Veterans’ cemetery to get improvements

HONOLULU — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding a grant of more than $2.7 million for improvements to the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kailua-Kona.

A news release issued Monday by Hawaii’s Democratic Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka said some of the grant money will be used to fund the cost of full casket and in-ground gravesites, columbaria and a storage facility with a fenced service yard.

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