- - Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Coach among 3 killed in crash

BISHOP | A California university mourned Tuesday after a fiery crash involving its cross-country team killed three people and left 16 injured — many of them student-athletes — in the eastern Sierra Nevada.

Four people remained hospitalized in extremely critical condition, California Highway Patrol Officer Dennis Cleland said. Two were airlifted to a medical center.

California Baptist University cheerleading coach Wendy Rice, 35, of Corona died when an out-of-control sport utility vehicle struck the van she was driving as the team headed to a high-altitude training camp in Mammoth on Monday night, the Riverside school said.

Two people in the SUV also died.

The university was closed Tuesday, and officials said a memorial service was being planned.

Mrs. Rice had been at the school for about four years and left a husband and two children.

CONNECTICUT

Lawsuit dismissed on Geronimo remains

NEW HAVEN | A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by descendants of the Apache warrior Geronimo, who claimed some of his remains were stolen in 1918 by a student society at Yale University.

The lawsuit was filed last year in Washington, D.C., by 20 descendants who want to rebury Geronimo near his New Mexico birthplace.

It claimed Skull and Bones members took some remains from a burial plot at Fort Sill, Okla., where Geronimo died in 1909.

Judge Richard Roberts last month granted a Justice Department motion to dismiss, saying the plaintiffs didn’t establish that the government had waived its right not to be sued without its consent.

He also dismissed the lawsuit against Yale and the society, saying the plaintiffs cited a law that applies only to American Indian cultural items excavated or discovered after 1990.

NEW YORK

Flight attendant suspended, arraigned

NEW YORK | A JetBlue flight attendant was suspended Tuesday after accusations that he cursed out a passenger over a plane’s loudspeakers, grabbed some beer from the galley and exited on the emergency slide. The attorney for the attendant, who has become an Internet sensation, said the rule-breaking passenger provoked him.

Steven Slater wore a slight smile Tuesday as he was led into a Queens courtroom to be arraigned on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing. The judge set his bail at $2,500, but it wasn’t clear when Mr. Slater might be able to post the money.

JetBlue Airways removed Mr. Slater from duty pending the investigation; the airline declined to comment on the specifics of the flight from Pittsburgh to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Police and prosecutors said Mr. Slater, a 38-year-old airline industry veteran, lost his temper Monday afternoon after a dispute with a passenger, then fled the parked jet by deploying the emergency chute and walking across the tarmac to an unlocked door that led to the street.

TEXAS

Scarlett’s dresses need $30,000 repairs

AUSTIN | It’s time to find out whether fans of “Gone With the Wind” frankly give a you-know-what about the fabulous dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in the multiple Oscar-winning Civil War drama.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin said that if it cannot raise $30,000 to restore five of Scarlett O’Hara’s gowns, they may be too fragile to display at its exhibit to mark the 1939 movie’s 75th anniversary in 2014.

The center’s costume assistant, Jill Morena, said donations will go toward restoring the frocks — a green curtain dress, a green velvet gown, a burgundy ball gown, a blue velvet nightgown and Scarlett’s wedding dress — and buying protective housing and custom mannequins.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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