- - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Flight attendant’s mom ‘understands’ outburst

THOUSAND OAKS — The mother of suspended JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater said she was sorry the incident between her son and a passenger occurred but that she understood why he had what she described as a very small meltdown.

“I also don’t think that people in the service industry should be abused by anybody, whether it be a passenger or family, anybody,” said Diane Slater, a former flight attendant, of Thousand Oaks. “Nobody should be abusing anybody, and I can understand why he snapped. I would have snapped, too. In fact, I probably would’ve snapped more than he did.

“Probably would have been more girlish about it and gotten away with a lot more than he did. I’m sorry this all happened.”

Mrs. Slater has lung cancer. Her late husband was a pilot, said Ron Franz, a longtime neighbor.

Earlier this week, Steven Slater cursed a passenger over the plane’s loudspeaker as the plane sat on the tarmac in New York, police said. He then grabbed some beer from the plane’s galley and disembarked by inflating the plane’s emergency chute and sliding down it.

He walked across the tarmac and drove to his home in Queens, where he was arrested by officials of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police. He pleaded not guilty to several felony charges Tuesday.

COLORADO

15 injured after small train tips over

MORRISON — More than a dozen people were hurt after a miniature train at an amusement park tipped over.

The accident happened Wednesday at Tiny Town, a kid-scaled replica of an Old West town in the foothills near Denver.

Dan Hatlestad of the Inter-Canyon Fire Department said the engine of the small, open-car train that runs through the miniature town tipped over first, and all five cars followed.

Nineteen people — from children to grandparents — were treated at the scene, and 15 of them were taken to hospitals. Mr. Hatlestad said most of the injuries were bumps and bruises.

CONNECTICUT

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