- - Thursday, January 21, 2010


Fiddler Daniels suffers mild stroke

DURANGO — Fiddler-guitarist Charlie Daniels said he suffered a mild stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado and has some stiffness and numbness in his left hand and arm.

Mr. Daniels, 73, suffered the stroke Friday just outside Durango. He was treated at a local hospital then airlifted to a Denver hospital, where he was released Sunday.

In a posting on his Web site Wednesday, Mr. Daniels said he was starting physical therapy. He didn’t say whether his playing had been affected but wrote, “I’m doing fine.”

Mr. Daniels is best known for his 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The Charlie Daniels Band was awarded a Grammy for best country vocal for the song.


Ice storm snarls traffic in Midwest

DES MOINES — A storm brought freezing rain and ice to the nation’s midsection on Wednesday, causing widespread power outages and forcing school closures in several states, and contributing to at least one traffic fatality in South Dakota.

Ice up to a ½-inch thick coated parts of western and northern Iowa, turning streets and sidewalks into near skating rinks.

Todd Heitkamp, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sioux Falls, S.D., said driving conditions were treacherous in parts of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Authorities were also warning drivers about icy conditions in parts of Minnesota and Illinois.


Judge: Ex-mayor owes $300,000

DETROIT — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick lied again to the residents of the city he once led, a judge said Wednesday as he ordered the disgraced official to pay more than $300,000 in restitution within 90 days or face further punishment.

During a restitution hearing, Wayne County Judge David Groner had harsh words for the ex-mayor and convicted felon, calling his conduct “reprehensible” and accused him of showing “contempt” for Detroit.

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