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American Scene

- - Tuesday, November 2, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Schwarzenegger's son held rowdy party

LOS ANGELES | Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 17-year-old son was co-host of a rowdy alcohol-fueled Halloween party where Los Angeles officers cited several people for underage drinking, police said.

Patrick Schwarzenegger was identified as a co-host of the Sunset Boulevard party held in a private home Saturday night near Will Rogers State Park. The residence is near the Schwarzenegger compound in Pacific Palisades.

Sgt. Gary Levy said a half-dozen complaints of loud music led officers to shut down the party sometime after 11:30 p.m. Among the 100 to 200 partygoers were minors in possession of alcohol.

The sergeant said Tuesday that several people were cited for alcohol violations, but the governor's son wasn't one of them.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear declined to comment Tuesday.

MICHIGAN

Struggling family sells Obama letter

DETROIT | Jennifer Cline said having President Obama think enough about her family's struggles to send a handwritten letter promising "things will keep getting better" was priceless, until she was offered $7,000 for the handwritten note.

That was when the 28-year-old mother of 2- and 9-year-old boys from southern Michigan, who has been unemployed since losing her job as a pharmacy technician in 2007, decided that selling the memento to a persistent autograph collector was a good way to put a dent in her family's growing pile of bills.

"I needed to do what's best for my family," she said Tuesday, adding that she and her 30-year-old husband, Jason, remain staunch Obama supporters. "And this was best for my family."

She and her husband plan to use about $3,000 to pay down mounting bills, many of which are related to two forms of skin cancer that Mrs. Cline has battled into remission. The remaining money eventually will be used as part of a down payment on a home, Mrs. Cline said.

NEW MEXICO

Newspaper banned from reservation

JEMEZ PUEBLO | Jemez Pueblo Gov. Joshua Madalena has banned sales of a twice-monthly newspaper on the reservation over what he calls its sensationalized coverage of a killing.

In a letter last week to the Jemez Thunder, Mr. Madalena wrote that the article's tone, "the level of gruesome detail and the incredibly sensationalized manner in which it was published was appalling."

The newspaper from nearby Jemez Springs, with a circulation of about 1,000, will no longer be sold within reservation boundaries because its failure to exercise restraint shows it's "out of touch with the community's perspective," Mr. Madalena wrote.

Leaders of Jemez Pueblo also banned trick-or-treating on Halloween this year, saying it's not part of the traditional Pueblo culture and it's a safety concern because of the small community's unlit roads.

Mr. Madalena told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the close-knit community did not need to know the gruesome details and the newspaper should have come to Pueblo leaders before printing a story.

"I understand there is freedom of the press, but understanding the ties that we have, I do not want to exploit and reopen the wounds that we are trying to heal, especially in those two families," Mr. Madalena said, referring to the families of the man killed and a second man charged.

NEW YORK

'Lion King' actress dies from leukemia

NEW YORK | Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old who starred on Broadway in "The Lion King" and whose battle with leukemia won the hearts of many, including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and 50 Cent, has died.

Shannon died Monday afternoon at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, on Long Island, of acute myelogenous leukemia, a common type of leukemia among adults, but rare among children.

"She was a remarkable and talented young lady who touched the lives of those she entertained, as well as those who cared for her over the past several months," the medical center said Tuesday.

Shannon, who played the young lion Nala, received an umbilical-cord blood transplant in August. The procedure was performed as an alternative to a bone marrow transplant. Her physician, Dr. Larry Wolfe, said that a perfect bone marrow match for Shannon could not be found.

The search for a match was especially daunting because Shannon's mother is black and her father is Hispanic, from the Dominican Republic. For bone marrow transplants, minorities and those of mixed ancestry have a more difficult time finding good matches because there aren't as many people from those groups signed up as potential donors.

OREGON

Blades found in airline cabin

PORTLAND | A Delta Air Lines flight from Tokyo to Oregon was searched upon landing after its crew found box cutter blades aboard, authorities said.

Portland's KGW-TV reported that the crew of Delta Flight 90 requested that authorities meet the aircraft upon arrival at Portland International Airport after the blades were found in the plane's cabin while the aircraft was en route to Oregon.

Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott said the flight arrived without incident Tuesday morning.

FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said all 155 passengers and 10 crew members were interviewed while baggage and the plane were searched.

It was not known how the blades got on board.

From wire dispatches and staff reports