Report: Strokes are rising for young, middle-aged
LOS ANGELES | Strokes are rising dramatically among young and middle-aged Americans while dropping in older ones, a sign that the obesity epidemic may be starting to reshape the age burden of the disease.
The numbers, reported Wednesday at an American Stroke Association conference in California, come from the first large nationwide study of stroke hospitalizations by age. Government researchers compared hospitalizations in 1994 and 1995 with ones in 2006 and 2007.
The sharpest increase — 51 percent — was among men 15 through 34. Strokes rose among women in this age group, too, but not as fast — 17 percent.
38 guns found at fugitive’s home
BOISE | Federal prosecutors say they seized dozens of firearms and $15,000 in cash from the southwestern Idaho home of a man wanted for years for trying to kill a New England mob boss.
Enrico M. Ponzo, 42, appeared in federal court in Boise Wednesday, two days after he was arrested on charges from a 1997 indictment accusing him and 14 others of racketeering, attempted murder and conspiracy to kill rivals.
Mr. Ponzo had been living in Marsing, west of Boise, under the assumed name Jeffrey Shaw. During his arrest Monday, FBI agents said they seized 38 firearms, cash and a 100-ounce bar of either gold or silver.
Federal prosecutors have charged Mr. Ponzo in the 1989 attempted murder of Frank Salemme, the former head of the Patriarca family of La Cosa Nostra.
Woman questioned in fatal buttocks injection
PHILADELPHIA | Police questioned a New Jersey woman and were seeking a second woman Wednesday for questioning in the case of a woman from London who died after receiving cosmetic injections in her buttocks at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport.
The Delaware County medical examiner has identified the victim as Claudia Seye Aderotimi, 20, of London.
She died at a hospital Monday after experiencing chest pains and breathing trouble. The cause of death has been listed as undetermined, pending further studies.
Philadelphia police said they issued a search warrant at the Bergen County, N.J., home of a woman they think organized the appointment.
Police said the woman was questioned and unspecified evidence was seized from the residence but she was not arrested.
NFL, Cowboys sued in Super Bowl seating
DALLAS | Ticket-holding football fans who ended up with no seats or what they considered obstructed views of Sunday’s Super Bowl game have filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones.
The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dallas alleges breach of contract, fraud and deceptive sales practices on behalf of people who ended up watching the game on TV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, or had seats the lawsuit labeled “illegitimate.”
The NFL announced just hours before the Green Bay Packers played the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday that about 1,250 temporary seats were deemed unsafe, and the league scrambled to find new seats for about 850 people. The remaining 400 were forced to watch from standing-room locations around the stadium.
Spokesmen for the Cowboys and the NFL had no comment Wednesday.
State’s first black chief justice dies
RICHMOND | Virginia Supreme Court Justice Leroy Hassell Sr., the state’s first black chief justice, has died. He was 55.
The court disclosed his death in a brief statement Wednesday that didn’t include cause of death or other details.
Justice Hassell was appointed to the Supreme Court by then-Gov. Gerald L. Baliles in 1989. In 2003, he became the court’s first black chief justice and the 24th overall. He held the post until the end of last month.
A Norfolk native, Justice Hassell graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School, then returned to Richmond where he became a partner in the politically potent McGuire Woods law firm.
When elevated to the state’s high court at age 34, he became only the second black justice on the court after John Charles Thomas.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports