- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ARKANSAS

Attorney says suspect in slaying delusional

LITTLE ROCK | - A lawyer for a man accused of killing a soldier outside an Arkansas recruiting center says his client drove through three states looking for someone to attack after seeing video of U.S. military action in the Middle East.

Abdulhakim Muhammad faces the death penalty if convicted in the June 1, 2009, death of Pvt. William Andrew Long. The defense team says Mr. Muhammad is mentally ill, but prosecutors and the accused deny it.


Defense attorney Patrick Benca said Wednesday that Mr. Muhammad was delusional when he went looking for someone to attack two years ago. He said the accused initially drove to a Kentucky recruiting center, but it was closed, so he drove to Nashville, Tenn., and then all night to Arkansas.

HAWAII

WWII-era skull discovered at Pearl Harbor’s bottom

HONOLULU | An excavation crew recently made a startling discovery at the bottom of Pearl Harbor when it unearthed a skull that archeologists suspect is from a Japanese pilot who died in the historic attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

Archaeologist Jeff Fong of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific described the discovery to the Associated Press and the efforts under way to identify the skull. He said the early analysis has made him “75 percent sure” that the skull belongs to a Japanese pilot.

He did not provide specifics about what archaeologists have learned from the skull, but said it was not from one of Hawaii’s ancient burial sites. They also contacted local police and ruled out the possibility that it’s from an active missing-person case, said Denise Emsley, public affairs officer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii.

The items found with the skull provided some clues: forks, scraps of metal and a Coca-Cola bottle Mr. Fong said researchers have determined was from the 1940s.

KENTUCKY

Anthony lookalike used at fair’s dunking booth

LEXINGTON | Organizers at a Kentucky carnival have shut down a booth in which a Casey Anthony lookalike taunted fairgoers to dunk her

The Bluegrass Fair is sponsored by the Lexington Lions Club and the dunking booth had been promoted on social media. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Lions Club cited “growing public sentiment” in deciding to close the game Tuesday.

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