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Cpl. Steve Smith with the Alabama State Troopers said the four teens were Matthew Riley Zimmer, Evan Weaver, Matthew Roe and Alexx Bauer. The 18-year-olds were from Angola, Ind., a small community near the Ohio and Michigan state lines. Niall McNellis, 21, of Troy, Ala., also died in the crash about 3 p.m. Saturday.

An initial investigation indicated Mr. McNellis was driving south on Interstate 65 just south of Clanton, Ala., when his vehicle crossed the median and hit the car driven by Mr. Zimmer head-on as the teens drove north, Cpl. Smith said. The trooper said several people in a third car suffered minor injuries. It was unclear whether bad weather that passed through the area contributed to the wreck.

Mr. Bauer and Mr. Zimmer played for the Angola High School football team, and a message on the team’s website said the members “thoughts and prayers” were with all the students’ families.


State to mark Capitol building fire

ALBANY — The fire started in the Assembly Library and quickly spread down the hall to the nearby New York State Library, finding plenty of fuel among towering shelves jammed with books and cabinets filled with hundreds of thousands of documents, many of them centuries old.

It would be several days before firefighters finally doused the last embers of the state Capitol fire that started in the early morning hours of March 29, 1911. Meanwhile, one man was dead and an untold wealth of New York’s history and heritage — from Dutch colonial records to priceless Iroquois artifacts — had gone up in flames.

The disaster, according to the man who served as the State Library’s director before and after the fire, was unequaled in the history of modern libraries. The fire is estimated to have destroyed about 500,000 books and 300,000 manuscripts; only 7,000 books and 80,000 manuscripts were saved. The blaze also destroyed 8,500 artifacts in the New York State Museum, including irreplaceable Seneca craftworks.

The Capitol blaze, coming just four days after the horrific fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory in Manhattan, was the second blow in a pair of pyrotechnic disasters that led to legislation in Albany strengthening building codes and factory safety laws statewide, and eventually, nationwide.

New York is marking this week’s 100th anniversary of the Capitol fire with an exhibit, a new documentary film, a newly published book and public lectures by state librarians and historians.


Recruiters blamed for diet-related death

VERMILION — An Ohio coroner says a man who lost about 85 pounds in less than four months to join the Army has died of diet-related causes.

The mother of Glenni “Glenn” Wilsey V, 20, of Vermilion in northeast Ohio, blames diet coaching by Army recruiters. Mr. Wilsey had weighed 280 pounds before the diet. The diet, begun before he talked to recruiters in December, left him 7 pounds short of his goal.

The Army says it is investigating and can’t comment on whether recruiters coached the dieting. Lorain County Coroner Dr. Paul Matus blames the March 3 death on acute cardiac dysrhythmia due to an electrolyte imbalance. The coroner listed a contributing factor of extreme dieting and purging.

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