- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2000

Suspended columnist returns to Globe

BOSTON Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby returns this week after a four-month suspension for failing to cite sources in a July column.
Richard Gulla, a Globe spokesman, said Mr. Jacoby will write a column for tomorrow's edition. Starting Thursday, his work will begin appearing in its regular Thursday and Monday slots.
Mr. Gulla said the Globe is "pleased" that the paper's main conservative voice is returning.
Two columnists who filled in for Mr. Jacoby during his suspension, Jennifer Cabranes Braceras and Cathy Young, will continue to appear occasionally in the paper, Mr. Gulla said.

Runner proposes during N.Y. marathon

NEW YORK A little more than halfway through the New York City Marathon, a runner's thoughts can drift to all sorts of things and the lack of oxygen also can make one a little giddy.
But Terry O'Brien, of Moore, S.C., had something special on his mind other than completing the 26.2-mile road race through the streets of New York on Sunday.
He was hearing wedding bells.
At mile 16, the 36-year-old Mr. O'Brien, pulled out a ring and dropped to one knee in front of Janelle Billingsly, 30.
"I was caught completely off guard," Miss Billingsly told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, S.C.
She said Mr. O'Brien's sweaty, disheveled appearance didn't sway her answer. "I said yes. I most definitely said yes."
Before she knew it, her fiance was off and running again. There were still 10 more miles to go.
Despite the breather, Mr. O'Brien finished the marathon in 3 hours, 55 minutes.

Army colonel fired in drug scandal

An Army colonel who pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of laundering cash from his wife's drug deals while he headed U.S. anti-drug operations in Colombia has been fired by the Army.
Col. James C. Hiett, a 24-year veteran, has been dropped from Army personnel rolls and will get no military retirement pay, spokesman Lt. Col. Russell Oaks said yesterday. Hiett cannot appeal the decision.
In July, Hiett got five months in prison, five months of home confinement and one year probation. He pleaded guilty in April to charges he tried to launder $25,000 from drug shipments his wife made from the U.S. Embassy in Bogota to New York.

Elderly couple die from mauling by ram

CHINA GROVE, N.C. A 250-pound ram fatally mauled an elderly couple as they fed and watered their flock of sheep, authorities said.
Carl and Mary Beaver were attacked Sunday in a pasture outside China Grove.
Mrs. Beaver, 80, whose injuries included a broken leg and head trauma, died at the scene, sheriff's Lt. John Sifford said. Her 84-year-old husband died yesterday at Northeast Medical Center.
Investigators and relatives said the ram, acquired just weeks ago, may have been trying to protect ewes during mating season.
Mrs. Beaver's niece, Zetta Earnhardt, said family members went to check on the couple after they failed to show up at a relative's house. The family has not decided what to do with the ram.

State warns Texas against executing alien

HOUSTON The State Department asked Texas officials yesterday to give "careful consideration" to a clemency request from Mexican citizen Miguel Angel Flores, who is scheduled to die by injection Thursday.
The State Department said in a letter to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles that the state might have violated an international treaty by not advising Flores of his right to notify the Mexican consulate when arrested.
The Mexican government has urged Texas to commute Flores' sentence to life in prison or to postpone his execution to allow time for review. Mexico has no death penalty and opposes its imposition on Mexicans abroad.
A spokeswoman for Texas Gov. George W. Bush pointed out that Flores came to the United States when he was 4, graduated from U.S. schools and spoke English as his first language. Canada failed to stop a Texas execution last year on similar grounds.

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