- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 19, 2001

Astronauts route cables along space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A pair of spacewalking astronauts routed 45-foot electrical cables along the International Space Station yesterday, rolling them out like fire hoses.
It was the second and final outing of space shuttle Discovery's weeklong visit at space station Alpha.

Company issues Hispanic G.I. Joe doll
NEWARK, N.J. — Toy maker Hasbro Inc. is introducing its first version of G.I. Joe with a Hispanic surname.
The 12-inch doll honors the late Roy P. Benavidez, an Army sergeant who won the Medal of Honor for saving eight Special Forces soldiers during a jungle battle 33 years ago in Vietnam.
"A lot of Hispanics use the military service to advance themselves and their careers," said retired Army paratrooper Angel Cordero. "Having a Hispanic G.I. Joe, they will be able to identify a little more with the armed services of this country at an even earlier age."
The doll, which started reaching stores this week, follows the Rhode Island toy maker's release earlier this year of the first G.I. Joe with Hispanic features, but not modeled after a specific soldier.

Mellon laying off 106 over missing tax returns
PITTSBURGH — Mellon Bank is laying off 106 workers and shutting down its Internal Revenue Service processing division because it found hundreds of federal tax returns were hidden and destroyed.
The move comes as the U.S. Treasury Department investigates the disappearance of about 1,800 returns and tax payment checks sent to a Mellon lock box.
The problem affects only Northeastern filers who owed money on their 2000 tax returns and mailed them to Pittsburgh.

Suspect captured in homosexuals' killings
RENO, Nev. — A teen-ager wanted by the FBI in the killings of two homosexual men in Florida was captured on the eve of a Gay Pride celebration here.
Adam Ezerski, 19, of Atlantic Beach, Fla., surrendered to FBI agents Friday without incident in his hotel room. He will be extradited to Florida to face two charges of first-degree murder.

Mother charged with abuse after child dies
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A woman was charged with aggravated child abuse after police found her 15-month-old son dead and her 1-month-old son in critical condition, possibly suffering from malnutrition.
Victoria Annette Dennis, 21, could face additional charges, depending on autopsy results, police said.
Mrs. Dennis called 911 on Friday and told dispatchers 15-month-old Matthew was not breathing, said police Lt. Geno Grubbs.
Rescue workers found Matthew unresponsive and concentrated on saving 1-month-old Timothy, said Capt. Gary Perry, Emergency Medical Services supervisor.
"It appeared [Timothy] had severe dehydration and was malnourished," Capt. Perry said.
Timothy was listed in fair condition in a hospital yesterday.

Expert testifies accident caused by vehicle design
McALLEN, Texas — An automotive expert testified yesterday in a $1 billion lawsuit against Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. that vehicle design, not tire design, caused a rollover accident that injured four members of a South Texas family last year.
Chris Shapley, an independent automotive engineer who specializes in vehicle dynamics, was the latest witness to blame Ford Motor Co.
The first of many similar lawsuits against the tire maker to reach trial in the United States was filed by Dr. Joel Rodriguez, whose brother, son and wife were injured when their Ford Explorer blew a tire and flipped in March 2000.


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