- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 25, 2001

10,580 injured on amusement rides
Roller coasters and other amusement rides spun, dropped and catapulted more than 10,000 thrill-seekers into emergency rooms with injuries last year, the government said.
An annual report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission found Thursday that 6,590 persons were hurt on park rides last year, down from 7,260 in 1999.
Add mobile carnival rides and a total of 10,580 persons were injured, 200 more than in 1999.

Pharmacist indicted on new counts
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal authorities are adding more agents to their investigation of a millionaire pharmacist who was indicted on 20 new counts of mislabeling and tampering with potentially lifesaving chemotherapy drugs.
FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said 30 new agents and support staff would arrive next week to join the 50 already on the case.
Robert R. Courtney, 48, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on eight counts of tampering with consumer products, six of adulteration of a drug and six of misbranding a drug.
The charges replace a complaint filed Aug. 14 accusing Mr. Courtney of a felony count of misbranding and adulteration of a drug.
Authorities say Mr. Courtney — who reportedly saved hundreds of dollars per dose — was motivated by profit and $600,000 in looming tax bills.

Clinton recruits historian for book
NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton has recruited Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch to help with the writing of his memoirs, the Daily News reported yesterday.
Mr. Branch, a friend of Mr. Clinton's, won the Pulitzer in 1989 for "Parting the Waters," on Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. The Daily News cited unidentified sources in its report.
Mr. Clinton has agreed to terms with publisher Alfred A. Knopf on a deal worth a reported $10 million to $12 million, the highest ever for a nonfiction book.

Parachutist claims he is an artist
NEW YORK — The Frenchman who dangled 300 feet in the air from the Statue of Liberty says he is an artist, not a daredevil.
The stunt that went awry and left Thierry Devaux, 41, dangling from Lady Liberty's arm for a half-hour was neither a political statement nor a publicity stunt, he said in an interview yesterday with the Associated Press.
"It's an artistic way for me to express myself," he said.
Using a motorized-propeller device called a paramotor, Mr. Devaux intended to circle the statue Thursday morning, land on the narrow deck of the torch and then bungee jump off. But his plans went haywire when his parachute snagged on the statue's torch.
After being rescued by city and U.S. Park Police, the artist was handcuffed, taken to court and charged with four federal misdemeanor counts, including trespassing, disorderly conduct and illegal air activity.

School board vetoes 'In God We Trust'
NAPLES, Fla. — "In God We Trust" posters won't hang in Collier County classrooms.
After more than three hours of debate Thursday, the school board voted 3-1 not to hang the posters with the national motto. They voted after an emotionally charged meeting in the East Naples Middle School auditorium that drew a crowd of about 250.
"The schools and education need to remain neutral," board Chairman Anne Goodnight said. "I don't have a problem with the plaque, but I don't believe the plaque should be placed in our schools."
The Christian Coalition of Collier County wanted to hang the posters in schools, "to promote patriotism and a love of country," said Jerry Rutherford of the Christian Coalition.
Board member Linda Abbott, the sole vote for the posters, said that "if we look at it as history," she said, "then the law says it can be posted in public schools … regardless of who offers the plaques … the plaque stands on its own on the basis of law."


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