- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 26, 2001

Mother begs suspect in killings to surrender
SACRAMENTO, Calif. A woman whose son is believed to have knifed six family members to death has pleaded for him to surrender as police pursued a nationwide manhunt yesterday for the Ukrainian immigrant who now tops the FBI's most-wanted list.
"Nikolay, your family loves you very much, and we are asking you to please turn yourself in peacefully," Nikolay Soltys' mother, Varvara, said in Russian in a taped segment broadcast Friday on a local cable-television station, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. She is being kept in protective seclusion with other relatives by police.
Mr. Soltys, 27, is suspected of murdering his pregnant wife, 3-year-old son, and four other family members Monday during a rampage around Sacramento.

Florida surfer bitten in shark attack
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. A shark attacked an 18-year-old surfer yesterday, the ninth person bitten off the same beach in the past week.
Ben Gibbs was nipped on his upper left thigh and right foot. The attack occurred about a mile south of a one-mile stretch of beach that officials closed for the weekend, said Capt. Robert Horster of the Volusia County Beach Patrol. He was not seriously injured.

Florida woman infected with West Nile virus
MARATHON, Fla. A Florida woman has been infected with the mosquito-borne West Nile virus that killed a Georgia woman this month and at least seven others in North America in recent years, the Miami Herald reported yesterday.
The unidentified 73-year-old woman is South Florida's first case of human encephalitis caused by the virus, the paper said. She was hospitalized Aug. 5 and later released.

Feds suspend plutonium shipments
COLUMBIA, S.C. Federal officials have promised not to ship surplus plutonium to South Carolina until the state and the U.S. Energy Department can work out a plan for when the radioactive metal would leave the state.
State House Speaker David Wilkins, Greenville Republican, and Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler said Friday that they had assurances from Energy Undersecretary Robert Card that no shipments would be made until the agency and the state had a written agreement for how long the plutonium would remain at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.
Under an agreement with the Clinton administration, 50 tons of weapons-grade plutonium was to be turned into fuel for commercial nuclear power plants or processed into glass rods and buried in Nevada. But Gov. Jim Hodges says the Bush administration has been backing off those very expensive processing plans, raising the fear that the federal government wants to bury that plutonium in South Carolina permanently.

Girl, 8, dies after python attack
IRWIN, Pa. An 8-year-old girl died after her family's pet Burmese python wrapped itself around her neck and suffocated her.
The 10-foot-long snake was one of five owned by the family, police said.
Amber Mountain's mother left home for a short time on Wednesday and returned to find that the snake had escaped from its cage. The girl was unconscious and had no pulse when paramedics arrived. She died at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Friday night.

Machine simulates body; keeps kidney functioning
CHICAGO A machine that simulates a warm human body kept a kidney functioning for almost 24 hours in a test of a technique researchers say could preserve donated organs longer.
The team at the University of Chicago Hospitals announced yesterday that the kidney, the first human organ to be connected to the machine, functioned just as it would inside a human body after they connected it Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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