- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2001

Ivy League town jolted by professors' deaths

HANOVER, N.H. The safe, close-knit feel of Dartmouth College was shattered yesterday by the apparent murders of two popular, longtime professors, a couple known for opening their home and hearts to others.

Susanne and Half Zantop had welcomed so many guests into their home "they practically seemed to run a hotel," said colleague Bruce Duncan.

Police initially were close-mouthed and didn't say until a late-afternoon news conference, nearly a day after the bodies were found, that the deaths were considered a double homicide.

Montesinos associate arrested in Miami

MIAMI U.S. agents arrested an associate of Peru's fugitive spymaster Vladimiro Montesinos in Miami on money-laundering and corruption charges, the FBI said yesterday.

Victor Alberto Venero-Garido, a former Peruvian official and Peru's second-most-wanted fugitive behind Mr. Montesinos, was arrested without incident Friday at a home in Miami, the FBI said.

The FBI said Mr. Venero-Garido, 54, deposited about $15 million into a Miami bank several weeks ago and recently withdrew portions of it. The account has been frozen by order of a U.S. court.

Bone pieces at ranch may be atheist O'Hair

CAMP WOOD, Texas Bones unearthed by investigators at a remote Texas ranch this weekend may solve the puzzling disappearance of atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair nearly five years ago, authorities said.

Just days after reaching a secret plea bargain with David Roland Waters, the top suspect in her disappearance, state and federal investigators returned Saturday and yesterday to the sprawling 5,000-acre Cooksey Ranch where they have long suspected Miss O'Hair and her two adult children might be buried.

After three fruitless visits since 1999, FBI and state investigators confirmed that a daylong search of part of the ranch near Camp Wood, 120 miles northwest of San Antonio, turned up significant evidence.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Roderick Beverly, who heads the FBI's San Antonio office, said some of the bones and fabric found with them appeared burned.

Forensic scientists would work to identify them immediately, he said.

Army detonates nerve gas bomblet

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. Army workers detonated a Cold War-era bomblet yesterday and began neutralizing the deadly sarin nerve gas it contained.

In coming weeks, the Army will detonate five more grapefruit-sized sarin bomblets found during efforts to convert the former Rocky Mountain Arsenal to a wildlife refuge.

"Everything went well. They're dousing it with neutralizer and that will take several hours, but once it is cracked open, the threat is basically over," project spokesman Omar Jabara said yesterday.

Couple think they have the Colonel's recipe

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. The handwritten note that Tommy and Cherry Settle discovered in their basement a year ago could be the answer to one of the country's best-kept culinary secrets Colonel Harland Sanders' recipe for fried chicken.

The couple bought their Shelbyville home, a white mansion on U.S. 60 West, from Colonel Sanders and his wife, Claudia, in the early 1970s.

About a year ago, the two were digging through a box of books from the basement and found a leather-bound date book from 1964, Cherry Settle told the Lexington Herald-Leader. Among appointments and other notes was a recipe for fried chicken that called for 11 herbs and spices, she said.

The Settles were considering selling the planner through an auction house, but first they contacted KFC to see whether the company could verify that the recipe was authentic, Mrs. Settle said.

Last week, KFC filed a sealed lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court asking that the piece of paper found by the Settles be given to the company.

The judge handling the case, William Stewart, said he plans to sign an order unsealing the lawsuit today. The Sanders date book is now in a courthouse safe.

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