- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 3, 2001

'2001'-like monolith appears in Seattle

SEATTLE A 9-foot steel monolith mysteriously appeared in a city park, just in time for 2001.

Denny Sargent couldn't resist humming the theme to "2001: A Space Odyssey," when he walked up to touch the imposing object, which stands on a grassy knoll in Magnuson Park like the movie's extraterrestrial guardian and enigmatic symbol.

"I feel my intelligence increasing by the moment," he said.

The unmarked sculpture appears to have been put in place on New Year's Eve.

Sod was carefully tamped into place around the object's base, but several plastic bottle-cap rings littered the ground, suggesting it was thirsty work for whoever installed it.

Man accused of killing mail-order bride

SEATTLE A Washington man was being held on suspicion of killing his mail-order bride from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, after her body was exhumed from a shallow grave Friday, law enforcement officials said yesterday.

Police arrested Indle King Jr., 39, of Mountlake Terrace, Wash. Anastasia Soloveya King, 18, was last seen alive Sept. 22.

A tip from an acquaintance led police to the body of Anastasia, a pretty college student who spoke three languages and worked at an upscale Seattle restaurant, buried at the Tulalip Indian Reservation 30 miles north of Seattle.

Police said little about the case, pending an autopsy and charges.

Orchestra member collapses after solo

TRENTON, N.J. The principal trumpet player with the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra collapsed onstage after playing a solo and later died.

James M. Tuozzolo, 57, apparently suffered a heart attack Sunday night while the orchestra was closing its concert with Glenn Miller's "In the Mood." The New Year's Eve concert at the War Memorial Theater attracted an audience of about 1,800 people.

"He stood, played the solo flawlessly, and then sat down," said John Peter Holly, the orchestra's executive director and conductor. "A few seconds later, he dropped the trumpet and fell on the floor."

Skydiver dies after landing headfirst

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. A skydiver died after landing headfirst during a competition.

Mitch B. Littlefield, 42, of Mount Holly, N.J., was an experienced skydiver with more than 1,000 jumps.

T.K. Hayes, Skydive City manager, said Mr. Littlefield's parachute opened, but he was going too fast when he hit the ground as part of a skydiving team.

"He was known to be a conservative skydiver," Mr. Hayes said. "He just executed his final turn to land too low. He probably hit the ground at 60, 70, maybe 80 mph."

Employees buried, others return to work

WAKEFIELD, Mass. One week after the massacre that killed seven persons at an Internet firm, three victims were buried yesterday and surviving colleagues returned to work for the first time since the killings.

"We are aware that the families of our friends and colleagues that lost their lives are struggling to cope with the tragic events of last week, and we continue to do everything that we can to ease their burdens," Edgewater Technology Inc. said in a statement.

Police accuse software tester Michael McDermott, 42, of killing four female and three male co-workers at the company's corporate headquarters in Wakefield, Mass., using an assault rifle and a shotgun to shoot each of them several times, officials said.

HHS may loosen rules about data on doctors

Federal health officials are considering allowing Medicare beneficiaries to obtain information about doctors who may have made errors in their treatment, even if the doctors object.

The Department of Health and Human Services plans to make a new regulation later this year. Health care practitioners can now veto releasing such data.

Officials hope the proposal will spark debate about whether to give patients information they want about their cases or to continue secrecy, which helps doctors participate in quality reviews to identify and fix systemic woes.

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