- The Washington Times - Monday, May 21, 2001

Dalai Lama to attend scientific conference

MADISON, Wis. — The Dalai Lama, whose teachings emphasize the training of the mind and the interaction between mind and body, will meet this week with scientists who are studying the physical state of happiness and the effects of meditation on the brain.

The Tibetan leader will visit the University of Wisconsin today and tomorrow to attend the ninth international Mind and Life Conference, a collaboration among the Dalai Lama and Western philosophers and scientists who conduct research on emotions and the brain.

He will tour the university´s new $10 million W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior.

Cruise ship lurches, injuring passengers

SEATTLE — A cruise ship returned to Seattle yesterday after a voyage on which a sudden maneuver made the vessel list sharply, injuring several passengers and shattering glassware.

"It was like the Titanic. People were flying around in chairs. The gift shop was destroyed," said Sharon Suttle of Greensboro, N.C. "I was afraid for my life. It was scary."

Following Saturday´s accident, 16 passengers were treated — some for broken bones — when the Norwegian Sky made a scheduled stop at Victoria, British Columbia.

U.N. head issues global warming call

MEDFORD, Mass. — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned yesterday that action must be taken now on global warming and called on the United States to resume leadership on the issue.

Speaking at commencement exercises at Tufts University´s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Mr. Annan said it is important that Americans, who produce the most greenhouse gases of any nation, join other nations in reducing emissions and conserving energy.

Swift discharged from hospital

BOSTON — Acting Gov. Jane Swift was released from the hospital yesterday, but her newborn twins will remain hospitalized for at least a day longer.

Lauren Alma and Sarah Jane, who were born Tuesday, were being held for observation after being treated for jaundice, a common problem among newborns.

Swift spokesman Jason Kauppi said yesterday that the initial treatment was successful, but doctors wanted to keep the girls an extra day to make sure the problem does not recur.

Ford recalls Explorers with cut tire tread

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 50,000 new Explorers because an assembly line conveyor belt that was too narrow for the wider 2002 model may have cut the tire tread.

It was the second recall of a 3-month-old redesigned model that was scrutinized to prevent such problems after last year´s Firestone tire recall.

The recall includes 50,000 four-door Explorers built at Ford´s plant in Louisville, Ky. When they were loaded too far to the right on the conveyor belt, it left cuts 5 to 9 inches long and half an inch deep in the right tire treads.

Lesbian prom king prompts new policy

FERNDALE, Wash. — The election of a lesbian as Ferndale High´s prom king has prompted a change in school policy — future prom kings must be boys and queens girls.

Students were given ballots at the April 28 prom and told to write in their choices for king and queen. Senior Krystal Bennett says she voted for herself as king partly as a lark and partly because she wanted the title. Friends voted for her, too — and she won.

The election "imposes something on society that, if truth be known, our society is not yet ready to accept," said parent Tina Mauler.

Miss Bennett is the school´s only openly homosexual student.

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