Firefighters begin national bike tour
NEW YORK A group of New York City firefighters set out yesterday on a cross-country bicycle trip to express gratitude for the support they received since the attacks on the World Trade Center.
“I’m going to personally say thank you to every person I can,” firefighter Dan Rowan, the trip’s organizer, said before mounting his bike to begin the first leg of the journey.
Mr. Rowan is one of eight firefighters, all from the East Village’s Engine Co. 9/Ladder Co. 33, who planned to ride their bikes to the District. From there, he and four others were to continue the 2,757-mile, cross-country trip.
The tour, dubbed “Thank You America,” will take them to Georgia before they turn west.
They plan to visit 100 firehouses and aim to reach Los Angeles in 33 days the number of their ladder company.
Three men arrested in CNN coverage protest
ATLANTA About 200 people rallied against CNN’s coverage of the war in Afghanistan, leading to three arrests.
“CNN, half the story, all the time,” they chanted Saturday at CNN Center.
The protesters said millions of refugees and residents in Afghanistan face starvation but CNN isn’t telling the story.
A network spokesman did not return a call seeking comment yesterday.
Children die in fire, mother charged
INDEPENDENCE, Miss. A Mississippi woman was charged with negligent manslaughter after her six children died in a fire while home alone, authorities said yesterday.
Fire broke out in the small wooden home early Saturday.
It was apparently sparked by a wood-burning heater made from a 55-gallon drum, investigators said.
The mother of the six children, ages 1 to 9, Christie Rene Greenwood, 24, told police she was next door playing cards.
She was being held in the Tate County jail and faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted of each of the six counts of negligent manslaughter.
Neighbors reported hearing an explosion, and the residence was engulfed in flames when volunteer firefighters arrived.
Passengers hurt in wagon-train pileup
CEDAR CITY, Utah A man was seriously injured when a commemorative pioneer wagon trek turned into a 19th-century-style traffic accident, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported.
One wagon rolled, another tipped and several riders of the sesquicentennial celebration trip were tossed to the ground on Saturday.
Several people were run over after the wooden tongue of one wagon which connected two English shire horses to the vehicle snapped and startled the horses.
Dean LeFevre, 46, of Cedar City, who attempted to stop the runaway horses from astride his quarterhorse, was pulled from his mount and run over, suffering head injuries.
The only person seriously injured, Mr. LeFevre remains in serious but stable condition at the Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City.
Foundation funds attacks study
CHICAGO A foundation that annually awards “genius grants” to scholars, scientists and artists is giving $5 million toward the study of issues related to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has approved 14 grants totaling $3.245 million for organizations to study issues such as conditions that give rise to terrorism and the effect increased security has on civil liberties.
Among those receiving the money are think tanks, human rights groups and media organizations.
The grants range from $65,000 to $500,000.
Additional grants that would bring the total to $5 million have not yet been approved, said MacArthur Foundation spokesman Ray Boyer.
He said those grants likely will be approved in the next few months