- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 25, 2001

Dangerfield suffers heart attack
LOS ANGELES Comedian Rodney Dangerfield suffered a mild heart attack on his 80th birthday and remains hospitalized in intensive care, his publicist said yesterday.
Mr. Dangerfield, whose long-running gag is that he gets no respect, had the heart attack Thursday, said publicist Warren Cowan.
Mr. Dangerfield will undergo an X-ray of the blood vessels tomorrow, Mr. Cowan said. Doctors then will determine what treatment he requires.

Navajo 'code-talkers' earn medals
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. Navajo "code talkers," whose code based on their native tongue was never cracked by the Japanese during World War II, were honored yesterday in a ceremony that many said was long overdue.
Thousands of people watched as more than 300 Congressional Silver Medals were presented to the surviving code talkers.

Authorities search for virus specialist
BOSTON The FBI is monitoring the investigation into the disappearance of a Harvard biologist because of his research into potentially lethal viruses, including Ebola.
Dr. Don C. Wiley, 57, was last seen in Memphis, Tenn., where he attended the annual meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. His car was found on Nov. 16 on a bridge over the Mississippi River, with a full fuel tank and the key in the ignition.

Same-store sales show 2.4% rise
HOUSTON U.S. same-store sales rose 2.4 percent Friday from a year earlier on the first day of the holiday shopping season, TeleCheck Services Inc. said.
TeleCheck, a check-authorizing unit of Greenwood Village, Colo.-based First Data Corp., had forecast a 2 percent gain in sales at stores open at least a year for the entire 32-day shopping season.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
Same-store sales are considered the best measure of a retailer's results because they exclude the effect of store openings and closing in the past year.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the No. 1 retailer, reported record single-day sales for Friday of more than $1.25 billion.

Woman who killed baby to be released
CLINTON, N.J. A young woman who gave birth in a bathroom stall at her high school prom then killed the infant before returning to the dance floor is expected to be freed from prison next week.
Melissa Drexler, now 23, has served just over three years of the 15-year sentence she was given after pleading guilty in 1998 to aggravated manslaughter.

U.S. Navy recovers body of sailor
The U.S. Navy has recovered the body of one of two sailors reported missing from aboard a rusty, overloaded oil tanker bound for Iraq and which sank in the Persian Gulf earlier this week, the Pentagon said yesterday.
The body of Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Johnson, 21, an electronics technician from the destroyer USS Peterson, was found early Friday, Pentagon spokesman Master Sergeant Grant Windsor said.

Police say Columbine-like massacre foiled
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. Police arrested three students yesterday on charges of plotting a Columbine-style massacre at their high school.
Police seized bomb-making instructions, knives, shotgun shells and pictures of the suspects holding what appeared to be handguns from their homes in this coastal city about 50 miles south of Boston.
Police said a janitor found a letter Tuesday at New Bedford High School that outlined the suspects' plans to detonate explosives, shoot fleeing students and kill themselves when police arrived.
"They said specifically it would be bigger than Columbine," Police Chief Arthur Kelly said.
Eric McKeehan, 17, and two juveniles whom police did not identify, face charges including conspiracy to commit murder.

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