‘Harry Potter’ holds box-office magic
LOS ANGELES “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” kept movie audiences spellbound over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, holding on handily to the No. 1 spot at the box office.
The movie about the boy wizard grossed $83.5 million in the United States and Canada for the five days beginning Wednesday, taking its 10-day total to more than $188 million. The film smashed box-office records in its opening the previous weekend, grossing $93.5 million in the United States and Canada in its first three days of release.
Man killed in fishing-spot brawl
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. A man was killed yesterday in a brawl among six anglers vying for the same fishing spot.
Craig Alan Buckley, 35, died on the Matanzas Bridge on Florida’s East Coast. The cause of death was pending results of an autopsy, St. Johns County Sheriff’s officials said.
Police arrested three men, including Mr. Buckley’s brother, David Todd Buckley, 37, of Peoria, Ill., who was charged with aggravated assault.
Kenneth Eubanks, 39, of Tallahassee, and James Robert Nelson, 36, of Palatka, were charged with manslaughter. Mr. Nelson also was charged with aggravated assault.
Study says nasal steroids superior for hay fever
CHICAGO Steroid nasal sprays are more effective than prescription antihistamines when used as needed to treat hay fever and other seasonal allergies, a study suggests.
The University of Chicago study compared two popular prescription drugs the antihistamine loratadine, sold as Claritin, and fluticasone nasal spray, sold as Flonase. The 88 participants were split into two groups, each using one of the drugs for four weeks when symptoms occurred, rather than continuously.
The steroid group experienced far less sneezing, runny nose and congestion than the group using pills. Lab tests also showed that, compared with Claritin patients, steroid patients had fewer cells called eosinophils, an inflammation marker.
The study appears in today’s Archives of Internal Medicine. It was funded by GlaxoSmithKline, Flonase’s manufacturer, and the National Institutes of Health.
Dozens injured as dance floor collapses
ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. A temporary dance floor over a swimming pool at a nightclub gave way early yesterday, injuring about 55 people who plunged into the water, authorities said.
About 35 people were taken to hospitals by ambulance after the dance floor collapsed about 2:15 a.m. at the Metro Lounge, Police Chief Richard Zavinsky said. Another 20 went to hospitals on their own.
Off-duty police officer killed in shootout
DALLAS An off-duty Dallas police officer was killed and another wounded in a shootout at a nightclub early yesterday.
Four city police officers were working security at Club DMX when a fight broke out around 3 a.m., police spokesman Hollis Edwards said. A man who was asked to leave the club shot two of the officers. Police then shot the man as he tried to flee.
Officer Christopher James, 34, died yesterday at a hospital. Another officer, whom police did not identify, was released after treatment at a hospital yesterday.
The 23-year-old suspect had not yet been charged. He was jailed after being treated at the hospital.
Student aces SAT test
EASTON, Pa. High school senior Matthew Traldi’s score on the SAT college entrance exam was only 90 points better than his seventh-grade attempt but that gave him a perfect 1600.
“Actually, I think that was probably a bigger deal than this one was,” Matthew, 17, said of his first crack at the test. “I mean, a 1600 is nice, but a lot of people do get them.”
Of the 1.3 million SAT test-takers entering college this fall, 587 scored 1600, the College Board reported in August.