- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Roller coaster injuries fatal for child

YORK, Pa. — A child died after suffering internal injuries when a roller coaster stopped too suddenly, an official at a county fair said.

The child, whose name and age were not available Monday night pending notification of the family, died during an operation for internal injuries, York County Deputy Coroner Claude W. Stabley II said.

The child was riding the Flitzer roller coaster when "the brake stopped the ride too quickly," said Gene Schenck, vice president of the York Fair.

New York City settles with Hells Angels

NEW YORK — Members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club will receive nearly $200,000 in a settlement of civil rights claims brought after police broke into a building looking for a suspect in a beating.

Attorney Ron Kuby, who brought the lawsuit, said the police department failed to obtain a warrant before searching the Hells Angels Clubhouse in April 2000.

The city agreed to pay $194,570 plus attorney fees and expenses to 14 members and associates of the club in exchange for dismissal of a lawsuit against dozens of city police officers and their bosses.

Antibiotics resistance worries WHO

Humans are building up dangerous levels of resistance to modern antibiotics that could leave them vulnerable to killer diseases, the U.N. World Health Organization said yesterday.

Farmers who use antibiotics to fatten up livestock and poultry are aggravating the problem because microbes on animals build up defenses against the drugs, then jump across the food chain and attack human immune systems, WHO said.

The world health body said tuberculosis strains in several countries had become resistant to two of the most effective drugs and some antimalarial medicines had become practically useless as parasites adapted their defenses.

White House picnic food goes to rescuers

Tom Perini and Lisa Sanders of Abilene, Texas, arrived in Washington Saturday to prepare for the annual congressional picnic, scheduled to be held on the White House Lawn yesterday afternoon.

Their restaurant, Perini's Steakhouse, was to provide the food.

As it turned out, they decided to donate all their food to the hundreds of relief workers and law enforcement officers trying to calm the city after the attacks yesterday morning.

Hospital receives money from McDonald's

ATLANTA — A man accused of stealing millions in a McDonald's contest scheme apparently gave a $1 million gift to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, CNN reported yesterday.

Jerome "Jerry" Jacobson sent the Memphis, Tenn., hospital the winning game piece nearly six years ago.

McDonald's verified the $1 million game piece from its Monopoly contest, waived contest rules that required such pieces be redeemed only by winners and agreed to pay St. Jude $50,000 a year for 20 years.

St. Jude spokesman George Shadroui said the hospital has been receiving the payments since 1996.

McDonald's spokesman Walt Riker said the company stands by its gift and has no plans to stop the payments.

FDA panel backs new tumor drug

BETHESDA — A medical advisory panel yesterday recommended partial approval of an experimental drug that carries radiation into the body on a search-and-destroy mission for cancer cells.

The Food and Drug Administration advisory panel backed immediate approval for Zevalin to treat patients with low-grade non-Hodgkins lymphoma that has become resistant to Rituxan.

If approved, Zevalin would become the first treatment to use "radioimmunotherapy" to kill tumors.

The drug looks for certain chemicals on cancer cells.

When it finds them, it attaches to the cells and delivers a dose of lethal radiation.

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