- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 21, 2002

Grunge singer found dead
SEATTLE Layne Staley, lead singer and guitarist for the grunge band Alice in Chains, was found dead in his apartment, authorities said yesterday. He was 34.
Tests were required to establish the identity because the body, discovered Friday, had started to decompose. The King County Medical Examiner's office did not release his cause of death.
"It was natural or an overdose that's the way it was determined by our investigators," said Seattle Police spokesman Duane Fish.
Police did not release details on any clues found at the scene, and a spokesman did not respond to several messages.
With Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, Alice in Chains was one of the leading bands of the Seattle grunge scene of the early 1990s. The group was known for its dark, menacing sound, which combined grunge and heavy metal, and often wrote about heroin.

Three pulled brakes before derailment
CRESCENT CITY, Fla. Two Amtrak engineers and a conductor all hit the emergency brakes just seconds before a deadly train derailment that left four people dead and more than 150 injured, investigators said yesterday.
The lead engineer of the Amtrak Auto Train told the National Transportation Safety Board that he saw a disjointed track about an hour into a trip from Sanford, Fla., to Lorton, Va., and slammed on the engine's brake.
Moments later, a backup engineer in the locomotive cab and a conductor two cars back felt the train hit the disjointed track and switched on emergency brakes as well, NTSB board member George Black said yesterday.
The NTSB hasn't said if its investigators have been able to verify if the track was misaligned.

Northeast, Canada rocked by quake
Residents of the northeastern United States and parts of southern Canada were rocked early yesterday by an earthquake that was felt as far south as Baltimore and as far west as Cleveland.
The magnitude 5.1 temblor occurred at 6:50 a.m. and was centered about 15 miles southwest of Plattsburgh, N.Y., near the Canadian border, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
No injuries were reported, but the quake damaged a bridge, some roads and a chimney in northern New York state. At least one road was closed by quake damage, but state officials said the bridge already was under repair, and highway crews were out inspecting other roads and bridges in the area.

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