- The Washington Times - Monday, April 22, 2002

Researchers pinpoint breast cancer gene
LOS ANGELES Researchers have identified a gene that when mutated can lead to an elevated but modest risk of breast cancer.
The altered gene, called CHEK2 or CHK2, can double the estimated 13 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer that U.S. women face, researchers said.
About 1 percent of people both women and men carry the mutated gene.
"CHK2 is not something anyone should go out and get tested for," said Michael Stratton of the Institute of Cancer Research in London. Mr. Stratton is co-author of a report detailing the finding published online yesterday by the journal Nature Genetics.

Arizona wildfire fought from air, ground
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. Firefighters fought a 2,000-acre wildfire in Coronado National Forest from the air and ground yesterday, officials said.
One home was destroyed Friday when the fire started, but there were no injuries and no new buildings were threatened.
About 180 firefighters were building lines along the sides of the blaze while four air tankers, three helicopters and an attack plane dropped retardant and water on the blaze, which was 30 percent contained yesterday.

'Twelve Angry Men' screenwriter dies
NEW YORK Reginald Rose, one of the leading writers from television's "Golden Age" in the 1950s best known for the movie "Twelve Angry Men," died Friday at a Connecticut hospital at age 81, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Mr. Rose died of complications from heart failure at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conn., his son said.
Mr. Rose won an Emmy Award in 1954 for writing the Studio One television version of "Twelve Angry Men," in which one juror painstakingly sways the 11 others in a debate about the fate of a Puerto Rican youth charged with killing his father.

Immigrant museum seeks eminent domain
NEW YORK The museum that preserves the Lower East Side's immigrant history is seeking to expand by evicting residents of a renovated tenement next door, drawing the ire of many in the neighborhood that now is made up of blue-collar workers and affluent newcomers.
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum has asked permission to use the legal tool of eminent domain to acquire the five-story walkup.
Manhattan's Lower East Side has an important place in the history of immigration. So many Jewish families settled here that Hasia Diner, a New York University history professor, called the neighborhood "the American-Jewish Plymouth Rock."

Stroke patient dies after generator fails
BRIDGETON, Mo. A stroke patient died when a backup generator running his breathing machine failed after several storm-related power outages at his nursing home.
Rass "Ralph" Rodgers, 56, died Saturday at a hospital, where paramedics took him after the backup generator at the Life Care Center home failed.
The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office said a machine helping Mr. Rodgers breathe stopped working, but the cause of death was not known. Police were investigating.

Alaskans win environmental prize
SAN FRANCISCO Three Alaskans who dedicated themselves to preventing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge were among the latest recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize, given annually to people around the world who strive to protect the environment.
Jonathon Solomon, Sarah James and Norma Kassi are members of the Gwich'in nation and live north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska and Canada's Yukon Territory. They have testified before Congress, negotiated agreements to protect wildlife, and traveled the world to fight plans to open the coastal plain of the Alaskan refuge.


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