- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 22, 2002

FLORIDA
Airport concourse evacuated
MIAMI A Miami International Airport concourse was evacuated yesterday for about three hours after people at a screening point began having trouble breathing, officials said. Pepper spray was suspected.
Airport officials found a small can of self-defense pepper spray attached to a key chain on the floor near the second-floor security checkpoint in Concourse B, which serves international flights, said Miami-Dade Fire Department spokesman Jeff Hackman.
"This could be the source of the sickness," Mr. Hackman said.
Paramedics treated and released 43 persons who were in or near the checkpoint for trouble breathing and other symptoms, including scratchy throat, watery eyes, coughing and sneezing, Mr. Hackman said.

OKLAHOMA
Singer falls from stage
OKLAHOMA CITY Pop singer Cyndi Lauper injured her leg Tuesday night when she tripped on stairs off the side of the Ford Center stage during her opening performance for Cher, the Oklahoman reports.
Miss Lauper was singing her new song, "It's Hard to Be Me," about 8:15 p.m. at the sold-out show when she tripped on the east side of the stage, said Paul O'Leary, an Emergency Medical Services Authority spokesman. Miss Lauper fell about 5 feet to the ground, hitting her shin and ankle, he said.ALABAMA

Flag sales taper after patriotic spurt
HUNTSVILLE The patriotic gale that blew American flag sales to new heights last fall now seems to have calmed to a steady breeze, the News reports.
"The storm's over," said David Krieger Sr., sales manager for CF Flag Co. in Huntsville.
At CF Flag, one of the nation's top three flag manufacturers, sales are not as brisk as they were right after the terrorist attacks, Mr. Krieger said, but they're still ahead of this time last year.
At the height of production this past year, the company employed 325 persons. That number is now down to about 225, he said.
Not until the past month have sales slowed enough for the company to build up its flag inventories, Mr. Krieger said. Workers had been sewing the red-white-and-blue 15 hours a day, seven days a week until the past month or so, but the workweek has been trimmed to 10 or 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

ALASKA
Highway lights cut car-moose crashes
ANCHORAGE Moose-illuminating lights installed on the Glenn Highway appear to be doing their job, the Daily News reports.
The $1.3 million state project put 100 tall lights along a three-mile stretch of the highway at the Palmer Hay Flats. The lights are designed to help motorists see moose before the animals step onto the roadway.
Five moose-vehicle collisions were recorded between late November and early spring when the lights were energized, according to Thomas McDonough, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

IDAHO
Late pilot's daughter faces new hurdle
BOISE A teenager whose father was killed in a plane crash in March may have to appeal to the Legislature for a $100,000 state death benefit that goes to families of slain law enforcement officers.
The state Board of Examiners on Tuesday voted to delay consideration of 17-year-old Jennifer Crank's request until after lawmakers can review the issue in the winter.
Jennifer's father, pilot Jay Lee Morris, was killed in March along with a juvenile corrections officer and a 16-year-old inmate.

ILLINOIS
Company to make diamonds from ashes
CHICAGO Carrying a loved one's ashes around is not very practical. But what if those remains could be turned into jewelry?
A suburban Chicago firm is gearing up to do just that recover the carbon from the cremation process, subject that carbon to heat and pressure and voila: a diamond.
"What we're doing, essentially, is recreating the forces of the Earth," said Greg Herro, a former computer consultant and now chief executive officer of LifeGem of Elk Grove Village.
"My partner, Rusty VandenBiesen, and I were discussing different memorial options," Mr. Herro said. "Rusty has a difficult time with mortality. We were dissatisfied with the memorial options that exist and were looking to create something not only beautiful but something that would be able to be kept with family members at all times. The LifeGem accomplishes that."

KENTUCKY
At 99, historian still outspoken
LEXINGTON He's been called Kentucky's collective memory and is credited with knowing more about the state and its past than anyone.
At 99, Kentucky Historian Laureate Thomas D. Clark has not only written about the major developments in his adopted home state, he's seen many of them firsthand.
And from his unique perspective as the chronicler of the commonwealth, Mr. Clark isn't afraid to speak out when he sees the state's lawmakers repeating mistakes or its industries failing to live up to their potential.

LOUISIANA
Two soldiers killed in training exercise
FORT POLK Two soldiers stationed at Fort Polk were killed Tuesday night when their helicopter crashed during a combat training exercise, Army officials said.
The names of the two soldiers the helicopter's pilot and co-pilot were being withheld until officials could contact their families, public information officer Ron Elliott said.
"I really feel for the families. You hear about these kinds of accidents every now and then, but when it's close to home, it's really close to home," Mr. Elliott said.
The two members of the 4th Squadron of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment were participating in a Joint Readiness Training Center Exercise when they crashed the OH-58D Kiowa helicopter about 7:30 p.m.

MICHIGAN
Boy who killed at 11 won't be released
PONTIAC A teenager convicted of a murder he committed when he was 11 years old cannot be released from juvenile detention before he turns 21, a judge ruled.
Nathaniel Abraham, now 16, gained national attention when he became the first child charged with first-degree murder and tried as an adult under a Michigan law allowing adult prosecutions of children accused of serious felonies.

MINNESOTA
Cheerleader's suit suffers setback
ST. PAUL The cheerleader who is suing her school district to get her captain's title back won't be reinstated as captain at least for now, reports the Pioneer-Press.
In a written order Tuesday, Dakota County Judge Duane Harves denied Andrea Warren's motion that she be given the football cheerleading captain's position temporarily while the case proceeds. Miss Warren lost her title for violating school rules.
Judge Harves wrote that he isn't convinced at this time that Miss Warren, a senior at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, will prevail in her lawsuit. He will rule Oct. 1 on Independent School District 197's motion to dismiss the suit.

MONTANA
Judge tosses asbestos claims
HELENA State health officials had no legal obligation to warn residents of the northwestern Montana town of Libby that asbestos from a vermiculite mine and mill was dangerous, a state judge ruled.
District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock dismissed those claims from 23 lawsuits involving people exposed to asbestos at the W.R. Grace & Co. mine, which has been blamed for about 200 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.
The lawsuits accused the state of negligence for not warning Libby residents of the hazards of asbestos exposure and not protecting them and workers from the asbestos fibers that health officials knew were a byproduct of the mining operation.

NEW JERSEY
Man sheds clothes in hopes of rain
LAMBERTVILLE City resident Douglas B. Carroll was frustrated by the drought punishing the region this year and decided to do something about it, Lambertville police told the Intelligencer-Record.
Unfortunately for him, Mr. Carroll's method was somewhat unconventional and drew attention from Lambertville's finest. About 3 a.m. Sunday, Officer James Rosso saw Mr. Carroll, 24, walking across the free bridge from New Hope, Pa., to Lambertville, wearing nothing but a backpack.
"When he was questioned, Mr. Carroll told Officer Rosso that he thought if he ran over the bridge naked, it would rain," said Lambertville Police Director Bruce Cocuzza. "In all honesty, it did rain [Monday] night, so he accomplished his purpose. It hadn't rained in quite a while."

NORTH DAKOTA
Satan's name dropped at high school
DEVILS LAKE Satan has been banished from Devils Lake.
High school teams here no longer will be known as the Satans, the school's nickname for nearly 80 years.
The school board unanimously voted Monday night to immediately drop the nickname and mascot and start the process of finding a new name to represent its athletic teams.
The 5-0 vote brought applause, hugs and a few tears of joy from an audience that favored change.
"It's hard to stand up and cheer for the Satans," said Kellie Karlstad, a parent of three and the junior varsity girls basketball coach.

OHIO
Woman gets 53 years in businessman's death
BOWLING GREEN A woman who spiked a businessman's drink, then lured him to a night of terror that ended in his beating death and burial in a shallow grave, has been sentenced to 53 years in prison, reports the Toledo Blade.
By pleading guilty to five of the charges, Tabatha Ulsh, 25, was spared the possibility of the death penalty just three weeks before she was scheduled to go on trial for the July 21, 2001, robbery, kidnapping, and murder of Fred Smith, 43, of Eaton, Ohio.
Miss Ulsh, who used Mr. Smith's car and credit cards to drive to Mexico after his death, turned and apologized to his family and friends who packed a courtroom.
"I'm sorry for all the pain I have caused you," she said between tears. "I hope through whatever time I spend in prison that it can bring a little peace to your lives."

OREGON
Humidity helps fire crews
GRANTS PASS High humidity and lighter wind helped firefighters make progress during the night against the huge fire in southwest Oregon.
"The fire is looking really good right now," said Jean Schaeppi, a fire spokesman with the National Park Service. "We didn't have any active fire last night, just some smoldering of the trees."
Residents of the community of Agness were allowed to return home Tuesday after getting a scare when a spot fire erupted near there Monday.

PENNSYLVANIA
Ten Commandments will stay, court rules
CLEARFIELD The agenda for the Clearfield County commissioners' biweekly meeting carried a demand from an organization of area atheists to clear the courthouse steps of a 30-year-old marker bearing the Ten Commandments.
It doesn't take a pollster to know which way the wind blows in Clearfield.
More than 300 people squeezed into the county's main courtroom. Some sported T-shirts emblazoned with the stars and stripes, some wore crosses, some had clerical collars. And when the assembly opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, the crowd fairly shouted the phrase "under God."

RHODE ISLAND
Witness sentenced in case against mayor
PROVIDENCE A former tax official who had been considered one of the star witnesses in the federal government's case against Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. was sentenced yesterday to a year of home confinement.
David Ead, who admitted taking bribes to lower tax bills and boasted about his connections to a corrupt City Hall, also was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution.
He will spend four years on probation after his confinement term.
Mr. Ead spent a week on the stand portraying City Hall as a place where favors were regularly handed out for bribes.

UTAH
Driving solo gains popularity
SALT LAKE CITY Utahans are steering away from carpooling and mass transit in favor of commuting to work the old-fashioned way sitting behind the wheel, alone.
According to 2000 census figures, 76 percent of the state's commuters 16 and older drive themselves to work, up slightly from 74 percent a decade ago, the Tribune reports.
In the same span, Utahans who carpool dipped from 15 percent to 14 percent. Those who take mass transit to their jobs remained steady, at just over 2 percent.
Those numbers mirror nationwide commuting trends, which show almost 76 percent of all commuters drive alone to their jobs, up from 73 percent in 1990 and 64 percent two decades ago even though commutes are taking longer.

VERMONT
Dozen catch Legionnaires' disease
WATERBURY An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has sickened more than a dozen people and prompted disinfecting efforts at a state office complex to fend off the potentially deadly infection.
A total of 16 persons have contracted the disease since late last month, including 14 who spent time in Waterbury. Seven others have a milder form of the infection.
All but one of the victims were out of the hospital yesterday. State health officials said they could not comment on the last patient's condition.

WASHINGTON
Tribal member dies at 100
NEAH BAY Ruth E. Claplanhoo, the Makah Indian Tribe's oldest member, died Monday. She was 100.
Miss Claplanhoo, a lifelong resident of Neah Bay at the northwest tip of Washington state, had suffered a heart attack in June.
She was the last of the tribal members fully fluent in the Makah language and a highly decorated basket weaver. She once traveled to Washington to demonstrate her skills at the Smithsonian Institution.
She taught basket weaving at the Neah Bay grade school until 1990.

WEST VIRGINIA
Casino law spawns new businesses
CHARLESTON Don't want to drive out to the dog track in Cross Lanes to play the slots? No problem, just slide on over to the Flamingo Las Vegas Club near the Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge that links Nitro and St. Albans.
The former service station, now painted with pink flamingos and protected by tinted windows, soon will offer a little beer, a little food and a few slots, the Daily Mail reports. The name was carefully crafted to tell potential customers what the place is about, owner Matt Call said.

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