- The Washington Times - Monday, August 26, 2002

United States' oldest person dies at 114
LOS ANGELES The oldest person in the United States and the second-oldest in the world, who survived all four of her children, died at 114.
Adelina Domingues lived the final six years of her life at Brighton Place, a San Diego area residence for the elderly, which confirmed yesterday that she had died Wednesday in her sleep.
The Guinness Book of Records certified Mrs. Domingues as the world's second-oldest person, five months younger than Kamato Hongo of Japan.

Thousands walk through 'Big Dig'
BOSTON Thousands of curious Bostonians turned out yesterday to walk through a new tunnel in the city's $14.6 billion "Big Dig," the largest and most complex highway construction project in U.S. history.
By 2 p.m., the waiting time to get into the half-mile stretch of tunnel, which has been under construction for 10 years, had grown to an hour as tens of thousands of people choked the main street leading to the entrance.

Rare white bear exempt from hunt
ANCHORAGE When hunting season opens Sept. 1, one special bear will be off-limits: a rare white one that a photographer spotted near Juneau and turned into a local celebrity.
The Alaska Board of Game ordered an emergency end on hunting of all "white phase" black bears in the Juneau area. Effectively, that covers only one known white bear, photographed earlier this month by Pat Costello.
"People recognize this is a unique animal," Mr. Costello said in petitioning the board last week to protect "Spirit bear." "They don't want to see it just made into another rug."

Show gives voice to victims' families
TUCSON Marilyn Cox starts to talk about her missing daughter and tears up right away.
"She's my only daughter," she says, adjusting her headset and speaking into the large microphone. "She's my baby," she says, dabbing her eyes with a tissue.
"Straight Talk" host Bob Gilmartin nods encouragingly. "Tell them who she was," he says.
It's an average Wednesday in the smallish radio booth at KVOI, where, for three weeks, the relatives of crime victims have gathered to tell their stories over the airwaves, the Tucson Star reports. Along with Mrs. Cox, the show featured the daughter of a homicide victim and the mother of a murdered teenage girl.

Skakel sentencing set for Wednesday
NORWALK The murder conviction of Kennedy nephew Michael Skakel in the death of a neighbor was based on enough evidence to reject his request for a retrial, prosecutors argued.
Prosecutor Susann Gill on Friday asked a judge to deny motions that Skakel's lawyers filed to overturn the verdict reached June 7. His lawyers argued that the prosecution made errors during the trial.
Skakel's sentencing is set for Wednesday. He faces 10 years to life in prison for beating to death his Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley with a golf club in 1975, when both were 15.

Woman dies in dash for hidden diamond
LAKE BUENA VISTA A woman taking part in a minor-league baseball promotion collapsed and died while running across a ballpark in search of a hidden diamond.
Victoria Lampe, 28, was among about 250 women and girls who took part in the promotion after the game Friday night between the Orlando Rays and Jacksonville Suns.
The object of the promotion was for the women to run to the infield and search through the dirt for a small box containing a diamond.
"Just as she got to the infield, she collapsed face first," said Rick Vaughn, public relations vice president of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, parent of the Orlando team. The cause of death had not been determined.

College experiment leads to lawsuit
IOWA CITY Two unwitting participants in a University of Iowa stuttering experiment six decades ago and the families of three other now-dead participants are seeking a combined $10.5 million in damages from the state, the Des Moines Register reports.
The experiment conducted at a Davenport children's home used psychological pressure to cause a small group of normal-speaking children to begin stuttering. Some battled speech difficulties for years.
In claims filed with the state, the stutterers and their survivors contend the experiment "controlled the direction" of their lives.

Artists' show reacts to terrorist attacks
LOUISVILLE Amid the wine and homebrewed beer, ugly lamps and tropical fish at the Kentucky State Fair, one art exhibit prompts a "sobering moment" for fair-goers, as Dennis Shaffner calls it.
Titled "Kentucky Folk Artists Salute The Great American Spirit," it depicts reactions to the September 11 terrorist attacks by self-taught artists and craftspeople from around the state, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
With 43 juried works, including a painted, wooden sculpture by Ron Owens of Mount Vernon of "Uncle Sam" giving the peace sign, the exhibit expresses a "roller coaster of emotions," said Mr. Shaffner, superintendent of the fair's fine arts and crafts division.
Among the other artists represented is Scott Scarboro of St. Matthews, a third-grade teacher at the Waldorf School of Louisville, who used a remote-control toy plane, wood, velvet and paint to create a sculpture titled "The Devil Is a Highjacker."

Farmers' Almanac: Get ready for snow
LEWISTON If the mild weather last winter kept the snow shovel buried, the Farmers' Almanac recommends dusting it off this fall. Folks from Maine to Colorado can expect heavy snow and colder-than-normal temperatures, according to the edition this year.
"We are predicting a rough winter, with severe weather patterns that gradually shift eastward as the winter progresses," writes Caleb Weatherbee, the pseudonym used by the almanac's forecaster.
The 186-year-old almanac, which goes on sale tomorrow, made similar prognostications last winter. Those predictions, based on a secret model known to only two persons and that take into account sunspot activity, planetary position and effects of the moon, were mostly wrong.

Firefighters get support from federal officials
KANSAS CITY Transportation Security Administration chief James Loy and U.S. senators promised Saturday to work toward getting new equipment for firefighters coping with the threat of terrorism after September 11.
Speaking to about 17,000 fire chiefs and personnel at the weekend convention of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Mr. Loy pledged more support to fire departments and said firefighting technology must be upgraded as terrorists become more sophisticated.
"We must take advantage of the new technology, or the terrorists will use it against us," he said.

Scientists airlift bones of T. rex, triceratops
HELL CREEK After braving 120-degree heat, heavy thunderstorms, 70 mph winds and rattlesnakes, a team of dinosaur specialists is returning home loaded with ancient treasure, having unearthed a cache of fossils, including two Tyrannosaurus rexes and a triceratops.
Scientists airlifted the specimens from three remote excavation sites by helicopter over the weekend.
While Hell Creek lived up to its name during the summer, "the weather looks good now," Doug Erwin, paleobiology curator at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington, told United Press International.
For their troubles, the scientists were rewarded with a trove. Fairly complete specimens of a T. rex and a triceratops were discovered, with "vertebrae, ribs, and part of the jawbone" of the predator and "part of the skeleton [and] about half of the skull" of the three-horned dinosaur, Mr. Erwin said.

West Nile suspected in two deaths
NEW YORK West Nile virus is the suspect in the deaths of an 81-year-old man on Long Island and a 65-year-old man in Michigan, health officials said.
If confirmed, the two cases would bring the number of deaths from the disease this year to 18.
More than 370 human cases of West Nile have been confirmed this year in the country's worst outbreak since the virus first appeared here in 1999. Seven persons died in New York that year, and the virus has since spread throughout the East and the Midwest.
Officials in Louisiana, the hardest-hit state with 171 cases and eight deaths this year, expressed hope Friday that new cases there were tapering off. The 24 new human cases it reported this week is less than half the increase of the week before.

Residents haul waste to fair park
OKLAHOMA CITY The scene looked like something out of "The X-Files": people in white jumpsuits scurrying between black bins full of pesticides and herbicides. Occasionally, a suit would stop and flash a warning to any passer-by who came too close.
This was the scene Saturday at the 14th semiannual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at State Fair Park, the Oklahoman newspaper reports.
The city-sponsored event offers a chance to recycle household waste, such as old tires, cleaners and pool chemicals.

Philadelphia leads in drug emergencies
PHILADELPHIA Area emergency rooms admitted drug abusers at a greater rate compared with any other U.S. metropolitan area last year, the Inquirer reports.
A new federal survey of emergency-room data from metropolitan areas across the country also found that young adults and teenagers in Philadelphia and its suburbs were more likely to seek emergency care for bad reactions to drugs.
The annual survey, known as the Drug Abuse Warning Network, tracks emergency-room visits prompted by the use of illegal drugs and the recreational use of prescription drugs.
Earlier this year, the survey also reported that the Baltimore region had the highest fatality rate, followed closely by Philadelphia, New Orleans and Phoenix.

Mr. Potato Head stars on license plate
PROVIDENCE A 50-year-old plastic spud with holes in his face is about to have his head served up on a plate an automobile license plate, that is.
Mr. Potato Head soon will appear on a special license plate in Rhode Island, state officials said as they introduced the plate design last week.
Proceeds from the $40 license plates will go to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to help feed the estimated 20,000 people who experience hunger in the state, officials said.

Lawmaker's widow starts court fight
COLUMBIA The widow of longtime Rep. Floyd Spence, South Carolina Republican, is suing her stepsons, saying they are trying to keep her from receiving her share of his estate, estimated to be worth millions of dollars.
Deborah Spence, second wife of the 31-year congressman, would not comment on the lawsuit filed against the four men. Their mother, Lula, died in 1978.
The lawsuit seeks to void an agreement Mrs. Spence and the congressman's sons reached Aug. 15, 2001, the day before Mr. Spence died at age 73 after surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain. The suit also asks the court to void a prenuptial agreement that the Spences signed days before their 1988 marriage.
The youngest son, Caldwell Spence, 38, said his father would have disapproved of the legal fight.
"I have some very strong feelings on how this would have been taken by him," he said.

New water meters cut need for readers
NASHVILLE Water meter readers could be on their way to extinction in Nashville and a few other nearby communities.
Metro Water Services will change thousands of old meters for new ones that emit radio waves on command, transmitting the amount of water that each home and business has used.
A truck cruising within 2,000 feet "wakes up" the meters with an Inspector Gadget-type device that reads the radio signal. It is plugged into a cigarette lighter for power and hooked to a laptop computer.

Paper to withhold baseball coverage
HUNTSVILLE In protest of a possible baseball strike, a small Texas newspaper won't be running Major League coverage at least until the strike deadline Friday.
Managers of the Huntsville Item polled readers before deciding to drop America's pastime from its pages. Of the 100 persons who responded, 82 said they supported a boycott, and 18 said baseball coverage should continue, the paper said.
In its editions yesterday, the newspaper reports: "Item readers have spoken. Asked to strike or not to strike, 82 percent of you said, 'Let's strike.' So, the Huntsville Item is going on a pro baseball strike."
The self-imposed strike would be lifted if an agreement between owners and players is reached before Friday.

Polygamist faces life in jail
SALT LAKE CITY Polygamist Tom Green has spent a lot of time extolling the virtues of taking multiple wives. Tomorrow, he will learn what price he must pay for his lifestyle when he is sentenced for raping a minor a girl he married when she was just 13 years of age.
The man who lived with five wives and 29 children and has gone on national television to talk about his life was convicted in June of raping Linda Kunz Green after he married her in 1986, when he was 37 and she was 13. The marriage produced a son, Melvin.
Green, 54, has been in prison since last year for a term of up to five years after being convicted of bigamy. The latest conviction could send him to prison for the rest of his life.
"He's quite depressed, very sad," said Green's attorney, John Bucher. But Green still stands by his religious belief in creating a polygamist family, the lawyer said.

Suspect's capture comes quickly
CHARLESTON Kanawha County Sheriff's Department officials say it took only two hours to track down and arrest the suspect after authorities received an all-points bulletin for a Kentucky man accused of killing two small children.
Kentucky authorities had distributed a description of a gray truck driven by Marco Chapman, 30, of Warsaw, Ky. Mr. Chapman was not armed and no weapons were found in the truck when he was arrested, said Kanawha County Sheriff Dave Tucker.
Police accuse Mr. Chapman, a former Kanawha County resident, of killing a brother and sister Friday in a knife attack. Another sibling and their mother also were injured.

Five charged in sex ring
CHILTON Multiple charges of sexual assault, child exploitation and possession of child pornography have been filed against three family members and two others accused of participating in a sex ring involving a 15-year-old girl.
An investigation by Chilton police and the Calumet County Sheriff's Department found that a Hilbert couple, their 17-year-old son, an 18-year-old Brillion man and a 17-year-old Chilton girl had victimized the 15-year-old on several occasions since June. Police said she was sexually assaulted, photographed and videotaped in sexually explicit scenes.
Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz described the incidents Saturday as a "sex ring" and said the girl was "exploited by the group for their sexual gratification."

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