- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 4, 2002

Louisianans seek funds to fight West Nile

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana lawmakers are working to get more money to battle an outbreak of West Nile virus that has killed four persons.

Republican state Sen. Tom Schedler said a special legislative fund of $6 million to $7 million could be exhausted based on the projected magnitude of the West Nile outbreak. East Baton Rouge has spent nearly 10 times the money on spraying for mosquitos this year as was spent in all of 1998.

In addition to the four deaths in the outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease, an additional 54 persons are ill. The state is awaiting lab results in 34 more suspected cases.

Democrats call ballot confusing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The ballot for the Democratic gubernatorial primary has confusing instructions that could cause the same problems they believe tainted the 2000 presidential election, state Democratic officials said yesterday.

The ballot tells voters to “Vote for One Pair,” meaning a combined entry of governor and lieutenant governor, though no candidate has a running mate.

Voters who took the instruction literally would “overvote” and nullify their choice, Democrats said. Under the names of candidates Daryl Jones, Bill McBride and Janet Reno, the ballot reads “Not Yet Designated” in place of a lieutenant governor candidate.

Humpback whale washes up dead

BABYLON, N.Y. — A 25-foot baby humpback whale washed ashore dead on Long Island after it apparently had been struck by a ship, officials said yesterday.The whale surfaced at the Robert Moses State Park on Fire Island just before 7 p.m. Friday, said Julika Wocial, a marine biologist at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

After a necropsy yesterday, marine biologists said the whale had suffered bruising and internal hemorraghing, possibly after being struck by the underside of a ship. Kim Durham, the rescue program coordinator at the organization, said the 15-ton whales belly was full at the time of death, indicating it wasnt ill.

Trapped coal miners sell story to Disney

LOS ANGELES — The nine Pennsylvania coal miners who were trapped underground for 77 hours have sold the TV and book rights to their story to the Walt Disney Co. for $150,000 each, their lawyer said yesterday.

The deal includes a movie for Disneys ABC network and a book to be published by the Burbank companys Hyperion Publishing division, Pittsburgh lawyer Thomas Crawford said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Mr. Crawford said he received more than 120 offers for the miners stories.

Ex-head of police killed in ambush

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A woman fatally shot the former head of Alaskas state police, wounded his wife and then killed herself yesterday, authorities said.

Authorities identified the woman as Karen Brand, vice president of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. They said she ambushed retired Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety Glenn Godfrey and his wife, Patricia, as they arrived at their home in suburban Eagle River about 12:30 a.m..

According to authorities, Miss Brand, 33, was apparently disraught over the breakup of a relationship with Mr. Godfrey, 53, who had been separated from his wife. The Godfreys had since reconciled.

Miss Brand shot the retired commissioner first, striking him twice in the stomach and once in the head, then shot his 52-year-old wife as she fled up a flight of stairs, police said.

Firefighters gain on Oregon blaze

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Firefighters said yesterday they were making good progress at keeping a 188,000-acre wildfire away from homes in the Illinois Valley after completing six miles of a backfire overnight.

About 17,000 residents of the valley in southwestern Oregon had been warned that they could be told to evacuate with only 30 minutes notice, fire officials said. Nearly 1,000 people had left in the past week.

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