- The Washington Times - Monday, December 2, 2002

CALIFORNIA
Condor found under power line
ATASCADERO A California condor released in the wild two years ago was found dead over the weekend under a power line with burn marks on its feathers, wildlife officials said.
The death of the 3-year-old female reduces the condor population to 199, of which only 73 live in the wild, said Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wilderness Society, a nonprofit group that rehabilitates and releases birds into the wild.
A power outage about 10 a.m. may have resulted from the bird's contact with the line, he said. The bird had a hole in its chest that may have come from the high voltage.

RHODE ISLAND
Ex-mayor prepares for prison
PROVIDENCE As he prepares for a new life behind bars, convicted former Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. has shown few outward signs of the anguish his friends say he is feeling.
Providence's longest-serving mayor said he is viewing the prison term he begins Friday at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix, N.J., as a new experience.
"I don't know how to handle it. I mean, I've never been there before. But I think that I can handle it," said Cianci, 61, convicted earlier this year on federal corruption charges.

ALABAMA
Indian tribe seeks federal recognition
MOBILE Wilford "Longhair" Taylor, chief of the MOWA Choctaws, promises to fight until death for what some prominent scholars say is his right: Federal recognition as a genuine American Indian tribe.
The state government certified the MOWAs as a tribe more than 20 years ago. But despite what researchers say is overwhelming evidence, the Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to deny recognition, the main requirement for government assistance in health care, housing, education and business development.
The MOWAs take their name from the first two letters of Mobile and Washington counties, where many live.
Opposition to the MOWAs gaining federal recognition has come not only from government officials, who say the members lack documentation, but also from other tribes, including the Poarch Creeks of Alabama the only tribe federally recognized in the state and the Choctaws in Mississippi.

COLORADO
Boy walks in snow to save family
GREELEY Authorities say a 7-year-old boy may have saved his mother's life after the family's pickup truck crashed as they drove home from Thanksgiving dinner.
Titus Adams and his sisters, Tiffany, 4, and Tier, 1, were in their pajamas when the truck veered off the road and rolled five times. Their mother was thrown from the vehicle and was unconscious.
When the truck came to a rest, Titus checked on his sisters, who were still buckled into their child safety seats and had escaped serious injury. Then he went for help. Titus walked about a half mile in 23-degree weather to the Galeton Dairy.
"He kept walking, and finally he saw three guys and he just hollered out, 'Hey, there's been an accident!'" said his father, Glenn Adams, who wasn't with them at the time. The dairy workers called for emergency help.
Titus' mother, Tammy Hill, suffered a broken back, broken neck and 10 broken ribs, and was in critical condition Saturday at North Colorado Medical Center. Paramedics said she might not have lived had Titus not gone for help.

ILLINOIS
Pediatricians urge flu shots for tots
CHICAGO The American Academy of Pediatrics issued revised recommendations for flu shots today, saying for the first time that youngsters between the ages of 6 months and 23 months should be vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now "encourages" such vaccinations for children in that age group but says a full recommendation on the issue won't be made for one to three years.

IOWA
'Magic' to speak at Drake University
DES MOINES Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson will speak to Drake University students about living with AIDS.
Mr. Johnson will speak tomorrow night at Drake University's Knapp Center. The school handed out 4,000 tickets.
"He is probably one of the most prominent individuals who are out there and are speaking on the topic," said Herschel Jackson, director of student activities at Drake.
Mr. Johnson helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five NBA championships. In 1991 he announced that he was HIV positive.

KENTUCKY
Louisville enters city-county merger
LOUISVILLE For decades, the hometown of the Kentucky Derby lagged behind urban pacesetters in population and prestige.
Now, as it prepares to merge with Jefferson County, Louisville is hoping to shed its image as a middle-of-the-pack city by becoming the nation's 16th-largest.
Voters approved the merger two years ago. The city and county governments will dissolve Jan. 6 to be replaced by a unified metro government. Overnight, the population will jump from 256,000 66th largest in the nation to nearly 700,000. Greater Louisville will vault past Baltimore; Memphis, Tenn.; Boston; Seattle and Denver; among others.

LOUISIANA
Oyster distributor learns what's kosher
HOUMA At age 70, oyster distributor Leroy "Lee Lee" Chauvin has learned something new: It's not kosher to sell kosher oysters.
Mr. Chauvin is proud of a process he developed to purify his oysters. He knew a kosher diet was considered pure and clean, and he believed the description fit his oysters perfectly. In September, he began advertising his shellfish with signs saying they were "Certified Kosher."
But Mr. Chauvin has since learned that the term means something more in Judaism. He learned that oysters, by definition, cannot be kosher and that a Jewish woman in the area found his signs offensive.
All shellfish are off-limits for those who follow a kosher diet.

MICHIGAN
Hunters rescued after cell phone calls
HARRISON TOWNSHIP Four hunters who became stranded after their boat capsized in Lake Erie were rescued after Canadian authorities traced their cell phone calls for help.
The four Canadian duck hunters drifted to a small island where they built a fire. But they wondered whether their calls to a 911 dispatcher were connecting.
About 10 a.m. Friday, two hours after they became stranded, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to rescue the men, Petty Officer Josh Taggart of the Coast Guard told the Detroit Free Press.

NEW JERSEY
'Taliban' remark prompts response
MARLBORO Passengers on a Greyhound bus said its driver told them he was taking them "to the Taliban" after they criticized his meandering route Saturday night, prompting a massive police response.
Some people panicked and called 911 on their cell phones; 18 police cars surrounded the bus and pulled it over.
The New York-bound bus hit heavy traffic soon after leaving Philadelphia, and the driver took several alternate routes to find less congested roads, said passenger Sally Weisbrot, 30.
"People were angry and making fun of the driver, yelling 'Do you know what you're doing up there? Do you know where you're going?' He clearly was annoyed," she said.

NORTH CAROLINA
Feds find asbestos at agency office
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. Asbestos has been found at the home of the federal agency that helped educate the world to the dangers of the fibrous mineral.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences was cited in October by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for not warning workers of the presence of asbestos in the heating plant of its North Carolina headquarters.
OSHA required the institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, to post a notice of "unsafe or unhealthful working conditions."
Officials of the institute say asbestos was supposed to have been excluded from its buildings. However, in 1999, contractors found asbestos in the insulation around some pipes and valves, which were being worked on to accommodate facilities being built nearby for the Environmental Protection Agency.

PENNSYLVANIA
School district offers free testing for STDs
PHILADELPHIA The city's public high school students will be offered free screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) after tests showed that girls at two schools were twice as likely as other Philadelphia teens to have chlamydia.
The voluntary, confidential testing is part of a citywide health department plan to cut the rate of sexually transmitted diseases in teens.
The more than 50,000 students who attend Philadelphia's 40 public high schools will be offered tests beginning in December. Officials estimate that as many as 3,000 students will test positive for chlamydia, a bacterial infection that can lead to infertility.

TEXAS
Officials investigate fire at Fastow house
HOUSTON Authorities were investigating a fire early yesterday at a three-story mansion recently sold by indicted former Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow.
Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said the fire was contained in the front portion of the house, which federal prosecutors have accused Mr. Fastow of building with laundered money.

WISCONSIN
Disease doesn't deter deer hunters
WAUSAU Tradition appeared to be stronger than fear for most deer hunters in Wisconsin, a state trying to determine how far chronic wasting disease has spread among its herd.
Heartened by a lack of evidence that the always-fatal deer disease can infect humans, something close to the typical contingent of hunters took part in the first deer season since the disease was discovered in the southwestern part of the state. Most told state officials they wanted the venison.


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