- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 5, 2002

NEW JERSEY
Officer cleared in wife's death
MAYS LANDING A police officer accused of suffocating his wife last year was cleared yesterday after it was determined the woman died of a rare heart ailment.
Atlantic City Officer James Andros III, 33, found the body of his 31-year-old wife, Ellen, after he returned home from a night of drinking with friends.
Officer Andros was charged with murder after Assistant Atlantic County Medical Examiner Elliot Gross concluded she had been smothered. However, a forensic pathologist who reviewed the evidence concluded Mrs. Andros suffered bleeding in the coronary artery, which caused her heart to stop. A judge dismissed the murder charge yesterday.

TEXAS
Collapse injures two workers
SAN ANTONIO The facade of a five-story building being renovated as a luxury hotel collapsed yesterday, injuring at least two construction workers and raining debris onto a busy downtown street.
About 20 workers were at the site at the time of the collapse, but all were believed to have been accounted for, police and fire officials said.
The facade was part of a historic building that was erected in the 1880s. Authorities were trying to determine why it collapsed.

ARKANSAS
Faulkner theft suspect turns self in
JACKSONVILLE A former lawyer previously convicted of stealing rare documents has turned himself in to face charges of taking six William Faulkner letters from a university.
Robert Hardin Smith, 43, is accused of taking the Nobel laureate author's letters from Southeast Missouri State University's rare-book room and selling them to a Texas manuscript dealer.
He turned himself in Monday and was charged with theft of property. He is expected to be sent to Cape Girardeau, Mo., where the theft occurred.

FLORIDA
Bad weather delays shuttle return
CAPE CANAVERAL Thick clouds moved in at the last minute and prevented space shuttle Endeavour from returning to Earth yesterday with the former residents of the International Space Station.
The delay added a 183rd day in orbit for American astronaut Peggy Whitson and her two cosmonaut crew mates and probably a 184th day, given the stormy forecast for today.
Mission Control said that it would wait until today before deciding whether to take a shot in the afternoon at bringing the shuttle back. Endeavour and its crew can remain safely in orbit until Sunday, but the shuttle has enough rocket fuel for only four more landing attempts.

IOWA
Actress raises money for Music Man Square
MASON CITY It was anything but trouble in River City for organizers of a campaign to raise money for the Music Man Square.
Moments after Shirley Jones, who starred in the film version of "The Music Man," finished a Christmas concert Saturday at North Iowa Area Community College, organizers announced that they had raised $5 million for the project.
Six years ago, Rosemary Willson, widow of playwright-composer Meredith Willson, pledged to match up to $5 million raised for construction and operation of the square.
Mr. Willson a Mason City native wrote "The Music Man," which opened on Broadway in 1957.

KANSAS
Suburb gets voted out of existence
COUNTRYSIDE The mayor of this tiny Kansas City suburb finally got what he wanted he got Countryside voted out of existence.
The residents of the six-square-block city decided by a 127-69 vote Tuesday to merge with neighboring Mission.
"It's a landslide," said Mayor Ken Davis, the merger's leading supporter.

KENTUCKY
Park will surround Confederate statue
LOUISVILLE The monument to "Our Confederate Dead" was built 31 years before the founding of the University of Louisville's Belknap Campus. Soon, it will be surrounded by Freedom Park.
More than 100 years after the monument was dedicated, the tribute to the "Armies of the South" perplexed many students and visitors, who asked, "Why is this in the center of Belknap Campus?" said Larry Owsley, vice president for finance and administration of the university.
The university couldn't move the monument, with its lone Confederate soldier, because it was not on university property. So, instead, they will build Freedom Park around the statue, the Louisville Cardinal reports.
Freedom Park will celebrate black history and heroes and feature a "Struggle for Freedom" statue or plaza. "The proposal is an attempt to put the monument in a more complete history of the era," Mr. Owsley said.
The new park will be dedicated January on Martin Luther King Day.

MAINE
FAA investigates complaints about pilot
PRESQUE ISLE The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating "numerous" complaints that a pilot violated flight rules last month while setting an unofficial world record of 308 takeoffs and landings within 24 hours.
The FAA won't reveal the nature of the complaints against Walter Mosher, who wants to be listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

MASSACHUSETTS
Patient left on table sues surgeon
BOSTON A patient who was left on the operating table with an open incision in his back while his doctor went to the bank sued the surgeon yesterday for malpractice.
Charles Algeri, 45, says in the lawsuit that a nerve in his right leg was injured because Dr. David Arndt left for 35 minutes in the middle of a back operation.
Dr. Arndt's attorney, Claudia Hunter, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Mount Auburn Hospital suspended Dr. Arndt's privileges in July after he left during the surgery so he could deposit a check. The state Board of Registration in Medicine later suspended his medical license.

NEBRASKA
'Boys Don't Cry' killer fights death sentence
LINCOLN One of two men convicted of murdering Teena Brandon, whose story inspired the movie "Boys Don't Cry," asked the state Supreme Court yesterday to commute his death sentence, arguing that a jury, not a judge, should have sentenced him.
John Lotter's attorney noted a June ruling in which the U.S. Supreme Court said that the Constitution guarantees a trial by a jury, and that the right extends to sentencing.
Lotter and Marvin T. Nissen were convicted of the 1993 murder of 21-year-old Brandon, a woman who dressed as a man and dated a female friend of the two men.

NEW YORK
Guggenheim gets $12 million gift
NEW YORK A billionaire has given the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum $12 million, but only after persuading the director to cut spending.
Peter Lewis, the museum's chairman and biggest donor, told Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens several months ago to improve the museum's finances or face losing his job.
"In the last four or five months, I stopped cajoling and started seriously threatening," Mr. Lewis told the New York Times.
Mr. Krens worked out a 2003 budget of $24 million, about half the level of several years ago and 13 percent less than last year's. The museum board approved the budget Monday.

NORTH CAROLINA
Sign honors banjo master
SHELBY Three famous fingers earned Earl Scruggs his own highway sign.
Mr. Scruggs, the banjo master whose three-fingered approach to playing is credited by many with giving bluegrass music its distinctive sound, was honored at a ceremony Tuesday introducing the sign that welcomes visitors entering Shelby on westbound U.S. 74.
"Welcome to Shelby Home of Earl Scruggs," the sign reads.
"I do feel highly honored to get something like that," the 78-year-old said from his home in Nashville, Tenn.
With Lester Flatt, Mr. Scruggs created two famous pieces of bluegrass music the theme song for "The Beverly Hillbillies" TV show and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," featured in the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde."

OHIO
Band director charged with intimidation
CLEVELAND A high school band director has been indicted on charges of intimidation and retaliation after police say he mailed a raccoon head to a school official during a teachers strike.
Police said Donald Sullivan admitted that he mailed the severed head to Maple Heights High School Principal Deborah Houchins in the final days of the bitter two-month strike in the Maple Heights district that ended Nov. 5.
Mr. Sullivan, 51, works at nearby Bedford High School; his wife teaches at an elementary school in Maple Heights.
He said he was angry with Miss Houchins because she let Maple Heights High School's band perform without its director during the strike. He told police that he had found the dead raccoon while jogging. The Bedford Board of Education suspended Mr. Sullivan without pay.

PENNSYLVANIA
House fire kills five Amish children
PULASKI A wood- and coal-burning furnace started a deadly fire that destroyed an Amish family's home, killing five of the family's nine children, authorities said yesterday.
The parents escaped into the bitter cold with four children, but the fire was too intense for anyone to get back inside the two-story house to rescue the others, police said.
When firefighters reached the home in Pulaski Township in western Pennsylvania just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, it was engulfed in flames. The five children killed were a 14-year-old girl and four boys ages 2 through 11.

UTAH
Van carrying 14 crashes into truck
SALT LAKE CITY A van carrying 14 persons slammed into a tractor-trailer rig early yesterday, killing four persons and critically injuring several others, authorities said.
"At this point we believe at least some of them are illegal immigrants," Highway Patrol Sgt. Doug McCleve said.
The van hit the truck at about 5 a.m. on Highway 89 in southern Utah. The truck driver wasn't hurt.

VERMONT
SAT pioneer dies at 97
SHELBURNE Henry Chauncey, the man credited with turning the SAT into an admission standard used by thousands of the nation's colleges and universities, has died. He was 97.
Mr. Chauncey founded the Educational Testing Service to administer the SAT out of a belief that access to the nation's colleges should be decided through merit, rather than through family connections.
A former Harvard University official, Mr. Chauncey started the Princeton, N.J.-based ETS in 1947 and served as its president until 1970. He also was a director of New York-based College Board, the organization that sponsors the SAT.

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