- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2002

Ridge: Don't federalize nuke plant guards
Private security forces at nuclear power plants should not be replaced with federal guards, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said yesterday, siding with federal regulators and the industry.
The federal role in guarding the nation's 103 nuclear reactors against terrorist attacks should be limited to setting standards about the level of security provided, Mr. Ridge said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission already certifies security plans at each plant and has mandated tightened measures since September 11.

Convict seeks sex-change operation
BOSTON A man sentenced to life in prison without parole for strangling his wife is trying to force the state to pay for a sex-change operation and hormone therapy to allow him to live as a woman.
Robert Kosilek, who uses the name Michelle, planned to be in federal court today to ask a judge to order the state Department of Corrections to cover the treatment.
He claims in a lawsuit that the department is violating his civil rights and subjecting him to cruel and unusual punishment by refusing to provide treatment for his gender-identity disorder.

Infant's fast weight gain linked to later obesity
CHICAGO Babies who gain weight very rapidly during their first four months may be prone to obesity later in life, new research suggests.
Regardless of weight at birth and age 1, such infants were significantly more likely to be overweight at age 7 than babies who gained weight more slowly in the first four months.
The study, which involved 19,397 children, supports the idea that obesity is hereditary.
It also suggests, however, that prevention efforts that target early infancy, such as breast-feeding, might help counteract genetics, said Dr. Nicolas Stettler of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
The results appear in the February issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Immigrants found in cargo container
LOS ANGELES A group of Chinese immigrants were discovered hidden in a cargo container entering the Los Angeles-area Port of Long Beach on Saturday, news reports said yesterday.
The reports differed on the exact number of persons found inside the container, with the Los Angeles Times saying 16, including two minors, and a CBS television affiliate putting the number at 16 adults and one child. All were male.
According to the reports, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service had been tipped off that a ship would be smuggling people into the country, and officials arrested the passengers as soon as the vessel docked.
All the detainees were reported to be in good condition.

Florida woman attacked by tiger
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A woman was attacked and bitten on the head by a 750-pound tiger while she was painting part of a compound at a private animal preserve.
Carol Pistilli, 58, was hospitalized in critical condition with a skull fracture after the attack Saturday.
She was listed in stable condition yesterday.
Mrs. Pistilli and her husband, Michael, were helping animal owner Steve Sipek prepare for a photo shoot at his Loxahatchee compound, Mr. Pistilli said.
The 4-year-old, declawed tiger, named Bobo, was feeding on some steaks when Mrs. Pistilli entered the area and was attacked, Mr. Sipek said.

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