- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2002

Computer failure cuts space station system
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A computer failure knocked out the international space station's guidance system yesterday and prevented the power-generating solar wings from pointing toward the sun.
Mission Control commentator James Hartsfield stressed that the men were in no danger, and that the problem had merely interrupted their work.
The computer was restarted by Russian flight controllers, but it was expected to take several hours before becoming fully operational, NASA officials said.

'Western' diet linked with adult diabetes
PHILADELPHIA Men whose diets are rich in red meat, high-fat dairy products and baked goods made from refined flour are 60 percent more likely to develop diabetes after the age of 40, a Harvard study suggested yesterday.
In one of the most wide-ranging studies to date on potential links between adult onset diabetes and diet, researchers also found that men who ate a "prudent" diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and poultry had a type-2 diabetes risk at levels 20 percent below the norm.
"This is the first study to look at the big picture of diet and diabetes," said Dr. Frank Hu, a co-author of the study and assistant professor of nutrition at the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Crews restoring power in storm's aftermath
BETHANY, Okla. Residents shivered in their homes for a fifth day yesterday in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri as utility crews labored to fix power lines snapped by a deadly snow and ice storm.
The storm was blamed for at least 27 deaths as it whistled from the southern Plains into New England last week.
More light snow was forecast by this morning in hard-hit Oklahoma, where about 73,000 customers still had no electricity. Thousands more still had no electricity yesterday in Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and western New York.

Judges approve redistricting map
JACKSON, Miss. Three federal judges proposed a congressional map for Mississippi yesterday, clouding the complicated issue of redistricting less than a month before a crucial filing deadline.
The judges, all appointed by Republicans, said their plan will be used unless the Justice Department gives "timely" approval to a separate map approved by a state court judge. That map was proposed by Democrats.
The federal judges did not define "timely," though they have said they were worried the Justice Department might not act before the March 1 deadline for candidates to file.

Texas A&M; bonfire to remain on hold
COLLEGE STATION, Texas Texas A&M; University's nearly century-old bonfire tradition on hold since a deadly collapse in 1999 will not be resurrected this fall, the school's president said yesterday.
The 90-year-old bonfire tradition was suspended after 12 students were killed and 27 others injured on Nov. 18, 1999. The 59-foot-high, wedding cake-style stack of more than 5,000 logs collapsed while under construction. A school commission blamed flawed construction techniques and inadequate supervision of the students assembling the stack.

Man decapitated during fight
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. A man with a machete beheaded another man during a fight yesterday, then put the severed head on the hood of a car as neighbors watched, police said.
The suspect, Dennis Roache, 34, was ordered held without bail on a first-degree murder charge. Police said Mr. Roache has a history of mental illness.
A woman called police after Mr. Roache, a former boyfriend, reportedly broke into the home of her current boyfriend, Gregory L. Shannon, 18.


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