- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 10, 2002


Woman gives birth to sextuplets

BIRMINGHAM Diamond Harris gave birth to sextuplets, four boys and two girls, all of whom were breathing on their own yesterday.

The 27-year-old nurse gave birth to all six children within three minutes of each other Sunday morning. They weighed between 1 pound, 3 ounces and 1 pound, 12 ounces.

The babies, delivered by Caesarean section, were born 14 weeks premature.


Boy improves year after shark attack

JACKSON A Mississippi boy is making a steady recovery one year after his arm was bitten off by a shark and reattached by doctors, relatives say.

Nine-year-old Jessie Arbogast's aunt and uncle from Mobile, Ala., said in taped television interviews yesterday that the boy is continuing to make progress.

The aunt, Diane Flosenzier, said Jessie, at home with his parents in Ocean Springs, Miss., is healthy.

"Jessie makes progress every day," said Mrs. Flosenzier.


Officials disagree on cleanup standards

Alaska officials say there's little need to worry about potential multibillion-dollar cleanups from oil and gas drilling in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve because they might not happen for 50 years.

The state's optimistic outlook contrasts with the advice of congressional auditors, who issued a report yesterday, saying the Interior Department should give oil and gas companies specific requirements for cleaning up any damage.

Interior Assistant Secretary P. Lynn Scarlett said in a letter to the General Accounting Office that her agency agrees with the report's findings.


Bullfight fans get less-bloody events

LOS ANGELES It's not bullfighting's big leagues, but in small-town California, a handful of passionate people like Dennis Borba give the dramatic clash between man and beast life in the United States.

Mr. Borba, outfitted in his "traje de luces," the snug "suit of lights" meant to keep horns from snaring the garment, says a traditional pre-fight prayer and checks on his "banderillas."

These poles are traditionally capped with bright fringe and metal spikes on their opposite end. But this is California. People aren't supposed to go around killing animals for sport. So Mr. Borba, in 1980, invented banderillas that have Velcro on their tips instead of the sharp metal tips that pierce the bulls' flesh. They catch onto special patches that are put over the bulls' haunches.

"Bullfights are an important part of the social life of these communities," said Marilia Coquim Wiget, president of the Sacramento Portuguese Cultural and Historic Society.


Clergyman faces prostitution charges

HARTFORD The Rev. Henry L. Price has lost access to his house, car and bank account now that he is facing new charges of promoting prostitution and racketeering, reports the Hartford Courant.

Police seized control of Mr. Price's property and finances Friday when they accused him of running a prostitution racket in Hartford while out on bail awaiting trial on the same charges.

Mr. Price, 52, of Hartford, used his home and car to run his prostitution ring, Assistant State's Attorney Victor Carlucci Jr. told a Hartford Superior Court judge Monday at Mr. Price's arraignment.

"He was so blatant that he continued to do so," despite numerous pending charges of promoting prostitution, assault and racketeering, which were scheduled for a jury trial July 15, he said. That trial date was postponed Monday and isn't likely proceed until the new charges are consolidated.


Labrador given Pet Hero award

@$:WILMINGTON Rocky, a yellow Labrador who has been entertaining residents of a senior-living community for the past five years, is the Pet Hero for 2002.

The Delaware Veterinary Medical Association gives the award to recognize the service provided by companion animals, Lynn Appel, executive director of the association, told the News-Journal.

She said 8-year-old Rocky's long service as a certified therapy dog has made him important to the residents of Forwood Manor in Brandywine Hundred.

Jean Winstead, Rocky's owner, said she takes the dog twice a month to Forwood Manor, where he fills a void for many of the residents.


U.S. deports Saddam's stepson

MIAMI U.S. authorities deported a stepson of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to New Zealand after holding him since last week on charges of trying to obtain flight training in Miami without a student visa, immigration officials said yesterday.

Federal agents escorted Mohammed Saffi back to New Zealand, where he holds citizenship, Monday night, a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service said.

Mr. Saffi, a 36-year-old flight engineer for an airline in New Zealand, was arrested July 3 in Miami, where he had enrolled in a seminar at a flight school where one of the September 11 hijackers had trained on flight simulators.

Mr. Saffi's mother is believed to be a former flight attendant who became Saddam's second wife, and his father is a former senior official with Iraqi Airways.


Team will seek pilot's body in China

LOUISVILLE A family's quest to bring back the remains of a Kentucky pilot killed in a clandestine conflict a half-century ago will lead a U.S. search team to a one-time hot spot in the Cold War.

The effort to find the remains of Norman A. Schwartz of Louisville and another pilot suddenly gained momentum when China said it would cooperate. China will allow U.S. searchers to look for the remains of Mr. Schwartz and Robert C. Snoddy of Eugene, Ore., who died when their plane was shot down Nov. 29, 1952, in the Manchurian foothills while picking up a spy.

An eight-member search team from the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii is scheduled to leave July 15 to investigate the crash site near a town in northeastern China.


King donation funds bigger pool

BANGOR Stephen and Tabitha King are donating $1.1 million to the city to help residents cool down in a new pool that will be more than three times the size of the existing public pool.

The city's most famous literary couple announced on Monday that they would donate the money for a 12,000-square-foot pool, a children's area, a general swim area and a four-lane lap and exercise pool, the Bangor Daily News reported. A separate pool will be built with water slides.

Stephen King, the best-selling author, said the public pool is sometimes so crowded on hot days that all he and his wife can see are "a lot of heads bobbing up and down."

"We thought maybe there was something we could do to remedy that situation," he said.


Publisher resigns after editor quits

CAMBRIDGE The publisher of the Harvard Business Review is resigning three months after the editor quit after disclosures about a personal relationship with former General Electric chief Jack Welch.

Penelope Muse Abernathy, publisher since 1999, is stepping down as part of an "extensive internal strategic review," according to a statement released Monday by Harvard Business School Publishing, which oversees the review and other publications.

HBSP spokeswoman Sarah McConville said there was no connection between her resignation and her handling of the situation involving the editor's relationship with Mr. Welch.

In March, Suzy Wetlaufer, 42, resigned as editor of the Review because of the furor caused by her relationship with Mr. Welch, 66.


Titanic survivor dies at 98

EAST LANSING Winnifred Quick Van Tongerloo, one the few remaining survivors of the Titanic sinking, has died at age 98.

She was 8 when the Titanic went down after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on its maiden voyage in 1912. Of the nearly 2,200 people aboard, only 705 were saved.

Mrs. Van Tongerloo died Thursday in East Lansing, the Detroit Free Press reported yesterday. She, her sister and her mother were sailing to join their father in Detroit when the Titanic sank.


Thunderstorms beat on homes

Thunderstorms pounded Montana with hail the size of golf balls and knocked out power to thousands of customers in Wisconsin.

Wind ripped trees from the ground and severely damaged about a dozen homes at Neihart, Mont. The wind-blown hail made Neihart Postmaster Jasmine Krotkov think someone was knocking on her door.

A tornado north of Lewistown, Mont., destroyed a mobile home and peeled the roof off a barn.


Voters to decideon legalizing marijuana

CARSON CITY Voters in Nevada, which until last year had the nation's strictest marijuana law, will decide in November whether to let adults legally possess small amounts of the drug.

State officials said yesterday that a petition drive to put the measure on the ballot had narrowly succeeded with about 75,000 valid signatures.

Under the proposal, marijuana would be sold in state-licensed shops and taxed like cigarettes and other tobacco products. A distribution system would also be set up to provide low-cost marijuana for medicinal uses.

To become law, the change needs voter approval this year and in 2004.


Court denies appeal for detainee names

NEWARK The New Jersey Supreme Court rejected yesterday an ACLU request to force the government to release the names of Muslims and Arabs being held in jail as part of the terrorism investigation.

The court denied the request without comment. The American Civil Liberties Union said it might go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Civil liberties advocates have been seeking names of detainees since the fall in an attempt to monitor their treatment in custody and ensure they have adequate legal representation.

The ACLU sued Passaic and Hudson counties in January, saying the names of people arrested and held in New Jersey are public information under the state's right-to-know law.

The Justice Department says 104 post-September 11 detainees remain in custody, most of them in New Jersey jails.


'Son of Sam' killer denied parole

NEW YORK Son of Sam, the infamous serial killer whose summer murder spree paralyzed New York with fear in 1977, was denied parole yesterday on his first appeal since being sentenced to 365 years in jail.

David Berkowitz, 49, had been given no realistic chance of early release after just 25 years despite his reputation as a model prisoner who has found God and accepted responsibility for his crimes.

"The extraordinary pain, suffering and anger that you have inflicted on families and the community at large continues," the parole board said in its ruling. "Discretionary release at this time would deprecate the seriousness of these atrocious crimes and diminish respect for the law."


Company to pay for lying about parts

TULSA A federal judge ordered a manufacturing company to pay nearly $320,000 in fines and restitution for lying about repairs made on parts for a spy plane and the International Space Station.

Prosecutors said Copeland Manufacturing Corp. obstructed justice and provided a financial statement that omitted more than $1.4 million in company assets, prompting the judge to assess the maximum financial penalty Monday.

The company pleaded guilty in February 2001 to submitting a document in 1996 that falsely certified that two titanium fittings it made for the wings of Tier II Plus Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft followed engineering drawings.

It also said it submitted a document in 1998 falsely certifying that an aluminum battery guide meant for the International Space Station followed similar specifications.


Philadelphia chooses new school chief

PHILADELPHIA The former head of Chicago's school system has been selected to lead Philadelphia's troubled schools and oversee the nation's biggest attempt to privatize public education, his spokesman said yesterday.

Paul G. Vallas, who was credited with bringing financial order to Chicago schools, has accepted the appointment, spokesman Brendan Reilly said. Gov. Mark Schweiker and Mayor John F. Street planned an announcement today.

State lawmakers fed up with high dropout rates and low test scores took over Philadelphia's school system in December and appointed a reform commission to replace the school board.


Woman gets life for murder

PROVIDENCE A Providence woman was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for shooting another woman in 1999.

Michelle Garcia, 25, is already serving an 84-year sentence in Virginia for the murder of a man there. Her sentence in Rhode Island is to be served consecutively.

In May, Garcia was convicted of shooting 20-year-old Monique Smith of Providence five times in the back. Prosecutors say Garcia shot Miss Smith while robbing her. Garcia fled to Virginia after the crime, and shot and killed a man there.


Winery owner admits role in slaying

MANCHESTER, Tenn. A 73-year-old winery co-owner admitted yesterday that she arranged her husband's murder, striking a plea bargain that lawyers said could spare her time behind bars.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 11 for Louise Marlow, who pleaded no contest to reckless homicide in the death of her husband, Joe Howard Marlow Sr., 75, who was fatally shot Feb. 5, 2000, outside the couple's house. She had been charged with first-degree murder.

Deputies arrived to find Louise Marlow cradling her husband's head in her lap. She told them she was cooking dinner when she heard shots.

Authorities later identified the gunman as winery employee Roger Wimley, 29.


Robbers kill two in sandwich shop

BALCH SPRINGS Two sandwich-shop employees were killed in a robbery as they opened the store, and a former co-worker and his cousin were arrested, police said.

Store manager Tommy Walker and an employee, Mickell Goodwin, were shot as they opened the Subway sandwich shop Monday. Two assailants fled with about $3,000, police Chief Ed Morris said.

Terry Darnell Edwards, 28, was arrested Monday after police say he left a gun in a trash bin near the restaurant. His cousin, Kirk Darnell Edwards, 32, surrendered to authorities yesterday. Charges against both were pending.

Chief Morris said Terry Edwards had been fired last month from the sandwich shop.


Chemical weapon leaks during test

TOOELE Trace amounts of a poisonous chemical weapon called lewisite leaked from a filter stack during tests at the Deseret Chemical Depot, the Army said.

There was no danger to workers, surrounding communities or the environment at the site in western Utah, southwest of Salt Lake City, the Army said Monday.

Laboratory analysis confirmed that the leak occurred last week during a test of safe disposal methods.


Prospective jurors arrive hours early

EVERETT The recorded telephone message to 160 prospective Snohomish County Superior Court jurors was clear: Report for orientation at 5 a.m. sharp.

It was also wrong. It was corrected Sunday evening to give the correct time, 8:30 a.m., but by then many had stopped checking the message.

About 70 arrived Monday morning to find that the room where they had been told to go was unlit, unheated and except for themselves unoccupied.

"We were peeved," Diane Halverson said.

The court staffer who made the mistake later appeared and apologized, receiving applause from many of those who had showed up 3½ hours early.


Budget fixes shortfall with tobacco windfall

MADISON The state Assembly agreed to use up its windfall from a tobacco settlement to plug a $1.1 billion budget deficit for the coming year.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Scott McCallum called the spending plan approved Monday a "mixed bag" and said the governor might veto some items before signing it by Aug. 1, as required.

The plan trims money for state agencies, but does not raise taxes. "I feel good about that," said Republican Rep. John Gard, who sat on the committee.

It passed the Assembly on Monday with 50 votes, the minimum required. The Senate had approved it 17-16 last week.

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