- The Washington Times - Monday, July 15, 2002

State may house inmates in tents
MONTGOMERY The Siegelman administration missed a deadline yesterday that would have sliced $500,000 off a judge's $2.16 million contempt fine for the state's failure to remove hundreds of its convicts from county jails.
Ted Hosp, legal adviser to Gov. Don Siegelman, told the Birmingham News that the state has been unable to find room for more than 1,200 state convicts who have waited 30 days or more to transfer into state prisons. Officials are considering setting up tents to handle the prisoners, Mr. Hosp said.
"We are in the process of looking at [tents]. It has not been ruled in or out," he said. "It would be a large set of tents, and that would be viewed as a last-resort situation."
Judge William Shashy on June 14 ordered the state to remove the state inmates from county jails and gave it 90 days to get the job done.

Police deaths prompt auto investigation
PHOENIX Three Arizona police officers have burned to death in the past three years. A fourth, Phoenix Police Officer Jason Schechterle, lived through the fire but was horribly disfigured and faces years of surgery and facial reconstruction.
Each patrolman was driving a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, a specially built sedan with heavy-duty features designed for police work. Nationwide, at least nine more police officers have died in fiery rear-impact collisions in Crown Victorias.
The Crown Victoria does have a serious design problem with its fuel tank, according to national auto-safety experts, public officials and automotive engineers contacted by the Arizona Republic.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the Crown Victoria in November, spokesman Rae Tyson said.

Students aim high in 4-H contest
LITTLE ROCK Chase Williams, 15, liked Saturday's archery competition the best. He enjoyed walking through the woods, taking aim at artificial foxes, deer and bear set up at the 4-H Center in Ferndale.
Chase was one of 283 participants between the ages of 9 and 19 at this year's 4-H Shooting Sports State Contest at the western Pulaski County center, organizers said.
Youth from all over Arkansas competed in rifle and pistol pellet guns, shotgun, archery and rifle competitions Friday and Saturday.
The 4-H shooting program teaches them discipline, teamwork and responsibility, said Rex Roberg, a wildlife specialist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extensive Service, the organization that runs 4-H programs.

Airport shooter had money problems
LOS ANGELES The man who killed two persons at the El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport had been having money problems and his business was on the verge of collapse, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.
Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, 41, was killed in the July Fourth attack. He was shot by a security guard.
The FBI said after the killings that it didn't know why Mr. Hadayet targeted Israel's national airline. Israeli officials called it an act of terrorism.
Mr. Hadayet, who moved to the United States 10 years ago on a six-month tourist visa, lived with his wife and two sons in suburban Irvine, and was known as a quiet, observant Muslim who wanted people to believe he was running a successful limousine business. But in recent months, he couldn't keep up with his liability insurance and his wife began asking neighbors for baby-sitting work, the Times said.

Thieves steal fiberglass cow
DENVER A 150-pound fiberglass cow has been stolen from a Chick-Fil-A billboard. The cow, one of the company's mascots urging customers to "Eat Mor Chikin," apparently was taken during the weekend last week.
Gina Francis, a spokeswoman for the fast-food chain, said the thieves left tread marks below the billboard.
The company is chuckling, but still wants its cow back. It filed a police report with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Chick-Fil-A also is offering free chicken sandwiches for a year for information leading to the safe return of the cow.
Police have no leads in the latest missing-cow case, said Sgt. Tim Moore of the sheriff's office.

County tests new voting machines
WEST PALM BEACH Elections officials in Palm Beach County, where voters were confused by a "butterfly" ballot in the hotly contested 2000 presidential election, yesterday declared a test of new touch-screen voting machines a success.
The electronic voting machines were put before voters at 21 sites Saturday. Elections officials said 3,810 persons used them to cast votes in a mock election.
"Everything was fine. Everything was great," said Palm Beach County elections supervisor Theresa LePore. "We had no negative response from the public whatsoever."

Church van overturns after tire blowout
PINE MOUNTAIN A church van loaded with young people crashed after a tire blew, killing a 12-year-old boy and injuring 12 other persons.
The van was one of several carrying youngsters attending a youth conference at Bread of Life Christian Center. They were returning to Columbus from a water park in Marietta on Friday when a tire on the van blew, sending the fully loaded 15-passenger vehicle skidding into the median, police said.
Harris County Coroner Lori Camp identified the victim as Anthony Williams, 12, of Urbana, Ill. The others, ranging in age from 9 to the early 20s, were taken to hospitals in LaGrange and Columbus. Seven remained hospitalized Saturday.

Study finds children not wearing helmets
CHICAGO Fewer than one in six children observed biking, roller-skating, skateboarding or riding scooters wore a safety helmet, a trend for which adults bear responsibility, researchers said yesterday.
The observational study of 814 children in eight Texas communities found only 14 percent donned a safety helmet while engaging in these activities, wrote the study's author, Dr. Samuel Forjuoh of the Scott and White Santa Fe Center in Temple, Texas.
"Helmet use was influenced mostly by adult and peer helmet use, indicating that education and interventions should target children and their parents," Dr. Forjuoh wrote in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, published in Chicago.

Residents leave state for cheaper smokes
EVANSVILLE From the Dogtown Tavern, Barry Hyneman can see the Ohio River. He doesn't relish the idea of taking extra time to drive over the river to Kentucky to save a few bucks on cigarettes, but he says the recent hike in Indiana's tax will make the drive worthwhile.
Smokers already are flocking into Kentucky to buy cheaper cigarettes. Kentucky's tax at 3 cents per pack is the second-lowest in the nation, behind Virginia's 2 cents.
The increase in Indiana's tax to 55 cents a pack means Mr. Hyneman will save an extra $4 per carton on his GPCs by driving five miles into Kentucky.

Archdiocese knew of abuse charges
LOUISVILLE A former Catholic school principal said in a deposition that the Archdiocese of Louisville knew about child sex-abuse accusations against a priest as early as 1975 even though it continued to assign him to parishes where he worked with children.
The Rev. Louis Miller was moved from St. Aloysius Catholic Church during the 1975-1976 school year, a couple of days after an eighth-grader accused Mr. Miller of molesting him, said Sister Mary Fulgence Logsdon, the school's former principal.
Sister Logsdon said she was never interviewed about the charge before Father Miller was installed six months later as pastor at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, where he also is accused of abusing students.
Father Miller has been named in dozens of recent lawsuits. A 42-count indictment handed up last month charges him with molesting 15 persons. The deposition was obtained last week by the Courier-Journal.

Terns return to bay island
OUTER GREEN ISLAND High on this spit of land in outer Casco Bay, on a small ridge appropriately called "the baby back," a common tern swoops into its nest with a shiny herring in its mouth for a newly hatched chick. The other parent takes off with high-pitched squawks while its partner feeds their gangly, sand-colored offspring hidden in the high grass.
These terns are the first pair to successfully hatch a chick on Outer Green Island in 88 years, and they are particularly aggressive in defending it, said Matt Martinkovic, who is supervising a tern-restoration project on the island for the National Audubon Society.
Nesting terns, once a familiar site in Casco Bay, were driven out during the past century by soaring populations of herring and black-backed gulls that out-competed them, the Portland Press Herald reported. The first successful tern nest since 1914 gives the birds a second chance on Outer Green and provides an alternative for terns that nest unsuccessfully on other islands because of predation or disease.

Trauma center reopens after brief shutdown
LAS VEGAS Nevada's only top-level trauma center reopened Saturday morning, 10 days after it shut down because of soaring malpractice insurance rates.
"We are back in business," Louise Burns, nursing supervisor at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, said Saturday. "It's very good news."
The county-run trauma center closed July 3 after all but one of the medical center's 58 orthopedic doctors resigned because they said they couldn't afford rising malpractice insurance premiums. Physicians say some medical malpractice insurance premiums have jumped from $40,000 to $200,000 annually.

Company introduces corporate jet
ALBUQUERQUE The first Eclipse 500 corporate jet, a low-cost, small-size plane envisioned as the start of a new air-taxi industry, rolled out from its assembly hangar Saturday.
The twin-engine jet is to sell for $837,500, less than a quarter of the cost of its closest-priced competitor. The six-seat Eclipse 500 will begin its flight-test phase in coming weeks over New Mexico, Eclipse Aviation President Vern Raburn said.
The first planes are to be delivered early in 2004.

800 terror victims said unidentifiable
NEW YORK About 800 of the victims of the September 11 World Trade Center attacks are likely never to be identified, the New York City medical examiner's office said Saturday.
About 2,000 of the 2,823 persons believed to have been killed September 11 at the World Trade Center may be identified, Dr. Charles A. Hirsch said.
Last year, most experts believed that only 25 percent of the victims would ever be identified. So far, 1,229 have been identified, or about 44 percent.

Drunken driver crashes into control tower
BISMARCK A drunken driver crashed his car into the air traffic control tower at the Fargo airport early Saturday, authorities said.
The wreck about 2 a.m. damaged the tower's entrance, but not the operations area. No flights were believed to be in the area at the time, airport director Shawn Dobberstein said.
Tony Molinaro, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said FAA will review security around the tower.
Nicholas Yellowbird, 19, was arrested on several charges, including felony reckless endangerment, felony criminal mischief and drunken driving.

Four children die in house fire
TOLEDO A fire swept through a house on the city's east side early yesterday, killing four children ages 3 to 17, authorities said.
The cause of the fire had not been determined, but it was suspicious, said Sgt. Tim Noble, a police investigator. He said the deaths were being treated as homicides.
Little of the house was left standing aside from pieces of the outside walls. Police dogs sniffed through chunks of charred wood that littered the front yard, and firefighters and investigators used rakes and shovels to sift ashes on the front porch, trying to locate the fire's origin.

Wildfire spreads into remote community
PORTLAND Firefighters staged a house-to-house battle yesterday against Oregon's largest wildfire, a fast-moving blaze that already had destroyed at least seven homes in a remote community.
There was no estimate for containing the blaze, which had grown to 16,000 acres by yesterday morning, said David Widmark, spokesman for the Northwest Fire Coordination Center.
The wildfire burned seven homes and five outbuildings in the unincorporated community of Three Rivers late Saturday, and home propane tanks exploded in jets of flame. Crews had saved most of the buildings in the 200-home development by spraying water and fire retardant on them and by clearing brush and trees.
The fire was started by lightning early last week.

Class teaches engineers to fight terrorism
STATE COLLEGE When engineers designed today's office buildings, factories and warehouses, the safety checklist usually didn't include defenses against terrorism. That changed after September 11.
A weeklong course for building engineers, starting today at Penn State University, examines ways to prevent such catastrophes.
"There is much more demand for services in this year," said Ted Krauthammer, professor of civil engineering at Penn State. "People want to know what can be done, how it can be done."

Vet contracts anthrax from cow
SIOUX FALLS A Jerauld County veterinarian contracted a skin form of anthrax after being exposed during an autopsy of a cow, state health officials told the Argus Leader last week.
The incident is the first human anthrax case ever confirmed by the South Dakota Department of Health.
The unidentified woman went to a Sioux Falls hospital July 5 two days after the autopsy with a lesion on her finger. She was treated with antibiotics.

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