- The Washington Times - Monday, July 22, 2002

Rosa Parks' attorney breaks another barrier
MONTGOMERY Fred Gray Sr., who defended Rosa Parks in her landmark bus segregation case and represented victims of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, has broken another racial barrier at 71: He has become the first black president of the Alabama bar.
"I'm probably the oldest bar president we've had. It takes us a little longer to get there, but the important thing is we're here," Mr. Gray said after he was installed on Saturday.
Outgoing President Larry Morris, 58, said he was delighted when Mr. Gray was elected without opposition to lead the 13,500-member organization.

Four illegal aliens killed by lightning
TUCSON Four illegal immigrants were struck and killed by lightning as they huddled under a tree during a thunderstorm, officials said.
Three other persons with them Friday were hospitalized with serious burns.
U.S. Border Patrol agents found the men 35 miles north of the border with Mexico, about 8 miles east of Douglas.

Mother arrested in death of baby
INDUSTRY A mother has been arrested and is under investigation for the killing of her 4-month-old son, whose body was left in a car at a church parking lot for three days.
Roxanne Rodrigo, 23, left the infant in the car for seven to eight hours Wednesday, said Sheriff's Lt. Larry Lincoln.
The baby was dead when she returned, though she did not report it to anyone until Saturday, Lt. Lincoln said.

Grounded tankers return to duty
DENVER An order grounding much of the nation's firefighting fleet of aging, heavy-duty air tankers was lifted Saturday, two days after the second deadly crash since June in the middle of a busy wildfire season.
Still grounded pending results of federal investigations, however, were nine planes of the same types as those that crashed in June near Walker, Calif., and Thursday near Lyons, Colo., killing a total of five crew members.
A PB4Y-2 Privateer came apart in the air Thursday while carrying a load of fire retardant to a blaze near the rugged Rocky Mountain National Park, about 45 miles northwest of Denver.

Fashion designer becomes citizen
BRIDGEPORT Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is among the newest citizens of the United States.
The New Milford resident, who was born in Belgium, was among 72 new citizens from 35 countries who attended a swearing-in ceremony at U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on Friday.
Miss von Furstenberg, 56, became known in the 1970s for designing easy knit dresses, including the wrap dress.

'Survivor' finalist's ads raise eyebrows
ATLANTA He made it to the final episode of "Survivor: Marquesas," but "Pappy" English's recent commercials are getting criticism.
Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr., who was a finalist on the CBS reality series, is part of an advertising campaign for Atlanta Gas Light Co. touting the benefits of natural gas instead of propane.
"Pappy doesn't do propane," the ads say.
The ads do not identify Mr. English as a judge, but some legal specialists say judges shouldn't do advertising at all. In an interview with the Daily Report, an Atlanta legal newspaper, Mr. English said he doesn't care about the opinions of law professors "in their ivory towers."

Student's admission sparks outrage
HONOLULU Kalani Rosell got straight-A's in seventh grade and was accepted at a prestigious private school system dedicated to educating children of Hawaiian ancestry.
There is only one wrinkle: Kalani isn't Hawaiian.
His admission to the Kamehameha Schools' Maui campus has sparked an angry dispute in a state where many take pride in the way diverse cultures always seem to get along.
The system was designed to give preference to Hawaiians and part-Hawaiians. However, when all applicants of Hawaiian ancestry who meet admissions criteria have been accepted and there still are openings, qualified non-Hawaiian applicants may be considered.

U.S. study backs niacin for diabetes
CHICAGO A niacin drug appears to lower fatty particles in the blood of adult-onset diabetes victims, lessening their chances of developing heart disease, researchers reported yesterday.
The study was sponsored by the manufacturer of the drug, Florida-based Kos Pharmaceuticals Inc. The company said it has asked for regulatory approval to expand the recommended uses for the drug, which it markets as Niaspan.
Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, writing in the Archives of Internal Medicine, said they based their findings on a study of 146 diabetes patients.

DNA firm urged feds to oversee shipments
DES MOINES The Iowa company that unknowingly supplied bits of genetic material used by scientists to make their own polio virus from scratch said it had asked the government to take steps to oversee the shipment of such DNA supplies.
The recent announcement by researchers at State University of New York at Stony Brook that they had made the virus in their lab raised a new set of fears about bioterrorism.
It was the first time a virus had been synthetically produced, and it was done with a genetic blueprint from the Internet and DNA material provided by a mail-order supplier.
The supplier was Integrated DNA Technologies, or IDT, of Coralville, a suburb of Iowa City.

Car hits embankment, killing four persons
WINCHESTER A car careered over a hump on a rural road and slammed into an embankment early Saturday, killing two men and two teenage women, police said.
The road near Winchester is known as "Roller-coaster Road" because of the many hills along it. The victims were identified as Chad Greer, 23, the driver; Steven Early, 20; Elizabeth Daniel, 19; and Jocelyn McDavid, 18.

Teen fleeing deputy kills friend with car
GRETNA A knife-wielding teenager climbed into a sport utility vehicle to escape a deputy and backed over a friend, killing her, then was shot to death by the deputy.
The deputy had climbed halfway into the vehicle and fired the shot as he was thrown to the pavement as the teen accelerated.
Deputy Don Dubroc was sent to investigate a disturbance early Saturday in Metairie, and found 17-year-old Joseph Thomas chasing people outside the house of his estranged girlfriend, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee said.
Joseph got into the SUV, and Deputy Dubroc jumped through the driver's window in an attempt to grab the ignition keys, Mr. Lee said. Joseph rammed Deputy Dubroc's police car, then backed up and struck Sabrina Berthelot, 15, also of Metairie, fatally injuring her, the sheriff said.
Mr. Lee said authorities regarded the shooting as self-defense.

'Verdict' author dies at 75
NORWOOD Barry C. Reed, a trial lawyer who drew on his courtroom experience to write "The Verdict," a book that became the basis for a film nominated for five Academy Awards, has died. He was 75.
Mr. Reed, of Westwood, died Friday at Caritas Norwood Hospital, spokeswoman Lois Scarlatelli said. The cause of death was not immediately released.
"The Verdict," a story of a down-and-out lawyer who wins justice for the family of a seriously disabled girl, was made into a 1982 film starring Paul Newman.

Wedding reception ends in brawl
Little did Jeff Draack and Nacole Blum know that their vow of for better or worse would be tested just hours into their marriage.
As their wedding reception was winding down in Columbia Heights early Saturday morning, what was described as friendly food tossing between reception attendees erupted into a brawl with more than a dozen police officers.
In the end, nine persons including the groom's father were arrested, and several people were injured, including a police officer who was treated at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids for minor bruising to the throat.
The newlyweds, who were not arrested, canceled immediate plans for their honeymoon.
Guests told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune that at the height of the ruckus, at least 40 squad cars from numerous police departments arrived, sending dozens of officers into the crowd of about 75 at Murzyn Hall, a banquet and meeting center.

Artist captures Faulkner contest
JACKSON A classic rabbit "Oooooh that twickster and wascal" and a pudgy hunter emerge from a kudzulike thickness and complexity of words in the winning entry of this year's Faux Faulkner contest.
Steven Stankiewicz, a New York illustrator who enjoys immersing himself in William Faulkner's Southern prose, used the essence of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd to win the 13th annual Faulkner write-alike competition.
Mr. Stankiewicz depicts a showdown a "frantic kinetic mute folly" between Bugs and Elmer, a "short pudgy bald childlike simulacrum, ridiculous hunter's hat coat boots and oversized primitive crude firearm."
Mr. Stankiewicz's 500-word winner was among about 200 entries in the contest.

Charges dropped in drunken crash
ALBUQUERQUE Vehicular homicide charges have been dropped against two men who were passengers in a car police say was driven by a drunken driver in a fatal car crash.
Lonny Padilla, 34, and Chris Garcia, 27, each pleaded guilty Thursday to tampering with evidence and conspiracy in exchange for the dismissal of charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.
Police said the car was driven by Walter Serrano, 20, who was scheduled to go on trial Aug. 7 on vehicular homicide and other charges.
Garcia and Padilla were charged with vehicular homicide by Deputy District Attorney Linda Lonsdale, who said they were partly responsible because they didn't stop Mr. Serrano from driving. The third passenger in the car, Karen Quintana, 33, died of injuries in the March 1 crash.

Officials rethink ground zero renewal
NEW YORK Stung by criticism that the initial six proposals for redeveloping the World Trade Center are too commercial, the officials charged with rebuilding the site say they may extend the timeline for selecting a final plan.
"The goal is to get it right," Matthew Higgins, a spokesman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., said yesterday. "Now that we've received public input, we have to evaluate how to refine the plans to better reflect what people hope to see in Lower Manhattan."
Many of the 4,000 people who attended a town hall meeting Saturday expressed dissatisfaction with the six plans released last week.

Ex-governor picked for 'Junkyard Wars'
BISMARCK Former Gov. Ed Schafer has gotten a stint in a Los Angeles junkyard.
Mr. Schafer; his brother-in-law, Bismarck lawyer Rolf Sletten; and Bob Odegaard, a Kindred airplane rebuilder, have landed a spot on the Learning Channel's "Junkyard Wars" show, which challenges participants to build machines from scavenged parts.
The team was one of eight picked for the show's next season, which will air in late summer or early fall 2003. More than 1,000 teams applied.
Contestants are told what the project is shortly before they are asked to put it together. They have 10 hours to finish.

Woman crushed; husband crawls for help
BILLINGS An 89-year-old man crawled for 23 hours to report a tractor accident that left his wife dead, authorities said.
Florence Ruth Holba of Billings died Friday after the tractor driven by her husband, Edwin Holba, rolled over her on the couple's farm in rural Noble County, state troopers said Saturday.
Mrs. Holba, 80, was standing behind the tractor when Mr. Holba's foot slipped off the clutch. The tractor rolled backward over her, pinning her beneath it.
Mr. Holba got off the tractor but fell when he went to check on his wife, the patrol said. Mr. Holba, who usually requires assistance to walk, was unable to stand and crawled for 23 hours until he reached his residence and called for help shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday, troopers said.

Soul star honored by hometown
PHILADELPHIA Gritty-voiced soul star Solomon Burke was honored by his hometown Friday when Mayor John F. Street declared July 19 "Solomon Burke Day."
Mr. Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Considered one of the greatest soul singers of all time, Mr. Burke, 62, had such hits as "Just Out of Reach" and "Cry to Me" in the 1960s.

Prosecutor helps bigamist's family
PROVO The prosecutor behind Tom Green's bigamy convictions is helping Green's wives and children move from their complex of mobile homes in Utah's west desert to an apartment closer to the prison where he is serving time.
The wives are loath to accept the offer of help from Juab County Attorney David Leavitt, but they have no choice, said John R. Bucher, Green's attorney.
The wives have a hard time with home repairs and car maintenance without their husband, Mr. Bucher said.
Mr. Leavitt is trying to raise money from state and federal programs and private donations for the wives and children to move to Springville, which will make it easier for them to visit Green in prison.

Father drowns in rescue attempt
OCEAN SHORES A father who jumped into the ocean to rescue three of his children drowned in a rip current off a coastal resort, police said.
The children made it out alive, but Steven A. Coleman, 47, drowned Friday, Sgt. Dave McManus said.
Mr. Coleman, his wife and their 16-year-old son were inside their time-share unit while the three younger children played in the surf, Sgt. McManus said.
"Mom was on the deck, and heard one of the kids screaming for help," the sergeant said.
Both Mr. Coleman and his son ran to help. The teen and the younger siblings, whose ages were not immediately available, made it safely back to shore.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide