- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Black man wounds 3 in anti-white rampage

NEW YORK A black man armed with three handguns, a samurai sword and kerosene went on an anti-white rampage in New York City on Sunday, shooting three persons before being subdued by two women and police officers, authorities said.

Police said Steven Johnson had been intent on killing as many white people as he could before dying himself at the hands of the police.

Mr. Johnson chased a man he already had shot in the torso into a crowded wine bar, where he terrorized the club patrons, spraying them with kerosene and repeatedly flicking a lighter, police said.

"As this was happening, witnesses say Johnson was quoted ranting about white people and vowed revenge for thousands of years of suffering," New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Study says Americans get fat at younger ages

PHILADELPHIA Americans born during the early 1960s are likely to become obese earlier in life than those born in the late 1950s, according to a health study released yesterday.

In findings that could yield important clues to an unhealthy shift in U.S. dietary and exercise habits, the study of 9,179 persons now in their late 30s and early 40s found subjects born in 1964 were consistently heavier at specific ages than those born eight years earlier.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also found the younger group became obese while in their late 20s 26 percent to 28 percent sooner than the older group, which staved off obesity until their early to mid-30s.

Report finds nuke plants can survive plane crash

A hijacked commercial airliner loaded with explosive jet fuel like the one that hit the Pentagon on September 11 could not penetrate a U.S. nuclear power reactor and release deadly radiation, according to a nuclear industry study announced yesterday.

The study was commissioned by the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry trade group, which hired independent consultants to analyze what damage would occur if a Boeing 767 airplane filled with fuel crashed into a nuclear power plant.

Ridge touts new agency in speech to mayors

MADISON, Wis. A proposed federal homeland security department would help local officials gather information and find resources to fight terrorism more easily, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge told the nation's mayors yesterday.

Mr. Ridge said the agency, which President Bush proposed earlier this month, would eliminate overlapping responsibilities of federal agencies.

Missing girl's father says door was open

SALT LAKE CITY The father of the 14-year-old girl abducted from her bedroom nearly two weeks ago said yesterday that a garage door was open for some time the night Elizabeth Smart was taken.

"We don't know where the perpetrator came through or went out," said Ed Smart, who had earlier said the kidnapper could have been hiding in the 6,600-square-foot house.

Mr. Smart told the Deseret News that he closed the electric garage door that night when he found the doorway blocked by a tarp.

Children's channel snubs dissent on gay show

NEW YORK Nickelodeon will ignore a staggering 100,000 protest e-mail messages and phone calls and air a special for children about homosexual parents tonight.

The half-hour report, produced by Linda Ellerbee and featuring Rosie O'Donnell, includes comments from the Rev. Jerry Falwell who later joined conservative activists in urging Nickelodeon not to air it.

The Washington-based Traditional Values Coalition has spearheaded the campaign against "Nick News Special Edition: My Family Is Different."

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