- The Washington Times - Monday, March 25, 2002

Wildfires burn homes in New Mexico
ALTO, N.M. Fireplace ashes dumped in a back yard sparked a grass and timber wildfire that burned through at least 30 homes in an affluent neighborhood in the mountains of southern New Mexico, Gov. Gary E. Johnson said yesterday.
The governor declared a state disaster and warned that, with continuing high winds, the fire threat could worsen.
"The situation today is much worse than it was yesterday," Mr. Johnson said.
At least five fires were burning in the area yesterday. One fire spread from an Indian reservation and burned a home, and authorities were asking residents near the town of Hondo to evacuate as a precaution. Strong wind gusts as high as 50 mph continued to spread the flames.

Jennings remembered at memorial
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Waylon Jennings was remembered for his independent spirit Saturday, with friends like Kris Kristofferson and Travis Tritt singing the praises and songs of the iconoclastic country music star.
Mr. Tritt praised Mr. Jennings' "refusal to do anything other than his own way, his ability to put one foot firmly in the realm of traditional country music, and the other in the middle of rock 'n' roll, and stand his ground."
Mr. Tritt, Mr. Kristofferson, Billy Ray Cyrus, David Lee Murphy and the band Stargunn led by Mr. Jennings' son Shooter were among the performers at Saturday's memorial service at the Ryman Auditorium.

Nurses' phone calls help heart-failure patients
CHICAGO Intervention as simple as phone calls from a nurse can help keep heart-failure patients out of the hospital and significantly lower their medical costs, a study found.
The study involved 358 patients who were followed for six months after being sent home from two hospitals in the San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare network. Patients received either usual follow-up care or printed educational material and an average of 17 phone calls from a nurse checking on their health and offering advice.
Hospital readmission rates for heart failure were 36 percent lower among patients who received the calls.

Buses collide, injuring high schoolers
HARRISON, N.Y. Two buses collided on an interstate highway in Westchester County on Saturday, injuring 12 members of a high school crew team, police said.
The buses, carrying members of a boys' crew team from the Gunnery, a private high school in Connecticut, spun and overturned at an entrance ramp to I-684 just before 8 p.m., said state Trooper Robert Young.
The most seriously hurt was a 19-year-old boy who suffered several broken bones, including a broken clavicle, and bruised lungs.
It appeared that the driver of one of the buses fell asleep at the wheel as the buses approached the highway, Mr. Young said.

Marine recruit dies during training
PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. A Marine recruit collapsed during training and died a week after reporting to Parris Island, officials said.
Pvt. James R. Boglin, 18, of Selma, Ala., was taking part in a 1.5-mile run as part of the "initial strength test" Saturday when he collapsed, said Capt. Porter Harlow, duty officer at the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
Capt. Harlow said it appeared that Pvt. Boglin had a heart attack, but the cause of death was being investigated.

Weekend fires kill five children
CHICAGO Two children died after firefighters pulled them from a burning apartment on the city's South Side on Saturday, authorities said. It was the second fire in Chicago in as many days in which children died.
A fire on Friday killed three children in a home on the city's West Side.


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