- The Washington Times - Monday, May 27, 2002

Funeral home accused of abuses
DUNEDIN, Fla. Ten families are suing a Florida funeral home, accusing its former director of mishandling corpses, taking items from the dead bodies and leaving cremated remains of at least 100 people in his garage.
The accusations against Abbey Parklawn Home & Memory Gardens and its director, Scott M. Daley, have been forwarded to the state attorney's office. The Pinellas County Sheriff's office also is investigating.
No charges have been filed, and Mr. Daley has denied wrongdoing.

Fight at motorbike races results in stabbing
MOUNT MORRIS, Pa. One man was stabbed and 41 others were arrested during a melee at a motorcycle raceway in southwestern Pennsylvania, state police said.
As many as 65 troopers were needed to break up the fighting that began at the High Point Raceway in Mount Morris about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police reports. The cause of the melee was not known.
Those arrested ranged in age from 17 to 35, police said. Some were charged with underage drinking, while others were cited for drug violations, aggravated assault and arson. Most were released pending their scheduled hearings.
Nathan Tice of Newell, W.Va., remained hospitalized yesterday in fair condition with cuts and bruises to his head.

Utah city disbands film-standards board
PROVO, Utah The mayor has disbanded a city film board that has kept score for 25 years on the amount of sex, violence and profanity on movie screens around town.
The nine-member Provo Media Review Commission has reviewed more than 5,000 films since being appointed after a stir in the conservative town concerning the 1977 film "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" a film about a promiscuous teacher.
Mayor Lewis Billings said he was cutting the board to help balance next year's $129 million city budget. The board's portion was $6,500 a year.
Members did not pick or pan movies. They simply used a city-provided form to note the types and amounts of sex, profanity and violence on screen. The board's scores were posted online and attracted 65,000 Internet hits a month.

Forest fire leads to 100 evacuations
TUCSON, Ariz. About 100 residents were ordered to leave their homes on Mount Lemmon yesterday as a wildfire in the Coronado National Forest grew to 12,500 acres.
The fire hadn't damaged any structures but had the potential to threaten roughly 700 homes, said Joan Vasey, a forest spokeswoman.
"They are not too optimistic, even with all our resources, of being able to successfully deal with this fire," she said. "The worst hasn't happened yet, but the potential is there."
The wildfire and extremely dry conditions also prompted officials to close to visitors yesterday the 222,000-acre forest district where the fire was burning.

X chromosome cited in clone deaths
LOS ANGELES Researchers working with clones of a Holstein cow say genetic-programming errors may explain why so many cloned animals of all types die, either as fetuses or newborns.
Scientists at the University of Connecticut studying how the normal patterns of X-chromosome inactivation are erased and then re-established during cloning found abnormalities in nine of 10 genes they examined on the X chromosome.
The scientists found the genes had been incompletely reprogrammed in five dead cow clones and one aborted fetus. Looking at four live clones, as well as control animals conceived naturally, the scientists found the same genes were normal.
The results appeared online yesterday in the journal Nature Genetics.

Energy says state cannot block nuclear cargo
COLUMBIA, S.C. Attorneys for the U.S. Energy Department say South Carolina's threats to block federal plutonium shipments to the agency's Savannah River Site facility are unconstitutional.
In response to a lawsuit filed by Gov. Jim Hodges, the lawyers argued in court papers that the governor's plan to use a blockade to keep the nuclear material out of his state would violate the federal government's right to regulate interstate commerce. Courtney Owings, a spokeswoman for Mr. Hodges, had no immediate response.
In his motion seeking a temporary restraining order against the plutonium shipments, South Carolina has argued to U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie that the Energy Department has violated environmental and due-process laws.


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