- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 5, 2002

Jail fire leaves 8 inmates dead
BAKERSVILLE, N.C. Fire broke out at a county jail in the mountains of western North Carolina, killing eight inmates who were locked inside its cells and injuring 13 other persons, authorities said.
Sheriff Ken Fox said it appeared that Friday night's fire began in a storage room on the jail's ground floor and quickly spread through the two-story brick and wood building.
Sheriff Fox said yesterday that he didn't suspect foul play.
He said that all eight inmates appeared to have died from smoke inhalation.

President lauds U.S.-Mexico ties
President Bush used his weekly radio address yesterday to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo and voice a commitment to helping "the entire American familia achieve prosperity and live in peace."
"People on both sides of the Rio Grande value independence and freedom and opportunity," the president said.
The radio broadcast was Mr. Bush's second straight commemoration of the holiday that doesn't actually occur until tomorrow.

Stroke leaves Lady Bird unable to speak
AUSTIN, Texas Lady Bird Johnson was hospitalized in fair condition yesterday after suffering a mild stroke that left her unable to speak, officials said.
The 89-year-old former first lady was upbeat and aware of her surroundings, said Dr. Rodney Horton, Mrs. Johnson's cardiologist. He said she was resting comfortably and not in pain.

Arrest sparks fear of AIDS
HURON, S.D. An 18-year-old basketball player has become the first person charged under a South Dakota law that makes it illegal to knowingly expose someone to the AIDS virus through unprotected sex.
Nikko Briteramos, a student at SiTanka Huron University, was arrested last month. Health officials have been reconstructing the chain of sex partners and have tested more than 200 people for the virus in and around this town of 12,000. So far, three other persons have tested positive.
Mr. Briteramos was discovered to be infected with the AIDS virus when he tried to give blood in March. He gave authorities a list of at least 10 women with whom he had had unprotected sex in recent months.
His attorney, Mary Keller, said her client is baffled by the charges. He could get as much as 45 years in prison if convicted on all three counts. He pleaded not guilty Thursday and remained in jail, unable to come up with $10,000 bail. A trial date of July 24 was set.

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