- The Washington Times - Monday, May 6, 2002

Idaho student charged with attacking gay flag
LEWISTON, Idaho A former student body president at the University of Idaho has been charged with trying to burn a flag stolen from a campus homosexual club.
Kasey Swisher, 21, faces a maximum one year in jail and a $1,000 fine on a charge of malicious injury to property. The charge was filed Friday.
Court documents say Mr. Swisher told police he participated in the attempted burning of the Gay Straight Alliance flag on March 31, then jumped on the flame-retardant flag when it would not burn.
Police said students charged in the incident considered the club's rainbow flag which has six colors instead of red-and-white stripes a desecration of the American flag.

Pre-operation fasting still lengthy, says study
DALLAS Despite liberalized guidelines that shorten pre-operation fasting times, many patients undergoing elective surgery are still instructed to go without food and liquids for excessive periods, according to a new study.
Some patients fasted for 20 or more hours before going under anesthesia, the study found.
Most of the 155 patients interviewed after surgery said they were told not to ingest anything after noon on the day of surgery. The American Society of Anesthesiology believes this is no longer necessary for most surgery patients.

Thousands march in pro-Israel parade
NEW YORK New York's solidarity with Israel was on parade yesterday as tens of thousands marched up Fifth Avenue in the annual "Salute to Israel" parade.
Religious leaders, politicians and groups from schools and organizations marched through midtown. A few hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered on an adjacent street, but no incidents were reported.

Flight crew rescued after Navy crash
SAN DIEGO Three crew members were rescued when their helicopter crashed at sea during training exercises, Navy officials said.
The SH-60 Seahawk helicopter went down late Saturday while attempting to land on the deck of a destroyer about 90 miles southwest of San Diego.

Bomb threat closes Oak Ridge site
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. The government evacuated the K-25 site after a bomb threat, but a security sweep turned up no evidence of concern at the site that formerly housed facilities enriching uranium for use in nuclear weapons, Scripps Howard News Service reports.
The Department of Energy "became aware" of a bomb threat shortly before 8 a.m. on Friday, a spokesman said, prompting officials to evacuate about 1,000 workers from the 1,500-acre site and turn away those reporting to work around that time.

Fishermen protest court regulations
GLOUCESTER, Mass. Hundreds of fishermen from New Jersey to Maine gathered at this historic port yesterday to protest court-ordered restrictions that they fear will destroy commercial fishing in New England's coastal waters.
The 500 protesters demanded an overhaul of regulations that close off more areas and slash their annual days at sea from 88 to a maximum of 70.

Director George Sidney dies at age 85
LAS VEGAS George Sidney, who directed such classic MGM movie musicals as "Show Boat" and "Kiss Me Kate," died yesterday. He was 85.
Mr. Sidney died at home of lymphoma complications, said his wife, Corinne Sidney.
He worked with such show business greats as Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Tony Curtis, Lana Turner, Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret. He was president of the Directors Guild of America for 16 years.


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