- The Washington Times - Friday, November 1, 2002

Jail escapee doesn't get far
TEXARKANA A man who escaped from jail in Texas didn't enjoy freedom for long.
A sheriff spotted Jason Ward, 29, of Texarkana, at a friend's house shortly after his escape.
Ward escaped from the Bowie County Correctional Center Wednesday morning, apparently climbing over a 9-foot wall topped with razor wire, investigators said.
Sheriff James Prince got a tip that Ward might be headed for a friend's house so the sheriff went there and waited.
"He came walking up to the front door," Sheriff Prince said.
The sheriff called police and they caught Ward after chasing him on foot.

Church officials resign over budget issues
LOS ANGELES Five top executives of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have quit, saying Cardinal Roger Mahony failed to consult them when he cut program budgets to help close a multimillion-dollar deficit, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.
The five, who include Cardinal Mahony's chief of staff, signed an e-mail Wednesday to employees at the Roman Catholic archdiocese headquarters informing them of their decision, the paper said. A formal announcement was expected yesterday.
"We've come to this at different times" for varying reasons, the newspaper quoted an unidentified executive as saying. "The announcement is made together. We didn't make the decisions together."

Judge orders release of gunmen's records
GOLDEN A judge on Wednesday ordered the release of the Columbine gunmen's records from a juvenile court program, saying the public has a legitimate interest in seeing whether the program failed.
Jefferson County District Judge Brooke Jackson ordered the release of records from the 11 months Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold spent in the program, the Denver Post reported on its Web site.
Harris and Klebold were ordered to participate in the program after they were arrested in 1998 for breaking into a van and stealing tools.
Harris' parents had said they would not object to releasing the records.

State to develop birdwatchers Web site
OLD SAYBROOK State environmental officials are developing a Web site identifying prime sites for bird-viewing along Interstate 95 and the Connecticut shoreline.
This route, known as the Connecticut Coastal Birding Trail, will point motorists to as many as 100 sites throughout the coastal region.
Each year, birdwatchers contribute nearly $7 million to the state and local economies, officials say.

Lesbian ordered to pay child support
DOVER A family court commissioner has ordered a Newark woman to begin making child-support payments for her estranged lesbian partner's 5-year-old son.
The ruling signed Wednesday by Family Court Commissioner John Carrow makes Delaware one of the few states where homosexuals have been told to support estranged partners' children.
The mother, referred to in court by the pseudonym Karen Chambers, became pregnant through in-vitro fertilization. She sought child support after her estranged partner, referred to in court as Carol, got permanent visitation rights two years ago.
The order calls for Carol, who works at an automobile-assembly plant, to pay $501 a month in support, plus retroactive obligations.
"That's what I was asking for," said Karen, who has been unemployed for several years and receives stress-related disability payments.

'Hawaii Five-O' co-star dies at 84
HONOLULU Kam Fong Chun, the man TV viewers around the world knew as Detective Chin Ho Kelly in the hit crime series "Hawaii Five-O," died Oct. 18 in Honolulu after a long fight against inoperable lung cancer, his family said Wednesday. He was 84.
Working under the stage name Kam Fong, the Honolulu native appeared on "Hawaii Five-O" from its debut in 1968 to 1978, two years before the series was canceled. He was the trusted, tough detective working alongside the show's main character, Steve McGarrett, who was played by Jack Lord. Mr. Lord died in January 1998.
Kam Fong Chun was a real-life Honolulu Police Department officer for 16 years before leaving the force in 1959 to put more time into acting.

Boise Airport beefs up security
BOISE U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta was at the Boise Airport Wednesday to mark the federal government's deployment of 50 screeners at the airport's security checkpoint, the Statesman reports.
Under an order from Congress after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Transportation Security Administration has taken over checkpoint security at major U.S. airports.
Welcome mats decorate the entrance to metal detectors, which are now being staffed by federal employees.

Iowa's crime index trails most of Midwest's
DES MOINES Iowa's crime index rate is 20 percent below that for all Midwest states, according to the FBI's final crime statistics for last year.
"Generally speaking, Iowa is still a very safe place," said Martha Coco, crime statistics analyst for the state Department of Public Safety.
Iowa's crime-index rate of 3,301 per 100,000 falls "right after North and South Dakota as far as ranking. If you look at states between 2 million and 3 million, Iowa has the lowest crime rate," Miss Coco said.
In most Iowa metro areas, residents are more likely than the national average to be the victims of a property crime, but less than half as likely to be assaulted, raped or murdered.

'Salmon guy' helps children with laptops
MILBRIDGE Heads bent over their laptops, 11 seventh-graders at Milbridge Elementary School are mapping the bottom of Sawyer Brook.
Working with measurements they took in the salmon stream last month, the science pupils are using spreadsheets to graph the stream channel.
"Jacob, I think I may have figured out something," Kris Pinkham calls to the instructor, Jacob van de Sande, the Atlantic salmon educator for the Wild Salmon Resource Center. He is known throughout Washington County as "the salmon guy."

Aluminum bats banned in tournament
FRANKLIN Saying wood bats are safer, athletics officials barred the use of aluminum bats in the 2003 Massachusetts high school baseball tournament yesterday and recommended they be banned from all games.
If the recommendation is approved by the full board of the state Interscholastic Athletic Association on Dec. 3, Massachusetts would become the first state with a statewide ban.
The bats, first used in amateur baseball in the mid-1970s, are in widespread use in scholastic leagues across the country. Some safety experts say balls come hurtling off aluminum bats at nearly 100 mph faster than they do off wood bats and too fast for some youngsters to handle.

Minority students outnumber whites
OMAHA Minority students outnumber whites for the first time in city schools, officials said.
The fall enrollment count shows 50.9 percent of the overall student body is composed of blacks, Hispanics, Asians and American Indians.
The breakdown is just over 31.2 percent black, 16.6 percent Hispanic and 3.1 percent Asian and American Indian.

Robber accidentally shoots himself
LAS VEGAS A man attempting to rob a tobacco shop accidentally shot himself in the head after stealing a cigarette, police said.
A robbery alarm brought police to the business where officers found the body of a man with a gunshot wound in the head.
Robbery Lt. Ted Snodgrass said yesterday morning the man walked into the smoke shop with a sawed-off shotgun and robbed the clerk of one pack of Kool cigarettes. He opened the pack, took out one cigarette, put the pack on the counter and left.
He started smoking and then shot himself, Lt. Snodgrass told the Las Vegas Sun.

Men impersonating police officers arrested
LAS CRUCES Four men who reportedly spent the last year pulling over people for speeding or ID checks were arrested Wednesday and charged with impersonating federal officers.
Authorities said the men became so brazen they even called police for backup. District Attorney Susana Martinez said officials were still trying to determine a motive.
The men are accused of stopping motorists in the Santa Teresa area near the Texas border and giving them verbal warnings. When officers responded to their calls for backup, the men apparently identified themselves as members of a federally funded search-and-rescue squad.

Fraternity pleads guilty in pig abuse
WINSTON-SALEM Members of a Wake Forest University fraternity accused of mistreating a pig pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of animal neglect.
The 200-pound intoxicated pig was found in a ditch the morning after an April party in a park. The fraternity members were charged under the state's animal-cruelty statutes.
The plea deal with members of Sigma Phi Epsilon will allow the students to avoid convictions.
The students will enter a supervised deferred-prosecution program for six months, perform community service, write an essay on animal cruelty, and meet with community members to discuss the responsible care of animals.

Cases of arthritis rising in state
OKLAHOMA CITY Cases of arthritis are rising in Oklahoma as the state's population becomes older and more obese, state and federal public health agencies say.
One in three adults in the state suffers from the disease, and chronic joint inflammation has become the No. 1 cause of disability.
Health officials say cases of arthritis increased from 679,000 in 1999 to 936,000 this year.

Court upholds nude-dancer ordinance
SALEM A town ordinance requiring nude dancers to remain at least 4 feet from the audience doesn't violate free-expression rights under the state constitution, a court of appeals ruled.
The 7-3 decision upheld the ordinance in Nyssa, which fined two club operators for violations.
The court said laws banning public nudity were established in 1859.
Officials trim greenery to cut deer accidents
COLUMBIA State officials are cutting roadside greenery, hoping to reduce the number of deer hit by vehicles. The trimming should increase driver visibility, transportation spokesman Pete Poore said.
Officials also plan to replace highway median plants with a less-appetizing variety to keep deer away. Four persons died and 420 persons were hurt last year in 3,500 accidents involving deer.

Churches group to oppose war
SIOUX FALLS An organization of religious leaders in South Dakota is voicing its opposition to a war with Iraq, even though a majority of the state's population says it supports such military action.
The Association of Christian Churches of South Dakota will add its name to a letter to President Bush drafted by the National Council of Churches.
"We're all in agreement with the letter from the NCC," said the Rev. Chris Franklin, president of the Association of Christian Churches' board of directors and pastor of First Christian Church in Sioux Falls.

Fraternity suspended: Appeared blackfaced
KNOXVILLE The Kappa Sigma fraternity suspended its University of Tennessee chapter Wednesday after members painted their faces in black to appear as the Jackson 5.
The fraternity apologized in the campus newspaper this week. It said the members wore blackface to participate in an "air guitar" contest as the music group.
The suspension means the chapter will not be allowed to participate in campus events such as homecoming next week.
Even if the national group lifts the suspension, the chapter will be required to prove it upholds the university's expectations for "civility, ethnic diversity and racial harmony" before it can re-establish itself on campus, Provost Loren Crabtree said in a statement.

Dissident group occupies tribal casino
EAGLE PASS More than 200 dissident members of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas occupied a casino Wednesday in a dispute stemming from the group's vote to oust tribal leadership.
A federal judge issued a temporary injunction Wednesday rejecting the dissidents' vote, and ordered them to leave the Lucky Eagle casino and other tribal buildings. The judge said federal marshals would enforce the order if the group refuses.
Officials with the Maverick County Sheriff's Department said there had been no arrests or reports of violence in the casino occupation. The standoff continued late Wednesday afternoon in Eagle Pass, a town near the border.

Children pick Doyle for governor
MILWAUKEE Wisconsin's children have spoken, and their choice for governor is Democratic state Attorney General Jim Doyle.
Republican Gov. Scott McCallum was a close runner-up among the 37,000 children and teenagers, but unorthodox candidates were popular among younger students.
Some first- and second-graders had a lesson in write-in candidates when some children realized their favorite wild animal, dog or bird wasn't on the ballot.
Teacher Helena Petzold said she used the mock election to teach her the students why they had to choose just one animal and what "majority" means.

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