- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Oil pipeline withstands quake

ANCHORAGE The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was built to withstand an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, but the engineers who designed it in the early 1970s never expected to see it tested in their lifetimes.
They were wrong about the test, but not about the pipeline.
On Nov. 3, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska's interior, producing a 145-mile-long crack across the landscape and sending boats bobbing on lakes more than 3,000 miles away in Louisiana. Alaska officials estimated road-repair costs would total $20 million.
But the 48-inch Alaska pipeline that snakes across 800 miles of mostly wilderness survived just as designed damaged but not ruptured, said Doug Nyman, the pipeline's seismic-design coordinator from 1973 to 1977. If anything, Mr. Nyman said, the strongest earthquake ever recorded on the Denali fault showed the pipeline could have withstood more.

Diana's butler visits, denies having videotape

NEW YORK Paul Burrell, Princess Diana's former butler who has told secrets about her life in a series of sensational interviews, stepped into the spotlight in New York yesterday and denied having a videotape about a homosexual-rape claim at a British royal palace.
During Mr. Burrell's recent London trial on charges of stealing Diana's possessions, the court was told the late princess had taped an account by a former royal servant that he was raped by one of Prince Charles' male servants in 1989 and that Diana locked the tape away. No such tape has been discovered.
Mr. Burrell, in New York for a television interview, issued a statement at a hotel insisting that he made his disclosures about Diana not for money, but to ensure the truth was told.

County's population to reach 900,000
TUCSON Pima County's population will hit the 900,000 mark this week, says David Taylor, an urban planner for Tucson.
The 900,000 mark inspires mixed feelings among locals. "I don't like it. It's starting to remind me of Phoenix," said Gina Ruiz, a 30-year-old homemaker and Tucson native.

Actor called traitor defends his work
LOS ANGELES Vietnamese actor Don Duong, under virtual house arrest since Vietnamese authorities labeled him a traitor, has written to his sons an impassioned letter in which he defends his work.
The actor, once one of Vietnam's top stars, was branded a "national traitor" in September by Vietnam's Ministry of Culture and Information.
Authorities seized Mr. Duong's passport after viewing two movies in which he appeared: the Vietnam War film "We Were Soldiers," starring Mel Gibson, and "Green Dragon," about Vietnamese refugees, with Patrick Swayze.
The culture ministry has recommended that Mr. Duong, 45, who lives in Ho Chi Minh City, be forbidden from leaving the country and banned from acting for five years, but his fate has yet to be determined.
In the letter, which the Los Angeles Times translated for yesterday's editions, Mr. Duong says Vietnamese officials have mistaken movies for reality.

Officials cancel reindeer visit
BRIDGEPORT There won't be any reindeer games this year at the Beardsley Zoo.
Concerns about chronic wasting disease will keep Rudolph's relatives at home out West, marking the end of five straight years of Christmastime visits from the animals.
Zoo Director Gregg Dancho was quick to add that children should not be worried about presents not being delivered this year.
"These were not Santa's reindeer," Mr. Dancho said. "These were out-of-town relatives."
Officials from the state Agriculture and Environmental Protection departments banned the visit from the reindeer because of the chance they may carry chronic wasting disease, a fatal brain disease of deer and elk.
The disease, which is related to mad cow disease, has invaded 10 states in the Midwest and West.

Voter turnout higher than normal
DOVER Competitive legislative races and good weather contributed to a higher-than-normal voter turnout in Delaware, but Democrats didn't benefit the way some political observers expected.
Statewide, 45 percent of registered voters went to the polls last week, up from the 39 percent in 1998, the previous off-year election.
Turnout ranged from about 40 percent in Kent County to 43 percent in New Castle and 51 percent in Sussex County, which had several tight races for General Assembly seats.

Report: Suicide pilot nearly hit tower
TAMPA A 15-year-old student pilot flew "just a few feet" over the MacDill Air Force Base control tower before committing suicide by slamming his small plane into a downtown skyscraper in January, a new federal report says.
The National Transportation Safety Board report released yesterday contained few new details about Charles Bishop's Jan. 5 suicide flight, but says he flew the stolen Cessna 172R dangerously close to the MacDill tower and then 75 to 100 feet over two loaded tanker planes on the flight line.
The 3-page document does not speculate whether the base home to U.S. Central Command, the military's nerve center for the war in Afghanistan may have been his intended target.
In a two-page note found in his flight bag, Charles expressed sympathy for Osama bin Laden and supported the September 11 attacks on America. He also claimed he had resisted recruiting attempts by al-Qaeda terrorists.
But authorities said they've found no evidence to support his claims.

Anti-milk ad features David Duke
NEW ORLEANS An animal rights group has made David Duke the poster boy for intolerance.
A picture of Mr. Duke was used, without the former Ku Klux Klan leader's permission, by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Shreveport in an ad campaign encouraging people not to drink milk.
Sporting the white mustache that has become the trademark for the "Got Milk?" campaign, Mr. Duke's picture carries the caption: "Got [lactose] intolerance? The white stuff ain't the right stuff."
"David Duke is the perfect milk-industry poster child since he's identified by many as being intolerant," said PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich.
"Attempting to use David's image without our authorization is highly unethical, and we feel the comments listed on this billboard are nothing more than racist rhetoric to advance PETA's campaign of leftist agitation," said Duke spokesman Vincent Breeding.

Maine Times to re-emerge
BANGOR Maine Times, a weekly that ceased publication earlier this year, will re-emerge next May as a regional monthly edited by a founder of Inc. and the Walking Magazine.
In its new incarnation, Maine Times will place a greater emphasis on lifestyle reporting than on the muckraking coverage of politics and the environment that distinguished the weekly in its early years.
"We won't have room for negative reports," said Editor Brad Ketchum Jr. He said the issues of Maine Times before it died were "not upbeat, not a joy to read."
Promising to take a more positive approach, he said, "My mandate is to inform and inspire readers, to educate and entertain them."

Janitors ratify five-year contract
BOSTON Boston-area janitors have overwhelmingly ratified a five-year contract with cleaning contractors.
The ratification came six weeks after they started a three-week strike for more full-time work and better health care benefits.
The new contract increases hourly wages for full- and part-time office cleaners by as much as one-third and extends health coverage to 1,000 part-time employees.

Teens pull over police chief
ADRIAN Memo to cop wannabes: When impersonating a police officer, never pull over the real thing.
A pair of teenagers did just that, when they attempted a traffic stop on the police chief.
Chief Mike Martin was driving home from work last week when a 1997 black Dodge Intrepid following him flashed a set of strobe lights. Mr. Martin, in full uniform, dutifully pulled over and got out of his private car.
At that point, the teens started to back up, but stopped when the chief motioned to them to do so, the chief told the Toledo Blade.

Settlement reached in Pap smear suit
ST. LOUIS Relatives of a woman who died of cervical cancer have reached a $4 million settlement with a laboratory they accused of failing to detect signs of the disease on a Pap smear.
Dr. Lynne Toombs-Datema, 37, died of cancer in 2000, six years after her Pap smear was sent to Metropolitan Reference Laboratory in St. Louis.
The Pap smear was screened by a cytotechnologist, who found it to be normal, according to Missouri Lawyers Weekly, a legal journal that reported the settlement.

Modern-culture critic dies at 93
RIDGEWOOD Selden Rodman, a critic of modern culture who also was a noted poet and the author of more than 40 books on travel and other topics, died Nov. 2. He was 93.
Mr. Rodman, known as a tireless promoter of Haitian and other folk art, first received public attention in the early 1930s when he and a Yale classmate founded the Harkness Hoot, an acidic but celebrated publication that discussed everything from the school's professors to its Gothic architecture.
After spending time abroad, Mr. Rodman returned home to New York and met Alfred Bingham, a leader of left-wing causes. Mr. Bingham asked him to become his partner in a new magazine called Common Sense, which criticized the New Deal while remaining anti-communist.
In 1932, Mr. Rodman published his first poetry book, "Mortal Triumph and Other Poems." From 1943 to 1945, Mr. Rodman served in the Office of Strategic Services, the wartime spy agency. After the war ended, he wrote several travel books as he made his way through the Western Hemisphere.

Two-truck crash closes Interstate 95
ROCKY MOUNT A driver was killed yesterday when two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 95, closing the southbound lanes for several hours.
The name of the dead trucker, who was hauling chicken parts, was withheld pending notification of family, said Highway Patrol Sgt. Jimmy Burns.
The driver of the second truck, which carried seven automobiles, was taken to Nash Health Care Systems. Sgt. Burns would not describe his injuries.
The passenger compartment of the victim's truck caught fire after slamming into the car carrier shortly after midnight.

Holiday train coming to state again
MINOT The holiday train is coming to North Dakota again this year, Canadian Pacific Railway officials said.
The train, which features scores of Christmas lights, has scheduled stops in several towns next month to raise donations for local food banks.

Wild turkey eluding capture
OBERLIN This is one tough turkey.
A 15-pound wild turkey has been pestering residents of this northeast Ohio community and eluding trappers who want to capture it.
The bird has chased after schoolchildren and pets, trapped people in cars and left its droppings on porches.
Animal trapper Dave Thorn said the bird may be roosting in the chimney of Prospect Elementary School, where it has been swooping on the playground. Principal Linda Dawson said the turkey has become bolder with children, raising fears about attacks.
Lorain County wildlife officer Dave Shinko said he has received 20 complaints about the bird. He said it will be killed when caught and could be donated to a food bank.

Area groups involved in gorilla dispute
PORTLAND Four baby gorillas captured illegally in the wilds of West Africa are at the center of an international controversy involving zoologists, government ministers and two Portland-based rescue organizations.
The three females and one male, ages 2 to 4, remain in limbo at the Taiping Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, while a debate about their future is settled.
The Malaysian government has said it would send the animals back to Africa if a suitable place can be found this following several months of pressure from conservationists and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Among the top candidates as a suitable place, in Cameroon, is one run by two former Portland residents.
The animals are in good health and are not on exhibit.

Actor receives Anderson award
PHILADELPHIA Danny Glover received the Marian Anderson Award, which honors artists whose leadership benefits humanity.
The 55-year-old actor, who received the award and $100,000 prize Sunday, was given the honor for his work as an artist and humanitarian who has fought for causes including abolition of the death penalty and fighting AIDS, Mayor John F. Street said.
Mr. Glover, whose film credits include "The Color Purple," the "Lethal Weapon" series and "The Royal Tenenbaums," has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
The award is named after Marian Anderson, the late opera singer.

Oil spill pollutes Blackstone River
PAWTUCKET Local, state and federal environmental officials spent yesterday searching for the source of an oil spill that sent silvery blue slicks and rafts of oil-coated leaves spiraling down the Blackstone River, the Providence Journal reported.
As crews worked from a boat stretching oil-catching booms beneath the Division Street bridge late in the afternoon, officials from the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM), the U.S. Coast Guard and the federal Environmental Protection Agency could not pinpoint from where the oil came or how much had oozed into the river.
"We know about where the oil stops [upstream]," said DEM engineer Tom Campbell, as he stripped off an orange hazardous-materials suit in the parking lot at the Taft Street pier. "But as for the source, it's a game of hide-and-seek at this point."

Veteran dies in air show crash
COLUMBIA A Korean War veteran flying his World War II-era fighter in an air show crashed in the woods and was killed.
Joseph O. Tobul, 68, was flying his F4U Corsair in formation with other aircraft Sunday when smoke began to trail from the fighter, witnesses said.
The planes were going to fly over the Dorn VA Medical Center, a tribute Mr. Tobul thought up for the disabled veterans who couldn't get to the Celebrate Freedom Festival air show.
Mr. Tobul's son, Jim, and two grandsons were piloting three of the other planes in the formation and witnessed the crash. Jim Tobul could see his father was having engine trouble. Using his radio, he tried to help him. But it was too late.
Joe Tobul, of Santee, pointed the plane into a wooded area in southeast Columbia to avoid homes.

State set to open prison museum
HUNTSVILLE The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is opening a 6,000-square-foot museum that will feature Old Sparky, the electric chair.
Other exhibits at the Texas Prison Museum include weapons made inside prison walls, accounts of escapes and escape attempts, and biographical exhibits of famous inmates.

Teen burns himself trying 'Jackass' stunt
SEATTLE A 15-year-old Washington state boy suffered serious burns when he set himself on fire trying to re-enact a stunt from MTV's controversial show "Jackass," police said yesterday.
The teen from the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, had soaked his shirt in alcohol Friday and ignited it while his friends stood by with a video camera shooting footage they reportedly planned to sell.
After suffering first-degree burns over his face and upper body, the teen had initially told police someone set his clothes on fire while he walked on a trail after attending a high school football game in Issaquah.
"The stunt obviously went very wrong," Issaquah police said in a statement, adding that the boy could face obstruction of justice charges for lying about the incident, requiring extra police work.
An MTV spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

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