- The Washington Times - Friday, November 15, 2002

ALABAMA
Searchers find four missing hikers
DELTA Two women and two children missing for two damp, near-freezing nights were found in dense mountain woods, cold and hungry but certain that their faith saved them.
"They said they all huddled together and prayed," said Donna Flynn, sister of one of the hikers rescued from Cheaha State Park, the state's highest point.
Relatives awaiting word on the search cheered, hugged and cried when they heard the four had been found and were in good shape.
The family members later clapped as the two children, Christopher Davis, 10, and Leah Higginbotham, 12, grinned and waved as they rode up in a rescue truck, followed in a second vehicle by Christopher's mother, Dana Davis, 34, and grandmother, Kay Reeves, 56.

MONTANA
Boy shoots grizzly in self-defense
KALISPELL A father's advice paid off when a 15-year-old Eagle Scout obediently grabbed a firearm before going to look for his dog and ended up shooting a charging grizzly bear behind the family chicken coop.
Daniel Pickar said he thought his dog, Bessie, was chasing varmints into the dark when he grabbed his .20-gauge shotgun and followed.
As he rounded the corner of the shed, Bessie was running back toward him with a large bear not far behind.
"I just saw a big, furry thing running at me, so I shot twice," said Daniel, who fired from about 20 yards.
"As much as we regret the loss of a bear, we're glad we're not grieving the loss of a 15-year-old boy," said County Attorney Tom Esch, who helped investigate the Oct. 27 shooting.

CALIFORNIA
JDL leader dies after suicide attempt
LOS ANGELES Jewish Defense League leader Irv Rubin, who made a career out of confronting those he considers enemies of Israel and the Jewish people, died Wednesday in a hospital after attempting to commit suicide in jail last week, authorities said. He was 57.
Mr. Rubin had been in a medically induced coma since Nov. 4, said Adelaida De La Cerda, a spokeswoman at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. No other details were immediately available.
Federal officials said Mr. Rubin slashed his neck with a razor blade on Nov. 4 and tumbled 18 feet over a railing at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center.
The apparent suicide attempt occurred just hours before Mr. Rubin was to make a court appearance on charges he plotted to bomb a Southern California mosque and the office of Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican.

FLORIDA
Security breach prompts airport evacuation
MIAMI Aviation officials evacuated five concourses at Miami International Airport after two passengers bypassed a security checkpoint yesterday, delaying about 40 flights for two or three hours.
Five of the airport's eight concourses were evacuated after the security breach was reported at 11:40 a.m., an airport spokeswoman said.
The two passengers slipped in through an exit, bypassing metal detectors and luggage X-ray screening, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration said.
Security workers could not catch the two, so hundreds of passengers in the five concourses accessed through that checkpoint were ordered to leave and forced to go through the screening again, said TSA spokeswoman Heather Rosenker.

GEORGIA
CDC: Seniors need flu shots
ATLANTA Fewer than two-thirds of the nation's senior citizens have been vaccinated against flu and pneumonia well short of the government's goal of 90 percent by 2010, the CDC reported yesterday.
In a 2001 survey of nearly 40,000 elderly people by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 65 percent said they had received a flu shot in the preceding year, and 60 percent had gotten a shot against the most common form of bacterial pneumonia.
Flu kills 18,000 senior citizens a year in the United States. Pneumococcal disease, which includes pneumonia and bacterial meningitis, is responsible for 3,400 deaths among the elderly.

HAWAII
Grand jury subpoenas 2 aides of mayor
HONOLULU Two campaign aides to Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris were subpoenaed in the investigation into Mr. Harris' fund-raising practices.
An Oahu grand jury issued subpoenas for Rick Tsujimura, co-chairman of Mr. Harris' 2002 gubernatorial campaign, and Peter Char, the campaign's assistant treasurer.
They are the highest-ranking Harris campaign officials subpoenaed by the panel.

KENTUCKY
Residents petition for medical helicopter
PIKEVILLE Residents in isolated areas of eastern Kentucky are petitioning the University of Kentucky to return a medical helicopter that had been stationed in the region. The university says residents can be served by other helicopter services.
More than 4,600 signatures have been collected so far on a petition asking the university to restore service.
Linda Wagner, an emergency medical technician, said many people in rural communities feel at risk since the UK Air Medical Service pulled the helicopter out of Jackson about six weeks ago. The university now has one helicopter in Lexington to serve the eastern half of the state.
University spokeswoman Mary Margaret Colliver said eight other air ambulances based in or near the region can fill the gap.

LOUISIANA
Two soldiers killed in training accident
FORT POLK Two soldiers involved in an urban assault drill were killed yesterday when they were run over by a 63-ton tank.
The accident came a day after an Air Force Reserve F-16 crashed in Utah, killing the pilot. That crash was the second fatal accident involving F-16s in Utah in less than three weeks.
The soldiers were with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky., which was recently stationed in Afghanistan, said Fort Polk spokesman Ron Elliott.
About 400 soldiers were participating in the predawn drill at the Army's Joint Readiness Training Center. The victims were run over by an M-1 Abrams tank, Mr. Elliott said. They were not part of the tank's crew.

MASSACHUSETTS
Mayor renews push for school uniforms
SPRINGFIELD Mayor Michael Albano renewed his push for public school uniforms, saying they would improve discipline.
The Legislature rejected a bill in 1998 that would have made uniforms possible, and two city schools that adopted voluntary uniforms have since dropped them.
A high school student told the Union-News newspaper that youngsters with attitudes are the problem, not clothes.

MICHIGAN
Man settles tab by delivering pennies
TRAVERSE CITY Matthew Mokanyk decided to have a little fun when he ended up on the wrong side of a lawsuit.
To settle a court-ordered tab of $1,853.87, the president of Landtech, a surveying company, dug into his pocket for an extra $1,000 to finance an elaborate prank on his former landlord, Powerhouse Gym.
Mr. Mokanyk hired a crew with a truck and forklift to deliver 74 14-pound boxes of pennies 185,387 pennies to Powerhouse Gym.
Powerhouse owner Norm Schaub and his sons were left wondering how to spend $1,853.87 in pennies.
The Schaubs say Mr. Mokanyk, who leased an office at the gym for 18 months, frayed carpets when his employees moved heavy printing equipment. Mr. Mokanyk denies it. A judge ruled for the Schaubs.

MINNESOTA
Horse is shot by deer hunter
BROWNS VALLEY Twelve-year-old Lindsey Duffield loves horses, and Saturday morning the opening of deer season she was riding one of her favorites, a white 9-year-old mare named Princess.
When a shot rang out, Princess startled. But Lindsey didn't know anything was wrong until, minutes later, her leg drew cold with blood. She hadn't been hit. But Princess had taken a 12-gauge slug in her front shoulder, officials said, fired by an 89-year-old neighbor sitting in a chair 200 yards away.
Her father walked to where the neighbor sat. "I said, 'Someone shot Lindsey's horse while she was on it,'" he said. "He said, 'I fired that shot. I thought it was a deer.'"
The slug remains in the horse, which is still alive.

MISSISSIPPI
Girl, 4, suspected in killing of baby brother
JACKSON A 4-year-old girl is suspected of killing her infant brother in a possible case of jealousy.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said an autopsy showed 2-month-old Alfred Griffin Jr. died Monday of multiple skull fractures. The infant also had abrasions, bites and scratches on his face, she said Tuesday.
The children's father, Alfred Griffin Sr., 22, said he found the baby unconscious early Monday.
Authorities suspect the baby's 4-year-old sister was the killer, said police spokesman Robert Graham.

NEW JERSEY
Law makes feeding wild bears illegal
TRENTON Gov. James McGreevey signed legislation making it illegal to feed wild bears in New Jersey.
The measure aims to protect the public and limit property damage.
Over the past 30 years, the black bear population has grown from less than 100 to more than 2,000, officials estimate, and the bears increasingly roam into populated areas.

NEW YORK
Mayor offers ideas to stem deficit
NEW YORK Mayor Michael Bloomberg, facing a possible $6 billion shortfall next fiscal year, said yesterday he will move to reduce the city work force by 8,000 by the year 2004, but layoffs would be a last resort.
"I believe we can continue through early retirements and buyouts to downsize the labor force without layoffs," the first-term Republican told a City Hall news conference. Layoffs would come "if we cannot get through this any other way."
He also called for increased property taxes and an income tax on commuters .

NORTH CAROLINA
Black female judges make history
RALEIGH A panel of three black female judges on the North Carolina Court of Appeals has made state history by sitting together to hear a case.
But after two of the judges lost elections last week, Wednesday's court session with three black women presiding will likely be the last for quite some time. Judges Loretta Biggs and Wanda Bryant, appointed to the court about two years ago, lost elections last week and will step down Dec. 31.
The session was the idea of Judge James Wynn, the only other black member of the 15-judge appeals court. He suggested substituting Judge Biggs and Judge Bryant for himself and another judge who were assigned to hear a Greensboro murder conviction appeal with Patricia Timmons-Goodson. Chief Judge Sidney Eagles gave his blessing to the switch.

OKLAHOMA
State gets dome after 88-year wait
OKLAHOMA CITY Nearly 90 years and $21 million later, Oklahoma's Capitol finally has its dome.
The crowning achievement the longest-running construction project in Oklahoma's history will come to an end tomorrow in a celebration also marking the 95th anniversary of its statehood.
All but about $1.5 million of the money for the project was raised privately. A chunk of it came from oil firm Phillips Petroleum, which is leaving Oklahoma for Texas as part of its merger with Conoco, also a donor.
Construction of the capitol building began in 1914 but was derailed at the onset of World War I when money ran short. More recently, it was delayed by opposition to the use of tax money for the project.
The columned, 157-foot steel and granite dome, is topped with a 22-foot bronze statue of an American Indian.

PENNSYLVANIA
Pledge now required by law in schools
HARRISBURG Students in private and public schools would be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the national anthem each morning under a bill unanimously passed Wednesday by the state Senate.
Republican Rep. Allan Egolf said he introduced the measure, which also would mandate the display of the American flag in all classrooms, after finding that some schools did not ask students to recite the pledge.
The measure would allow students to decline reciting the pledge and saluting the flag on the basis of religious conviction or personal belief, but school officials would have to notify their parents.

TEXAS
FBI: Hospitals may be terror targets
HOUSTON Hospitals in Houston, San Francisco, Chicago and the District of Columbia have been alerted they may be targets of a terrorist threat, the Houston FBI says. But the White House said that the credibility of the threats was "very low."
FBI Agent Bob Doguim said Wednesday that the agency received the uncorroborated information from overseas intelligence sources.
He said the threat to hospitals in the four cities was not specific, though it mentioned a time between December and April and the possibility of anthrax or explosives.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Scott McClellan said yesterday: "The information given to local law enforcement by the FBI regarding a possible threat to hospitals has very low credibility."

UTAH
Book from church chain deemed inappropriate
SALT LAKE CITY Nobody looked to Deseret Book as a source for steamy romance novels, but now even tame love stories face possible eviction from its shelves.
The Latter-day Saints Church-owned chain of bookstores has decided not to stock copies of bestselling Utah author Richard Paul Evans' latest book, "The Last Promise," because it doesn't meet new standards for moral content.
Mr. Evans, whose bestselling-author status began in his home state with sales of upbeat family-oriented stories such as "The Christmas Box."
The book is about an American woman living in Italy who, in the face of an abusive relationship with her husband, turns to another man for emotional support and, eventually, romance.

VERMONT
Defeated sheriff requests recount
ROCKINGHAM The Windham County sheriff, ousted last week by a former Brattleboro police sergeant, wants the votes to be recounted, according to the Burlington Free Press.
Sheriff Henry Farnum said he believed he owed it to the people who voted for him to have the outcome of the election confirmed.
"Do I honestly expect that there are 261 errors? Probably not," Mr. Farnum said. "I'm doing this for the voters that supported me to prove to them that the integrity of the system means their vote truly counted."
Mr. Farnum was defeated last week by Sheila Prue.

WEST VIRGINIA
Ex-governor dies at age 90
CHARLESTON William Wallace Barron, a former West Virginia governor who served 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to bribing a federal juror during a 1960s corruption trial, has died at a North Carolina hospital. He was 90.
Mr. Barron, who died Tuesday, was elected the state's attorney general in 1956 and governor in 1960. The state constitution then limited governors to a single four-year term.
Gov. Bob Wise directed that flags be flown at half-staff on the day of Mr. Barron's funeral. Funeral arrangements were still pending, and services would be private, a funeral home said.

WISCONSIN
Family sues fair over steer tampering
MILWAUKEE The Cody family sued State Fair officials for negligence, claiming they allowed someone to inject their daughter's steer with a banned substance.
Jessica Cody was 14 when her 1,300-pound steer earned $56,000 as the grand champion at the 2001 Fair. She was stripped of the prize and banned from competition when the animal tested positive for a banned drug.


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