- The Washington Times - Monday, November 18, 2002

Protesters arrested at Army base

COLUMBUS More than 90 people, including at least six nuns, were arrested for marching onto Fort Benning grounds yesterday during an annual protest of a U.S. military program that trains Latin American soldiers.
"I feel anger at the deliberate teaching of violence," said Caryl Hartjes, a nun from Fondulac, Wis.
About 6,500 protesters gathered for the 13th annual demonstration to protest the Nov. 19, 1989, killings of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador. Protesters said the killers were trained at the School of the Americas, a Fort Benning-based program that was replaced last year by a new institute.

Exhibit will honor guitarist Les Paul

WAUKESHA Waukesha County's historical society has received the go-ahead to turn an old courthouse into an exhibit dedicated to guitar pioneer Les Paul.
The Waukesha County Board has approved selling the old courthouse to the Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum for $1.
Mr. Paul, a native of Waukesha, is credited with inventing the solid-body electric guitar as well as multitrack recording. He and his wife, Mary Ford, recorded several hits as a duet in the 1950s.

University official asks for bar limits
TUSCALOOSA Barry Mason, interim president of the University of Alabama, wants the City Council to restrict operating hours at local bars, many of which stay open all night.
The university frequently makes the lists of top party schools in the country.
Councilman Lee Garrison, who represents much of the campus and off-campus area, said he hasn't decided whether restrictions are a good idea.

Tucson to stage bioterrorism drill
TUCSON Hundreds of volunteers will pretend to be victims of bioterrorism this week in a large-scale drill focusing on the dispensing of antibiotics and vaccines.
The three-day training exercise and conference will test the abilities of local, state and federal agencies to respond to a widespread assault involving a bioterror agent. In particular, it will test the distribution of medications from the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile.
"How well are we prepared?" asked Dr. Elizabeth MacNeill, the health director for Pima County, outlining objectives of the test. "How well did we train our staff and the folks working with us, and what do we need to do differently? The other thing is how many people can we see in what period of time?"

Sewer-line backup damages homes
PASADENA Raw waste rushing through a city sewer line backed up into homes, blowing open toilet lids, filling bathtubs and damaging at least seven homes.
Waste began rushing into toilets and drains at about noon Saturday after city workers unblocked a clogged sewer line, city Street Supervisor Leo Alamillo said.
Mr. Alamillo said city workers followed standard procedures in clearing the blocked line and there was no way to have predicted that that sewage would flow into the homes.

Accident delays space shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL Today's scheduled launch of the space shuttle Endeavour has been delayed for at least several days and perhaps more than a month because of an accident caused by a distracted launch-pad worker, the space agency said Saturday.
Space agency officials said the Endeavour would launch no earlier than Friday to the International Space Station to deliver a space-station crew and a new 45-foot segment for the orbiting laboratory.
The shuttle had been ready to launch Nov. 11 when an oxygen leak halted the countdown about three hours before liftoff. During repairs to the system that delivers breathable air to the crew cabin, technicians had to open the shuttle's massive payload bay doors, and a mobile platform holding the repair crew collided with the shuttle's robot arm, giving it a "bruise."

Lincoln library breaks through logjam
SPRINGFIELD Four years and nine months ago, Illinois' governor brought forth plans for a library dedicated to the nation's 16th president.
The state's leaders engaged in a great squabble, testing whether those plans could long endure. But today they will dedicate the first portion of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, as a final resting place for documents and artifacts of the man who led the country through its most harrowing trial.
The facility will house the state's historical library, including one of the nation's best Lincoln collections. It will be home to items ranging from an original copy of the Gettysburg Address to a lantern used by grave robbers who tried to steal Lincoln's body. The museum is scheduled to officially open in 2004.

Ailment strikes band students
INDIANAPOLIS More than two dozen members of an Oklahoma high school marching band were treated for food poisoning after they became ill during a national band competition.
The students, about a quarter of the Moore High School band, were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis after experiencing severe nausea and fainting spells late Friday and Saturday. All were released Saturday.
Two adults traveling with the band also were treated for food poisoning and extreme dehydration.
The band had been competing in the 27th annual Grand National Championships but was knocked out of the competition before Saturday night's finals at the RCA Dome.

Klansmen indicted in cross-burning
LAFAYETTE A federal indictment has charged five reputed Ku Klux Klan members with burning a cross in a black family's front yard.
Robert Dartez of Longville, and Berry Lynn Harris of Sulphur and David Fusilier, Christopher Aaron and Samuel James Trahan, all of the town of Iowa, were charged Friday with interfering with the family's housing rights, using fire to commit a felony and conspiracy.
The family was home when the cross was burned Sept. 1 in Longville, in southwestern Louisiana. The house was not damaged.
If convicted on all three counts, each defendant could get up to 30 years in prison and be fined $750,000.

Governor diagnosed with viral meningitis
BOSTON Acting Gov. Jane Swift was diagnosed with viral meningitis Saturday, a day after being admitted to a hospital with headaches and nausea.
The illness is not life-threatening, but Mrs. Swift will remain hospitalized for one to three days, said Dr. Troy Brennan of Brigham and Women's Hospital. She should be back to full strength quickly, he said.
On Friday, Mrs. Swift, 37, contacted her doctor, who examined her and recommended she be admitted to the hospital for observation, said Swift spokesman Jim Borghesani.

Education publication makes whale of mistake
MUSKEGON Teacher Deb Harris could hardly believe what she was reading to her fourth-grade class. Whales in Lake Michigan?
But that's what it said in her Michigan Studies Weekly, a newspaper distributed to 462 teachers statewide.
Miss Harris called Utah-based Studies Weekly Inc., which puts out the teaching aid, but she said an editor stood behind the story.
A retraction later was posted on the company's Web site with an explanation that the false information came from a different Internet site intended as a joke.

Nuclear plant managers said to play down errors
MINNEAPOLIS Inspections of two nuclear power plants in Minnesota revealed ongoing problems with maintenance, failure to identify potential problems and slow repairs, a newspaper reported.
An examination of Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection records by the St. Paul Pioneer Press also showed inadequate monitoring of critical safety equipment, poor communication among employees and problems in assessing risk factors at Xcel Energy's Monticello and Prairie Island plants.
In one incident cited by the newspaper, workers at the Monticello plant were performing a "hot shutdown" of the reactor when they used the procedure for a "cold shutdown" instead, opening some valves and venting pressure from the cooling water that protects the reactor from a meltdown. Unless kept at the proper pressure, the water boils away and exposes the reactor's uranium fuel rods, which would then overheat. In the Oct. 24, 2001, case, the problem was discovered in about 15 minutes.

Report says $3 million in lab property lost
LOS ALAMOS Nearly $3 million worth of items owned by Los Alamos National Laboratory disappeared or were reported missing over a three-year period, a published report said.
The lab's system of reporting lost items "is conducive to covering [up] for items that are actually stolen," said the internal report, prepared within the lab's Office of Security Inquiries in March and obtained by the Albuquerque Journal for a story in yesterday's editions.
The author's name was not on the report. It outlined missing items including computers and fork lift that disappeared between 1999 and 2001.

JFK in greater pain than previously known
NEW YORK President John F. Kennedy suffered from more ailments, was in far greater pain and was taking many more medications than the public knew at the time, according to new information from his medical records, the New York Times reported yesterday.
As president, he was famous for having a bad back. Since his death, biographers have pieced together details of other illnesses, including persistent digestive problems and Addison's disease, a life-threatening lack of adrenal function.
But newly disclosed medical files covering the last eight years of Mr. Kennedy's life, including X-rays and prescription records, show that he took painkillers, anti-anxiety agents, stimulants and sleeping pills, as well as hormones to keep him alive, with extra doses in times of stress, the Times reported.
Historian Robert Dallek was allowed to examine the records over last spring in the company of a physician, Jeffrey A. Kelman. Their findings appear in the Atlantic magazine, and they discussed them in interviews with the Times.

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