- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 21, 2002

Queen Latifah arrested in drunken driving

LOS ANGELES Hip-hop star and actress Queen Latifah was arrested yesterday for suspected drunken driving in Los Angeles, police said.
The rap artist and entertainment boss was stopped by officers near the Universal movie studios early yesterday after the police saw her making a dangerous lane change in her new Cadillac sport utility vehicle.
When asked for identification, Queen Latifah presented a valid New Jersey driving license issued in her real name, Dana Owens, said California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Delgadillo.
Police said the 32-year-old performer then failed a roadside sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and taken to a police station to be booked. She was later was released on $2,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12.

Rabbi convicted of having wife killed

FREEHOLD A rabbi was convicted yesterday of having his wife murdered so he could carry on an affair.
Rabbi Fred J. Neulander, 61, could get the death penalty for hiring two hit men to bludgeon Carol Neulander in their suburban Philadelphia home in 1994. The verdict came nearly a year after his first trial ended in a hung jury.
This time, jurors took 27 hours to find Neulander guilty of capital murder, felony murder and murder conspiracy. The rabbi stood expressionless as the verdict was read, while his wife's brother and sister wept in the courtroom gallery.

Head-on crash kills sisters in separate cars
SIX MILE Two sisters were killed when their vehicles collided head-on on a rural highway as they traveled to visit each other, authorities said.
Authorities said the women were driving Jeeps in opposite directions on Alabama Route 25 Sunday when one of the vehicles crossed the center line, colliding with the other.
Cpl. Stan Lemon, a state trooper, said investigators were trying to determine which car was on the wrong side of the road and why.
Sheila Wentworth, 45, and her sister, Doris Jean Hall, 51, were killed, along with Mrs. Hall's husband, Billy Joe Hall Jr., 45. Two children one riding in each vehicle were injured.

Inmates, officer die in crash
ANCHORAGE A tractor-trailer smashed into a prison van during rain and snow on a scenic but treacherous highway, killing four inmates and a correctional officer, state troopers said.
Three other inmates were hospitalized, one in critical condition.
The truck was headed north Tuesday on the two-lane Seward Highway when it crossed the center line and hit the southbound van 20 miles north of Seward, trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said.
The accident occurred on a bad corner, said Dawn Campbell, who owns a nearby shop with her husband. The truck driver was not injured.

Statewide program aims to fight diabetes
DOVER Diabetes continues to take an enormous medical and economic toll on Delaware every year, and the problem likely will get worse before it gets better, officials said Tuesday in releasing a plan to fight the disease.
Among the goals outlined in the Statewide Diabetes Control Plan are better access to health care, uniform standards of care for diabetics, and comprehensive data collection and communications programs.
But some of the most important tactics in fighting diabetes are the most basic: Persuading Delawareans to lose weight, eat better and get more exercise.
Almost 60 percent of adults in Delaware are reportedly overweight or very fat.

Domino's founder to build university
NAPLES The founder of Domino's Pizza announced plans yesterday to build a Roman Catholic university and a college town called Ave Maria in Florida.
Tom Monaghan, who has devoted himself to Roman Catholic causes since he sold the pizza chain in 1998, said he has entered into a partnership with developer Barron Collier Cos. to build the town near Naples. In exchange, the developer will donate 750 acres for Ave Maria University.
Mr. Monaghan said he started the Ave Maria Foundation in 1983 "to help get as many people to heaven as possible." He added: "The best way to achieve the goal of the foundation is through Catholic higher education."
Union leader convicted on fraud charges
HONOLULU The state director of the 12,000-member United Public Workers union and his daughter were convicted Tuesday on federal charges of mail fraud, money laundering and embezzlement stemming from union dental and medical contracts.
A jury deliberated about 11 hours over two days before returning the verdict against Gary Rodrigues and his daughter, Robin Rodrigues Sabatini.

Professional sniffers measure dairy odor
TWIN FALLS Nearly every evening, Carolina Simmonds drives out to the country to take a deep breath.
Instead of wildflowers or the wheat swaying around her, she sniffs for manure and the myriad gases released as organic material decays.
Miss Simmonds, who works for the Idaho Department of Agriculture, monitors dairy odor levels as part of an effort to develop standards that both dairies and their neighbors can tolerate.
The dairy industry has strongly opposed a standard for levels of hydrogen sulfide or other gases. It contends that in today's fragile economy any deodorizing solution is likely to be too expensive.

Children hospitalized after bus accident
ELGIN Eighteen middle school students were shaken up yesterday morning when a gravel truck hit their bus and knocked it into a house, school officials said.
School, hospital and police officials said none of the injuries appeared serious.
Police and school officials said it appeared the truck driver ran a red light.

Truck carrying explosives overturns
BLOOMINGTON A tractor-trailer carrying explosive materials overturned near Indiana University early yesterday, killing a motorist and prompting authorities to evacuate hundreds of students from nearby sorority and fraternity houses.
The truck spilled ammonia nitrate, blasting caps and diesel fuel, Indiana State Police Trooper Jackie Taylor said.
There were no explosions, but about 1,500 people living in sororities and fraternities within a half-mile of the accident were evacuated to the campus basketball arena after the 6:30 a.m. crash while authorities cleaned up the spill.

Landlord gets jail for spying on tenants
LAWRENCE A landlord was sentenced to 60 days in jail for drilling peepholes in apartment walls and spying on tenants in their bedrooms and bathrooms.
William Lemesany, 49, also must serve 18 months on probation, undergo psychological treatment, pay a $7,500 fine, serve 100 hours of community service and be supervised whenever he enters his apartment buildings to perform maintenance.
He pleaded no contest last month to eavesdropping.
"I wanted to apologize to my residents for the trouble they've been through," the landlord told Judge Jack Murphy on Tuesday.

Highway deaths highest in decades
ELIZABETHTOWN State police say deaths on Kentucky roadways could climb to the highest total in more than two decades.
At the current rate, the number of fatal crashes could surpass 910 by the end of December, exceeding the 905 deaths in 1979.
Some believe that fear of flying after the September 11 attacks has resulted in more vehicles being on the road.

Vaccine created for genital herpes
BOSTON U.S. researchers have produced an effective vaccine for genital herpes for the first time, offering hope that the spread of the incurable disease, which affects one in five adult Americans, can be limited.
GlaxoSmithKline PLC., which developed the vaccine and paid for the study, said the results are so promising that it is introducing a final-stage study of the vaccine that will involve 7,550 women ages 18 to 30 throughout the United States.

Bidding exceeds $1 million for Eminem's home
DETROIT Bidding on a former family home of rap star Eminem has passed the $1 million mark, said the online auction Web site EBay, where the home is listed for sale.
The modest three-bedroom wood-frame home in the Detroit suburb of Warren, where the angry young rapper scribbled some of his first hip-hop lyrics, was appraised at $91,000, the Detroit Free Press reported.
In the six days since the house has been posted for sale, the offer price has skyrocketed from the opening bid of $120,000 to $1,010,000, with another 24 days still to run until the auction closes.

Deer hunter charged in horse shooting
MINNEAPOLIS A deer hunter was charged with shooting a white horse while it was being ridden by a 12-year-old girl.
Clinton Hurlbut, 89, told authorities he thought he had seen a deer.
Authorities said he fired the shotgun slug from his property, about 200 yards from where Lindsey Duffield was riding her horse, Princess. The slug narrowly missed the girl's leg and struck the horse in the shoulder.
Traverse County Sheriff Don Montonye said Mr. Hurlbut feels terrible about the Nov. 9 shooting. "He's taking it real hard," Sheriff Montonye said.
Princess is recovering but might not be able to be ridden again.

Study may link trees to pollution
ST. LOUIS The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is spending $715,000 to set up monitors to determine whether oak trees in the Ozarks are contributing to high levels of formaldehyde in the air over St. Louis.
EPA officials were installing air monitors yesterday, two in St. Louis and a third in a forest about 60 miles southwest of the city.
The EPA study will focus primarily on oak trees, which give off isoprene, a gas that reacts with sunlight and water to create formaldehyde, a suspected cancer-causing agent, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday. Researchers want to see whether the chemicals emitted by the Ozark forests could affect St. Louis air quality.
Trees have been blamed for up to 65 percent of ozone-forming chemicals in cities such as Houston.

TV station sues school district
BILLINGS A TV station is suing the school district, seeking the names and birth dates of people hired to replace striking teachers.
KSVI-TV contends the information is a public record, and it has a right to review it. District Superintendent Jo Swain denied a station request last week for similar information.

Rabbi convicted of contract hit on wife
FREEHOLD A rabbi was convicted of murder yesterday for hiring two men to beat his wife to death so he could carry on an affair with a woman he met while ministering to her dying husband. He could now face a death sentence.
The verdict against Rabbi Fred J. Neulander, 61, came nearly a year after his first trial for the 1994 slaying of Carol Neulander at their suburban Philadelphia home ended in a hung jury.
The rabbi stood expressionless as the verdict was read, while his wife's two brothers and sister wept in the courtroom gallery. Jurors took 27 hours to find Mr. Neulander guilty of capital murder, felony murder and murder conspiracy.
The sentencing phase of the trial begins today.

City's homeless could live in ships
NEW YORK Faced with the worst homeless crisis in New York's history, officials yesterday were considering whether cruise ships tied up at city piers could be used as temporary housing.
A spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg said two officials were visiting Bermuda yesterday to examine some retired cruise ships as authorities sought ways to house a record 37,000 people who sleep in city-run shelters every night.
The number of people sleeping in city shelters every night, not counting street dwellers, has risen by 25 percent since Mr. Bloomberg became mayor at the beginning of the year.

Edison Schools contract called 'sweetheart deal'
PHILADELPHIA Edison Schools got a "sweetheart deal" with the award of a $2.7 million contract to study the troubled Philadelphia school system, the state auditor general said yesterday.
The for-profit education company's fees and qualifications weren't adequately considered and the Department of Education broke the law by not soliciting rival bids, said state Auditor Robert Casey Jr.
Edison Schools spokesman Adam Tucker said the audit was political and "does not recognize that our report provided the foundation for many of the reforms now taking place in Philadelphia."

Relative convicted in slaying of clerk
NEWPORT The brother-in-law of Portsmouth's first murder victim in 30 years was convicted Tuesday of the crime.
Sanjeev Patel, 36, was fatally shot on New Year's Day at the Portsmouth motel where he worked as a clerk. His 8-year-old son witnessed the slaying and testified in Newport County Superior Court.
Prosecutors said Tajendra Patel, 26, plotted the killing and drove the suspected gunman to the motel. The accused shooter awaits trial.

Small plane crashes; three presumed dead
BONNEAU Divers searching for a small plane that crashed in a large lake recovered one body and parts of the cockpit yesterday, authorities said.
The homemade plane crashed in 50 feet of water more than a mile from shore Tuesday and was thought to be carrying three persons, including a prominent local businessman.
The body recovered was not immediately identified, said Mike Willis, a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources.
Eugene Ott, 72, his son, Vincent, and family friend, Bob Taylor, were aboard a plane that had not been accounted for, said Mr. Ott's wife, Freda Turner Ott.

Grandmother runs over group of students
MEMPHIS Six children remained hospitalized yesterday after an 81-year-old woman picking up her grandchild at school plowed into a group of elementary students and a teacher's aide, police said.
Classes had just been dismissed at Chimneyrock Elementary School on Tuesday when the Ford Crown Victoria suddenly lurched into the crowd, running over children, pinning some underneath and to the school wall, witnesses said. The car clipped another vehicle, knocked out two walkway supports and ended up sandwiched next to the wall.
At least one bystander lifted the bulky sedan off students as teachers and mothers with medical training waded through the chaos, taking pulses and trying to calm children.

Charges dismissed in burial-mound robbery
SALT LAKE CITY Almost seven years after a couple were charged with robbing a prehistoric Indian burial mound, the wife was put on probation and the case against her husband was dropped.
Jeanne and James Redd were charged after a tip from hikers led a sheriff's deputy to where the couple and several children were digging near prehistoric Indian ruins in southeastern Utah in January 1996.
Three times, confusion over state laws led district judges to dismiss charges that were reinstated by higher state courts.
On Monday, Mrs. Redd, 44, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of attempted corpse abuse. She received no fine or jail time.

State given questions in school funding case
CHARLESTON Special Judge Arthur Recht has given the state a month to answer five questions that could determine the outcome of a 27-year-old lawsuit over West Virginia's system to fund public education.
Judge Recht, an Ohio County Circuit Court judge who has overseen the case since the early 1980s, also warned attorneys yesterday he had no plans to relinquish control of the case in the immediate future because the state was at a crossroad in education funding.
Three days of hearings were scheduled after lawmakers failed to endorse state schools Superintendent David Stewart's recommendation to provide another $43.3 million so counties could hire more professional and service personnel.

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