- The Washington Times - Monday, November 4, 2002

CALIFORNIA
Dozens injured in freeway pileup
LONG BEACH Nearly 200 cars and big-rig trucks collided on the fogbound Long Beach Freeway early yesterday, injuring more than 40 people, nine critically, and closing the highway for hours.
"The fog was thick, and all you saw on the horizon was the cars piled up in both directions," driver Rob Zeigler told KABC-TV. "You could feel your car moving, knowing that other cars are still hitting you."

FLORIDA
Sharpton calls for release of Haitians
MIAMI The Rev. Al Sharpton called the treatment of more than 200 Haitian migrants detained in South Florida a "moral outrage," and pledged to organize rallies and marches to demand their release.
Mr. Sharpton spoke to loud applause and cheers at a Haitian music festival as a slide show behind him depicted the landing last week of more than 200 Haitians, who plunged from a wooden freighter into shallow waters and scrambled onto a major highway.
A march planned for Saturday was rescheduled for today.

ARIZONA
Services held for slain professors
TUCSON Family, friends, colleagues and students on Saturday mourned two of three nursing professors slain by a student at the University of Arizona College of Nursing.
"We all feel robbed by her death, thinking of what might have been with Cheryl's continuing ministry," the Rev. John Smith, rector of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, said at the funeral service for Cheryl Mallernee McGaffic, 44.
Several hours later, more than 400 people packed into Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church for an upbeat memorial service commemorating the life of Barbara Monroe, 45, who was killed with Miss McGaffic while teaching a class. Robin Rogers, 50, was fatally shot in her office.

CONNECTICUT
Yale is site of film starring Roberts
NEW HAVEN The stately halls of Yale University got a shot of Hollywood glamour over the weekend with Julia Roberts in town to shoot scenes for her new movie, "Mona Lisa Smile."
Yale stands in for the Massachusetts campus of Wellesley College in 1953 for the movie about an art history professor, played by Miss Roberts, who helps young female students find themselves.
Giant tents have been set up on the New Haven Green to accommodate the film crew. Shooting will take place in a Yale classroom, library and art museum.

DELAWARE
Public has ideas for Iron Hill Park
BEAR From adding jungle gyms and horseback trails to rebuilding a regional observation tower, ideas for the future of Iron Hill Park abounded last week, as officials began gathering suggestions for the 335-acre tract off Old Baltimore Pike.
About 50 people gathered at Pencader Grange Hall in Glasgow for the first of several brainstorming sessions, the Wilmington News-Journal reports. The county decided to develop a master plan for the park after the Delaware Academy of Science leased 19 acres from the county.

INDIANA
Actor speaks at school he attended
CULVER Actor Hal Holbrook reminisced with students as he returned to Culver Military Academy, joking that they have it easier than he did while attending the school in the 1940s.
Mr. Holbrook, who has performed his one-man stage show, "Mark Twain, Tonight," more than 2,000 times since its 1954 opening, visited as part of Culver Academy's Montgomery Lecture Series.

MASSACHUSETTS
Cardinal acknowledges wrongdoing on abuse
BOSTON Cardinal Bernard Law acknowledged yesterday that some of his decisions regarding priests were wrong and said he has a "far deeper awareness of this terrible evil" of clergy sexual abuse than he did 10 months ago, when the scandal broke.
Victims of abuse, with whom Cardinal Law recently met, urged him to speak out more publicly and frequently. He agreed, saying at Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross that he was trying to "honor the spirit" of that meeting.

MICHIGAN
Retired priest jailed in sex-abuse case
DETROIT A retired 83-year-old Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years' probation for sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in 1986.
Robert Burkholder, who has admitted molesting at least a dozen boys going as far back as the 1940s, pleaded no contest in the case Friday. He was ordered to register as a sex offender.
In August, Mr. Burkholder was charged with engaging in sexual conduct with the boy while the pair vacationed in Hawaii in 1986.

MISSISSIPPI
One man dead in bridge collapse
WAYNESBORO A portion of a century-old, one-lane bridge collapsed Saturday, killing at least one man, authorities said.
Divers searched until dark for what they suspect is a second car submerged in the Chickasawhay River. The search was called off after dusk because of the swiftly moving water.
The victim was E.B. Davis, who lived just feet from the bridge outside of Waynesboro in southeastern Mississippi, said Jerry Walker, who identified himself as Mr. Davis' nephew.

NEBRASKA
Lawsuits charge minister with sex abuse
LINCOLN Three lawsuits have been filed against a Lutheran church school claiming sexual abuse by former officials, including a minister who served as principal.
The lawsuits against St. John Lutheran Church in Seward seek millions of dollars.
The Lincoln Journal Star reported this weekend that two lawsuits were filed in Lancaster County District Court by unnamed plaintiffs who said they were abused by longtime principal David Mannigel. Mr. Mannigel, a Lutheran minister, apparently killed himself last year.

NEW MEXICO
Human remains found near home
MORIARTY Human remains, including a head, were found Saturday near a missing teenager's home, and state police said it appears the body parts were "reasonably recent."
Officers said they were summoned at 2 p.m. to the area, where they found a skull, according to KOAT-TV.
Investigators are saying the remains were "reasonably recent" but that it was too soon to connect them with the recent disappearance of Robert John Stroup, 15, reported missing by his mother Monday.
The discovery came the day after a neighbor of the teenager was arrested in Overland Park, Kan. The FBI found Kevin Jensen, 42, at a relative's home there late Friday, FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said in Kansas City.

NEW YORK
Golf group offers to buy tea room
NEW YORK The Russian Tea Room, the famed former restaurant that once attracted celebrities and socialites, may be converted into a golf museum, a published report said.
The United States Golf Association has offered to buy the restaurant's building in midtown Manhattan and transform it into a museum and visitor center, the New York Times reported.
The association would not open the museum for at least a year, said Marty Parkes, a spokesman for the association.

NORTH CAROLINA
Funeral homes offer voters rides
DURHAM Funeral homes in Durham are giving voters no excuse to be deadbeats on Election Day: They're offering free rides to the polls in limousines.
The Durham Voter Coalition has enlisted Ellis D. Jones Funeral Home and Burthey Funeral Services to ferry voters between homes and balloting stations tomorrow.

OKLAHOMA
Teen athlete's surgery done on wrong foot
OKLAHOMA CITY The operation to remove a bone from high school basketball star Keith Smith's heel went smoothly. Problem is, doctors were working on the wrong foot.
Now Mr. Smith, one of the state's top players, could miss most of his senior season because he will need a second operation to fix the foot that needed help in the first place.

PENNSYLVANIA
Police say couple stole power to grow pot
ERIE A Pennsylvania woman's electricity bill got too high because it was powering heat lamps for her neighbors' homegrown marijuana, authorities said.
John J. Stempka, 24, and Jennifer L. Gilligan, 20, were in the Erie County Prison early Saturday on charges that they pilfered power from neighbor Michsella Babcock to run all their appliances, including heat lamps for their pot plants.
Miss Babcock alerted Penelec, her power company, when she got a $518 bill, and then discovered a wire running from her circuit breaker box to the apartment of Mr. Stempka and Miss Gilligan, police said.

UTAH
Residents pay to speak at meetings
VIRGIN Free speech comes at a price in this tiny southern Utah town $25 to be exact.
Mayor Jay Lee wants to keep Town Council meetings short and civil, so he charges residents that amount every time they speak up at zoning and planning meetings.

WASHINGTON
School provost picked as interim leader
SEATTLE Richard McCormick's interim successor as president of the University of Washington will be Lee Huntsman, who has been provost since 1997, a newspaper reported.
Mr. Huntsman, 61, will take over as interim president after Mr. McCormick leaves to become president of Rutgers University in his native state of New Jersey, the Seattle Times reported.

WISCONSIN
Trial date set in girl's mauling
MAUSTON A judge set a trial date in April for a man charged with three felonies in a dog attack that killed a 10-year-old girl.
Juneau County Circuit Judge John W. Brady ruled Friday that the felony case against Wayne Hardy be separated from the misdemeanor charges, as requested by the defense, and scheduled for trial April 28.
Mr. Hardy was the owner of six Rottweilers that killed 10-year-old Alicia Clark on Feb. 14, when he and his girlfriend, Shanda McCracken, left Alicia and another 10-year-old girl alone in their home with the dogs.

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