- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2002

Workers restart flow of pipeline oil
ANCHORAGE Workers began the slow process yesterday morning of restarting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, which was shut down after a strong earthquake over the weekend, officials said.
It was expected to take several hours to bring the huge oil pipeline back to normal flow. The work was proceeding slowly so that any problems could be spotted quickly. Tanker loading at Valdez could resume as early as today, said Mike Heatwole of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
The 800-mile-long, 48-inch-diameter line, carrying about one-sixth of the nation's oil production, was shut down Sunday in the wake of a magnitude 7.9 earthquake. It damaged pipeline supports and moved sections of the line up to seven feet, but did not cause any leaks.

Surgery delays Springsteen concert
AUSTIN Bruce Springsteen's concert in Austin yesterday was postponed because E Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons needed surgery for a detached retina.
Mr. Clemons, 60, underwent surgery after Monday night's show in Houston, a spokesman for Mr. Springsteen said Tuesday.
"The surgery was successful," said Harris Cohen of Shore Fire Media in New York City, adding that he wasn't aware of Mr. Clemons having previous eye trouble.
He didn't know a date for the rescheduled concert, but the Austin American-Statesman reported it had been set for March 2.

Case workers need better guidelines
PHOENIX Child Protective Services needs to do a better job ensuring case workers know when to remove children from their homes, a state audit says.
Auditors said Arizona lawmakers should consider changing laws to clarify what criteria should be used when deciding whether a child should be taken from a home.

'Talking' gorilla 'writing' lyrics
SAN FRANCISCO Koko, California's famous "talking" gorilla, is breaking into song.
The 31-year-old lowland gorilla, who is said to have mastered close to 1,000 terms in American sign language, has "written" lyrics for a new album, her keepers said.
"The songs show a real depth of emotion. She's a complex person, just like we are," said Jennifer Patterson, a spokeswoman for the California-based Gorilla Foundation near San Francisco that has been Koko's home for three decades.
The album, titled "Fine Animal Gorilla" after Koko's term for herself, runs the gamut of musical styles including low-intensity rap, reggae and lullabies.

Officials approve cloud-seeding program
DENVER State officials approved the Denver Water Board's cloud-seeding program, but they cautioned that the project isn't a long-term solution to Colorado's drought problems.
Denver Water proposed the $700,000 plan in the summer when it became clear that drought was draining the utility's reservoirs.
Ski resorts, which have used cloud seeding for years, claim some success.

Yale University drops binding early decision
NEW HAVEN Yale University said yesterday it was dumping an "early decision" policy that required applicants to enroll if they are accepted, an accelerated admissions system that has grown increasingly controversial at U.S. colleges.
Yale, the alma mater of President Bush as well as his father, is adopting an admissions policy similar to its rival Harvard University, which allows undergraduates to apply for early admission but does not bind them to enroll. If more elite colleges follow suit, it could change the way top students apply for spots at the country's most competitive colleges.
Many colleges have so-called early decision systems. But critics have said the process puts too much pressure on students and is unfair to low-income applicants who need to find out about financial aid packages before accepting.

Fugitive fatally shot while fleeing marshals
HAINES CITY An escaped convict was killed as he attempted to flee from deputy U.S. marshals.
Juan Castellanos, who had been serving a six-year sentence for conspiracy to import cocaine, was in a sport utility vehicle with two others Tuesday when two undercover deputies tried to arrest him.
When Castellanos, who escaped from the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp at Forrest City, Ark., in April 1998, tried to drive away, a deputy fired a shot through the vehicle's rear passenger window and struck him in the back, Polk County sheriff's spokeswoman Michal Shanley said.

Courthouse to be named for black lawyer
ALBANY A new federal courthouse will be named for C.B. King, the first black lawyer to enter a courtroom here.
Mr. King, who died in 1988, fought efforts to bar black voting. He also sought to desegregate schools and integrate the city work force.

Town welcomes full-time doctor
GARDEN VALLEY The mountain community of Garden Valley finally has a full-time doctor, its first in a century.
Dr. Michael Koenig knows he'll never make as much money in a town of 2,200 as he would in a big city. But the lifestyle compensates.
Residents called for appointments even before Dr. Koenig arrived. Previously, they had to travel more than 50 miles to the nearest doctor.

Officials dedicate statue of Indian
TOPEKA Gov. Bill Graves and other supporters this week dedicated the statue of a Kansa Indian now atop the Capitol dome.
About 150 people attended the ceremony Monday for "Ad Astra," which depicts a Kansa warrior. Its name comes from the state's motto, "Ad Astra Per Aspera," or "To the Stars Through Difficulties."

City council may have violated law
FRANKFORT The Pewee Valley City Council may have violated the state's Open Meetings Law with a cellular phone hookup.
Three of the six council members were present Oct. 7, while a fourth was in touch by a cellular telephone.
While a 1994 change in the law allows meetings conducted by video conference, there is nothing that allows for meetings where a member of a public board participates by telephone alone.

Lawmaker loses suit against governor
BATON ROUGE A judge dismissed a breach-of-contract lawsuit in which a legislator claimed that Gov. Mike Foster and two aides reneged on a deal to give money to his district in exchange for his vote on a sales-tax renewal.
Rep. Kyle Green said he hasn't decided whether to appeal.
The suit contended that if the tax passed, the $10.1 million in an urban development fund could be divided up among Legislative Black Caucus members.

Officials indignant over road kill depository
STOCKBRIDGE The discovery of a mass grave for road kill in the median of the Massachusetts Turnpike has outraged officials in this picturesque community.
Town officials said they were unaware that the broad, wooded median held thousands of carcasses of animals killed along the roadway and that the site had apparently been in use for decades, until recently.
At their Monday night meeting, selectmen directed their attorney to research the disposal site's legality.

Orchestra Hall architect dies after stroke
SHOREWOOD Curt Green, who put his architectural touch on Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and other notable buildings in the area, died Sunday after a stroke. He was 77.
In 1953, Mr. Green and his friend Dick Hammel founded the architecture firm that would become one of Minnesota's most prominent: Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, of Minneapolis.
The firm, which now employs 550 persons in six offices around the country, is nationally known for its schools and churches.

Anderson artwork to go on exhibit
OCEAN SPRINGS A traveling display of artwork by reclusive naturalist and artist Walter Anderson, who died in 1965, will go on exhibit next year at the Smithsonian Institution.
The exhibit, in commemoration of Mr. Anderson's 100th birthday, will be on display Sept. 30-Dec. 9 at the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building.
It includes about 120 works that trace recurrent images in Mr. Anderson's art through his life, said Clayton Bass, executive director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.

Contractor challenges rival to boxing match
OMAHA The head of an excavation firm has thrown down the gauntlet. Art Dore Sr., 66, is challenging his 60-something rival Virgil Anderson to a boxing match.
The two have feuded about city demolition contracts in court and at City Hall for months.
The stakes? If Mr. Dore loses, he promises Michigan-based Dore & Associates Contracting will not bid for business in the city of Omaha again. If Mr. Anderson loses, Mr. Dore will continue bidding.
Mr. Anderson, head of Omaha's Anderson Excavating Co., apparently is declining the offer.

Retiree wins slots contest
STATELINE And the winner is: Kenneth Wilson of North Carolina.
No, Mr. Wilson hasn't won an election. He was after something he thought was worth a lot more. The Waynesville, N.C., man outlasted 242 other finalists to win the National Champion of Slots title at Harrah's Lake Tahoe late Monday.
The 65-year-old is scheduled to collect the cash in $50,000 installments over 20 years.
The retired paper worker and the other contestants each began with zero points. After three 15-minute rounds, Mr. Wilson had scored 21,742 points 988 more than the No. 2 finisher.
"We're not sure how we plan to spend the money just yet, but we do need a new car, so that will probably be the first thing," he said.

Black bears invading homes more often
TRENTON Black bears are invading homes with increasing frequency, state wildlife officials report.
Bears have entered 54 homes so far this year, twice as many as in all of 2001.
The bear population has grown to an estimated 2,500 from fewer than 100 three decades ago.

Firefighters arrested in protest sue
NEW YORK Eight firefighters who were arrested in a protest last year involving Ground Zero recovery efforts have sued the city and the New York City police department.
The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday stems from an angry confrontation on Nov. 2, 2001, between firefighters and police officers assigned to patrol the area around the World Trade Center site. The firefighters were upset that the number of firefighters working to recover victims was being reduced.
More than a dozen firefighters were arrested in the protest for charges including criminal trespass and riot, although the charges were dropped. The lawsuit filed by the eight claims police officers violated their rights and arrested them without cause.

Man catches driver of stolen car
TOLEDO Brenda Jackson was surprised when her stolen car was recovered after her daughter's boyfriend spotted it, followed it and apprehended the teenage driver, holding him until police arrived.
"That was a coincidence. Stuff like that doesn't happen to people," she said.
Two boys, ages 14 and 15, were arrested.
Terrance Taylor was at an auto-parts store when he saw Mrs. Jackson's car, which was reported stolen from in front of her house about six hours earlier. The 15-year-old driver took off when he saw he was being followed, but later ditched the car.
Mr. Taylor caught the older boy and held him by the arm until police arrived.

Authorities looking for stolen 'penguins'
TULSA It seems as though 6-foot penguins would be hard to hide, but Tulsa officials are still looking for two penguins stolen from their perches around the city.
Four penguin sculptures that were part of a citywide promotion of a new zoo exhibit were stolen during the weekend.
Two have been found floating in the Arkansas River, one damaged but repairable, the other broken into pieces. Two remained missing Monday.
The four fiberglass penguins were worth more than $10,000 total, said Mary Collins, executive director of Tulsa Zoo Friends.

Cowboy's slaying still a mystery
FOSSIL A lone cowboy headed no place in particular rides through the rugged canyons and hills of Wheeler County, miles from any road or town. A rifle shot shatters the mountain stillness, and hours later, his horse and dog show up back home. He doesn't.
Indian trackers find the body of 23-year-old James Phillip Brooks two days later. That was in 1994. Law-enforcement officials and the prosecutor in the tiny Eastern Oregon county are still casting about for a motive and some evidence to help them solve the county's first slaying since two men were killed in a dispute in the late 1930s.
"We were dead-stalled for seven years," said Tom Cutsforth, the district attorney in Oregon's least-populous county. "Now we have a whole new list of witnesses, witnesses we should have had seven years ago."

Man's confession may exonerate detective
SCITUATE A man has confessed to killing a woman in 1989, a revelation likely to exonerate a police detective who has served more than six years of a life sentence for the crime, authorities said Monday.
Jeffrey Hornoff has maintained his innocence since his 1996 conviction. Charges against him are likely to be dropped, Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse said.
Todd Barry, 46, came forward Friday. He was charged Monday with one count of second-degree murder and held without bail.
Victoria Cushman was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher and strangled Aug. 11, 1989.

Audit: Former executive misused funds
MEMPHIS The former executive vice president of finance and administration of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority misused more than $90,000 in airport funds, according to an audit.
Jerry L. McMichael was fired last month after an anonymous memo claimed he had used airport money for personal expenses.
Mr. McMichael, who had worked for the airport since 1988, has said he will reimburse the authority.

Dad administers oath to Navy recruit son
EVERETT Navy Ensign Troy Rose was proud to administer the oath of service to his son, even from half a world away.
From aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf, Ensign Rose used a video and satellite link Monday to direct son Kory, 18, to raise his right hand and take the oath of service in the Navy.
The recruit was joined by mother Janel and younger brothers Tyler, 16, and Nick, 13, in a videoconference classroom at the local Navy base.

Teens to stand trial in mob-beating case
MILWAUKEE Three teens accused in a mob beating that killed a 36-year-old man have been ordered to stand trial.
Marlin Dixon, 14, his brother Don Dixon, 13, and Artieas Shanks, 13, are expected to be arraigned Monday. A judge ruled that there was sufficient testimony to suggest that the boys were active participants in the beating of Charlie Young Jr. on Sept. 29.
The three boys are charged with first-degree reckless homicide.
In all, 15 persons, including a 10-year-old, are charged in connection with the death.

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