- The Washington Times - Friday, November 8, 2002

GEORGIA

Singer Bobby Brown arrested on drug charge

ATLANTA Singer Bobby Brown was arrested early yesterday in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead district on drug and traffic charges.

An officer at the Atlanta city jail said Mr. Brown was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance.

Mr. Brown, 33, was stopped around 2:30 a.m. in the Cadillac Escalade he was driving. Several other people were in the sport utility vehicle, but were not arrested, Atlanta police Sgt. R. Miniatis said.

Mr. Brown's wife, singer Whitney Houston, was not in the vehicle.

He posted $1,500 bond at the Atlanta jail shortly before 9 a.m., then was taken to the nearby DeKalb County jail, where he was wanted for failing to appear in court on driving charges from February 1997. A hearing on the charges was scheduled for today in DeKalb Superior Court.


TEXAS

Mentally ill prisoner gets reprieve

HUNTSVILLE A mentally ill condemned killer won a reprieve from the Texas death chamber after his attorneys filed a last-minute appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court that questioned his mental competency.

James Colburn, 42, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, was set to die just after 6 p.m. Wednesday for choking and stabbing a 55-year-old hitchhiker in 1994.

The appeal was received at 5:59 p.m., one minute before Colburn was to be taken from his cell and strapped to the death-chamber gurney, officials said.

Two hours later, Colburn received the indefinite reprieve, which delays the execution at least 30 days.


ALASKA

Man upset over elections burns self

WASILLA A man upset over Tuesday's elections knocked out power to more than 30,000 homes and businesses and critically burned himself after climbing a 230,000-volt electrical tower, Alaska state troopers said.

Michael Naczi, 41, suffered second- and third-degree burns over the upper half of his body. The power was out for up to two hours in some areas.

It was not clear exactly what Mr. Naczi was upset about, although, according to court documents, he has been diagnosed as a schizophrenic and has accused Sen. Frank Murkowski, Alaska Republican, of wanting to kill him.


ARKANSAS

Hospital using newest, fastest scanner

JONESBORO Officials at St. Bernard's Medical Center have put into use a new ultra LightSpeed computerized topography scanner, the newest and fastest CT scanner available.

The $2 million diagnostic tool offers improved speed a scan from head to ankles on an adult can be done in 20 seconds coupled with the finest quality digital imaging.

Scanners provide visualization of internal structures, allowing physicians to diagnose disease and assess trauma by studying scans on various body parts.

The GE Medical Systems unit is the only such scanner in Arkansas.

It utilizes new helical technology, said Dr. John K. Phillips, radiologist at the medical center.

Because of that, the physician said, the scanner can acquire data through continuous movement of the X-ray tube as it rotates around a patient being moved through gantry.


CALIFORNIA

Town turns down 'Got Milk?' name

BIGGS Whatever you want to say about Biggs, Calif. it ain't "Got Milk?"

The small community entered the international spotlight after a week in which it considered changing its name to "Got Milk?" to mark the 10th anniversary of a milk-marketing campaign. City elders turned down the proposal that left many local residents with a sour taste in their mouths.

"I think the publicity caught them off guard and may have worked against it," Jeff Manning, executive director of the California Milk Processors Board, said after learning that Biggs was not big on the "Got Milk?" idea.


FLORIDA

Mediation begins in boys' murder case

PENSACOLA Lawyers yesterday kicked off closed-door mediation meant to settle the case of two teenage brothers whose convictions for killing their father were thrown out last month.

Alex and Derek King, ages 13 and 14, were convicted as adults in September on charges of arson and second-degree murder without a weapon although their father, Terry King, 40, had been beaten to death with an aluminum baseball bat.

They were facing 20 years to life in prison under sentencing guidelines, but Circuit Judge Frank Bell ordered a new trial. In the meantime, Judge Bell directed defense lawyers and the prosecutor to try to resolve the case through mediation.

Judge Bell threw out the boys' convictions based on issues raised by the original lawyers, including the state's presentation of contradictory theories of the crime based on conflicting statements by the brothers.


INDIANA

Voters reject change in status

MERRILLVILLE Most voters in this northwest Indiana town don't want to live in a city.

Residents in the community of 30,500 rejected by a 2-1 margin Tuesday a referendum to change the community's government to a city under state law.

Many residents likely voted against the switch out of fear their property taxes might increase, opponents and supporters said.


IOWA

Neighbors oppose hog confinement

DES MOINES Protesters told Linn County supervisors Wednesday that a proposed hog confinement near Prairieburg would ruin their rural quality of life by fouling the air, soil and water.

"I'd like to be able to breathe the air when I step out of my house," said Don Manternach, who lives a fifth of a mile from the site. "I'm sure there will be a lot of flies in the summer. This will affect my quality of life."

Eight nearby residents spoke at a public hearing on whether to allow the operation to be built just east of Prairieburg.

County planning, zoning and health officials said the proposal, a two-barn hog confinement that would house about 7,200 hogs, appears to meet state guidelines.


KANSAS

Psychologist says killer had bad family

WICHITA A forensic psychologist testified yesterday that murderer Reginald Carr began having sexual intercourse with a cousin at age 7 and was devastated when his father abandoned the family.

"Father abandonment, any parent abandonment, is a major risk factor across every study and textbook you wanted to read," psychologist Thomas Reidy said. He said there also were accusations of sexual abuse within the Carr family, but that he could not verify them.

However, Mr. Reidy acknowledged Reginald Carr knew that what he was doing was wrong, basing his testimony on interviews with Reginald Carr and other family members during the past two months.

Mr. Reidy's testimony came on the third day of the penalty phase of Reginald and Jonathan Carr's capital murder trial. The brothers were convicted Monday on murder, robbery and sex-crimes charges stemming from a nine-day rampage in December 2000. Five persons were killed and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.


MINNESOTA

School district cancels classes for third week

RED WING The school district canceled classes for a third week, and officials said there were no plans for negotiations with 220 district teachers who went on strike Oct. 22.

Teachers want a two-year contract with annual increases of 3 percent. The district proposed smaller increases, saying it faces a $1.3 million deficit.


MISSOURI

Child killed, mom wounded in shooting

LIBERTY A man waiting outside his son's school yesterday shot the boy to death and wounded his wife after a domestic dispute, police said.

The shootings happened around 12:30 p.m. as the woman was picking up the child from St. James Catholic School, which serves 322 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Police Lt. Mark Misenhelter said the gunman was the child's father and the husband of the woman, with whom he had argued earlier in the day. He was arrested about an hour later in Kansas City.


NEVADA

Ski areas begin opening

RENO Ski areas near Lake Tahoe are already opening, with or without natural snow.

Boreal has become the first to get lifts running and a single run open with 4 inches of machine-made snow. Mammoth Mountain, farther south, was scheduled to open yesterday.


NEW YORK

Explosive electric razors under investigation

TROY Electric razors that had been rigged to explode blew up in the faces of two men, authorities say.

Federal and local investigators urged shoppers to be careful when buying electric razors, and to call authorities if they see a razor left in a public place.

In the first incident, on March 27, Hosea Crumpler of Troy found what appeared to be a new razor in a black case in a McDonald's restroom, police said. When the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student plugged it in at home, the razor blew up, wounding his face, neck, chest, torso and both hands, police said.

On Oct. 12, a man bought a different brand razor at a store in Bennington, Vt., 30 miles from Troy, and it exploded when it was plugged in at his home in Johnsonville, investigators said. He suffered minor injuries.


NORTH CAROLINA

Duke to take down gargoyles

DURHAM The gargoyles perched atop the doors of Duke University's new Gothic dormitory were meant to surprise and honor two wealthy donors.

The university certainly succeeded at surprise: Aubrey and Kathleen McClendon, who gave $5.5 million to build the dorm, were shocked to find their own likenesses staring down from the hall that bears their name and demanded they be taken down.

Peter Vaughn, spokesman for Duke's development office, said the university agreed to remove the small human sculptures at the couple's request, partly because of the couple's private nature.

The sculptures of Aubrey McClendon, a 1981 graduate and CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. in Oklahoma City, and his wife, Kathleen, a 1980 graduate, will remain on McClendon Tower, on Duke's Gothic-styled West Campus, until new ones are crafted .


NORTH DAKOTA

Deer opener expected to be mild

BISMARCK Worse than the dog eating your hunting license was a snowstorm that huffed and puffed its way across the Northern Plains nearly 16 years ago to the day, crippling most attempts by hunters to open the 1986 deer season.

"When that storm really socked in, we were pretty well locked out in terms of going deer hunting," said Bismarck's Harold Umber of the November storm that was deemed one of the nastiest on record. "To me, I remember it being severe enough that you didn't want to be out in it until it was over."

Thankfully and thousands of hunters who will open the 2002 deer season today at noon will agree a repeat performance is not in the forecast. The National Weather Service in Bismarck is calling for temperatures to be near 50 degrees.


PENNSYLVANIA

Probe of mine accident finds law violations

PITTSBURGH A report released yesterday on the Pennsylvania mine accident that kept nine workers trapped for three days found two likely violations of state law regarding the keeping of accurate maps.

It is not clear, however, whether the state will be able to pursue charges against anyone, said David Hess, environmental secretary.

Investigators from the state Environmental Protection Department and federal Mine Safety and Health Administration interviewed more than 50 people in looking into the accident.

The preliminary report said inaccurate maps led miners to breach an abandoned coal mine, releasing millions of gallons of water that trapped them deep underground in the Quecreek Mine for about 77 hours in July.

The Black Wolf Coal Co. had based its operations at the Quecreek Mine on maps from the 1940s and '50s, leading the miners to believe they were a safe distance from the abandoned Saxman mine, investigators said.


SOUTH CAROLINA

Thurmond says he is ready to come home

EDGEFIELD Strom Thurmond, the nation's oldest and longest-serving senator who turns 100 next month, says he will return home to South Carolina when he retires from the U.S. Senate in January.

Mr. Thurmond has served in the U.S. Senate for 48 years, but has cut back on his duties in recent months because of his health.

"I'm very much looking forward to returning to South Carolina after my retirement," Mr. Thurmond said yesterday.

South Carolina U.S. Attorney Strom Thurmond Jr. has said in the past few days that his father is "wanting to come home."


Utah

Tadpole's dining habits more like fish

SALT LAKE CITY A water flea swims silently through the pond, unaware of the danger lurking nearby. Quicker than the blink of a human eye, a tiny tadpole inhales its prey whole.

While of little consolation to the flea, scientists are excited to learn more about the African Dwarf Clawed Frog's unusual dining style. All other known tadpoles take a more passive approach to gathering food, filtering water through the mouth to catch microscopic particles.

University of Utah biologist Stephan Deban produced a study on the suction-feeding tadpole in this week's edition of the science journal Nature. A high-speed video camera caught the feeding behavior of the soon-to-be frogs, most of which were smaller than the hyphens in this sentence.



VERMONT

Town overturns ban on nude bathing

WILMINGTON Residents overturned by 17 votes a ban on nude bathing at a popular skinny-dipping spot.

Residents had voted in August to uphold the ban, which was imposed by the Select Board in July.

Opponents of the ban had said the nude bathers are polite and contribute to the town. Supporters of the ban had said some bathers had been misbehaving in the woods.


WASHINGTON

Home care workers could get raise

SEATTLE A union representing 26,000 home care workers has reached agreement on a contract that would give them a $2-an-hour pay raise and benefits.

The Service Employees International Union says the agreement with the Home Care Quality Authority will be mailed to workers this month for their approval.

The authority will ask the governor and Legislature for contract funding in the state budget.


WEST VIRGINIA

State workers buying own uniform pants

CHARLESTON State groundskeepers and maintenance workers will have to buy their own uniform pants because of budget cuts.

The General Services Division expects the move to save $10,000 a year. The agency will supply workers with T-shirts, winter jackets and boots.


WISCONSIN

Business owners suggest city organize event

MADISON Some downtown business owners are questioning whether police were prepared for a Halloween party that turned into a riot.

Some owners say the city needs to learn from cities like New Orleans how to organize a Halloween event.

Police estimate the weekend celebration attracted 65,000 people.


WYOMING

Recreational use drives up land prices

CHEYENNE Open spaces, wildlife habitat and spectacular views have always come with the territory of being a rancher or agricultural producer in Wyoming, the Tribune-Eagle reports.

Increasingly, non-ranchers are catching on to the benefits of owning agricultural land, and their buying power is driving up some state land prices, according to a new report.

Put together by University of Wyoming agricultural specialists late last month, "Wyoming Farm, Ranch and Rural Land Market: 1999-2001" is an update on agricultural-land prices across the state.

The report shows the number of ranch sales in Johnson and Sheridan counties doubled during that time. It also says that the ranches almost doubled in dollar value per animal unit, the feed required to maintain one 1,000-pound cow, with or without calf, for 12 months, going from about $4,500 to $8,500.

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