- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 15, 2002

ALABAMA
Kilns heat up small-town memories
KEEGO The late-afternoon sun burnished the tin roofs of old kilns to a rust-colored silken sheen. On a parked forklift, James Ball flipped through a men's clothing catalog, waiting for trucks of bricks to arrive.
The quiet, occasionally broken by the screeching rumble of a freight train, was nothing like how Keego's brickyard used to be. Back in the last century, until 1979, were the days when the kilns roared with fire, when workers hauled river clay in by dump truck, when they hammered the face off bricks gripping chisels so hard that they had to pry their own fists apart afterward.
Today the brickyard serves only as a distribution center. The kilns no longer burn. Bricks are no longer made in Keego.

CALIFORNIA
'Dallas' actor dies in house fire
LOS ANGELES Dennis Patrick, a veteran actor who played the Ewing family's banker on "Dallas," has died after a fire at his home. He was 84.
The actor, whose career spanned five decades, was found Sunday in the Hollywood Hills home, said Michael Riddle, a supervising investigator with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.
Many of Mr. Patrick's roles leaned toward the macabre, including appearances on "The Twilight Zone," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and the campy 1960s soap opera "Dark Shadows." His more recent appearances include the 1988 TV miniseries "War and Remembrance" and the 1994 movie "The Air Up There."
Neighbors said Mr. Patrick was battling cancer and needed kidney dialysis. Investigators believe he may have died from smoke inhalation. An autopsy was pending.

ARIZONA
Skunks get stinkiest rating
SCOTTSDALE Dirty diapers are disgusting. Rotten eggs smell rancid. But skunks really stink.
That's the finding of a light-hearted U.S. survey sponsored by Renuzit, Dial Corp.'s air freshener unit.
Skunks led the list of bad odors in the nationwide survey, with 59.7 percent of respondents rating it a 6, the stinkiest rating. Rotten eggs came in second, at 47.2 percent; dirty diaper bins followed with 45.1 percent; bathroom odors were fourth, at 37.9 percent; and dairy farm smells ranked fifth, at 31.6 percent.
Participants were allowed to rank more than one smell as the stinkiest. Respondents also could nominate malodorous offenders that were not part of Renuzit's suggestions. Spoiled meat, sewers and pet urine topped that list.

FLORIDA
State surveying skunk population
TALLAHASSEE If you've seen a skunk or smelled one in the past five years, Florida wants to know.
"I haven't seen a dead skunk on the road for a while," said Henry Cabbage, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Neither have the agency's biologists. They wonder whether the skunk population is plunging and are asking the public for help.
Skunks aren't protected by state law. But if their numbers don't look good, the state could move to protect the species.
Wildlife commission biologist Kristen Nelson, who is collecting the information, said last week that she has been taking some kidding for the skunk search. But she isn't fazed.
"Every creature has some sort of importance in the ecosystem, even if we don't know what that importance is," she said.

GEORGIA
Carter teaches Sunday School
PLAINS After winning the Nobel Peace Prize, former President Jimmy Carter spent Sunday morning like any other teaching Sunday School in his southwest Georgia hometown.
"Today, we will be studying justice," Mr. Carter told a larger-than-usual crowd of about 500, some from as far away as Canada, California and India. Parishioners and visitors lined up at 7 a.m. to hear him.
The former president, who won the prize Friday for his peacemaking and humanitarian work, has been a member of Maranatha Baptist Church since he returned from the White House in 1981.
Mr. Carter, escorted by Secret Service agents, teaches Sunday School whenever he is in town. This week, he taught from Old Testament prophet Jeremiah.
"What the prophet is showing us is that those who have inherited from God a power have a responsibility to use that power for justice," he said.

IDAHO
City out of sight for working-class folks
KETCHUM Ketchum was born in the gold rush of the 1870s, a tiny railroad town that quickly gained fame for its healing hot springs.
By the turn of the century, prospectors, ranchers and railroad workers were sharing land with well-to-do families soaking in the mineral waters of Guyer Hot Springs Resort and lunching beside its croquet lawns and tennis courts.
But the equilibrium has been upset.
Over the past 25 years, the town near the Sun Valley ski resort has been taken over by absentee celebrities and multimillion-dollar mansions. The small-town atmosphere, which many believe attracted the rich and famous, is in danger of disappearing as lower- to upper-middle-income families are forced out.
One in every four houses in Ketchum and neighboring Sun Valley is worth more than $1 million, and one in every 10 residents makes more than $200,000 a year, according to census figures.

ILLINOIS
Dietary supplement may slow Parkinson's
CHICAGO A small but promising study found that an over-the-counter dietary supplement may slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.
Existing treatments may ease symptoms of the degenerative brain disorder but are not believed to affect the underlying disease process. The new study found evidence that a naturally occurring compound called coenzyme Q-10, or CoQ10, may help stop the nerve cell death that characterizes Parkinson's.
The study involved just 80 persons. For up to 16 months, half of the subjects ate maple-nut flavored wafers containing various CoQ10 doses, while the other half took a placebo. By the end of the study, 23 patients on the highest daily doses had 44 percent less decline in mental function, movement and ability to perform daily living tasks compared with the placebo group.
The study appears in the October issue of Archives of Neurology.

INDIANA
Researchers stymied by block on documents
INDIANAPOLIS Some scientists are running into a major post-September 11 stumbling block: Federal restrictions have eliminated access to information vital to their studies.
The government has cut Internet links, stripped information from agency Web sites and even required federal librarians to destroy a CD-ROM on public water supplies. Researchers worry that the rush to protect national security will hurt their efforts and the public.
"It can be so expensive to engage in a public dialogue under these conditions of secrecy," said Greg Mello, head of the Los Alamos Study Group, an environmental watchdog group.
The White House in March provided government agencies with a guide to help them review information that could be "misused to harm the security of our nation and the safety of our people."

IOWA
Man rams van into patrol car
NORA SPRINGS A man stopped for questioning by a police officer rammed his minivan into the officer's car, then told his son to run over the officer with the large farm machine he was driving, authorities said.
Virgil Dean Fett, 42, and Billy Dean Fett, 23, were charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal mischief and interference with official acts, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Department said.
The officer, Nora Springs' Police Chief Alex Leu, was not struck by the combine operated by Billy Fett, but he cut his hand on barbed wire while chasing the younger man, authorities said.
The confrontation occurred Friday after Mr. Leu was told that the Fetts had driven past a horse-drawn wagon, intentionally spraying it with gravel, police said.
The Fetts were released Saturday after they promised to appear in court.

MICHIGAN
Mother jailed in suicide-pact case
ST. JOHNS A woman who drove her son and her daughter-in-law, both 19, to an abandoned farmhouse and supplied the two with drugs so they could commit suicide was sentenced yesterday to 15 to 30 months in prison.
Kathleen Holey, 43, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted assisted suicide in August as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Holey's son, Patrick Holey, died in the suicide pact, but his wife, Jennifer, survived. Jennifer Holey has since been sent to prison on a no-contest plea in the rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Before sentencing, Kathleen Holey told Circuit Judge Randy Tahvonen that she tried to get help for the two when they first discussed suicide. But she said that she decided to help them end their lives because they feared facing life in prison in the rape investigation.

MINNESOTA
Folk singer shoots for touring record
ST. PAUL Lis Harvey can rest her voice now.
The folk singer reached her goal of performing in all 50 states in 60 days with a performance on Sunday at Ginkgo Coffeehouse in St. Paul.
Miss Harvey is trying to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest 50-state tour by a solo female musician. She toured the United States in a borrowed station wagon, putting 17,000 miles on the car in two months.
Miss Harvey said that she often would read the Guinness Book of Records as a fourth-grader and that she knew she would have to tour to promote her new CD, "Topography," on independent Erlendahle Records.

MISSISSIPPI
Political figure dies at 81
VALLEY PARK C.B. "Buddie" Newman, a Delta farmer who became one of Mississippi's most powerful and contentious political figures, died Sunday. He was 81.
Mr. Newman, whose 40-year career in the Legislature began in the Senate in 1948, was chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee when he became House speaker in 1976.
During his 12 years as speaker, the Legislature enacted education reforms, funded a massive highway construction program, and enacted ethics and open-meetings laws.
Mr. Newman fell into disfavor in the House when he gaveled the 1982 regular session to a close as legislators were shouting at him to allow a vote on creating kindergarten in public schools.
Mr. Newman retired in 1988.

MISSOURI
Paper says elderly dying from caregiver neglect
ST. LOUIS A review of government documents and court records indicates that hundreds of elderly patients in nursing homes are dying from neglect, according to a newspaper report.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in a weeklong series that began Sunday, reported that the quiet epidemic is rarely detected by government inspectors, appraised by medical examiners, or investigated or prosecuted by law enforcers.
Most of the deaths are caused by neglect traced to caregivers whom the elderly rely on for food and liquid, and for turning them in their beds to prevent life-threatening sores, investigators and researchers say.
The latest national compilation of more than 500,000 nursing home deaths, for 1999, showed starvation, dehydration or bedsores were listed as causes for 4,138 deaths.

NEVADA
Dying woman said husband shot her
LAS VEGAS A woman who was fatally wounded outside her church told people who went to her aid that she had been shot by her husband. He was later found dead in an apparent suicide.
Members of the congregation at the First Church of Religious Science said they heard shots Sunday morning at the start of their service.
Denise Robinson was found collapsed outside and said her husband had shot her, said church counselor Joey Galon. Mrs. Robinson, 50, died at a hospital.
Police said that when her husband, Donald Robinson, 58, drove away from the scene, he pointed a revolver at an off-duty officer living in the area. The officer fired at least six shots, said police Lt. Tom Monahan.
Later, as police surrounded a parked car, Mr. Robinson fired one shot and was found dead in the driver's seat, Mr. Monahan said.

NEW MEXICO
Stealth fighter planes, crew members deployed
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE Four stealth fighter planes and nearly 60 crew members have been deployed from this southern New Mexico base to Europe.
The F-117A-Nighthawks and service personnel will participate in Operation Coronet Nighthawk for about two weeks.
The operation is aimed at familiarizing U.S. air crews with Air Force operations in Europe.

NORTH CAROLINA
Nine injured as truck rams cars
ENFIELD Nine persons were injured yesterday, six critically, when a truck did not to slow down for a work zone and rammed slow-moving cars, authorities said.
Eight vehicles were involved, including the truck, which belonged to Crown Cork and Seal and was based in Preston, Md., said Lt. Joe Williams of the Halifax County Sheriff's Department.
The cars were at the end of a line of traffic moving about 5 mph to 10 mph in a work zone on Interstate 95 near the Nash County line. The truck was going 70 mph when it rammed the vehicles, according to the state Highway Patrol.
The impact set off a chain reaction involving the other vehicles.

OHIO
Firefighter with AIDS pushes for law
AKRON Firefighter Stephen Derrig fought for more than two years before he won workers compensation for his AIDS, a disease that the married father believes he caught working as a paramedic.
Mr. Derrig, 35, is promoting legislation that would cover firefighters who get certain types of cancers, Hepatitis C or HIV. Studies show firefighters contract these diseases at above-average rates.

PENNSYLVANIA
School bans Southern symbol
BUTLER A battle over displaying the Confederate flag is brewing at Butler Senior High School.
Superintendent Ed Fink has declared that displaying the flag at the school will be taboo starting today, the Butler Eagle reported.
Several students in the town 30 miles north of Pittsburgh say they plan to present a petition to the school board today to oppose the prohibition.
The ban follows a "country and western" day during homecoming week earlier this month, when some students wore Confederate flag T-shirts and bandanas to school.
"They are trying to expel students for wearing Confederate flags," said junior Amanda Bicker, 17. "Some kid, a white kid, got offended by it. He complained, and they started to crack down."
Matt McGee, 17, a senior, has a 1979 truck painted orange with a Confederate flag on the roof. "They told me I can either paint it or don't drive it to school," he said.

RHODE ISLAND
School begins capital campaign
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island School of Design has begun an $85 million capital campaign to ensure its place in the forefront of the world art community.
About $38 million will be used for the new RISD Center, a six-story building that will expand the RISD Museum. The center will also contain classrooms, a student gallery and public spaces.

UTAH
Woman accused in polygamy case
SALT LAKE CITY For apparently the first time in more than 100 years, Utah prosecutors are prosecuting a woman on polygamy-related charges.
The woman, Suzie Stubbs Holm, 36, is part of a polygamous household in rural Utah. But she is not directly charged with polygamy. Instead, she is accused of inducing her 16-year-old sister to marry into the household.
Mrs. Holm was charged by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff last week with abetting bigamy and illegal sex, and could get up to 10 years in prison. Mrs. Holm's husband, Hildale police Officer Rodney H. Holm, 36, was charged with illegally marrying the sister.

WASHINGTON
Squirrel causes power outage
KENNEWICK If Kennewick residents forgot about National Squirrel Awareness Week, one critter made sure they remembered.
About 1,700 customers lost electricity for about an hour Thursday because a squirrel got entangled in power equipment, causing a short circuit, said Karen Miller, a spokeswoman for the Benton County Public Utility District.
She said the squirrel was probably seeking heat.
Squirrels singled out for recognition in the second week of October are the utility's leading cause of outages, despite shields, squawking devices that mimic calls of predators, and other efforts.


WYOMING
'Snow sails' to be installed this week
JACKSON State officials will begin installing "snow sails" this week to reduce buildup in a dangerous avalanche area south of Jackson.
The 10-foot-by-10-foot sails consist of reinforced cloth and will be anchored along a ridge to break up snow-bearing winds.
Snow sails have long been used in Europe, but this will be the first test in the United States, officials said.


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