- The Washington Times - Friday, October 18, 2002

GEORGIA

Pastor, members guilty of beating children

ATLANTA - The Rev. Arthur Allen Jr. and four House of Prayer church members were found guilty yesterday of aggravated assault and cruelty to children for whipping two boys in front of the entire congregation.

The 150 members of the independent Atlanta church repeatedly had said they have the right to beat their children and that the church is being persecuted for its beliefs.

The jury convicted Allen, Emanuel Hardeman, Charles Ogletree, David Duncan Sr. and Sharon Duncan.

The Duncans are the parents of two boys, ages 7 and 10, who told authorities they were restrained by church members and beaten during services in February. Both were severely bruised on their backs and torsos.


ILLINOIS

Sharks, grouper go to fish school

CHICAGO - A school of fish is going to fish school.

Several fish species at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium are enrolled in an underwater academy where trainers are teaching them to live together in a new $47 million addition, set to open in April.

Shedd trainers are teaching the fish to eat on command and gather at a designated area of their pools to make feeding time as orderly as possible.

Among the first students are groups of sharks, a 4-foot, 150-pound Queensland grouper named Bubba, and a 4-foot, 50-pound blue Napoleon wrasse, a species that has blue blood and the ability to change its sex.

"What we're trying is probably the most complex training effort ever attempted with fish," said Bert Vescolani, vice president for the Shedd's aquarium collections.


ALABAMA

Ten Commandments monument defended

MONTGOMERY The state's ranking judge said he installed a 5,300-pound granite monument to the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building because he was concerned about the moral decline of the nation.

Chief Justice Roy Moore testified in the trial of a lawsuit seeking to remove the monument he had installed in the building's rotunda in the middle of the night.

"The basic issue is whether we will still be able to acknowledge God under the First Amendment or whether we will not be able to acknowledge God," Justice Moore said.


CALIFORNIA

Barbie set to join Bond in plastic

EL SEGUNDO James Bond's latest plaything is small, blond and totally plastic.

The Barbie doll will be featured as a Bond girl in a 007 gift set, along with her friend, Ken, as the debonair spy. Mattel is releasing the $75 set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first 007 thriller.

Ken is dressed in 007's trademark tuxedo and carries a briefcase while Barbie wears a golden lace gown and red shawl.


COLORADO

Governor's son faces vandalism charges

DENVER Gov. Bill Owens' son and two classmates have been charged with vandalizing school buses and other vehicles near their suburban high school.

The boys were charged Wednesday with burglary and criminal mischief, both felonies, said spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough of the District Attorney's Office. Mark Owens, 16, Nicholas Giardina, 17, and Tristan Noel-Pierre Volpi, 16, could be expelled, school officials said.

School officials said the teens broke into a storage shed next to Smoky Hill High School on July 26, took softballs, bats and soft drinks and used them to break windows on buses and maintenance vehicles.


DELAWARE

City police vow faster action

WILMINGTON City officials said they have begun enforcing standard police regulations to make sure residents are told in a timely manner local about felonies, which would include armed robberies and shootings, the News-Journal reports.

An accelerated internal review was began last week after police failed to release information on several armed robberies during the past two months. An investigation determined the glitch was the fault of the patrol lieutenant or sergeant on duty.

"We are already taking steps to ensure that the release of public information is not delayed by either human error or by a failure to follow internal procedures," Wilmington Police Chief Michael Szczerba said.


FLORIDA

Noelle Bush jailed for program violation

ORLANDO Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter was led away in handcuffs yesterday after a judge sentenced her to 10 days in jail for violating the terms of her drug-treatment program.

Noelle Bush, 25, kissed her aunt Dorothy Koch before a sheriff's deputy cuffed her hands behind her back. Her father, the governor, was not in the courtroom.

Before she was sentenced, Miss Bush told Circuit Judge Reginald Whitehead: "I sincerely apologize for what happened and promise to do well at the Center for Drug-Free Living."

Judge Whitehead didn't specifically give a reason for jailing Miss Bush but told her he was aware of claims she was found with crack cocaine in her shoe while at the treatment center.


HAWAII

Baby gives parents reason to hope

HONOLULU Joshua Juan Luis Williams, the Oahu infant who had to be rushed to a Texas hospital in August for treatment of a rare lung disease, should be coming home in a week or two, according to his mother.

"He's a strong, tough baby. He's hanging in there," Gizette Williams told the Star-Bulletin.

Joshua's father, Army Sgt. John James Williams, a technician at Tripler Army Medical Center, added that "the doctors said he's writing his own story." But he added "It will take a long time for his lungs to be normal."

On Aug. 16, Joshua was born with meconium aspiration syndrome, which occurs when meconium, an abrasive substance created by the baby's waste in the amniotic fluid, damages the baby's lungs at birth.


KANSAS

Rape victim gets defendant's disease

WICHITA A woman who survived a rape and shooting surprised prosecutors yesterday by telling them she had contracted the same sexually transmitted disease that a detective testified one of the defendants had exhibited.

The woman told prosecutors after she watched live TV coverage of a detective telling jurors that murder defendant Reginald Carr had the disease. About two months after the attacks, the woman said her doctor told her she had the same condition, District Attorney Nola Foulston said.

Mr. Carr and his brother Jonathan are being tried on 113 charges, including five counts of capital murder.

Earlier yesterday, a police detective who guarded Jonathan Carr testified that the defendant wanted to know about execution.

"He asked me what capital murder was. I explained to him capital murder was where, if found guilty, they can be given death penalty," Detective Kelly Otis said. "He asked how the death penalty was given. I told him by lethal injection. He asked if they would feel it."

Attorneys did not ask for Detective Otis' reply.


LOUISIANA

Woman, 86, dies of West Nile virus

NEW ORLEANS A 16th person has died of West Nile virus in Louisiana, though officials said yesterday they believe the outbreak may be winding down.

Dr. Raoult Ratard, the state epidemiologist, said health officials confirmed 11 new cases of the disease and one death this week, that of an 86-year-old Calcasieu Parish woman.

The woman was being treated in an extended care facility for West Nile encephalitis when she died Sunday, health officials said.


MASSACHUSETTS

Plane emptied after noise heard

BOSTON Police emptied a Delta Air Lines plane during boarding Thursday and searched it after a crew member heard a beeping noise from a pair of sneakers stored in an overhead bin, authorities said.

The noise was later determined to be an air leak in the bin, said Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for Massport, which operates Logan International Airport. First-class passengers had begun boarding Flight 505 from Boston to Atlanta about 11:45 a.m. when officials ordered them off the plane.


MICHIGAN

Agreement settles Legionnaires' lawsuits

PONTIAC A settlement was reached in the last of 28 lawsuits involving a 1996 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that killed four persons and sickened 30 more.

The outbreak was linked to an air conditioning cooling tower at a suburban Detroit branch of the grocery chain Cattleman's Market.

William Brown, who was sickened, and the family of Lloyd Bisballe, who died, sued Cattleman's, the manufacturer of the cooling system and the company that maintained it.


MISSISSIPPI

Historian mourned at funeral service

BAY ST. LOUIS Historian Stephen Ambrose, who gained legions of fans with his best-selling books, was buried in a private service near the home where he wrote some of his most popular works.

Waveland police guarded the two entrances to the Garden of Memory cemetery where Mr. Ambrose, 66, was buried Wednesday morning. He died Sunday of lung cancer.

A private wake Tuesday was attended by about 50 relatives and friends, including actor Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg, who worked with Mr. Ambrose on movie and TV productions, including "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers."


MONTANA

Snowmobile plan raises ruckus

BOZEMAN Snowmobiles are once again causing a fuss near West Yellowstone.

But this time it's the Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground and Marina's plan to rent, sell and fix snowmobiles, four-wheelers and boats at its resort on the north shore of Hebgen Lake that has people fuming, the Daily Chronicle reports.

"The citizenry along the north shore is just plain fed up with getting run over by snowmobiles every winter," resident Kirk Horn said.

Mr. Horn joined more than a dozen homeowners in urging Gallatin County officials to deny Yellowstone Holiday owner Zeke Dumke III the permit he needs to open the business.

But Mr. Dumke said he just wants the right to serve his guests. He said there's nothing barring off-road-vehicle use on designated trails in the area.


NEBRASKA

Cousins born on same day

LINCOLN The sisters knew their babies would be boys. They picked out names, spent their pregnancies comparing symptoms.

What they didn't know was this: Cody Kevin Ginter and Quinlynn Sylvester Deutsch would arrive in the world within hours of each other Tuesday, their mothers laboring in side-by-side birthing rooms at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, according to the Journal-Star.

"It was kind of hair-raising, running from room to room," said the babies' grandmother Eva Bashus, resting at her home in Talmage.


NEVADA

Court petitioned on billboard ban

RENO A lawyer for an outdoor advertising company has urged the Nevada Supreme Court to invalidate a public vote in Reno that bans future billboards.

Eller Media Company said decisions on billboards are a matter for city officials and shouldn't have been handled through an initiative petition.


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Gobble gone from turkey farm

CONCORD For the first October in more than 50 years, the fields across from Charlie Blake's house are quiet.

Since last year's Thanksgiving slaughter, the grass has pushed back through the dirt. There are no turkeys at Blake's Turkey Farm.

Instead, there is a clean white building where employees wear hairnets and fill homemade pie shells with globs of gravy, thawed vegetables and meat from other farms. The decision not to raise turkeys this year was not an easy one, says farmer Charlie Blake.

"Like any other livestock, anything that depends on Mother Nature, you have to be there all the time," Mr. Blake, 58, told the Concord Monitor.

High grain bills and long hours combined to convince Charlie and Sally Blake to make last year's turkeys their final flock. A few months ago, the pie plant addition was completed and the slaughterhouse converted into a shed.


NEW MEXICO

Navajos may vote at tribal polling place

ALBUQUERQUE Members of the Navajo tribe who live here can save themselves a trip to the reservation by voting in tribal elections at a city polling place.

The first-time arrangement is designed to encourage urban Navajos to vote.

Until now, Navajos who lived off the reservation and wanted to vote in tribal elections had to drive to their reservation or cast absentee votes.


NEW YORK

Rosie magazine shuttered, jobs slashed

NEW YORK A month after talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell severed ties with the magazine bearing her name, publisher Gruner+Jahr suspended publication of Rosie and eliminated most of its 120 staffers.

The publisher, who is suing Miss O'Donnell, the magazine's former editor, for breach of contract, blamed her for the job cuts saying, "As a result of Rosie O'Donnell's decision to terminate her participation in Rosie magazine, Gruner+Jahr is left with no choice other than to reduce staff levels until further plans, if any."

The magazine's farewell issue goes on sale Nov. 12.


NORTH DAKOTA

Snowplows clear Red River Valley

FARGO Plows were out on the roads early yesterday after the Red River Valley got hit with wet snow that left a slushy mess.

Authorities had reports of vehicles in the ditch along Interstate 94 between Barnesville, Minn., and Fargo.

Bruce Nord, the North Dakota Transportation Department district supervisor, said the plows had been put on some trucks before the snow hit because they were being used to scrape mud off roads around sugar-beet piling stations.


PENNSYLVANIA

Bus driver charged with drunken driving

PITTSBURGH A school-bus driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after dropping off a load of students.

Police arrested Marybeth Davis, 40, after parents called, reporting that their children had told them they smelled alcohol on her breath. She will no longer drive a bus.


SOUTH CAROLINA

Beaches at risk of erosion

CHARLESTON An unusual string of late summer and autumn storms has left South Carolina's beaches more at risk of erosion as winter approaches.

"We're going into the northeast-storm season a bit more vulnerable," said Bill Eiser of the state Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

Since August, four storm systems have roughed up South Carolina's beaches.


TEXAS

Continental fires pilot suspected of drinking

HOUSTON A Continental Airlines pilot who was taken off a plane Tuesday because of suspected alcohol use has been fired, the airline said yesterday.

The pilot was led off the plane, still at the gate, after an argument with a federal air marshal who questioned him about drinking.

Continental said the pilot "did not appear to be fit for duty" when he showed up at Houston Intercontinental Airport for the Orlando, Fla.-bound flight. Tests showed the pilot had alcohol in his blood.


WASHINGTON

Cannon used to shoo birds

VANCOUVER Rubber snakes, amplified bird-distress calls, even a group called Roost No-More, all failed to shoo a flock of starlings from their nests under a bridge between Washington and Oregon.

Now workers have brought in artillery: a $300 propane-powered cannon, which makes noise that spooks the birds away from crops and airports.

When they rise en masse at dawn to find food, "it's something right out of Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds,'" says Tom Chambers, who has worked on the bridge over the Columbia River for 14 years.


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