- The Washington Times - Monday, October 28, 2002

Yeager goes supersonic for last time
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier Saturday for what he said was the last time, more than a half-century after he became the first person to accomplish the feat.
Mr. Yeager, 79, split the air with a sonic boom as he opened an air show that drew thousands of fans to the desert base. He took an F-15 Eagle to just over 30,000 feet on his last supersonic flight, capping a 60-year career.

Crews right listing ship
SEATTLE A container ship listing at a pier in Elliott Bay slowly righted itself Saturday as dock hands and Coast Guard crews pumped water out of the vessel.
The 600-foot Westwood Rainier owned by a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Corp. had stabilized enough by midmorning that crews were able to board, said Mick Schultz, spokesman for the Port of Seattle.
The ship was back on even keel by 8:15 p.m.ALASKA

Class helps save language
ANCHORAGE Snapshots of fresh-faced teenagers in graduation caps, vintage portraits captured in villages long ago, flocks of kids, remembered wedding days.
One oversized print stands out: a woman surrounded by children. The woman is Ellen Savage, and the picture was taken a half-century ago. Then, she was immersed in offspring; she had 15.
Mrs. Savage, 83, has lived in Anchorage since 1970. Her cabinlike home is a hub for children and grandchildren. But if she happens to lapse into her native tongue, Deg Xinag, there is no one to understand, no one to grasp the subtle rhythms and phrasing of a language that is nearly lost. Linguists estimate that only about 15 people speak fluent Deg Xinag.
Yet her language is being rejuvenated through a unique college course in which Deg Hit'an tribe elders and young people across the state undertake an exchange of this ancient language in a high-tech way, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Through conference calls and e-mail, students are learning the everyday language of the Deg Hit'an.

On-site grocery store greets race fans
AVONDALE Phoenix International Raceway has added another amenity for race fans who like to prepare their own meals: an on-site grocery store.
The Bashas' supermarket chain set up the 6,600-square-foot store in an infield parking lot. It will stock 13,000 items, including fresh meat, produce and delicatessen products, and will open its doors for the annual NASCAR weekend Nov. 7-10.
"We have made getting ready for a weekend at the track much easier for our guests," raceway President Bryan Sperber said.
Fans can place advance orders online or by calling a toll-free number, and the orders will be waiting when they arrive at the oval.

Senator's father dies at 74
HELENA Jordan Bennett Lambert, a farmer and the father of Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln, died at his home Saturday. He was 74.
Mr. Lambert farmed more than 2,500 acres of his family's land in the region he loved, the Arkansas Delta, where he was born and raised, said Steve Patterson, the senator's chief of staff. Mr. Lambert had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years, Mr. Patterson said.
"My father loved this country and this state," said Mrs. Lincoln, who was elected senator in 1998. "He inspired me to run for public office by challenging me like he challenged so many others. He appreciated the freedoms and liberties we enjoy and believed that each of us should be willing to give something back."
Besides the senator, Mr. Lambert's survivors include his wife, Martha Kelly Lambert of Helena; his daughters, Mary Lambert of Los Angeles and Ann Lambert Waits of Jonesboro; his son J.B. Lambert III of Helena; and two sisters.

Court reverses awards order
DENVER A federal appeals court reversed a $2 million award Thursday to relatives of a New Mexico man who died from hantavirus after a hospital misdiagnosed his ailment.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that New Mexico laws limiting medical malpractice damage awards to $600,000 should apply because the hospital did not cause the hantavirus. The liability of the hospital was not at issue in the lawsuit.
The family of Hardy Haceesa brought the suit. U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez awarded Mr. Haceesa's widow and young daughter $2.1 million in damages last year.
Mr. Haceesa died in 1998 at age 23, three days after a nurse practitioner at the Northern Navajo Medical Center told Mr. Haceesa that he had bronchitis and sent him home.

State facing pumpkin shortage
HONOLULU Just in time for Halloween a pumpkin shortage.
Recent rainy weather wiped out a third of Hawaii's pumpkin crop, and emergency orders from the mainland are virtually impossible because of a shipping backlog on the West Coast.
"Don't tell my family, but we're not going to have a pumpkin this year," said Chris Swoish, president of local produce wholesaler James D. Swoish Inc.
Hawaii's only commercial pumpkin grower, Aloun Farms in Ewa, lost about 30,000 pumpkins last week after four inches of rainfall. By the time the pumpkins were picked, many were rotten.

Pain relievers linked to high blood pressure
CHICAGO The popular pain relievers ibuprofen and acetaminophen, contained in scores of over-the-counter remedies, may increase the risk of high blood pressure, a study suggests.
Skeptics say the link is flimsy and needs confirmation in better-designed studies, and even the Harvard University researchers who conducted the study do not recommend that people stop taking the medications. But the authors add that their findings are plausible, given what's known about how the drugs affect the body.
The study, which appears in Archives of Internal Medicine today, involved 80,020 women ages 31 to 50 who had not been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Gay couple get quadruplets baptized
LEXINGTON Two homosexual men who became parents of quadruplets after enlisting the help of a surrogate mother had their 3-month-old children baptized Saturday in a Roman Catholic church.
Father Paul Prabell blessed the men, Thomas Dysarz and Michael Meehan, and baptized their daughter and three sons at Lexington's Cathedral of Christ the King.
"This is what Christ would do," said Mr. Meehan, the quadruplets' biological father. The babies "are God's children ."

Singer's home burns down
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP An $800,000 house owned by Aretha Franklin has burned down.
Nobody was in the 5,000-square-foot residence at the time of the blaze Friday morning. The house was used mainly to store boxes and furniture.
Fire Chief Leo Chartier said that flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived just before 6 a.m. Friday.
The house had an estimated value of $812,900.

Railing gives way during rap concert
MINNEAPOLIS Several concertgoers suffered minor injuries Saturday night when a railing gave way at the Target Center during a performance by rap artist Bow Wow.
About 10 people were taken by ambulance for treatment, said Reid Katzung, director of operations. The most serious complaints appeared to be of lower-leg pain and back pain, he said.
The railing 5 feet off the arena floor gave way as fans pressed forward when Bow Wow worked his way into the crowd Mr. Katzung said.

Interstate 80 crashes kill one, injure 29
ALLAMUCHY TOWNSHIP A series of crashes Saturday on a foggy, rural stretch of Interstate 80 killed a 27-year-old woman and injured 29 others, authorities said.
The accidents, which occurred within minutes of one another about 5 a.m., involved seven cars, three tractor-trailers, a box truck and a bus.
The first crash occurred when a bus driver lost control of his vehicle state police Sgt. Gerald Lewis said.

Suspects escaped, are back in custody
NEW YORK A female robbery suspect who escaped from police custody one of two who slipped away the same day was captured inside a subway station yesterday after two days on the loose, authorities said.
Police arrested Linda Vega, 39, around 1:30 a.m. after finding her at a Manhattan station, said Officer George Jensen, a police spokesman.

Paper to publish same-sex notices
PORTLAND Oregon's largest newspaper said Sunday that it would begin accepting same-sex commitment announcements.
The Oregonian newspaper is the latest in a string of major metropolitan newspapers to make such a move. The New York Times, the Charlotte (N.C) Observer and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have made similar announcements in recent months.
Several counties in Oregon, including Ashland and Multnomah, have registries for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples.

Court dismisses 'vampire' diet
SALT LAKE CITY An imprisoned vampire isn't going to have a happy Halloween.
The Utah State Court of Appeals dismissed on Thursday assertions by Robert Paul Rice that the state prison is violating his right to practice his religion by not providing him with a "vampire" diet.
The court also showed no sympathy for Rice's complaint that he wasn't allowed a conjugal visit when a "vampress" was available so he could partake "in the vampiric sacrament" drinking blood.
The court agreed with trial Judge J. Dennis Frederick's earlier ruling that the appeal "raises questions that are so insubstantial as not to merit further consideration."
Rice, sentenced to 1 to 15 years, said that he can drink milk, and eat fruit, grains and vegetables but that he won't eat meat.

Amateurs audition for talk show spot
MILWAUKEE They came with guitars, Hawaiian-patterned skirts, spoons, their voices and a sense of humor.
About 60 people, mostly amateur comics and singers, auditioned Saturday in front of Caroline Rhea for a chance to appear on her talk show and win a new sport utility vehicle.
"The Caroline Rhea Show" is looking for dancers, singers, stand-up comedians and anything out of the ordinary at auditions and in videotapes sent in by contestants.
Successful candidates will appear on her show in November.

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