- The Washington Times - Monday, October 7, 2002

GEORGIA
Governor's race remains close
ATLANTA Just 7 percentage points separate the candidates in the Georgia governor's race, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat, has 49 percent to 42 percent for Republican challenger Sonny Perdue in a poll co-sponsored by the newspaper. The poll of 500 likely voters, conducted Sept. 26-Oct. 1, has a margin of error of four percentage points.
Among those who say they are "certain to vote," the Republican leads 47 percent to 44 percent.
"More than 50 percent of Georgians wouldn't vote for Roy Barnes if he gave them a free puppy," said Dan McLagan, a Perdue campaign spokesman.

NEVADA
Protesters can't halt cattle auction
RENO Despite protests and objections by an international human rights panel, the government auctioned off a herd of cattle formerly owned by two Western Shoshone sisters who owe nearly $3 million in grazing fees.
The Bureau of Land Management on Friday sold the 232 cattle for $59,262 to three unnamed out-of-state bidders.
About 50 protesters picketed outside the state BLM office in Reno, waving signs that read "Don't Buy Stolen Cattle" and "BLM Cattle Rustlers."
The cattle were confiscated last month from tribal activists Carrie and Mary Dann, who insist the land belongs to the Western Shoshones, not the government.

ALABAMA
School closed after illnesses
BIRMINGHAM An Alabama school where more than a dozen employees have complained of unexplained illnesses was temporarily closed on Friday.
At least 17 teachers and other employees at Rudd Middle School have sought medical treatment since early September for symptoms including breathing problems, headaches, watery eyes, dizziness and rashes. The school said few of its 860 students have reported problems.
Tests for environmental problems, such as mold and mildew, were negative, so officials have focused suspicions on materials used during roofing repairs.
Officials said the school would close until Oct. 21, giving the school time to finish the roofing work and allowing for a cleanup that will be monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ALASKA
Officials drop cuts to train service
ANCHORAGE Stand back, wave a white flag and climb aboard: The last regularly scheduled flag-stop service in the United States has been spared.
The Alaska Railroad Corp.'s board considering drastic cuts to its popular but money-losing Hurricane Turn train relented after a storm of public criticism.
Railroad officials had proposed reducing train service which stops for people who wave it down along a remote 55-mile stretch of rail because of the loss of a $4 million coal-hauling contract.
But board Chairman Johne Binkley sided with outraged local residents who argued the flag-stop service is the only practical way through dense wilderness between Talkeetna and Hurricane, 130 miles north of Anchorage.
Mr. Binkley told the state-owned railroad to look elsewhere to save money and the rest of the board agreed Thursday without taking a formal vote.

ARKANSAS
Mom, twins face murder charges
CONWAY Police charged a mother and her twin 13-year-olds in the fatal beating of a woman on a city street.
Police spokesman Lt. Chip Stokes said the three family members were taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Altellia Givan, 42, shortly after 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
"From what we have gathered, there was a fight at the residence and the suspects chased her down the street," Mr. Stokes said. He said witnesses told police that Miss Givan was beaten with pieces of lumber or tree limbs.
Evelyn Ticey and her twin boy and girl were being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center, a police dispatcher said. Mr. Stokes said the prosecutor's office would decide today whether the children would be tried as juveniles or as adults.

CALIFORNIA
Condor chick found dead
LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST The first California condor to hatch in the wild in nearly two decades has been found dead.
The 6-month-old chick was found Friday on a remote ledge deep in the Los Padres National Forest. The bird's father, missing for almost three weeks, also is believed to be dead, wildlife officials said.
While the loss of the two birds was a tragedy, Bruce Palmer, coordinator of the condor project for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said it wasn't a setback for the program, which will be releasing three condors in Baja California on Wednesday and has refuges in Big Sur, Los Padres and the Vermilion Cliffs near the Grand Canyon.

ILLINOIS
Doctors: Limit smallpox vaccination
CHICAGO The American Academy of Pediatrics says the nation's smallpox plan should involve limited vaccinations if a case occurs, not universal inoculations before there's even an attack.
Potential side effects are too severe, and available vaccines have not been tested on children, who may be at higher risk for bad reactions, the academy said in a policy statement to be released today.
"We're talking about a disease that hasn't existed in the world since the 1970s and a vaccine that we know can cause death," said Dr. Julia McMillan, a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine pediatrics professor and co-author of the policy.
The academy's policy is essentially an endorsement of the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended response to a smallpox attack.

MASSACHUSETTS
Ethel Kennedy a grandmother again
BOSTON Ethel Kennedy is a grandmother again for the 29th time.
Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy, gave birth to Georgia Elizabeth Kennedy-Bailey on Sept. 30 in a New York hospital.
The baby, who weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces, is the first child for Rory Kennedy and her husband, Mark Bailey.

NEBRASKA
Daydreams come true for actress
OMAHA Marg Helgenberger fantasized about becoming a star while plunging knives into beef carcasses during her summer job at a meatpacking plant in her Nebraska hometown.
"I would just daydream about doing Broadway, sing songs through my head. I guess I am sort of proof that dreams do come true," said the Emmy-winning actress, star of the CBS hit "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
"I just kind of put one foot in front of the other and got lucky," said Miss Helgenberger, who worked as a meatpacker in North Bend, Neb., more than 20 years ago.
Miss Helgenberger, who plays crime-scene investigator Catherine Willows, went from college graduation to a four-year role on the daytime soap "Ryan's Hope." Then came her Emmy-winning role of K.C. Koloski, a heroin-addicted prostitute, on "China Beach."

NEW YORK
Officer wounded during shootout
NEW YORK A city police officer was struck in the wrist during a shootout early yesterday with two men inside the basement of a building, authorities said.
Officer Claude Jean Pierre was injured about 12:30 a.m. when he and his partner, Ramon Padilla, began exchanging gunfire with two men at a Brooklyn building where police had been called in response to shots fired. One suspect wrestled Officer Pierre's gun away during a struggle. The suspects fled.
Officer Pierre was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, said Sgt. Michael Accurso, a police spokesman. Officer Padilla suffered a minor hand injury and was being treated at Brooklyn Hospital Center.

NORTH CAROLINA
Man charged with extortion after sex
RALEIGH A man was charged with extortion after police say he lured six Marines for sex, then threatened to tell their families and superiors unless they had sex with him again.
Rodney Brent Hodge, 39, hired the men, ages 18 to 22, to do yard work at his home last month, police said. He got them drunk and offered them hundreds of thousands of dollars, plus a new truck, in exchange for sex, according to police. The men left Mr. Hodge's home without receiving any money, police said.
Mr. Hodge made secret video- and audiotapes of the sex acts and told the men he would send the tapes to their military superiors and families unless they came back, police said.
Mr. Hodge was arrested Friday. He has pleaded not guilty, and was being held on $1 million bail.

OHIO
Family settles feud over company
TOLEDO An Ohio family settled its feud over control of the company made famous by Cpl. Max Klinger in TV's "M*A*S*H."
Descendants of Hungarian hot dog king Tony Packo announced an agreement Friday that will reorganize the company and put an end to efforts by Anthony Packo Jr. to dissolve it.
Tony Packo's won worldwide fame when Toledo native Jamie Farr, playing a homesick soldier on "M*A*S*H," longed for Packo's hot dogs.
On July 10, Mr. Packo's daughter, Nancy Packo, filed a lawsuit accusing her brother of libel, breach of duty and trying to force her out of the business. A week later, the younger Mr. Packo sued to dissolve the company, which has about $5 million in annual sales and about 110 employees.

PENNSYLVANIA
Searchers find plane that crashed
BRADFORD Search crews found the wreckage Saturday of a twin-engine private plane that crashed two days earlier near the Allegheny National Forest, killing the pilot.
A woman walking her dog Saturday afternoon noticed several large trees snapped beside a road and flagged down search crews. Only the pilot, identified as Paul Keverline, a Bradford ophthalmologist, was aboard, officials said.
A Federal Aviation Administration control tower in Cleveland lost radio and radar contact with the plane at 9:32 p.m. Thursday while it was over northwest Pennsylvania, the McKean County Emergency Management Agency said.
The plane, flying from Evansville, Ind., was scheduled to land at the Bradford Regional Airport, about 110 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, around 11 p.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating.

WASHINGTON
Nightclub shooting leaves two dead
SEATTLE Gunfire erupted between two groups outside a downtown club early Saturday, leaving two persons dead and two others injured, police said.
Five men who fled the scene were arrested after their sport utility vehicle crashed into a car while running a red light a block away, police spokesman Duane Fish said. Two semiautomatic weapons were found inside the SUV. The driver of the car was taken to a hospital, but was not seriously hurt, Mr. Fish said.
Two men with multiple gunshot wounds died at Harborview Medical Center, and a man and a woman who suffered gunshot wounds to the legs were in satisfactory condition on Saturday.


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