- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 10, 2002

CALIFORNIA

New Harrison album to be released

LOS ANGELES The album George Harrison was working on until two months before his death will be released in November.

Produced by Mr. Harrison, his son, Dhani, and Jeff Lynne, the Dark Horse-Capitol Records album "Brainwashed" features 11 new Harrison compositions. It's the first release of new Harrison material since 1987's "Cloud Nine."

"Before we started working on the album, George and Dhani had collaborated extensively on preproduction," Mr. Lynne said. "George would come 'round my house and he'd always have a new song with him. He would strum them on a guitar or ukulele. The songs just knocked me out."

The former Beatle died Nov. 29, 2001, after a battle with cancer. He was 58.


TEXAS

Dad rescued, son dies after overpass collapses

RICHLAND Truck driver Cleaster Broadway didn't have much time at home with his 19-month-old son, so he brought the toddler along on road trips when he could.

Their shared ride Sunday ended in tragedy after Mr. Broadway lost control of his tractor-trailer about 60 miles south of Dallas and slammed into a pillar that supported a highway bridge.

The column collapsed, toppling the overpass. Debris rained onto the truck's cab, killing the little boy and trapping his father for eight hours.

Mr. Broadway was in stable condition at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, nursing supervisor Barbara Miller said. His injuries were not life-threatening, she said.


ALABAMA

AIDS rate rises in heterosexual women

MOBILE Heterosexual women have become the fastest-growing group with HIV and AIDS in Mobile County, where homosexual men once had the greatest number of cases, says Alfreda King, director of AIDS control for the county.

Officials stressed that the number of cases has started to level off in recent years.

Mobile County has one of the highest cumulative HIV/AIDS populations in Alabama, with a total of 2,117 cases.


ARIZONA

Illegals suspected of starting wildfires

TUCSON Illegal immigrants crossing into the United States in southern Arizona are suspected of causing eight major wildfires this year, which have cost taxpayers $5.1 million to fight.

In an already busy fire season, the fires charred 68,413 acres about 108 square miles according to an Arizona Daily Star review of public records and interviews with land managers published yesterday.

Only fires bigger than 100 acres were included in the analysis, and officials said immigrants caused many smaller blazes that were quickly controlled.

Fire officials haven't identified suspects in the eight fires.


COLORADO

Heavy rains trigger mudslides

DURANGO Crews worked Sunday to clear mud and debris from roads and homes north of here after heavy rains triggered mudslides at areas scorched earlier this summer by wildfires.

At least three homes were damaged. More rain is expected.

The area has been vulnerable to flooding and mud slides since a 70,000-acre wildfire stripped the slopes of trees and vegetation.


FLORIDA

Boy, 8, dies in boat accident

WINTER HAVEN An 8-year-old boy was thrown from a boat piloted by his 15-year-old brother and then killed when it ran over him, authorities said.

Jonathan Summers was thrown from the bow Sunday afternoon when the boat crossed another boat's wake on Lake Heritage in central Florida, said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The lake is a popular site for bass fishing.


IDAHO

Actress recovering after concussion

COEUR D'ALENE Patty Duke was reported in good condition after suffering a concussion and skull fracture earlier last week when she tried to apply fly spray to a horse in her barn.

The 55-year-old actress, who lives in northern Idaho with her husband, Michael Pearce, was transferred during the weekend from the Intensive Care Unit at the Kootenai Medical Center.

Sheriff's deputies quoted Mr. Pearce as saying he left the barn while the actress was about to apply the spray to a 2-year-old filly in one of the stalls. Then he heard a thump and the sound of his wife crying out.

When he got back inside the barn, Mr. Pearce told deputies he saw his wife on the floor of the stall.


ILLINOIS

Sainthood sought for television pioneer

PEORIA The Diocese of Peoria is seeking sainthood for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who pioneered religion on television with his 1950s broadcasts of "Life Is Worth Living."

Archbishop Sheen died in 1979 at age 84.

The campaign to canonize Archbishop Sheen began yesterday when papers were delivered to the Vatican, Bishop Daniel Jenky said. The Vatican will study all of Archbishop Sheen's writings, including 60 books, and examine any miraculous healings attributed to him.

If the campaign succeeds, Archbishop Sheen could become the first American male saint.


INDIANA

City backs off public parks rule

MICHIGAN CITY City officials have lifted a rule that made public parks off-limits for life to anyone convicted of child molesting.

But they said they will continue to impose a lifetime ban on Robert E. Brown, a convicted child molester. They said he had photographed children at a park. Brown denied the accusation.

The Indiana Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit on his behalf, plans to pursue the case.


LOUISIANA

Singer performs in his hometown

START Tim McGraw came home, and about 40,000 fans showed up to greet him.

The country singer performed two shows in his hometown Saturday for a television special, drawing fans from all over the country. Mr. McGraw, who performs every year at his Swampstock benefit in nearby Rayville, sang hits such as "Down on the Farm" and "Something Like That."

"I see a lot of familiar faces out here tonight: some of my teachers, my coaches," the 35-year-old told the audience.

The NBC special is scheduled to air in November. As a tribute to his local fans, Mr. McGraw kept playing after filming was complete.


MASSACHUSETTS

Gangster's brother jailed for stashing guns

BOSTON A retired police officer was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for hiding an arsenal of weapons for his brother, convicted gangster Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi.

Federal prosecutors said Michael Flemmi, 64, hid the guns for the Winter Hill Gang, run by his brother and James "Whitey" Bulger, a fugitive on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list.

Flemmi, a 30-year police veteran, was convicted in May of perjury, obstruction of justice and weapons charges tied to the cache of 50 guns.

Defense attorney John LaChance said he will appeal the sentence.


MICHIGAN

Eminem tour bus catches fire

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP Friction from a flat tire caused a bus with the Eminem-headlined Anger Management Tour to catch fire on a highway, fire officials said.

Pittsfield Township Fire Sgt. John Maguire said the bus was engulfed in flames by the time his department got to the scene on Interstate 94 in Washtenaw County about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Maguire said the bus driver, who was not injured, was alone on the bus when the fire started. The bus apparently reserved for Eminem's managers was on its way to meet the tour at a scheduled performance, he said.

The Anger Management Tour wrapped up Sunday night at the Palace in Auburn Hills.


MISSOURI

Christian school worker drowns in lake

BETHEL An employee at a residential school for troubled teens drowned after trying to remove a boy from a lake, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said yesterday.

The highway patrol and Shelby County authorities would not say why Barry Jackson, 39, was in the lake on Heartland Christian Academy's sprawling campus Saturday.

The boy and two other persons who went into the water got out of the lake safely.


NEW MEXICO

Man runs out of gas on way to hospital

ARTESIA It was just one of those days for Marcos Cabezuela.

The 18-year-old accidentally shot himself in the right hand and then ran out of gas on his way to the hospital.

Mr. Cabezuela told sheriff's deputies he and Brandon Grantham, 18, were headed to Carlsbad last week when a .357-caliber handgun Mr. Cabezuela was handling accidentally discharged.

Mr. Grantham called 911 from a cell phone as he continued driving toward Carlsbad, and sheriff's deputies and an ambulance were sent to meet them.

The ambulance found the pair about six miles southwest of White's City, and took Mr. Cabezuela to the emergency room at Carlsbad Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his right palm.


NEW YORK

Ghanaian woman indicted after asylum

NEW YORK A woman who won political asylum in the United States with a highly publicized claim that she would face genital mutilation if sent back to her native Ghana was indicted a charge of lying to U.S. authorities.

Regina Norman Danson, who called herself Adelaide Abankwah, had generated widespread sympathy in the late 1990s as women's rights groups, actresses Julia Roberts and Vanessa Redgrave, and even then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, rallied to her cause.

The indictment, filed in Brooklyn federal court, charges Miss Danson, 34, with eight counts of perjury and making false statements and one count of passport fraud. The passport fraud count carries a possible maximum prison term of 10 years and the other counts carry maximum terms of five years.

The indictment charges that when she entered the United States on March 29, 1997, Miss Danson presented the Immigration and Naturalization Service with a doctored Ghanaian passport. The INS detected the fraud and told her she could not enter the United States, prosecutors said. She sought asylum, saying she would be mutilated if forced to return to Ghana.


OHIO

Teachers upset with history plan

COLUMBUS Some history teachers are upset with proposed state standards that would end the teaching of ancient history in Ohio high schools and move the subject to middle school.

Teachers say that seventh- and eighth-graders aren't ready for such weighty subjects as Greek philosophy.

School education officials are considering the change as part of a new state law governing Ohio's student-testing system.


OKLAHOMA

HUD to help workers fight move

OKLAHOMA CITY U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials are making special arrangements for employees too traumatized to move into the new federal building being erected across the street from where the old one was bombed.

HUD employees who survived the April 19, 1995, terrorist attack can transfer to other states or perhaps work from a satellite office elsewhere in Oklahoma City, officials said.

"HUD has really taken unprecedented efforts here once we became aware of the concerns," said Kelley Keeler, department spokeswoman. "We want to work with each individual employee and find the best option for them."

The new building, to open next summer, will be across from the memorial to the 168 persons killed in the bombing carried out by Timothy McVeigh.


OREGON

Terror task force makes arrest

PORTLAND The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested an Islamic religious leader at the Portland airport Sunday for unlawful use of a Social Security number and unlawful possession of a U.S. government document, according to a statement from the FBI.

Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye, 40, was booked at the Multnomah County Jail and was to appear in court yesterday.

Mr. Kariye served as a clergyman at the Islamic Center of Portland-Masjed As-Saber, a southwest Portland mosque, according to Hussein Adam Gude, a member of the center.


PENNSYLVANIA

Exonerated rape convict sues detectives

NORRISTOWN A man who spent more than 15 years in prison before DNA tests exonerated him has filed a civil rights complaint against prosecutors and former detectives who took his confession.

Bruce Godschalk, 42, says former Upper Merion Detectives Bruce Saville and Michael Karcewski coerced him into confessing to raping two women in 1986.

The lawsuit, filed last month, also accuses the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office of refusing to release the DNA evidence that eventually cleared Mr. Godschalk and prompted his release.


RHODE ISLAND

Nine Hell's Angels arrested in raid

PROVIDENCE Nine Hell's Angels were arrested on drug charges after a raid on the biker gang's local headquarters.

More than 50 officers in full armor including state police and FBI agents entered the fenced-in compound in the city's West End before dawn Saturday.

They used a front-end loader to tear away the building's steel-reinforced front door, seizing cocaine, marijuana and weapons.


TENNESSEE

Court ruling allows contractor scrutiny

MEMPHIS A ruling by Tennessee's Supreme Court will make it easier for taxpayers to track how state contractors are spending their money.

The court said a private company that is a "functional equivalent of a government agency" must open its records.

The ruling last week came in lawsuits filed against a Memphis company that once was Tennessee's largest day care broker.


UTAH

Tornado hits homes; no one injured

MANTI An unusual Utah tornado wrecked homes and broke power lines, causing an estimated $1 million damage. No injuries were reported.

Three funnel clouds were spotted Sunday in the area about 120 miles south of Salt Lake City, but only one touched the ground. The afternoon twister destroyed six homes and damaged two dozen others.


WASHINGTON

Hawk sinks talons into woman's arm

ARLINGTON "Call 911. I have a hawk stuck to my arm."

It didn't take long for gas station customers to see Jamie Wing wasn't kidding.

A red-tailed hawk collided with Miss Wing's pickup truck last week, and after she freed the bird's wing from the side-view mirror, the hawk invaded the truck, bit Miss Wing's lip and then sank its talons into her right arm.

Firefighters administered morphine to help ease Miss Wing's pain, and two women from the nearby Sarvey Wildlife Center pulled the hawk off her arm.

Miss Wing was treated at a local hospital for puncture wounds on her right arm, hand and thumb. The hawk was euthanized being too severely injured to survive.


WISCONSIN

Packers fans wed, then see game

GREEN BAY The wedding wasn't exactly traditional. There were a few "cheese-head" guests, an Elvis impersonator and the legendary "Packalope" half-deer, half-Packers fan.

But nuptials for Rita Diebert and Richard Mossing, a die-hard Packers fan, were memorable.

The two tied the knot in the parking lot of Lambeau Field, just a few minutes before the Green Bay Packers took to the field in their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.


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