- The Washington Times - Monday, September 30, 2002

Sacred site sought for film stunt

HONOLULU Makers of a movie about Hawaiian warrior king Kamehameha the Great starring pro wrestler Dwayne Johnson ("The Rock") want state permission to use a sacred bathing area.
Producers of the Columbia Pictures film shooting for which began in Oahu last week plan to send a jeep over the 30-foot Kapena waterfalls into the pool below, which ancient Hawaiian royalty used for bathing.

Band starts delayed European tour

HOUSTON Europe won't be "waitin' on the bus" for ZZ Top.
The three sharp-dressed men had to drop the European leg of their 2000 world tour when bassist Dusty Hill fell ill with hepatitis C. Now that Mr. Hill is better, the band is set to begin its European tour in Helsinki tomorrow and will rock the continent throughout October.
"I'm living proof that hepatitis C can be contained and that ZZ Top cannot," Mr. Hill said.

Father charged in infant girl's death
A 29-year-old Muldoon man is accused of beating his 2-month-old daughter to death and seriously injuring her twin sister, Anchorage police said.
Sean Christopher Duncan was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault.
Mr. Duncan inflicted numerous injuries on Gabrielle Duncan, including a fractured skull that caused her death, police Lt. Ken Cole said. Gabrielle was not breathing when paramedics arrived at the family's mobile home on the evening of Sept. 17. She was pronounced dead later that night.
Gabrielle's twin sister, whose name was not released, also was beaten and also suffered a fractured skull, Mr. Cole said. The infant was receiving medical care, but police would not say where.

Town to be setting for movie
LEPANTO This northeast Arkansas town will be the setting for a movie based on John Grisham's novel "A Painted House."
Filming for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie will take place in November, said Paul Boydston of McGee Street Productions of Studio City, Calif.
Set in 1952, the novel tells of a family of cotton growers as seen through the eyes of their 7-year-old son.

Lili could hit United States this week
MIAMI Tropical Storm Lili churned toward the Gulf of Mexico yesterday and could strike the Gulf Coast by the end of the week, forecasters said.
It was too early to predict where Lili would come ashore, but coastal residents from Texas to Florida should be on alert for a direct hit as early as Friday, said Stacy Stewart of the National Hurricane Center.
Lili could start affecting the Florida Keys by today or tomorrow, Mr. Stewart said.
Yesterday afternoon, Lili was about 25 miles east-northeast of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and had maximum sustained winds of about 55 mph. The storm has caused extensive flooding in Jamaica and Haiti, and left four persons dead in St. Vincent.

Officials shoot, kill escaped Bengal tiger
BLOOMINGTON A 400-pound Bengal tiger escaped from its owner's trailer and hid in shrubbery just outside a residential neighborhood for about eight hours before police shot and killed it.
Residents had been warned to stay indoors Saturday morning while police and zoo specialists tried to capture the tiger using tranquilizer darts.
They fired four darts but failed to hit the tiger and ended up shooting it when it tried to sneak away from the area where officers had it cornered, Bloomington Police spokesman Duane Moss said.

Democrat increases lead in governor poll
DES MOINES A new poll indicates Gov. Tom Vilsack's support has strengthened significantly during the past three months in his campaign for re-election.
The Des Moines Register reported yesterday that the latest Iowa Poll shows Mr. Vilsack leading Republican Doug Gross by 51 percent to 33 percent, with 13 percent undecided. Three months ago, polls showed Mr. Vilsack with a two-point lead.
The survey included 805 voters selected at random who said they planned to vote Nov. 5. The poll was conducted from Sept. 21 to Sept. 25 and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Festival celebrated in singer's honor
MAYSVILLE She may be gone, but Rosemary Clooney hasn't been forgotten by her hometown, which celebrated the fourth annual music festival named in her honor.
The singer and actress died June 29 at age 74 from lung cancer complications in Beverly Hills.
"You know how everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day? Well, everybody in Maysville is a Clooney today," Mayor David Cartmell said.

Globe to publish same-sex notices
BOSTON The Boston Globe announced yesterday that it would begin publishing announcements of same-sex commitment ceremonies and civil unions.
"This is community news and it fits into that rubric," said Globe Editor Martin Baron.
The announcements are to begin running in the next few weeks on the Globe's Sunday "Special Occasions" page. They will appear along with weddings and engagements but under a separate heading.

'Peanut' statues raise funds
ST. PAUL The widow of cartoonist Charles Schulz realizes that, someday, enough will be enough. Those 5-foot-tall polyurethane "Peanuts" statues lining St. Paul streets during the past three summers will lose their appeal.
"I have a limited attention span, so I know that somewhere along the line it's going to get old and people will burn out on it," Jeannie Schulz told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. "But not yet."
As organizers of the ongoing public arts tribute debate whether Woodstock, Linus or Schroeder will bat cleanup next summer, they paint the phenomenally popular promotion with rosy numbers.
They say nearly 85 percent of sponsoring businesses have pledged to fork out $3,600 each for another round and that close to 70 percent of callers to a Lucy hot line said they want more statues, preferably of Woodstock, in 2003.

Oxford to honor anti-riot soldiers
OXFORD It took thousands of soldiers to keep this small college town from burning to the ground when a black man, James Meredith, integrated the school with his enrollment in 1962.
Tomorrow, the 40-year anniversary of that event, Oxford will honor those soldiers in a ceremony on the town square.
"The city of Oxford was saved by these troops," said Mayor Richard Howorth. "If I could give medals, I would."
None of the 30,000 soldiers who protected Oxford and the University of Mississippi during the riot ever received commendation.

Bank robbery suspects netted no money
NORFOLK An attempted robbery at a northeast Nebraska bank where five persons were killed last week appears to have netted no money, officials said yesterday.
"The police have reported that there was no money missing," said Madison County Attorney Joe Smith.
Yesterday afternoon, visitation services were scheduled for two of the victims, bank employees Lola Elwood and Lisa Bryant, on the eve of their funerals.
Four men remained jailed on murder charges in Thursday's shootings at the US Bank branch.

Man with box cutters arrested at airport
ATLANTIC CITY A Bulgarian national was arrested yesterday at Atlantic City International Airport after federal screeners found a pair of scissors embedded in a bar of soap and two box cutters in a lotion bottle in his backpack.
Nikolay Volodicv Dzhonev, 21, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon. Egg Harbor Township police said Mr. Dzhonev was being held on $100,000 bail.
Authorities said the man was a student from Bulgaria with a summer visa allowing him to work at an Atlantic City-area convenience store.
"The concern was there may have been some effort to conceal them," said Transportation Security Administration spokesman Robert Johnson. He said the fact that the man's one-way ticket was purchased over the Internet in August also raised suspicion.

Bravery caused deaths, Giuliani says
NEW YORK Many firefighters died at the World Trade Center because they ignored orders to evacuate, not because of lapses in training or communication, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani says.
"They weren't going to abandon ship," Mr. Giuliani said in an interview to promote his new book, "Leadership."
In the book, due in stores tomorrow, Mr. Giuliani wrote that he asked President Bush three days after the terrorist attacks if he could personally execute Osama bin Laden if U.S. forces captured him.
"I am sure he thought I was just speaking rhetorically," Mr. Giuliani wrote. "But I was serious. Bin Laden had attacked my city, and as its mayor I had the strong feeling that I was the most appropriate person to do it."

Home injuries kill 20,000 a year
WILKESBORO Nearly 20,000 Americans die each year from falling down stairwells, tripping over lamp cords and other accidents inside their homes, a U.S. group said yesterday.
The not-for-profit Home Safety Council estimated in a national report that more than 20 million medical visits result from home injuries each year. It estimated such injuries cost society nearly $380 billion a year in medical expenses, lost quality of life and work loss.
The report found falls, which accounted for 6,750 deaths and 5.6 million injuries per year, were the most common fatal home injury, followed by poisonings, fires, inhalations, suffocation and drowning.
The report, based on safety studies and a survey of about 1,000 U.S. households, found older adults were more likely to die from home injuries, with persons older than 75 experiencing injury deaths at rates three to 10 times higher than other age groups.
The study also concluded that men were more likely than women to die from home injuries, with males accounting for 60 percent of injury deaths.

Firefighter killed, accused in blaze
EFFORT A teenage volunteer firefighter was killed after he and his friend set fire to an abandoned trailer home, then crashed their truck into a pole en route to fight the blaze, officials said.
The 18-year-old who survived the crash, Ryan Campbell, was charged Friday with arson, involuntary manslaughter and homicide by vehicle, prosecutors said.
Mr. Campbell and Daniel Dreisbach, a member of the Sun Valley Volunteer Fire Company, set the trailer home alight Sept. 23 with road flares stolen from the firehouse, prosecutors said.
They then rushed back to the firehouse and drove off in a pickup truck to fight the blaze, only to crash into a pole, said Monroe County District Attorney Mark Pazuhanich.
Mr. Dreisbach, 18, was killed immediately. Mr. Campbell suffered leg injuries. Both were high school seniors

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