- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Forgotten city emerges from lake
ELBERTON The long-forgotten city of Petersburg has resurfaced amid the sinking waters of Thurmond Lake.
As the lake's water levels recede to near-record lows, the remains of what was once Georgia's second-largest city are making a rare appearance and offering a glimpse of a ghostly past.
It doesn't look like much. Most of the city's ruins still lie beneath the lake's murky waters, which have sunk more than 14 feet, exposing old roadbeds, fence lines and brick foundations. There's also historical litter, such as rusty spikes and broken glass.
It was founded as a tobacco town in the late 1700s, and by 1809, 45,000 people lived in the Broad River Valley. But then the economy dried up, and the colonial settlement dwindled as quickly as it had grown.

Woman, 77, climbs Mount Rainier
ASHFORD A 77-year-old has become the oldest woman to climb Mount Rainier. And she made the hike in only 19 hours round-trip.
"I just never thought I could do it," Bronka Sundstrom said. "I'm an old lady."
Accompanied by two guides, Miss Sundstrom set out from Paradise, elevation 5,420 feet, shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday. She reached the 10,080-foot Camp Muir in three hours, 15 minutes.
She took a short break, then four hours, 40 minutes later, she was at the peak's 14,411-foot summit. Most climbers take six to eight hours to reach the summit from Muir.
Miss Sundstrom has no plans to slow down. Remembering the lights of Seattle and Yakima glimmering in the distance, she said she might well climb Rainier again next year.

Fisherman diesafter whale hits boat
MORRO BAY A California fisherman was killed after a large whale unexpectedly breached over the man's boat, smashing into the deck and hurling him into the water, a Coast Guard official said yesterday.
Chief Michael Saindon of the Morro Bay Coast Guard Station said the body of Jerry Tibbs, a 51-year-old restaurant owner from Bakersfield, Calif., was recovered Monday, more than 12 hours after the accident.
Mr. Tibbs, the owner of Mr. Tibb's Ribbs in Bakersfield, and several companions were on a tuna-fishing trip several miles offshore Sunday when the whale breached with a spectacular leap out of the water right over their boat.

Police open'spy files'
DENVER The police department opened 3,200 "spy files" on religious, peace and other groups yesterday, and activists lined up to see whether their names were included.
City officials conceded that police went too far in collecting information in some cases.
News that religious and peace groups were among those placed under surveillance since about 1999, when the files were computerized, drew charges of police misconduct, an investigation by a three-judge panel and the decision to let some people see their files before the reports are purged.
Mayor Wellington Webb, the subject of police surveillance when he was a young activist, has condemned the keeping of files on peaceful protesters and said it violated city policy.
The names of people or groups considered legitimate targets of surveillance, as determined by an outside auditor, will remain in the files and won't be released.

Miami schoolsadopt uniforms
MIAMI Two high schools will be the state's first public high schools to adopt mandatory uniforms.
Students at Miami Senior High and Miami Springs High will be required to wear school-approved polo shirts and khaki pants or shorts. Supporters say the uniforms allow students to concentrate on their studies instead of clothes.
All of the county's 199 public elementary schools and 39 of its 53 public middle schools have instituted uniform codes.

West Nile death tollincreases to 37
CHICAGO Six new deaths from West Nile virus were reported yesterday in Tennessee, Illinois and New York, bringing the probable U.S. death toll from the mosquito-born disease to 37.
The two new deaths in Illinois those of a 71-year-old man and a 79-year-old woman raised the state's death toll to nine, more than reported so far in any other state. Both deaths were in south-central Illinois.
Tennessee reported its first probable West Nile deaths, those of two elderly men in the Memphis area and a third in the northwest part of the state.
Earlier, New York officials reported that the death of a 73-year-old man during the weekend was believed to have been from the virus, the first death this year in the city where the disease that can cause brain swelling was first detected in the United States three years ago.

Investigators sayfire was arson
NEW ORLEANS A fire that swept through a block of New Orleans' lower Garden District, causing at least $3 million in damage, was set by an arsonist in a second-floor storage area, federal investigators said yesterday.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the arsonist, said Jerry Tate, special agent in charge of the New Orleans ATF office.
The eight-alarm fire Friday left several apartment-dwellers homeless, destroyed or damaged eight businesses and killed about 40 pets, many of them cats boarded at the Cat Practice, a veterinary office, for the Labor Day weekend.
New Orleans Fire Chief Warren McDaniel said his firefighters managed to save a few of the animals.

Woman celebrates 80thwith leap from plane
PITTSFIELD To celebrate her 80th birthday, Irma DeTour wanted to do something fun. Why not jump out of a plane? After all, her husband had done it a year earlier.
Mrs. DeTour, of Bangor, said her first parachute jump Sunday was easier than she thought it would be. Most of her nine children, 28 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren were on the ground to watch her take the 10,000-foot leap.
As she jumped out of the plane, instructor Dan Dyer wrapped his arms around Mrs. DeTour so he could control the chute's speed and rate of descent. They went into a 42-second free fall at about 120 mph before the chute popped open at 3,800 feet and slowed them to about 20 mph.
Mrs. DeTour and Mr. Dyer executed a perfect standing landing in front of her cheering family.

Boston Universityto cut 450 jobs
BOSTON Boston University plans to cut 450 jobs, including 130 full-time faculty positions, to save $25 million.
Chancellor John Silber told deans and department heads there would be no merit raises for faculty in 2003, but he said BU would still be competitive in the salaries it offers to recruit staff.
A university spokesman told the Boston Globe that the cuts, which will affect about 6 percent of the school's employees, will be made largely through attrition over two years.

Latin coming backinto classrooms
EAST GRAND RAPIDS Latin is making a comeback at some Michigan schools.
Holland Christian Middle School added the language this year. At Freedom Baptist Schools, fourth- through sixth-graders are required to study Latin.
Grand Valley State University's 2-year-old classics department has applied for state permission to begin certifying Latin teachers to ward off a shortage, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

Springfield chosenfor anti-drug program
SPRINGFIELD Springfield was selected as one of five cities in the United States to participate in a federal anti-drug program that focuses on prevention rather than punishment.
The program focuses on building a community coalition, identifying local drug problems and developing a master plan to combat the problems, officials said.
Russian judgesto attend legal forum
CONCORD Eight judges from Russia are scheduled to attend a forum next week to discuss legal reform.
The judges are participating in the New Hampshire Rule of Law Project, in which lawyers and judges are helping to reform Russian laws, court procedures and administration.
The Library of Congress is sponsoring the judges' trip. The New Hampshire Council on World Affairs arranged the forum.

Syrian sentenced,ordered deported
BUFFALO A man once portrayed as a key figure detained after the September 11 terrorist attacks drew the maximum eight-month sentence yesterday for an immigration violation and was ordered deported to Syria.
Nabil al-Marabh, 35, won't face any terrorism charges, and the government has no evidence "of any involvement by the defendant in any terrorist organization," prosecutor Paul Campana said.
In a court filing in Toronto, Canadian authorities said he was "connected to the bin Laden network."
He was arrested in suburban Chicago on Sept. 30, where he was working in a liquor store, and held in isolation in a New York prison until May without seeing a lawyer or judge until he was charged with immigration law violations.
Judge bans showingof topless photos
LUMBERTON A judge has ordered the former fiance of the recently reinstated Miss North Carolina not to show anyone topless photographs he says he has of her.
The temporary restraining order issued Sunday also orders Tosh Welch to surrender any pictures of Rebekah Chantay Revels to her attorney.
Miss Revels, 24, of St. Pauls, resigned in July, after Mr. Welch sent an e-mail to Miss America officials saying he had photos. On Thursday, a Wake County Superior judge temporarily returned the title to Miss Revels, pending a hearing.

Child steals truckto visit family
AKRON An 8-year-old foster child clad only in pajamas stole a pickup truck and went on a 20-mile drive to visit his family, police said.
The boy, whose name was withheld, was finally stopped Sunday by a motorist who could barely see the youngster over the dashboard. She flashed her headlights and pursued him at as fast as 80 miles per hour to get him to stop. Debbie Turner said she got the boy to slow down by positioning her car in front of the pickup.
The boy told his aunt that he missed his family and wanted to leave his foster home in Twinsburg.
Police Capt. Paul Calvaruso said the boy was taken to the foster care agency.

Man chargedin slaying of nun
KLAMATH FALLS Police have charged a man in the slaying of a nun who was attacked as she recited the rosary while on a walk with another nun. Both women were sexually assaulted, police said.
Sister Helen Chaska, 53, became the first homicide victim in Klamath County this year when she was killed while walking on a bike path just after midnight Sunday. The second victim was treated at a hospital and released.
Maximiliano Cilerio Esparza, 32, was charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, assault, sodomy, sexual abuse, and possession and delivery of a controlled substance. He was being held without bail at the Klamath County Jail.

Student arrestedfor police car photos
PAOLI A college student of Syrian descent was arrested after authorities caught him taking pictures of police cars, an activity the FBI has warned police departments about after September 11.
Mohammed Budeir, a U.S. citizen, was charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct after he was found photographing Willistown Township police vehicles last month.
Mr. Budeir, 20, has said that the photos are a hobby. His attorney, Richard Meanix, said there is a large online community of former officers and civilians who are interested in police vehicles.
But some police officers said this activity can be dangerous, especially in a post-September 11 climate. The FBI has said terrorists may try to case emergency vehicles to help carry out an attack.

Lead-paint makersgo on trial
PROVIDENCE Nearly three decades after lead paint was banned in the United States, eight companies go on trial today in the first attempt by a state to hold manufacturers accountable for lead poisoning in children.
Other states are watching the potentially multimillion-dollar case closely and may bring lawsuits of their own if Rhode Island prevails.

Videos to be mailedduring 9/11 remembrance
CHARLESTON As the nation pauses next week to remember the September 11 terror attacks, millions of videos about the life of Jesus will be mailed to homes in five states. The largest mailing will be about 1.8 million videos in South Carolina in an effort to put a one in every home in the state.
The Jesus Video Project America, a ministry of the Campus Crusade for Christ, has distributed more than 15 million videos of the film "Jesus" in the United States in the past decade.
Those mailed next week will include an introduction by three New York City firefighters who worked at ground zero in the aftermath of the World Trade Center collapse.
Videos also will be mailed in Michigan, Washington, Texas and North Carolina.

Skydiver fallsto his death
KNOXVILLE A skydiver fell to his death in front of 200,000 spectators after apparently misjudging the distance to the lake where he was supposed to splash down and disconnecting his parachute too early.
John Seymour, 46, jumped from a plane with 10 other skydivers Monday as part of the downtown Boomsday fireworks display.
He disconnected his parachute when he was about 30 feet above Fort Loudoun Lake, said Ronnie Smith, instructor for the Skydive Smoky Mountain team. Many skydivers cut away their chutes when they are 5 to 6 feet from the water.

Residential burglaryincludes a Picasso
SAN ANTONIO Works valued at more than $700,000, by artists including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, were stolen from a physician's home.
Dr. Richard Garcia said he was asleep upstairs early Monday and didn't hear anything. A maid who was in the basement heard footsteps but thought it was Dr. Garcia walking around.
A house alarm was set but did not go off. No arrests had been made as of yesterday morning.

Father of missing girl given polygraph test
SALT LAKE CITY The father of 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, who was reported kidnapped from her home six days ago, was given a lie-detector test, police said yesterday.
Police won't say why they asked Edward Smart to take the polygraph, but Detective Jay Rhodes said that "it's not uncommon" for police to administer such tests to parents of missing children.

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