- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2003

CALIFORNIA
Catherine Zeta-Jones gives birth to girl
LOS ANGELES It's a girl for Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas.
The Oscar-winning actress gave birth to Carys Zeta Douglas on Sunday morning in Ridgewood, N.J., near the couple's Manhattan home. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces.
"They're all doing fantastic," Cece Yorke, the Los Angeles publicist for the actress, said Monday.
The couple also has a 2-year-old son, Dylan Michael. It is the second child for Miss Zeta-Jones and third for Mr. Douglas, who has a 24-year-old son, Cameron, from a previous marriage.
Miss Zeta-Jones, 33, won this year's best supporting actress Oscar for "Chicago." Mr. Douglas, 58, won the best actor Oscar for 1987's "Wall Street."

WASHINGTON
White powder found at postal facility
TACOMA A mail distribution facility was evacuated early yesterday after a white powder was found among a group of envelopes, but federal sources said comprehensive tests showed no signs of biotoxins.
Four persons who were close to the powder were decontaminated as a precaution and taken to a hospital for checkups, Tacoma Fire Department Capt. Jolene Davis said. They were released by late morning.
Elsewhere, six postal workers were taken to a hospital yesterday in Fort Myers, Fla., after they were exposed to an unknown white powder when they opened a Postal Service mail container in a cargo terminal at Southwest Florida International Airport. One complained of a burning sensation in his nose.
Preliminary lab tests determined that the substance was a nontoxic material, said Paul Filla, a spokesman for the Lee County Emergency Management Service.

ALASKA
Man jailed in flare-gun attack
ANCHORAGE A distraught father who shot his ex-wife's fiance with a flare gun and then sliced open his own stomach was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.
On May 13, Douglas Goldsmith, depressed over the death of his 14-year-old son in a car-skateboard collision in March, attacked the trailer in which his ex-wife, Sandra Mosquito, 39, her fiance Marlon Cloud, 40, and another son lived, said prosecutor Jay Fayette.
The Goldsmith-Mosquito divorce had been finalized for a week, Mr. Cloud said at the time, but Mr. Goldsmith was unwilling to accept it and had been following his wife.
Mr. Goldsmith shot Mr. Cloud twice with a flare gun, in the chest and in the back, and in the process set the trailer on fire, Mr. Fayette told the Anchorage Daily News.

ARIZONA
Firefighters stand in for Marines at airport
YUMA City firefighters have taken over some of the Marine Corps' firefighting responsibilities at the Yuma International Airport.
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, which shares the airport, will still provide coverage during the day. Yuma firefighters will take over the night and early morning shifts.
Increased deployments forced the Marines to scale back, officials said.

DELAWARE
Colleges helping to train math teachers
NEWARK Starting this fall, college students hoping to become public school math teachers will be able to complete their first two years of classes at Delaware Technical & Community College before transferring to the University of Delaware.
Officials at both schools say they hope the partnership will ease the statewide shortage of qualified math teachers.

FLORIDA
Man gets house arrest for gay-pride attack
TAMPA A man convicted of attacking three men as they left a homosexual-pride celebration was sentenced to house arrest and probation, a decision that angered the victims.
Devin Scott Angus, 21, had faced up to 30 years in prison. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of aggravated battery and a hate crime.
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe said he worried that sending Angus to prison could make him worse. The judge, instead, sentenced Angus to two years of house arrest followed by four years of probation.
On Monday, Angus tearfully apologized, saying he was drunk when he attacked the men.

GEORGIA
Oak branch streetlight must go, court rules
SAVANNAH A Savannah blacksmith says it takes some mettle for city officials to order the removal of a 1,200-pound oak branch sculpture from a historic district home while allowing a neon kangaroo to adorn a restaurant sign in the same area.
The city, in a letter Monday, gave the sculpture's owner 30 days to remove the 15-foot-long, 6-foot-wide ironwork oak branch street lamp, which is topped by a gray squirrel.
Backed by a state Supreme Court ruling, Savannah's Historic District Board of Review said the lamp that John Boyd Smith made is so different from everything else in the neighborhood that it has to go. It's not "visually compatible," the board said.
Mr. Smith's lamp has been bolted, slightly askew, to the side of Lori Burnett's home since the summer of 2001. Miss Burnett sued to keep the lamp, but Georgia's highest court ruled April 7 that the historic district board could order it removed.

INDIANA
Young drivers benefit from Purdue program
WEST LAFAYETTE Young drivers in four counties are getting some help from Purdue University to improve their skills behind the wheel.
The "Drive Rite" program developed by Purdue requires them to drive under supervision for 60 hours before they go solo.
Organizers hope the program can be offered statewide within three years.

IOWA
Spouse sentenced in ex-dean's death
CEDAR RAPIDS The widow of a former University of Iowa medical school dean was sentenced Monday to a maximum of 10 years in prison for fatally stabbing him in the heart during an argument.
Phyllis Nelson, 55, was convicted last month of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Dr. Richard Nelson, 54. She could be eligible for parole in 22 months.
Before she was sentenced, Nelson, who said during trial that she acted out of self-defense, thanked the judge and her attorney, William Kutmus, and said it was difficult to imagine feeling more grief than she does.
She initially was charged with first-degree murder for stabbing her husband as the two argued over his affair with a former secretary.

KANSAS
Governor vetoes bill on clinic standards
TOPEKA Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill Monday that critics say would have made it prohibitively expensive to operate abortion clinics.
Abortion opponents had pushed the legislation, framing it as a public health measure. Critics said the real goal was to close abortion clinics there are seven in Kansas or make their services too expensive.
The bill orders the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to set minimum standards for clinics' supplies, equipment, lighting and ventilation as well as sizes of interview rooms, bathrooms and dressing rooms.
In addition, the bill requires every clinic to have a doctor as its medical director; have a female staffer present during any procedure by a male doctor; and have ultrasound equipment if it offers abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy.

LOUISIANA
DNA tests clear inmate, attorney says
NEW ORLEANS A defense attorney says DNA evidence shows that a man on death row for murder is not guilty, and that another inmate was the killer.
Ryan Matthews, who was 17 when he was arrested for the 1997 murder of Bridge City grocer Tommy Vanhoose, 43, was the victim of suppressed evidence and questionable identification by two witnesses, said Clive Stafford Smith, Matthews' attorney.
The defense lawyer said the actual killer is a man imprisoned for slashing a woman's throat in 1997.
Mr. Smith, citing a decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, said Matthews fits the legal definition of mentally retarded and cannot be executed.

MICHIGAN
Report says 'Motor City' deadly for pedestrians
DETROIT The industry that made Detroit famous has made its streets especially deadly for pedestrians, federal safety regulators said yesterday.
Among U.S. cities with a population of more than 500,000, based on yearly averages from 1998 to 2000, Detroit, also known as the "Motor City," had the highest annual pedestrian fatality rate with 5.05 deaths per 100,000 people, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
That means the pedestrian death rate in the cradle of the U.S. auto industry was twice as high as that of New York City, according to NHTSA.
It said other large U.S. cities showing high per capita death rates for pedestrians included Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco and Dallas.

MINNESOTA
Boy nearly dies in flight from police
ST. PAUL A 15-year-old boy fleeing from police almost died during the weekend after he crashed his speeding car into a tree and impaled himself on a fence post, police said Monday.
The metal post smashed through the windshield of the boy's car and lodged in his chest, puncturing a lung, Cmdr. Christopher Hoskin said.
But officers who were chasing the vehicle were able to treat the chest wound, prevent further loss of air and stabilize the boy long enough for paramedics to take him to a hospital, Cmdr. Hoskin said.
"They saved him from himself," Cmdr. Hoskin told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.

MONTANA
Court says Kuralt estate must pay taxes
HELENA The state Supreme Court has ruled that the daughters of the late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt must pay $350,000 in estate taxes on land their father left to his mistress.
The decision issued by the five-judge panel Monday upheld a lower court ruling in the dispute between Mr. Kuralt's daughters and Pat Shannon, with whom Mr. Kuralt, who died in 1997, had a 30-year relationship.
In 2000, the state's high court agreed with Miss Shannon that Mr. Kuralt intended to give her 90 acres of land along Montana's Big Hole River. A legal battle continued over who should pay federal estate taxes on the property.
Mr. Kuralt's wife of 35 years, Suzanne "Petie" Baird Kuralt, inherited Mr. Kuralt's estate but died in 1999. The estate was passed on to Mr. Kuralt's daughters from his first marriage, Susan Bowers and Lisa Bowers White.
In its decision, the high court cited Mr. Kuralt's will, written in 1994, that spelled out that any taxes related to his death should be paid by the recipients of his estate.

NEW MEXICO
Los Alamos lab celebrates anniversary
LOS ALAMOS The Los Alamos National Laboratory celebrated its 60th anniversary yesterday amid uncertainty over who will end up running the birthplace of the atomic bomb in the years to come.
A parade of speakers from National Nuclear Security Administration chief Linton Brooks to Gov. Bill Richardson, a former energy secretary commended the weapons facility for decades of cutting-edge science.
However, the lab that grew out of the secret World War II Manhattan Project is now fighting to save its 60-year management contract with the University of California.

NEW YORK
Hepburn auction raises $177,000 for charity
NEW YORK The auction of a collection of Audrey Hepburn's dresses, handbags and jewelry has raised $177,000 for children's charities, Sotheby's announced yesterday.
The family of the Hollywood legend and former goodwill ambassador for the United Nations put 14 lots up for auction, with the proceeds going to the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, which the actress set up in 1993 to benefit children in need.
The fund was to transfer the money to UNICEF.
The most sought-after lots were two crocodile skin handbags with matching gloves, a black set fetching $36,000 and a brown one netting $25,000.

NORTH CAROLINA
Wildlife officials seek protection for turtles
RALEIGH The number of turtles taken from North Carolina jumped from 460 in 2000 to more than 23,000 last year.
The increase worries state wildlife officials so much that they're seeking legal protection for the animals. A pending bill gives the Wildlife Resources Commission power to protect nonendangered reptiles and amphibians.

NORTH DAKOTA
Police step up probe into bank robberies
GRAND FORKS Police promised to step up their investigation into a rash of bank robberies.
Three banks have been robbed here in as many weeks, the first bank stickups since 1996. Lt. Dennis Eggebraaten says authorities are trying to determine whether the robberies are connected.
The amount of money taken hasn't been released.

RHODE ISLAND
Federal lawsuit filed over nightclub fire
PROVIDENCE The state of Rhode Island and the state fire marshal are among defendants in the first federal lawsuit filed over the nightclub fire that killed 99 persons and injured nearly 200 others.
The suit was filed yesterday on behalf of two fire survivors Tammy Passa, 24, and Walter Castle Jr., 29 and Cheryl Harris-Rossi, whose husband, Joseph Rossi, 35, died in the Feb. 20 blaze at the Station in West Warwick.
The 61-page lawsuit does not specify the amount of damages sought, but the plaintiffs' attorney, Ronald Resmini, estimated it could reach more than $3 million.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Law kept bikers from thronging rally
CHARLESTON About 40,000 people attended a five-day motorcycle rally last week, organizers said.
They said more would have come had Charleston not passed an ordinance recently against bikers revving their motors too loudly. Fred Uibel said bikers found the ordinance insulting.
"If that's the way they feel about us, we'll spend our money somewhere else," he said.

TENNESSEE
Writer of 'Rocky Top,'Everly hits, dies at 77
NASHVILLE Felice Bryant, who with her late husband wrote "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up, Little Susie," and other Everly Brothers hits, as well as the hand-clapping bluegrass standard "Rocky Top," died yesterday. She was 77.
Mrs. Bryant, who had been diagnosed with cancer, died at her Gatlinburg home, said Caroline Davis, spokeswoman for the songwriters licensing agency, BMI.
She wrote or co-wrote with her husband, Boudleaux, 800 songs, which were recorded by more than 500 vocalists. Their songs, which also include "We Could" and "Raining in My Heart," have accounted for approximately 500 million record sales.

TEXAS
Theft of mower foils record plans
SAN ANTONIO The mow must go on, even if there's no mower, thanks to some crooks.
Thieves stole the specially modified lawn mower that Brad "Yard Man" Hauter planned to drive across the country on a dual mission: to raise funds for Keep America Beautiful Inc. and to break his Guinness world record.
Mr. Hauter was planning to drive the mower 5,600 miles from San Francisco to New York. The trip would break the record he set in 1999 by traveling 4,000 miles from Atlanta to Santa Monica, Calif., on a single mower.
A local Wal-Mart store donated a new riding mower so that Mr. Hauter could complete cleanup activities in the city Monday.

WISCONSIN
Monkey leaves bar, remains missing
GREEN BAY Green Bay police are on the lookout for a monkey named Jasper, who they say isn't armed but might be dangerous.
Jasper dashed out the back door of a tavern where he and his owner are regulars, Lt. Mark Hellmann said Monday.
Lt. Hellmann described Jasper as small, dark and hairy, but didn't know what species he is.

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