- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2003

ILLINOIS
Boy fatally shot after cleanup
CHICAGO A 12-year-old boy was gunned down by gang members after he and other children had just finished cleaning up their neighborhood, police said.
Authorities were questioning three "persons of interest" in the shooting, police spokesman Matthew Jackson said. The victim, Rene Guillen, apparently was shot mistakenly by the gang members, Mr. Jackson said.
Witnesses said several youths, at least one of them riding a bicycle, fired shots at a group of children participating in the neighborhood cleanup program Saturday.
"This is a case where the victim was just a victim," Mr. Jackson said, adding that no one had been arrested. "Here you have a minor who was shot down by gang members who were shooting at rival gang members who had been fighting in the area for weeks."

PENNSYLVANIA
Mourners remember slain principal, student
RED LION Mourners packed two central Pennsylvania churches yesterday to remember a junior high principal and the eighth-grader who killed the man and then shot himself.
James R. Sheets shot Eugene Segro, 51, in the chest Thursday in the cafeteria of Red Lion Area Junior High School. James, 14, then shot himself in the head.
The funeral for James was at the Red Lion Bible Church, where associate pastor Steve Schmuck told the 500 attendants that the shootings had left the two families "devastated and in shock."
At the service for Mr. Segro, in nearby York, city officials closed streets around St. Patrick Church, where hundreds of mourners formed a line stretching for two blocks.
More than 1,000 people, including students, parents and educators from across the county, went to a visitation for Mr. Segro on Sunday. Those attending said Mr. Segro was upbeat, fair and genuinely interested in his students.

CALIFORNIA
City seeks to ban people on parole, probation
LANCASTER This desert city that is home to a state prison wants to get a grip on crime by keeping out of its roughest neighborhood those on parole and probation.
The City Council is scheduled to vote next month on the proposed Lancaster Community Appreciation Project. If approved, the pilot program could begin in August.
Under the project, ex-convicts on parole or probation, including the drug dealer and the writer of bad checks, would be barred from visiting, renting or owning property in a 20-block area. Signs would notify them that the area is off-limits. Current residents would be exempt. If successful, the project would be expanded to other neighborhoods.
A representative for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said he had not reviewed the plan but that it appeared to violate the First Amendment right of association and a court-established right to travel.

COLORADO
Supermarket tabloid apologizes to Smarts
DENVER The National Enquirer apologized yesterday for a false report that some of kidnapped teen Elizabeth Smart's relatives were involved in a homosexual sex ring, while Utah's largest newspaper publicly chastised two of its reporters for helping and taking money from the tabloid.
"The Enquirer regrets any embarrassment or harm the article may have caused Ed, Tom and David Smart or their families," the Enquirer said in a statement, referring to Elizabeth's father, Ed and her uncles, Tom and David. The statement was contained in a joint statement issued by the supermarket tabloid and the Smart family.
The newspaper said its July 2 article was "inaccurate and false" and that the tabloid mistakenly reported that law enforcement officials stated that the brothers were involved in a homosexual sex scandal.
The Smart family said it is satisfied with the settlement.

CONNECTICUT
Family receives son's Purple Heart
WATERFORD The family of fallen Marine Cpl. Kemaphoom Chanawongse, 22, received his Purple Heart in front of more than 600 people at a memorial service at Waterford High School.
Cpl. Chanawongse, who came to the United States from Thailand at age 2, was killed March 23 during an ambush outside Nasiriyah ,Iraq.

FLORIDA
First rocket launched since shuttle disaster
CAPE CANAVERAL NASA fired a research satellite into orbit yesterday, its first launch since the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster three months ago.
A modified L-1011 Stargazer jumbo jet lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shortly after 7 a.m., carrying a Pegasus rocket. An hour later, the 55-foot rocket was released at 39,000 feet and allowed to free fall for five seconds before its first stage fired, propelling the satellite into space.
The heart of the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, or GALEX, is a 19.7-inch-diameter telescope that will provide a wide-angle view of the ultraviolet light emitted by distant galaxies. By measuring the ultraviolet light, astronomers hope to learn more about galaxies dominated by hot, short-lived stars.

GEORGIA
NAACP holds off on boycott about flag
ATLANTA The Georgia NAACP, relieved that lawmakers quashed a return of the Confederate battle emblem to the state flag, has decided not to call for an economic boycott.
Georgia NAACP President Walter Butler said yesterday that the group decided during the weekend to hold off on a boycott.
Last week, as the legislature considered a statewide referendum on reviving the Dixie cross, Mr. Butler and members of Rainbow/PUSH said an economic boycott of Georgia was imminent if the referendum passed.
Minutes before the legislative session ended, lawmakers voted to drop that referendum. Instead, the flag will be changed to a version with Confederate roots but without the famous battle cross.

LOUISIANA
Tombs vandalized at New Orleans cemetery
NEW ORLEANS Vandals broke into at least 10 above-ground tombs, taking skulls from two coffins and putting them on top of the vaults, police said Sunday.
"They weren't looking for anything specific, just to vandalize tombs," said Capt. Marlon Defillo, a New Orleans police spokesman.
A visitor who saw that a metal casket had been pulled out of one tomb notified Greenwood Cemetery officials, and a check of the grounds found the rest of the vandalism, Capt. Defillo said.

MASSACHUSETTS
Ruptured barge spills 14,000 gallons of fuel oil
FALMOUTH A ruptured barge spilled at least 14,700 gallons of fuel oil in Buzzards Bay, a prime shellfishing area on the Massachusetts coast, the Coast Guard said yesterday.
State officials closed most of the bay to shellfishing yesterday as a precaution.
A Coast Guard cutter equipped with an oil-skimming system and a private cleanup vessel were headed to the site, which is about four miles southwest of Woods Hole, Petty Officer Keith Alholm said.
Coast Guard pilots reported that an oil slick from the spill had spread to an area of 10 miles by 2 miles Sunday evening, but by yesterday the slick was breaking up, Petty Officer Alholm said.

MICHIGAN
State workers protest pay freezes
LANSING Union officials are planning another demonstration to protest Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm's proposal to withhold funding for a 3 percent pay raise that state workers are set to receive Oct. 1.
Mrs. Granholm, a Democrat, said the plan would save nearly $256.7 million in the coming fiscal year. The civil service proposal is part of Mrs. Granholm's plan to resolve a $1.7 billion deficit projected for next year.

MISSISSIPPI
Fire injures two students, leaves 40 homeless
STARKVILLE A fire in an apartment building near the Mississippi State University campus injured two students and left about 40 homeless, officials said.
One student injured his ankle jumping from the third floor to escape the flames. Another had an asthma attack because of the smoke.
Firefighters spent more than two hours extinguishing the blaze, which officials say started after an explosion in a third-floor apartment.

MONTANA
Park officials balk at privatizing
WEST GLACIER Glacier National Park officials said they don't agree with a Bush administration call to study 2,000 National Park Service jobs for private contracting.
Glacier Superintendent Mick Holm said private workers are often less knowledgeable about a park and can't offer as much help to visitors.

NEW JERSEY
Ex-mayor sentenced for accepting bribes
NEWARK A former mayor of Paterson was sentenced yesterday to 37 months in prison for accepting more than $200,000 in bribes while leading the state's third-largest city.
Martin G. Barnes was also fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service for accepting cash, "female companionship," a swimming pool and other gifts from city contractors in return for favorable treatment.
Barnes, 55, pleaded guilty in July to mail fraud and filing a false tax return in an arrangement with prosecutors. The plea bargain came two months after he lost his bid for another term in the city's nonpartisan elections and just hours before his successor, Jose Torres, was sworn in.

NEW YORK
Safire, Pederson elected Pulitzer Board co-chairs
NEW YORK New York Times columnist and author William Safire has been elected with Dallas Morning News Editor at Large Rena Pederson to co-chair the Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University said yesterday.
Mr. Safire, senior White House speechwriter for President Nixon, and Miss Pederson have served as members of the board since 1995 and take over from outgoing Chairman Sandra Mims Rowe, editor of the Oregonian newspaper.
New York's Columbia University awards the annual Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, letters, drama and music on the board's recommendation. The 2003 Pulitzer Prizes were announced April 8.

OHIO
Diebold executive dies in plane crash
JACKSON The pilot killed in a plane crash in southern Ohio was a top executive with automated teller maker Diebold Inc., the company said yesterday.
Wesley Vance, 45, had been Diebold's chief operating officer for about two years. He joined the company in 2000 as president of the North America business unit.
Mr. Vance's passenger, Gary Jacobs, 49, of Greensboro, N.C., also died when the single-engine plane went down Saturday about a mile from the Jackson County Airport.
The State Highway Patrol said Mr. Vance was practicing takeoffs and landings during a recertification test when the six-seat Beechcraft A-36 crashed in woods. Jackson is about 70 miles southeast of Columbus.

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoman publisher succumbs to cancer
OKLAHOMA CITY Edward L. Gaylord, the publisher of the Daily Oklahoman who expanded the media company his father started into a business empire to include Opryland in Nashville, Tenn., has died. He was 83.
Mr. Gaylord died Sunday night of cancer, according to the newspaper.
Mr. Gaylord assumed the leadership of the Oklahoma Publishing Co. in 1974, after the death of his father, E.K. Gaylord. By then the younger Mr. Gaylord had begun diversifying the company.
In the 1970s, he established the Gaylord Production Co., which produced the syndicated TV series "Hee Haw" and "Then Glen Campbell Show."

OREGON
Man charged with war plotting
PORTLAND Federal authorities charged a seventh person yesterday with plotting to aid al Qaeda and Taliban forces fighting U.S. soldiers after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Maher Hawash, 39, was charged with conspiracy to levy war and two counts of conspiring to provide material support to the two groups. He has been in custody since late March.
The Justice Department said Mr. Hawash was part of a Portland-based group of six other suspects who have already been charged in the reported plan.
Friends say Mr. Hawash is a Palestinian software engineer who became a U.S. citizen 15 years ago. He has worked at Intel since 1992, first as an employee and then as a contractor.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Guardsmen leave state to help rebuild Iraq
COLUMBIA More than 1,000 South Carolina National Guardsmen who specialize in security, communications and construction work left for the Persian Gulf last week.
They will help in rebuilding postwar Iraq.
The biggest state National Guard contingent headed to the Gulf is the 521-member 122nd Engineer Battalion. The unit was activated for the first time for a war since World War II.

TENNESSEE
Mass murderer wins last-minute reprieve
NASHVILLE Less than four hours from his scheduled execution, a drifter convicted in a string of murders at fast-food restaurants got a reprieve from a federal appeals court.
Paul Dennis Reid was set to die by injection at 1 a.m. today in what would have been only the second execution in Tennessee in 43 years.
He dropped his appeals on two of his death sentences last month, but his sister, Janet Kirkpatrick, filed a motion last week seeking to resume the appeals on his behalf on the grounds that he is mentally ill.
Reid testified at a federal hearing yesterday that the U.S. military used technology to control his behavior, but he said he was ready to die and knew that dropping his appeals meant his death. The judge found Reid mentally ill, but aware of the consequences of his actions.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick appealed the decision to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the judges ruled late yesterday that a mental competency hearing was needed. The justices halted the execution and sent the case back to U.S. District Court.

TEXAS
Final MIA soldier confirmed dead
LOS FRESNOS Army Spc. Edward John Anguiano, the last U.S. soldier missing in Iraq, was found dead, family members and the Pentagon said yesterday.
Spc. Anguiano, 24, disappeared after his convoy was attacked March 23 near Nasiriyah, in southern Iraq. Spc. Anguiano's grandfather and an aunt said military officials notified the family late Sunday.
Officials used DNA tests to confirm that the remains were Spc. Anguiano, his grandfather Vicente Anguiano Sr., 72, said. He did not know when the body was found but said he believed that Spc. Anguiano was killed during the ambush.
Spc. Anguiano was in the 3rd Infantry Combat Support Battalion out of Fort Stewart, Ga. He was traveling with the 507th Maintenance Company, a unit from Fort Bliss in El Paso, when it was attacked. Nine soldiers were killed, and six, all with the 507th, were taken prisoner.

WISCONSIN
Burglars steal pet alligator
KENOSHA There must be easier things to steal.
Along with a Remington 870 Express shotgun, a custom-made pool cue and a Tupperware container with change, a 2-foot-long alligator was stolen from a Kenosha home by burglars.
"It's no big monster or nothing to be worried about," said homeowner Kenneth Grandou. "But they had to have some guts to grab it."
Mr. Grandou called police about 5:30 p.m. Thursday after he arrived home from work and found several items missing. But at 7:15 p.m., officers were called back when Mr. Grandou's son arrived home and discovered that his pet alligator was taken from an aquarium in the basement.
Mr. Grandou said he is more worried about the shotgun causing harm than the alligator.
Police say the suspect or suspects removed a screen and pried open a door to gain entry.

WYOMING
12 districts closing schools
GREEN RIVER One-fourth of Wyoming's school districts have closed or are planning to close schools because of budget problems caused by declining enrollment, a survey by the Casper Star-Tribune showed.
Twelve of the state's 48 districts have shut down at least one school. Five more will be left with empty facilities once construction projects are completed.
Enrollment statewide has fallen by nearly 10,000 students from 1991 to 2000.

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