- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 31, 2003

Bodies of Laci Peterson, son buried privately

ESCALON, Calif. — The bodies of Laci Peterson and her never-born son, Conner, were buried together in a private ceremony four months after they washed ashore at San Francisco Bay, a family spokeswoman said yesterday.

About 250 relatives and friends attended the 30-minute service Friday at a quiet cemetery in the Central Valley, said a family spokeswoman. Mourners released a pair of doves, representing mother and son, and then 20 more, representing angels.

The burials followed a funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Modesto.

Mrs. Peterson, 27, was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her Modesto home Christmas Eve. Her husband, Scott Peterson, 30, remains jailed on charges of murdering his pregnant wife and unborn son. He has pleaded not guilty.

Janklow has no plans to resign after charges

CHICAGO — Rep. Bill Janklow, charged with second-degree manslaughter after a traffic accident that resulted in the death of another man, has no plans to resign his seat in Congress, a South Dakota paper reported yesterday.

Amid speculation Mr. Janklow, South Dakota Republican, might resign, Russ Janklow told the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D., that his father has no plans to do so.

Mr. Janklow, 63, was charged Friday, two weeks after he was cited by police for speeding through a stop sign, and striking and killing a motorcyclist. Mr. Janklow, also charged with reckless driving, speeding and failure to stop at a stop sign, could face up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if found guilty.

Poll says Floridians have good reason to smile

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing: Residents of Florida are the happiest Americans, according to a poll released yesterday.

The poll, focusing on stress in the United States, showed that 94 percent of Floridians claim to be happy, compared with 91 percent of Californians, 85 percent of Texans and 84 percent of New Yorkers.

Bus strike slows life in Hawaii

HONOLULU — An islandwide bus strike is taking some of the aloha out of the Labor Day weekend, forcing residents, tourists and boogie-boarding teens to walk long distances or sit in traffic.

No talks have been scheduled since negotiations between Oahu Transit Systems and the Teamsters Union local broke down Thursday night, and there is no end in sight for the walkout by 1,300 bus workers that began Tuesday.

‘Operation Bootleg’ nabs 23 reservation residents

PHOENIX — Twenty-three residents of the Navajo Reservation were arrested and charged with bootlegging and drug dealing after a two-month undercover investigation by federal and tribal authorities, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The probe is part of “Operation Bootleg,” an initiative designed to combat unlawful liquor sales on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Officials said curbing access to alcohol will curtail the reservation’s high crime rate.

Teen scuffles with bear, escapes with scratches

HARTFORD, Conn. — A teenager stumbled on a black bear while searching for the family dogs and scuffled with the animal before freeing himself, state environmental officials and the boy’s family said.

Christopher Magee, 17, was treated for scratches and welts. The dogs were found unharmed.

Christopher was searching a wooded area of Trumbull on Friday when he stuck his head into a patch of brush and found the bear staring at him, said Capt. John Smutnick of the Department of Environmental Protection.

“The bear sort of rose up, and the only way out was over the top of the 17-year-old,” Capt. Smutnick said.

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