- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 18, 2003


Girl, 2, survives after dad dies

PHOENIX — A 2-year-old girl survived on a diet of butter, mayonnaise and water for at least several days in her west Phoenix home as her father lay dead on the couch nearby, authorities said yesterday.

Police said they believed the girl was able to open the refrigerator and turn on a kitchen water faucet to sustain herself for the days she spent alone in the small residence.

She was found late Wednesday by police officers and was reported to be in good condition at a crisis nursery at a hospital.

Officers were called after an alert neighbor spotted water spilling from the home, knocked on the front door and heard cries when no one answered, Detective Tony Morales said.


Students stop attack on teacher

CONYERS — The estranged husband of a high school Spanish teacher burst into her classroom during a final exam and tried to stab her in the chest before students tackled him and pinned him to the floor, authorities said.

“Those kids are my heroes,” Debbie Shultz said as she recuperated at home with stitches in her hand and leg where she was cut in the Wednesday attack at Heritage High School.

Theodore Franklin Shultz, 51, of Conyers was being held in the Rockdale County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, cruelty to children, disrupting a school and carrying a weapon on school property.


Only two salmon finish journey

KETCHUM — Only two Sockeye salmon have made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley so far this year. Only two dozen Sockeye returned through the entire 1990s. Years ago, tens of thousands of Sockeye would return each year.

Salmon advocates contend the only way to rescue the salmon is to breach the four lower Snake River dams.


University regents OK stadium renovation

AMES — A divided Iowa Board of Regents gave preliminary approval to a major renovation of the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium. The $88.5 million project would expand the stadium by nearly 400,000 square feet.

Some regents are concerned that the price tag is inappropriate when all three state universities have undergone major budget cuts.


Panel rejects claim filed by transsexual

TOPEKA — A legislative panel rejected a damage claim Wednesday filed by an inmate who wants to undergo sex-change surgery but has been denied hormone therapy in prison.

Christopher I. Sorrels, 29, described himself as a transsexual in the rejected $500,000 claim. He said he has been dressing as a woman since he was 13 and has undergone hormone therapy for 10 years to prepare himself for surgery.

But the state said Sorrels fails to qualify for hormone therapy under guidelines set by Prison Health Services, a Tennessee company that provides medical services for inmates under a contract with the Department of Corrections.

Sorrels, serving 18 months for forgery, is eligible for parole next year.


Court upholds Ten Commandments ban

PIKEVILLE — Three Kentucky counties should not post the Ten Commandments in public buildings, even if the religious laws are accompanied by other historical documents, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

McCreary and Pulaski county officials hung framed copies of the Ten Commandments in their courthouses and later added other documents, such as the Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence, after the display was challenged.

In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District Judge Jennifer Coffman’s 2001 preliminary order to remove the displays until the conclusion of a lawsuit challenging their constitutionality.


Stephen King leaves hospital

BANGOR — Stephen King was released from the Eastern Maine Medical Center on Wednesday after spending 25 days in the hospital fighting pneumonia and complications from a 1999 accident, his spokeswoman, Marsha DeFilippo, told the Associated Press.

“He’s home and on the mend. He’s happy to be home for the holidays,” she said.

Mr. King will need to return for an X-ray to make sure the pneumonia is completely gone, said his attorney, Warren Silver.

Mr. King, 56, was diagnosed with pneumonia before a November trip to New York to receive the National Book Foundation’s 2003 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.


Police capture fugitive suspect

CONWAY — Two police officers were seated at a restaurant by their suspect, an accused bank robber.

Police had been tipped that Michael Mahone, of Conway, Ark., was working at a local restaurant. After police confirmed that a car Mahone was believed to have stolen was at the restaurant Dec. 12, a detective and uniformed officer walked in and asked for a table.

Mahone, 26, was the perfect host, except that after seating the officers, he ran for the back door, police said. He was intercepted in the kitchen, and eight other officers and a police dog waited outside the door.


Cincinnati police will get stun guns

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati police, criticized after the recent death of a man who struggled with officers, are getting a new tool for controlling violent people.

The City Council voted 6-3 Wednesday to use a $745,000 federal grant to buy more than 900 stun guns for police.

The purchase had been discussed before Nathaniel Jones, 41, died after struggling with police in a restaurant parking lot, but the Nov. 30 death led to a public push for the stun guns by Mayor Charlie Luken and some council members.

A police cruiser video showed Mr. Jones, who weighed 350 pounds, lunging at one officer before he was brought down with repeated strikes from nightsticks. Mr. Jones was black, and activists have criticized police for not using a less violent method to bring him under control.


Plane catches fire at airport

MEMPHIS — A FedEx cargo jet caught fire while landing at the Memphis airport yesterday. None of the seven persons on board was seriously injured.

The MD-10, a wide-body cargo jet, was arriving from Oakland, Calif., when the accident happened. Television images showed the fuselage was partially burned and blackened with smoke.

The two crew members and five employees on board exited the aircraft safely, with one minor injury caused by the emergency evacuation, said FedEx spokesman Ed Coleman.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Mr. Coleman said there was no indication from the crew of an emergency before the landing.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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