- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 20, 2003

Gore’s son arrested on pot charge

The son of former Vice President Al Gore has been charged with marijuana possession. Albert A. Gore III, 21, was arrested Friday night after he was stopped for driving a vehicle with its headlights off.

Two passengers were also arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. A Montgomery County police officer stopped the car, a dark-colored Cadillac, in Bethesda around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

A search of the vehicle turned up a partial marijuana cigarette, a cigarette box containing suspected marijuana, and a soft drink can that also smelled of marijuana, police said.

Border agent’s body found in river

PHOENIX —The body of missing Border Patrol agent James Epling has been found in the Colorado River near the spot where he had rescued a suspected illegal immigrant from the water.

Mr. Epling, 24, was last seen Tuesday chasing four suspected illegal immigrants along a river trail just north of the Mexico border near Yuma. Moments earlier, he had pulled one of the immigrants, a Chinese woman, from the river.

I-93 tunnel opens in ‘Big Dig’ project

BOSTON — Five years late and billions of dollars over cost, a tunnel routing Interstate 93 under downtown Boston finally opened Friday, replacing the hulking elevated highway that has marred the landscape for more than four decades.

The opening of the southbound lanes was a milestone marking the last stretch of major construction in Boston’s Big Dig, one of the largest and most expensive public infrastructure projects in U.S. history.

The project was scheduled to be completed five years ago, but now isn’t expected to be fully finished until 2005. Since planning started, the cost estimate for the project has ballooned to $14.6 billion from $2.6 billion.

4 found dead in blazing home

CARTHAGE, N.C. — Four young men were found dead of gunshot and knife wounds in a blazing home, and three suspects were in custody yesterday on murder charges. A survivor was in critical condition.

Firefighters found 15-year-old Amanda Cook lying on the ground outside the burning home Friday, crying for help. She had been shot and stabbed and her throat was slashed. The four bodies were discovered inside the house.

Moore County sheriff’s deputies arrested Mario Lynn Phillips, 35. Witnesses told investigators they saw Mr. Phillips flee in a vehicle that was found a short distance away, said Chief Deputy Neil Godfrey.

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