- The Washington Times - Friday, February 14, 2003

ALABAMA
Professor wins prize for battle book
TUSCALOOSA George Rable, a University of Alabama history professor, won the Lincoln Award for his book on the Battle of Fredericksburg.
In "Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!" Mr. Rable tells how the 1862 battle created a fatal overconfidence among Confederates. He will receive $20,000 and a bronze bust of Lincoln from Gettysburg College of Pennsylvania, which awards the annual prize.

ALASKA
Board may reverse wolf protection
ANCHORAGE The state Board of Game decided Tuesday to put lethal wolf control on the forefront of its agenda next month, a move that could turn around eight years of protection for the predators.
Board members will take up the issue during a special meeting March 6 in Anchorage. They will consider ways to help moose populations rebound near McGrath, a town of 400 people.

ARIZONA
Immigrants suspected in Border Patrol attack
PHOENIX A group of suspected illegal immigrants trying to sneak across the Mexican border attacked a U.S. Border Patrol agent and knocked him unconscious, officials said.
The agent, whose name was not released, was treated for a concussion and released Wednesday from University Medical Center in Tucson, said an FBI spokeswoman.
She said the agent was running after a group of people suspected of illegally crossing the border Tuesday night when six immigrants attacked him in a remote desert area about two miles north of the border. He was hit several times with a rock but managed to radio for help. His attackers fled.

CALIFORNIA
Plane falls from deck of USS Stennis
SAN DIEGO A military plane tumbled into the Pacific Ocean during flight training on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Southern California, the Navy reported. The three crew members were rescued.
The EA-6B Prowler, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington, lost its brakes while landing on the USS John C. Stennis just after midnight Tuesday. The crew ejected as the plane rolled off the flight deck. No serious injuries were reported.

COLORADO
Officer kills self during investigation
DENVER A Denver Police officer under investigation for charges of child abuse committed suicide Wednesday night while members of the police department's internal affairs unit were at his home questioning him, the Denver Post reports.
Officer Michael Buffard, 43, was a patrol officer with District 6 and had been with the Denver Police Department since 1999.

DELAWARE
Facility closed after children fall ill
MILFORD Poor air circulation was the likely cause of an illness that sent about 45 children from a Milford Head Start center to the hospital Tuesday, the Dover Newszap reports.
Code Enforcement Inspection Officer David Murphy said the nausea and sleepiness experienced by the children was likely caused by a combination of humidity, heat and a lack of fresh air in the building.

FLORIDA
Man charged in arson attack
THONOTOSASSA A man was arrested after police say he tried to set his live-in girlfriend and another man on fire when he found them together.
Rudolph A. Manning, 38, was being held without bond early yesterday at Hillsborough County Jail. He was charged with arson, battery and two counts of attempted murder in the attack.
Deputies said Mr. Manning, who discovered the couple together when he arrived home Tuesday, torched the house after dousing his girlfriend and the other man with gasoline.
The man and woman escaped unharmed. The house was heavily damaged.

GEORGIA
'Love in the Zoo' draws romantic crowd
ATLANTA Birds do it. Bees do it. And humans can learn how they do it during today's Valentine's Day tour of Zoo Atlanta.
The amorous antics of animals are proving so popular that organizers plan to add a second night for their "Love in the Zoo" lecture and dance party. Several hundred guests are expected.
Outside the zoo's flamingo pond, lecturer James Ballance points to the pairs who spend nearly all day within a foot or two of each other.
IDAHO
Freed prisoner backs death penalty
BOISE Idaho's only death row prisoner to be freed on DNA evidence said he supports keeping the death penalty.
Charles Fain was released in 2001 after DNA evidence showed he did not sexually assault a 9-year-old girl who was drowned in 1983.
Mr. Fain said he believes some people on Idaho's death row should be executed.

INDIANA
Plea deal offered mom who hit girl
SOUTH BEND A woman who was videotaped while repeatedly striking her 4-year-old daughter in a parking lot was offered a plea agreement, prosecutors said yesterday.
Deputy Prosecutor Michael Gotsch declined to disclose details of the offer, saying he was waiting for a response from the attorney for Madelyne Toogood.

MASSACHUSETTS
Governor proposes anti-casino plan
BOSTON Gov. Mitt Romney is weighing an unusual plan that could allow the state to reap hefty gambling profits without building casinos.
The state would auction off the rights to build casinos in Massachusetts with the understanding the casinos would not be built.
The proposal is aimed at casino owners in neighboring states who would be willing to pay large sums to block competition.

MINNESOTA
Tribes to celebrate Chiefs Day
RED LAKE It won't be Presidents Day on Monday on the Red Lake Indian reservation. It will be Chiefs Day.
The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Tribal Council wanted to honor leaders of the tribe who kept the reservation together in the 1880s when the federal government wanted to subdivide the land among band members.

NORTH CAROLINA
County leads nation as land of Love
CONCORD Love is in the air in Cabarrus County. It is also in the phone book many, many times.
Cabarrus has the nation's highest concentration of people named Love eight times more per capita than the national average according to a Valentine's-week study by a San Diego marketing research firm.
Union, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties are not far behind Cabarrus, making North Carolina one of the nation's Love-liest states.
Researchers looked at U.S. counties with populations of more than 100,000 and ranked those with the highest concentrations of the Love surname. Just 0.03 percent of the national population is named Love, and Cabarrus County's Loves make up 0.24 percent of the county's population.

OREGON
California recruits Oregon teachers
PORTLAND Dozens of California school districts showed up at a job fair prepared to snag Oregon teachers.
The districts are promising teachers such plums as capped class sizes, rising salaries, signing bonuses and extended pay for a longer school year. In Oregon, $310 million in recent budget cuts meant a $95 million reduction in education funding.

TENNESSEE
Holiday Inn founder dead at 90
MEMPHIS Kemmons Wilson, who founded the Holiday Inn chain of hotels and revolutionized the industry by bringing affordable and comfortable lodging to millions of travelers, died Wednesday at the age of 90.
A millionaire by 1951 from real estate deals, a chain of popcorn machines and a jukebox franchise, Mr. Wilson devised the idea for Holiday Inns during a family vacation to Washington. He said he wanted a chain of motels where children could stay free.

TEXAS
Airport shut down by security scare
GRAPEVINE A fire door was found ajar yesterday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, prompting officials to evacuate three terminals and close security checkpoints for about 90 minutes.
Airport officials say security precautions were taken shortly after 5 a.m. after the open door was noticed in American Airlines' Terminal C.
The security measures extended to American Airlines' terminals A and B. Departures were delayed and the areas were subjected to security sweeps.

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