- The Washington Times - Monday, January 20, 2003

COLORADO
Drought leaves bar high and dry
BRECKENRIDGE Colorado's worst drought on record has left a $3 million floating restaurant-bar sitting partially on ground and in danger of breaking up.
Typically, the pond it floats on in this ski town's tourist center is 40 feet deep, filled by water released from the city's reservoir. But because of the drought, the city cut back on releases and the water level dropped, leaving one end of the Dredge restaurant sitting on the pond's bottom.

MASSACHUSETTS
New tunnel opens to airport
BOSTON Two self-described transportation pioneers became the first motorists to drive from Logan International Airport straight to the Massachusetts Turnpike on a new $6.5 billion tunnel, the latest section of Boston's massive Big Dig to open to traffic.
Ravi Jain and his passenger, Stefan Economou, circled Logan for about four hours Saturday, spending $9 on tolls, waiting for the new road to open.
The Big Dig, officially known as the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project, began in the 1980s.

CALIFORNIA
'Dateline' examines Michael Jackson's face
LOS ANGELES The face of pop singer Michael Jackson will be the subject of a special edition of NBC's news magazine "Dateline" next month.
"Michael Jackson Unmasked,"to air at 10 p.m. Feb. 17, will be "the inside story as told by some of the people who knew him best," according to a network statement. Further details about the program weren't given.
For years, Mr. Jackson's appearance, particularly his increasingly smaller nose and lighter skin tone, has been the subject of scrutiny and speculation.

CONNECTICUT
Kidnapping suspect in custody
NEW HAVEN The suspected ringleader behind the kidnapping of a Connecticut multimillionaire has been taken into custody in Canada, the FBI said yesterday.
Renaldo Rose, a 23-year-old former Marine, was arrested Saturday night in Toronto, said Lisa Bull, an FBI spokeswoman.
Authorities believe Mr. Rose led a group of four persons who abducted Edward Lampert, the chairman of ESL Investments Inc., from a parking garage in Greenwich on Jan. 10. Mr. Lampert was released unharmed two days later.
A source close to the case told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity that Mr. Lampert was snatched from the parking garage at his office and blindfolded before he was brought to a Days Inn hotel in Hamden. Three persons were arrested there Jan. 12. All three are being held without bail.

FLORIDA
Astronauts set fires in laboratory
CAPE CANAVERAL Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts set small fires inside their orbiting laboratory yesterday in a scientific study of soot.
The flames were contained in a chamber inside a bigger chamber, and there was no danger of fire breaking out.
Astronauts Kalpana Chawla, an American who was born in India, and Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space, used a hot-wire igniter and jet burner to produce flames as long as 2 inches. They collected some of the soot for analysis on Earth. They turned to space to eliminate the rising of hot air and to slow the reactions inside flames for easier study.

GEORGIA
State lifts limits on water
ATLANTA The Georgia Environmental Protection Division lifted water restrictions after recent rains nearly filled Lake Lanier.
Four years of drought had prompted limits on outdoor watering to every other day since June 2000.
The state Department of Natural Resources is expected to approve a plan that would impose permanent restrictions despite the rains.

LOUISIANA
Three children die in house fire
BATON ROUGE A house fire killed three children as neighbors tried to save them, and authorities were trying to learn whether the victims' parents were home when the blaze began, authorities said Saturday.
Two mothers and their seven children shared the two-story town house, fire spokesman Robert Combs said.
Delorenzo Johnson, 6, and Jasmaine Bryant and Delaney Selders, both 2, died in the the fire. Mr. Combs said they probably died from smoke inhalation.
A 9-year-old boy was treated for severe foot burns, and a 4-year-old girl suffered smoke inhalation, Mr. Combs said. Two 3-year-old boys escaped on their own without injury, he said.

MISSOURI
Confederate groups protest flag ban
JEFFERSON CITY Confederate groups gathered at the governor's mansion Saturday to protest the removal of Confederate flags from state historic sites.
The decision to remove the flags at the Confederate Memorial Historic Site near Higginsville and the Fort Davidson Historic Site near Pilot Knob was purely political, said John Wolfe, the heritage defense chairman for the Missouri division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Steve Mahfood, director of the Department of Natural Resources, ordered the flags removed Jan. 14 after presidential candidate Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, declared that the Confederate battle flag shouldn't fly "anytime, anywhere." Gov. Bob Holden a Democrat who once worked for Mr. Gephardt said later that he endorsed Mr. Mahfood's decision.


NORTH CAROLINA
Doctor jailed for ignoring jury duty
CHARLOTTE A doctor who sent a letter to court saying he was too busy for jury duty was sentenced to 10 days in jail for contempt.
Dr. Charles Ferree apologized during a court hearing Friday. In addition to the jail term, he was ordered to undergo counseling.
Dr. Ferree appeared for jury service on a murder case Monday, but Superior Court Judge Beverly Beal didn't immediately rule on his request to be excused.
When Dr. Ferree didn't show up Tuesday, Judge Beal held him in contempt. Dr. Ferree, an internist, then faxed a letter to the court saying he was too busy with his patients to come. The judge held Dr. Ferree in contempt a second time for the letter.

NORTH DAKOTA
Legislators reject home-school tests
BISMARCK North Dakota's Department of Public Instruction wants home-schooled students to take the same tests as public school students.
But all 14 members of the state House Education Committee gave the idea a "do not pass" recommendation before sending it to the House floor.
Rep. Jon Nelson, Wolford Republican, said parents were not consulted about the bill.

TENNESSEE
Union widow dies at 93
BLAINE Gertrude Janeway, the last widow of a Union veteran from the Civil War, has died in the three-room log cabin where she lived most of her life. She was 93.
Bedridden for years, she died Friday, more than six decades after the passing of the man she called the love of her life, John Janeway, who married her when he was 81 and she was barely 18.
"She was a special person," said the Rev. Leonard Goins, who officiated at her funeral yesterday.
An honorary member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Mrs. Janeway was the last recognized Union widow. Still alive is Confederate widow Alberta Martin, 95, of Elba, Ala.

TEXAS
King's widow calls for end to death penalty
PLANO The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King thinks America should ask itself some tough questions about the death penalty and the impending war in Iraq.
At a remembrance for her slain husband, Coretta Scott King drew applause when she called for an end to the death penalty and encouraged nonviolent protesting of military action against Saddam Hussein.
Mrs. King praised former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's decision last weekend to pardon four men on death row and grant clemency to the 167 inmates who were left.
About foreign policy, Mrs. King said she doubts the United States can address its problems at home if it is busy being the "world's policeman."

WASHINGTON
Driver kills man after car crash
KENT A man attacked and killed another man with a machete after their vehicles crashed in a parking lot Saturday afternoon, police said.
The 54-year-old suspect was taken to a hospital after police learned that he apparently drank weedkiller before officers arrived at the scene of the attack, police spokesman Paul Petersen said.
He was released from Auburn Regional Medical Center into police custody Saturday night, a nursing supervisor said.
The victim, a 52-year-old real estate agent, once sold property to the man, but Mr. Petersen said police were not yet sure whether that sale had anything to do with the attack.

WYOMING
Bill would change university colors
CHEYENNE University of Wyoming alumni are begging state lawmakers to do something about a khaki hue called Wyoming prairie gold that replaced the vivid yellow in the school's traditional brown-and-yellow color scheme.
Administrators, including President Philip Dubois, say apparel sales have increased 30 percent since the color was changed in July 2000 on the advice of marketing focus groups.
But alumni are livid and want a return to the old brown and yellow, colors that supposedly date to a classics professor who plucked some brown-eyed Susans over a century ago.
"There are some people who feel strongly about the colors, the traditional colors, and were pretty upset when the colors were changed by the present administration," said Floyd Esquibel, a state representative from Cheyenne sponsoring a bill that would restore brown and yellow as the official colors. The bill is expected to be introduced in the state House of Representatives within a couple weeks.


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