- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2003

CALIFORNIA
Scorsese to receive directorial award
LOS ANGELES The Directors Guild of America will honor director Martin Scorsese with a lifetime achievement award, its highest tribute, during its 55th annual awards ceremony March 1.
Mr. Scorsese, 60, has a directing career spanning more than four decades, and his work includes "Taxi Driver," "The Age of Innocence," "Raging Bull," "Casino" and "GoodFellas." On Sunday, he won a best director Golden Globe for "Gangs of New York."
Mr. Scorsese is being honored for nurturing young filmmakers and his fight to preserve the legacy of motion-picture art for future generations, guild President Martha Coolidge said.
He will be the 30th director to receive the award. Other winners include Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra and John Ford.

NORTH CAROLINA
Fire guts dormitory; one person injured
SWANNANOA A fire gutted a dormitory at Warren Wilson College early Sunday, injuring one person trying to flee and displacing more than 50 students.
Students had been burning papers outdoors earlier in the night and put them in a nearby recycling shed believing the fire had been extinguished, fire Chief Anthony Penland said.
The injured student suffered broken bones, a school spokesman said.
The single-story dormitory was not full because spring semester didn't begin until yesterday. About 750 students attend the college near Asheville, in western North Carolina.
The blaze occurred three years to the day that a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University in New Jersey killed three students.

ALABAMA
County may increase occupational tax
BIRMINGHAM The Jefferson County Commission today will consider tax increases for those who work, drive or own a business in Alabama's most populous county.
Officials say the taxes would generate almost $102 million in additional revenues every year for education and transportation. The county's occupational tax on income would rise by a half-percentage point to 1 percent.
The city of Birmingham also has a 1 percent occupational tax.

ARIZONA
Officials to ask FAA to alter flight paths
TEMPE City officials will head to Washington this week to try to convince the Federal Aviation Administration to alter flight paths around Sky Harbor Airport.
The city receives a steady stream of complaints from people who think airplanes fly too low over their homes, officials said.

COLORADO
City officials may restrict development
AURORA City officials may consider restricting new development if drought conditions worsen.
On Feb. 10, the Utilities Department and council members will discuss options to cope with Aurora's water shortages. The final snowpack amount and reservoir capacity in April will determine their final decision.

DELAWARE
Effort brings criminals, victims together
MILFORD A new mediation program offers victims of violent crime in Delaware a chance to sit and talk with the criminals responsible for their pain and suffering.
Victims Voices Heard allows victims of crimes such as rape and armed robbery, or the families of murder victims, to safely confront the criminals who forever changed their lives.
The program, established in November, is offered through the Center for Community Justice, a mediation service affiliated with People's Place II, a Milford-based counseling and community-outreach organization.
Kim Book, mediation coordinator for Victims Voices Heard, said the program allows victims of crime to express themselves in a way that goes beyond a victim-impact statement made in court.
Victims interested in meeting with their offenders contact Miss Book, who acts as a liaison and contacts the offender to measure interest.

FLORIDA
Spike Lee faults 'Barbershop' humor
LAUDERHILL Filmmaker Spike Lee says he is concerned that young people will first learn about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King from a bitter character in last year's comedy film "Barbershop."
At events during the weekend honoring King's birthday, Mr. Lee told hundreds of teenagers at the Lauderhill Boys & Girls Club that he didn't laugh when he heard a character played by Cedric the Entertainer belittle Mrs. Parks' refusal to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955.
Mr. Lee, the maker of films such as "Malcolm X," "Do the Right Thing" and the recently released "25th Hour," also didn't find it funny when the character accused King of being sexually promiscuous.

ILLINOIS
Alzheimer's linked to gene variation
CHICAGO A variation in a gene that is supposed to help the brain break down cholesterol may play a role in some cases of Alzheimer's disease, researchers say.
A study found that people with this variant form face double the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's, the most common form of the disease. It typically develops after age 65.
The gene, called CYP46, is involved in production of an enzyme that helps break down excess cholesterol in the brain. The research suggests that the variation might hamper production of the enzyme, resulting in a buildup in the brain of cholesterol and a gummy protein called beta amyloid.
The research, headed by Dr. Andreas Papassotiropoulos at the University of Zurich, though preliminary, fits with growing evidence that elevated cholesterol levels may raise the risk of Alzheimer's.

KENTUCKY
State leads nation in painkillers prescribed
LEXINGTON Drugstores, hospitals and other legal drug outlets in eastern Kentucky received more prescription painkillers per capita than anywhere else in the nation from 1998 to 2001, according to a report.
Nearly half a ton of narcotics reached six small mountain counties during that span the equivalent of three-quarters of a pound for every adult who lives there according an article Sunday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, which used an analysis of Drug Enforcement Agency data.
Courts and hospitals are overwhelmed. The newspaper found that possession and trafficking charges for all controlled substances jumped 348 percent in eastern Kentucky from 1997 through 2001, while admissions of prescription-drug addicts to residential drug-treatment centers tripled from 1998 to 2001.
One Appalachian pain specialist suggested that eastern Kentucky, with its older population, many injured coal miners and high rates of lung cancer, might need large amounts of narcotics to treat legitimate pain sufferers.

LOUISIANA
State Democratic chief to step aside
BATON ROUGE Veteran political activist Ben Jeffers is resigning as chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party.
Mr. Jeffers said he will remain a member of the State Central Committee, the party's ruling body.
Mr. Jeffers, who headed the state party for six years, said he will devote himself full time to his consulting business. He said he plans to get involved in the gubernatorial race this fall.
There's no word on his replacement.

MASSACHUSETTS
Cops grow goatees, raise money
PALMER Police officers who want more than mustaches have struck a deal with their boss: goatees for good deeds.
Thirteen officers in this western Massachusetts town began grooming whiskers on their chins last week after making an unusual agreement with Chief Robert P. Frydryk. They had previously been permitted to grow hair only on their upper lips.
Officers who raise at least $50 by April 1 for the Jimmy Fund, which helps children fighting cancer, can keep their goatees. Those who do not must shave their chins clean.
Chief Frydryk said the contest will boost department morale, involve the community and raise money to fight cancer. The chief also plans to participate.

MICHIGAN
Strong winds close bridge, cause pileup
ST. IGNACE Winds gusting to 59 miles per hour closed the bridge linking upper and lower Michigan for several hours Sunday, and at least 30 cars piled up nearby in whiteout conditions, state police say.
Several people were taken to a hospital, but none of the injuries was life-threatening, said state police Sgt. Michael Powell.
About 1 p.m., whiteout conditions caused a 19-car pileup on southbound Interstate 75 in St. Ignace, just north of the bridge, Sgt. Powell said. Minutes later, about a dozen other cars collided nearby.
The Mackinac Bridge over the Straits of Mackinac is the only land link between Michigan's lower and upper peninsulas.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Reversal sought in health care law
CONCORD Some Republican lawmakers are pushing to reverse a 1994 law that was aimed at making health insurance more affordable for small businesses.
Under the law, insurance companies can't increase rates for companies in areas where health care is more expensive or whose employees are older, less healthy or in dangerous lines of work.
Critics argue that the law has made health care expensive for everyone.

NEW JERSEY
Old burial site to be moved
SECAUCUS A judge has approved a plan to disinter an old burial site to make way for a $235 million highway interchange.
As many as 3,500 people could be buried at the field, which was in use from the late 19th century until 1962.
The judge visited the abandoned graveyard and called its condition "disgraceful."
Any remains will be reburied in a North Bergen cemetery.

NEW MEXICO
Janitor arrested in woman's disappearance
ALBUQUERQUE An elementary school janitor is accused of killing an occupational therapist who police say struggled with her killer in her bloodstained classroom.
Martin Saiz, 20, was arrested Saturday at his home in Los Lunas, south of Albuquerque, and immediately requested a lawyer, police said.
He was being held in the Bernalillo County Detention Center on charges of murder and tampering with evidence.
Carolyn Thurman Rustvold, 28, of Albuquerque was last seen Friday at Montezuma Elementary School.
Her body had not been found as of yesterday morning, and police were trying to determine what type of weapon, if any, was used, said Capt. Greg Sanchez of the Albuquerque Police Department.

NEW YORK
Firefighter boats battle blaze on ship
NEW YORK Fire department boats battled a blaze that broke out yesterday aboard a 550-foot cargo ship off Staten Island.
A police helicopter evacuated one burned crew member to a New York City hospital. The crew member's condition was not immediately disclosed.
The fire apparently began about 2 p.m. in the engine room of the tanker, which was carrying cocoa beans, officials said. The fire was extinguished briefly, then began again, said Coast Guard Lt. Chris Zorman.
The ship did not initially appear to have been badly damaged and was expected to continue on the way into New York Harbor, he said.

OHIO
Deputies arrest 41 in raid on dogfight
COLUMBUS Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested 41 persons and seized eight dogs in a raid on a dogfight staged in an auto body shop on the city's east side.
Two dogs were taken to an emergency veterinary clinic for treatment.
The raid resulted from a monthlong investigation into a dogfighting ring, the sheriff's office said.
Deputies also seized drugs, guns and $25,000.

PENNSYLVANIA
Man charged in church shooting
EDDYSTONE A church member reportedly fired a gun at a priest as he celebrated Mass, but the bullet bounced off the clergyman's shoe and injured no one.
Several persons in the congregation at St. Jude's church tackled the assailant and took his gun.
Police said Joseph George Barder, 31, was charged with attempted murder and other charges. No one answered phone calls at Eddystone's part-time police department late Sunday, and Delaware County police said no further information was available.
The Rev. Craig Gonzales said Mr. Barder was a member of the church and attended Mass sporadically. He said he did not know the man's motive.
Mr. Barder told the Delaware County Daily Times that there were things about the priest's appearance that he disliked and he felt the priest did not provide adequate spiritual direction.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Ex-pop trumpeter dies of cancer
GREENWOOD Charlie Webber, who played trumpet for the Swingin' Medallions at the time of the band's 1966 hit "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)," died Friday of cancer. He was 58.
Mr. Webber left the group in 1969 for a career in law enforcement. He worked for a sheriff's office before he joined the State Law Enforcement Division in 1978. He was a senior agent with the division's Fugitive Task Force when he received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian honor, in November.
John McElrath, who has been with the Swingin' Medallions since the early '60s, said the band was thinking about Mr. Webber when they played at Gov. Mark Sanford's inauguration barbecue Wednesday night.
"I had talked with his wife, Vicki, that morning and knew he wasn't doing too well," Mr. McElrath said.

WASHINGTON
Missing family found after two days
TROUT LAKE A couple and their two young children were rescued yesterday, nearly two days after they failed to return from a day trip to play in the snow in the Mount St. Helens area.
Billy Buzzini, 24; his wife, Sarah, 23; and daughters Kaleigh, 4, and Madison, 1, were in good condition, said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox.
A pilot in a private plane spotted the family walking along a U.S. Forest Service road about 3 miles from where their car was found stuck in the snow. Directed by the pilot, a deputy drove to pick up the four. Their car was found about 15 miles northwest of Trout Lake in the Lewis River Valley, southwest of Mount Adams and southeast of Mount St. Helens.
The search was started after the Buzzinis did not return for dinner Saturday as promised.

WEST VIRGINIA
Future engineers build snowmen
BLUEFIELD Building a snowman is usually carefree child's play, but for the engineering department at Bluefield State College, it's an exact science.
After decades of research and development, members of the department have worked out 10 surefire steps for creating the perfect snowman.
It begins with baseline conditions at least 2 inches of wet snow covering a large, flat surface. Construction should start at the base by rolling a ball approximately 3 feet in diameter, said Josh Hamilton, a senior at the college. Another ball 2 feet in diameter must be centered on top of the first. For the head, roll a ball 1 foot in diameter and place it on top. Two sticks measuring about 2 feet long must be inserted halfway up either side of the center ball.
Five rocks must be arranged on the top snowball in a semicircle or arc to create a smile. Place two slightly larger rocks above the smile to form eyes. A fresh carrot is mandatory, Mr. Hamilton said. It should be placed, stem first, just above the smile and below the eyes to form a nose.

WISCONSIN
Wise old owl outsmarts officials
RACINE No wonder they call it the wise old owl.
This one outsmarted officials at the Racine zoo and the state Department of Natural Resources. They didn't realize why the owl in front of Angie Andersen's house wasn't moving and appeared to be injured: It was a real fake.
A few days after Christmas, a zoo official carrying a large net and a snare knocked on her door.
"And he said, 'I just wanted to let you know I'm going to be out front trying to catch this injured owl,'" Miss Andersen said. "I just broke out laughing. I told him it was a fake owl."
She bought the owl at Wal-Mart two years ago for $14.99. She pulled it out of the ground to reveal the metal legs that push into the ground. The zoo official laughed and drove away.
A couple of days later, a DNR conservation warden stopped by and told Miss Andersen that someone had complained and that he needed to check out the owl.
She has since put up a sign that reads, "This is not a real owl."


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