- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2003

NORTH CAROLINA
Sheriff Taylor statue to go in park
RALEIGH A bronze statue of Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son, Opie, from "The Andy Griffith Show" will be installed at Raleigh's Pullen Park.
The statue commemorates the walk to a fishing hole that Sheriff Taylor, played by Andy Griffith, and Opie, played by Ron Howard, took in the opening credits of the popular television show.
The Raleigh City Council agreed Tuesday that the park just west of downtown Raleigh was the best place for the statue, which the cable network TV Land planned to install and maintain.
In November, the council accepted TV Land's offer for the Andy and Opie statue. Since then, the city has worked with the New York-based network to find a location.

WEST VIRGINIA
Three killed in mining explosion
CAMERON An explosion killed three persons digging an air shaft for a coal mine early yesterday and injured three others, two seriously, officials said.
The workers were about 1,000 feet underground when the explosion occurred about 1 a.m. The shaft was not connected to an active mine.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the blast at the McElroy Mining Co. operation, but officials were investigating whether methane gas might have accumulated, said Tom Hart, Marshall County's emergency services director.

ALABAMA
Ex-legislator's request for pardon denied
MONTGOMERY Alabama's parole board denied former state Rep. Pat Davis' request for pardon yesterday after hearing a prosecutor call her "the most corrupt politician I have ever prosecuted."
If the board had granted the request, she would have had her voting rights restored and could have run for elected office again.
Board of Pardons and Paroles Chairman Sidney Williams said she can reapply for a pardon in two years.
The Democrat from Birmingham was found guilty by a federal court jury of taking four payments totaling $19,200 from John Stewart, United Mine Workers union president, between July 1988 and April 1989 in exchange for supporting a bill that would have required state utilities to buy Alabama coal if it was the same grade and price as foreign coal. The bill never passed.

FLORIDA
Executive is mum on cloning questions
FORT LAUDERDALE The vice president of Clonaid, which said it had cloned three babies, was ordered yesterday to appear in court next week after refusing to testify in detail about the headline-grabbing claim that many specialists considered to be a hoax.
The executive, Thomas Kaenzig, said his company wasn't incorporated anywhere and that it had kept him largely ignorant about its operations. He said he didn't know the location of Eve, the baby his company called the world's first human clone.
Testifying by telephone from his Las Vegas home, Mr. Kaenzig refused to answer most questions, even when threatened with contempt by Circuit Judge John Frusciante, who was to decide whether to appoint a guardian for Eve.
Clonaid announced Eve's birth last month, but did not provide details about her or make her available for independent tests. Clonaid said yesterday that a third cloned human, a boy, had been born to a Japanese couple. Clone No. 2, a girl, purportedly was born to a Dutch lesbian Jan. 3.
A Clonaid spokeswoman said company President Brigitte Boisselier would a hold news conference today in Toronto to talk about the latest births.

IOWA
City post office for sale on EBay
OSKALOOSA Want a post office to call your own? Look no farther than your Internet browser.
The Oskaloosa post office is to be put up for sale on EBay, the Internet auction site, this week. Officials sealed the EBay deal at Monday's City Council meeting.
The post office is owned by the city of 11,000, about 60 miles southeast of Des Moines, and is leased to the federal government.
The building has been a money-loser for city officials up to about $5,000 to $6,000 annually, City Manager Don Sandor said.
Residents' mail service won't change, said Jan Dorsey, postal service manager of consumer affairs for the district that covers Iowa. The buyer will take on a guaranteed lease that keeps the post office in the building for another 30 years.

KENTUCKY
Armed boy holds classmate hostage
OLIVE HILL A 12-year-old boy was released unharmed shortly after being taken hostage by a classmate with a gun, police said.
Police negotiated the boy's release Tuesday at West Carter Middle School after about five minutes.
The hostage taker, also 12, waved a small handgun in one classroom, went into another classroom and asked the victim to come into the hallway.
The victim told school officials that he and the hostage taker, who also had a knife, were "the best of friends." Both boys are in sixth grade.
The hostage taker was taken to a juvenile-detention center and faced several charges of wanton endangerment, police said.

LOUISIANA
General backs pilot's 'self-defense' view
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE A U.S. pilot might have believed he was acting in self-defense when he mistakenly dropped a bomb on a Canadian infantry unit in Afghanistan, but it was his recklessness that put him in that position, a U.S. Air Force general testified yesterday.
Brig. Gen. Stephen Sargeant said in an Article 32 hearing that Maj. Harry Schmidt broke all the flight rules in the Afghanistan war as he zeroed in on the Canadians on April 17 near the city of Kandahar under the mistaken impression he was under fire.
"At that point [when he dropped the bomb], he could have believed he was doing this in self-defense," testified Gen. Sargeant, who last year led a U.S.-Canadian investigation that recommended the pilots face criminal charges for the attack.
Four soldiers were killed and eight wounded in the bombing, which drew a stiff rebuke from Canada.

MISSISSIPPI
Surgeons to protest cost of insurance
GULFPORT Some Gulf Coast surgeons will begin monthlong leaves of absence next week to protest the high cost of malpractice insurance.
Surgeons say reforms lawmakers passed last fall haven't helped.
The walkouts will virtually shut down surgery at Memorial and Garden Park hospitals and Hancock and Gulf Coast medical centers.

NEVADA
Girl, 3, slain at RV park
LAS VEGAS Attackers killed a 3-year-old girl and repeatedly stabbed her 10-year-old sister with a butcher knife early yesterday outside a Mesquite casino where their mother was gambling, authorities said. Three persons were being held in Utah.
The girls' mother and her boyfriend had been confronted inside the casino by a man who demanded they pay him $125, said Lt. Jerry Hafen, a Nevada Department of Public Safety spokesman. Authorities said they believed the money had been stolen from the man to repay a debt to the couple.
The couple were still inside the casino when the girls were attacked shortly before 2 a.m. inside the family's trailer at a casino RV park, Lt. Hafen said.
Deputy Police Chief Joe Szalay described the attackers as a 19-year-old man and his younger sister. Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Doug McCleve said troopers stopped their car on Interstate 15 near Nephi, Utah, about 260 miles northeast of the casino resort. The man, his girlfriend and his younger sister were being held in jail, Mr. McCleve said.

NEW YORK
Reputed mob boss charged in killings
NEW YORK A reputed mob boss was charged yesterday with ordering four killings, including a mistaken hit on an administrative law judge in 1987.
Federal prosecutors said Joel Cacace identified as the acting boss of the Colombo crime family ordered the killing of former prosecutor William Aronwald for "disrespecting" organized crime. But two hit men instead killed Mr. Aronwald's father, George, authorities said.
Mr. Cacace, 61, was among 13 reputed organized-crime-family figures named in a wide-ranging indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn.
Also named were reported family captain Luca DiMatteo, 10 other supposed Colombo associates and a reputed Luchese family associate.
Mr. Cacace, who could face up to 100 years in prison if convicted, is awaiting arraignment on murder, racketeering, extortion and other charges.

OREGON
Crosses reported stolen from College Republicans
CORVALLIS More than 2,600 small wooden crosses were reported stolen from the Oregon State University College Republicans early yesterday, just hours before the crosses were to be displayed in a "Cemetery to the Unborn."
The crosses were reported missing from the bed of OSU College Republican President Chad Robinson's pickup truck parked outside his Corvallis residence sometime between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. One solitary cross was left lying on the hood of Mr. Robinson's pickup.
The Corvallis Police said they were investigating the matter and had no new information to provide.

WASHINGTON
Boys fatally stabbed; adults wounded
SEATTLE Two boys were stabbed to death and a man and woman were critically wounded in a house where police had responded to reports of domestic violence.
Police said yesterday they had made no arrests.
Officers went to the house Tuesday night after receiving a call from concerned relatives of the woman. Besides the boys, ages 9 and 12, and the couple, police also discovered a 2-year-old girl unharmed.
The woman, 49, was in critical condition, and the man, 46, was in serious condition early yesterday at Harborview Medical Center.

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