- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2003


Santana raises millions to fight AIDS

LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning guitarist Carlos Santana has been working for free this summer so that those engaged in the fight against AIDS may benefit.

Mr. Santana, who pledged the net proceeds from the U.S. leg of his “Shaman” tour to the fight against the AIDS epidemic in Africa, wrapped up the 23-city tour Monday night with a Hollywood Bowl show before a packed audience. He estimates that the tour raised at least $2 million.

“Because of you, there will be education, prevention, and there will be healing. Thank you for coming forward with your beautiful heart and your energy,” Mr. Santana, who turns 56 on Sunday, told the cheering crowd.

The money will go to a fund run by Los Angeles-based nonprofit Artists for a New South Africa, which supports South African groups fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS.


Philadelphia archbishop resigns

PHILADELPHIA — Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation yesterday of Philadelphia’s 80-year-old archbishop, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, for age reasons. He is to be replaced in October by St. Louis Archbishop Justin F. Rigali, a cleric with close ties to the Vatican.

Cardinal Bevilacqua has led the Philadelphia Roman Catholic archdiocese since 1988. He was the oldest cardinal in the United States to lead a diocese, the nation’s seventh largest. Rumors had circulated for months that Cardinal Bevilacqua would retire by the end of the year.

Archbishop Rigali, 68, had a long career working for the Vatican before being named St. Louis archbishop in 1994. He served as an English-language translator for Pope Paul VI and accompanied that pontiff as well as the current pope on international trips.

Cardinal Bevilacqua called his successor “a man of piety, prayer and deep faith ….”


Coalition urges blacks to back tax package

MONTGOMERY — New South Coalition officials say blacks should vote for Gov. Bob Riley’s $1.2 billion tax and accountability package, despite his veto of a bill to restore voting rights to some former felons.

Officials of the mostly black coalition also encouraged participation in a march Friday to protest the Republican governor’s veto of the restoration-of-voting-rights bill.


Severe wind expected on Mount McKinley

FAIRBANKS — The National Weather Service is predicting nasty wind for climbers on Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak.

The agency says a rare summer storm could pummel elevations above 15,000 feet with wind to 80 mph. Meteorologists expect the heavy wind to create a whiteout through today.

The summit of Mount McKinley is at 20,320 feet.


Biblical verses removed from Grand Canyon

PHOENIX — After more than three decades at the Grand Canyon, three bronze plaques inscribed with biblical passages have been removed by U.S. park officials over concern that the religious messages violate the U.S. Constitution, officials said Monday.

Officials said they had no choice but to remove the plaques from three popular spots at the majestic canyon’s busy South Rim after an inquiry was made by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

“They are religious plaques on federal buildings and that’s not allowed based on the law,” said Maureen Oltrogge, a Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman.

The plaques are inscribed with passages from the Book of Psalms, specifically, by chapter and verse 68:4, 66:4 and 104:24.

The plaques will be returned this week to the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary in Phoenix.


State to allow vote on new school district

LITTLE ROCK — The state Board of Education voted unanimously to authorize Jacksonville residents to determine if they want to create a new school district.

Residents would vote at the Sept. 16 school election on a plan to carve 14 schools, serving about 6,500 students, from the nearly 18,000-student Pulaski County Special School District.


Bear attacks two in national park

DENVER — For the first time in more than 30 years, a black bear has attacked people in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, where it ripped through tents and bit or scratched two campers, the park said Monday.

The last incident in which a bear attacked a human in the park led to one fatality in 1971.

On Sunday morning, the bear bit through a tent and attacked a 22-year-old man from Boulder biting him in the forehead and scalp. The man screamed and the bear let go, walking over to another tent nearby where he scratched an Illinois man.


Governor signs order to keep state running

HARTFORD — Gov. John G. Rowland signed his third executive order to keep state government running. The one-week order releases about $234 million, including $80 million for nursing homes and $55 million to health maintenance organizations. The state is two weeks into the fiscal year without a budget.


Sea Island chosen for economic summit

ATLANTA — Sea Island, a posh resort community on the Georgia coast, has been chosen to host next year’s meeting of leaders of the world’s major industrial countries.

Sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press yesterday that President Bush has chosen Sea Island as the site for the Group of Eight economic summit.

State officials have said Sea Island, one of Georgia’s barrier islands about 60 miles south of Savannah, would be ideal for keeping away protesters and enforcing a tight ring of security.

Antiglobalization demonstrators have had a growing presence at the annual summits, where leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States meet to discuss economic and political issues.

Denver hosted the last U.S. G-8 summit in 1997.


Historian celebrates 100th birthday

LEXINGTON — Thomas D. Clark, Kentucky’s most prominent historian, has had an advantage over his colleagues: His life has spanned nearly half the state’s history.

Mr. Clark, declared the state’s historian laureate for life in 1990, celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday, spending it like he has many other days — exhorting an audience about education, a personal passion.

Mr. Clark’s birthday capped a week of centenary honors and tributes, including the release of a volume of essays on Mr. Clark’s many facets — Southern historian and writer, agrarian and preservationist, among others.


Court rejects survivors’ try to collect damages

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court rejected an attempt by survivors to collect damages from the government for the deadly 1993 confrontation outside Waco, Texas, between federal agents and members of the Branch Davidian sect.

Without dissent, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Monday turned aside contentions that a lower-court judge who ruled against the survivors was biased.

Scores of Branch Davidian members, including leader David Koresh, were killed in 1993 when government agents stormed the sect’s compound after a weeks-long standoff. Survivors had been pursuing a $675 million wrongful-death claim for years.

In September 2000 in Waco, U.S. District Judge Walter Smith rejected their lawsuit, backing the government contention that agents had not used excessive force in their tear gas assault on the compound. Judge Smith found that the Davidians themselves had set the fire that killed nearly 80 men, women and children.

Michael Caddell, an attorney for the survivors, said he would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.


Lottery winnings go unclaimed

LANSING — Someone strolled into a Canton Township party store nearly a year ago and walked out with a lottery ticket worth $175,000. The winner has never claimed the prize.

It happens hundreds of times a year in Michigan, where a record $44 million in lottery winnings went uncollected in fiscal 2002 alone, the Lansing State Journal reported.


Adolescents hogtied at reform schools

JACKSON — Adolescents at two Mississippi reform schools have been hogtied, shackled to poles, ordered to exercise at odd hours and forced to eat their own vomit when they get sick from the exertion, a U.S. Department of Justice report says.

“In America … we are protected by the Constitution, and that does include kids. And yet you have one of the 50 states subjecting kids to just blatant torture,” said Danielle Lipow, a lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala.

Department of Justice employees interviewed young people and employees last summer and fall at Columbia Training School and Oakley Training School. The 48-page report was dated June 19, but Miss Lipow said Monday that she had learned of its release only late last week.

A spokesman for Mississippi’s Department of Human Services, which oversees the training centers, said DHS has made “considerable changes” at the schools since Department of Justice workers’ initial visit more than a year ago.


Woman dies in fall from climbing wall

COLUMBIA — A woman died yesterday after falling about 25 feet from a climbing wall at a minor league baseball game, officials said.

Christine Ewing, 22, was unconscious with head injuries when firefighters arrived shortly after the fall Monday evening, said Steve Sapp, spokesman for the Columbia Fire Department.

The temporary climbing wall had been brought into Taylor Stadium at the University of Missouri campus for the Frontier League Mid-Missouri Mavericks game against the Gateway Grizzlies.


Ban on Canadian beef won’t be lifted soon

FARGO — The federal government still has no timeline for lifting its ban on Canadian beef imports, a top U.S. Department of Agriculture official said.

The ban by the United States and other countries was imposed after mad cow disease was detected in an Alberta cow on May 20.

The border will stay closed to Canadian cattle until “sound science” proves the country’s markets are safe again, Undersecretary Bill Hawks said Sunday at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

In Canada, where 70 percent of beef exports head to the United States, officials are watching their country lose $20 million per day, said James Marjerrison, an associate executive director with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


After outburst, father gets life in prison

SALT LAKE CITY — After leaping to his feet and overturning the defense table, a man was sentenced Monday to two concurrent life sentences for slitting the throats of his two children.

During the hearing, a prosecutor told the federal judge that Anderson Black’s motive was anger.

“That’s not true. That’s not true,” Black screamed — then used his shackled hands to flip over the heavy wooden table, shattering its glass top and breaking off two legs. Security officers forced Black down.

Prosecutors said Black chose a long kitchen knife, searched for the children under beds, and then slit their throats. They said he killed the children because he could not kill their mother, who had fled the house.


New wheat disease hurting crop

SPOKANE — A new strain of a disease that turns wheat the color of rust is hurting the crop in eastern Washington.

Researchers at Washington State University are scrambling to create a wheat variety that is resistant to the new strain of stripe rust.

“The new race showed up last year,” said WSU agronomist Diana Roberts in Spokane. “It overcame the resistance in the varieties we have.”

Wheat is a major crop in eastern Washington, where farmers have suffered from low prices. Now they are spending about $20 per acre to spray chemicals to fight the stripe rust, Miss Roberts said.

Rust stripe can reduce crop yields by 60 percent, but the scope of the problem in Washington is not clear, Miss Roberts said.


Lynch to return home next week

ELIZABETH — Former Army prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is expected to return home to West Virginia next week, a family spokesman said yesterday.

Pfc. Lynch is to be released Tuesday from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and should arrive in Wirt County by midafternoon, family spokesman Randy Coleman said.

The former POW is scheduled to make a brief statement in Elizabeth, then travel by military motorcade to her home in nearby Palestine, about 70 miles north of Charleston. She will not take questions from the press, and will not address specifics of her capture and rescue, Mr. Coleman said. Her mother and father, Greg and Deadra Lynch, will accompany her on a military medical helicopter from Washington to Wirt County.

Pfc. Lynch, a 20-year-old Army supply clerk, received multiple broken bones and other injuries after her Humvee utility vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and crashed into another vehicle in the convoy in an ambush March 23 near the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.


Home, store owners may carry concealed guns

MADISON — The state Supreme Court carved out an exception to Wisconsin’s ban on concealed weapons yesterday, ruling that owners of homes and businesses can carry guns on their own property.

The court overturned the conviction of a Milwaukee grocery store owner who was arrested in 1999 when police found he had a loaded gun in his pants pocket. His case was sent back to circuit court.

Justice David Prosser wrote for the majority that “a citizen’s desire to exercise the right to keep and bear arms for purposes of security is at its apex when undertaken to secure one’s home or privately owned business.”

Wisconsin’s concealed-weapons law prohibits anyone but a peace officer from carrying a concealed weapon. Wisconsin voters approved an amendment in 1998 that says: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.” The 6-1 ruling allowed home and business owners to carry weapons under the “lawful purpose” standard.

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