- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2003

Cancer patient granted "college wish"
NASHVILLE When high school student Lincoln Rogers was stricken with kidney cancer, he didn't ask the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a trip to Walt Disney World or a chance to meet his favorite TV star.
He asked for an education. The foundation made it happen, and now Mr. Rogers is a 19-year-old sophomore studying chemistry.
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted 100,000 wishes. But Mr. Rogers, who has been free of cancer since August, is the only one to receive a "college wish," said foundation spokesman Jim Maggio. David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., is helping to cover Mr. Rogers' expenses.

3 children found dead in home
BROWNSVILLE A woman and her common-law husband were charged with murder yesterday after police found the bodies of a decapitated 1-year-old boy and two young siblings in the family's small, rundown apartment.
The mother, Angela Camacho, 23, and John Allen Rubio, the 22-year-old father of the one-year-old, were being held without bond, according to police Lt. Henry Etheridge.
The children found Tuesday night apparently had been dead since the previous night, Chief Carlos Garcia said. None was older than 5, he said.

Rural poor to get aid for sewage system
HAYNEVILLE About 80 families in rural Lowndes County who were threatened with arrest last year for not having functioning septic tanks will have a sewage system installed within a year, the head of a national advocacy group for the poor said yesterday.
Bob Woodson of the Washington-based National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise said $575,000 in federal funds would be made available for the construction of a sewage system in Lowndes, one of the poorest counties in the nation.
Health officials had said the crackdown last year was unfortunate but necessary because of the danger of disease from improperly disposed waste.

5 teens arrested in school-shooting plot
PHOENIX Five students who were reported to be planning a Columbine-style "massacre" at their high school were arrested yesterday after officials there found a note detailing the plot, police said.
Four girls and one boy, all students at Gilbert High School, were taken into custody on suspicion of making threats, Gilbert police Lt. Ken Fixel said.
Lt. Fixel said the students, ages 14 to 16, were questioned on the note, which was seized when school officials were questioning one of them on an unrelated disciplinary matter.

Graduation rate rises for city Hispanics
GREELEY School officials in this northern Colorado city credit better communication with Spanish-speaking families and a special orientation program for an 11 percent jump in its Hispanic graduation rate. Schools also have been holding night classes, summer school and after-school programs targeted at Hispanic students. Their graduation rate is still about 20 percent below that of white students.

1 in 3 eighth-graders have gambled, poll says
NEWARK Nearly a third of the state's eighth-graders and more than a quarter of 11th-graders gambled in the past year, according to a University of Delaware survey.
The most popular form of gambling for eighth-graders was the lottery. The most popular form of gambling for older students was sports betting.

Shark bites woman on aquarium trip
TAMPA Julie Menke's trip to the Florida Aquarium with her 13-month-old daughter, Shannon, started out like any other.
But things changed quickly when the pair visited the 5,000-gallon shark and stingray petting tank near the aquarium's entrance.
Mrs. Menke said she and her daughter had their hands in the water, hoping to pet a small approaching shark that a woman monitoring the tank said was friendly. That's when another passing shark whipped around and bit Mrs. Menke's hand, she told the St. Petersburg Times.
Aquarium officials said the shark, about 2 feet long, has been removed from the tank.

CDC head vaccinated in smallpox program
ATLANTA The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was vaccinated against smallpox yesterday as part of a widening nationwide effort to ensure that frontline health care workers were protected in the event that the virus was used in a bioterror attack.
CDC Director Julie Gerberding was jabbed in her upper left arm 15 times with a tiny needle containing the vaccine. Dr. D.A. Henderson, a former CDC director who led the global campaign to wipe out smallpox in the 1970s, was vaccinated minutes later.
The United States stopped routine smallpox vaccinations in 1972, but it decided to resume them for select groups last year.

Monkeys flee research center
COVINGTON Two dozen monkeys escaped from a research center and holed up in a forest, where animal-control workers used bananas and oranges to try to lure them out.
The monkeys are classified as being free of disease and as posing no health risk to humans, but workers trying to capture the animals wore protective gowns and gloves as standard precautions, said Fran Simon, a spokeswoman for the Tulane Regional Primate Center.
By yesterday, eight of the 24 rhesus macaques remained on the loose.
"When they get hungry enough, they'll come back," Miss Simon said.

Trustees vote to raise university student fees
BOSTON University of Massachusetts trustees voted yesterday to increase student fees by up to $2,000 a year to help compensate for cuts in state funding.
The board voted 21-1 to begin the increases this fall, with only the student representative opposing the change.
Fees will increase $1,000 a year for residents and $2,000 for others. Tuition and fees vary at the system's five campuses. At the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where fees are $4,768, there will be a 21 percent increase. In-state tuition there is $1,714.
University President William Bulger said the increase in fees would total $40 million a year. The state cut the university's funding by $46 million this year.

Federal court hears video game case appeal
ST. LOUIS The video game industry told a federal appeals court yesterday that it has the same rights to free speech as do filmmakers and publishers, and urged the court to overturn a local government ban on the sale of violent video games to minors.
Appearing before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys for the Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA), which represents the video game industry, argued that a lower court ruling upholding St. Louis County's restrictions on game sales should be overturned as unconstitutional.
Video games, like movies and books, are forms of expression protected under the First Amendment because they feature art, music and performance, IDSA attorney Deanne Maynard said.

Birth certificate can list lesbian pair, judge rules
NEWTON A lesbian couple could be listed as parents on the birth certificate of the baby they're expecting in May, a judge ruled.
Officials said it was the first time in the state that two women who were both physically tied to an unborn child had tried to ensure that they were both listed on the birth certificate. One woman is carrying the child, and her partner provided the egg. They conceived through in vitro fertilization.
The ruling issued Tuesday by Family Court Judge James A. Farber means that the unidentified women will share a financial obligation to the child, and if one parent dies, the other will have custody.

Town rejects plan to pave gravel roads
THOMPSON The dust has settled on the debate over paving city roads in this eastern North Dakota community of 1,000 people. The City Council decided to keep the town's gravel roads after the $2.7 million project raised many protests. Owners of 54 percent of the affected property in Thompson had protested the plan.

Doctor's estate gets millions in suit
MEDIA A jury awarded $2.9 million to a doctor's estate after deciding that he died because his colleagues did not take good care of him, according to court papers.
One of the doctors found negligent in Dr. Marc S. Ebel's care was his close friend and tennis partner, said Thomas R. Kline, an attorney for Dr. Ebel's widow, Maureen A. Ebel.
Marc Ebel, 53, died of multiple organ failure in July 2000 while being treated for Hodgkin's disease. The lawsuit said the doctors failed to appropriately treat bleeding caused by a biopsy.
On Tuesday, the jury found three doctors negligent, cleared three others and also cleared medical residents at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, in the Philadelphia suburb of Upland.

Judge charged with DUI returns to high court
OLYMPIA A contrite state Supreme Court Justice returned to her duties for the first time since her arrest for drunken driving and sideswiping a pickup truck in Seattle. Justice Bobbe Bridge, stung by calls for resignation, said Tuesday that she considered quitting after her Feb. 28 arrest for drunken driving, but will stay on and try to rebuild her reputation.
She told a news conference that she has stopped drinking, is attending a self-help group, plans to be evaluated for alcoholism and is deciding whether to plead guilty.

3 teens sentenced in fatal mob beating
MILWAUKEE Three teenagers were sentenced yesterday to prison terms ranging from seven to nine years in the beating death of a neighborhood man who was set upon by a mob of youngsters and adults. Levar McNeil; 16, Devin Beamon, 16; and Lavelle Mays, 18, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of Charlie Young Jr. The beating was triggered by a fight over an egg thrown in a prank.

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