- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2003

IDAHO
Mongolian herdsmen come to countryside
PRESTON Erdenebileg, a Mongolian herdsman, held out his hand to the Holstein cows lying on piles of bacteria-resistant sand. He saw cows wearing microchips, and computers that herded them to the milking building three times a day.
"In Mongolia, we recognize our cows," said Erdenebileg, one of a contingent of Mongolian officials in Idaho surveying modern livestock-management practices. "We can recognize their eyes, their teeth, their faces. I don't feel the way this is set up would work in Mongolia."
Erdenebileg who like most Mongolians goes by one name and 10 other upper-level Mongolian officials came to Idaho to learn how to get more out of their small Central Asian country's cattle, sheep, goat and yak herds, which had been devastated by three years of drought and savage winters, and 70 years of Soviet subjugation.

LOUISIANA
Weather a worry, but Mardi Gras goes on
NEW ORLEANS Barbecue smoke wafting down St. Charles Avenue and costumed revelers in the French Quarter made it clear: The countdown was on to Mardi Gras, despite chilly winds, drizzle and threatening clouds.
Along historic St. Charles Avenue, the rumble of streetcars was halted so families could get into position to watch the parades scheduled for yesterday and today.
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the annual festival of highbrow pomp, elaborate parades and street parties that takes hold of New Orleans, Mobile and other Gulf Coast cities each year just before Ash Wednesday and the solemnity of Lent.

ALASKA
Iditarod sets off on new course
FAIRBANKS Sixty-four dog teams pushed off yesterday on the frozen Chena River, beginning the 31st Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race along a new route drawn up because of Alaska's unusually warm winter.
Mushers and dogs lining up for the "restart" were enjoying snow, something they didn't have for the ceremonial start in Anchorage on Saturday. Amid the din of barking dogs, several thousand fans turned out to witness the Iditarod's first appearance in Fairbanks.
An unusually warm season and lack of snow has created the oddest Iditarod since the 1,100-mile race to Nome began in 1973. It is the first time the race has started so far north and with a revised route that extends the trail by 70 miles.

CALIFORNIA
City's top cop takes indefinite leave
SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco's police chief is on indefinite medical leave, effective yesterday, as he faces prosecution on charges of obstructing justice by covering up a brawl over Mexican takeout food, officials said.
The announcement came as the city's assistant police chief and five other top commanders said they would step down until the resolution of the case stemming from a brawl involving the assistant chief's son, also a police officer. Street officers are accused of demanding the food from two men before beating them up.
An aide said Chief Earl Sanders was going on medical leave, as he was coming under stress from the case in which the officers were expected to appear in court for arraignment this week.
"It could be a week, it could be a month, it could be a year, it could be forever," said Inspector John Monroe of his boss's medical leave.

COLORADO
Skier arrested in fatal collision
DENVER A British skier has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a fatal collision with another man at a Colorado ski resort.
Robert Wills, 31, was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail on suspicion of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Officials at the British Consulate in Houston said they were helping Mr. Wills arrange his release but did not know his hometown.
Prosecutor Mark Hurlburt said yesterday that he hadn't decided whether to file charges in the death and had to review the file. An announcement wasn't expected for a day or two.
Deputies said they were told that Mr. Wills slammed into Richard Henrichs, 56, of Naperville, Ill., on Sunday at Breckenridge. Mr. Henrichs then struck a tree and later died of head injuries.

FLORIDA
Older brother to testify in father's slaying
PENSACOLA The older of two boys who murdered their father with a baseball bat will testify against a family friend accused of aiding them after the killing, a prosecutor said yesterday.
Jury selection was to begin late yesterday for Ricky Chavis' trial on charges of evidence tampering and accessory after the fact to the murder of Terry King, 40. His sons, Alex and Derek, were 12 and 13 when they fatally beat him with an aluminum bat Nov. 26, 2001, at their home in nearby Cantonment.
Escambia County sheriff's investigators say Chavis, a friend of the victim, admitted that he then took the boys to his Pensacola home, where he washed their clothes and hid them from police before turning them in the next day. Testimony is set to begin today.

ILLINOIS
Twin Towers T-shirt gets teen suspended
CHICAGO RIDGE An eighth-grader has been suspended from school for wearing a T-shirt with a drawing of two towers, an airplane and a man in traditional Arab headdress.
Officials at Finley Junior High School in Chicago Ridge, a suburb west of Chicago, told Ian Itani's mother in a letter that the 14-year-old's decision to wear the T-shirt "could be taken as a promotion of terrorism."
Colleen Itani said her son, whose father is of Lebanese descent, was simply trying to send a message that all Arabs are not responsible for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Ian Itani was suspended Feb. 19.

KENTUCKY
Man sentenced for killing sheriff
SOMERSET The man who fired the shot that killed a rural Kentucky sheriff at a political rally and fish fry was sentenced to life in prison yesterday as part of a plea agreement.
Danny Shelley, 31, agreed to testify against the two other men charged with plotting to kill Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron.
Shelley will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years. If he had gone to trial and been convicted, he would have faced the death penalty.
Jeff Morris, 35, and Kenneth White, 55, are charged with complicity to murder a police officer. Both have pleaded not guilty.

ILLINOIS
Authorities raid unlicensed nightclub
HIGHLAND PARK Authorities raided a crowded, unlicensed nightclub, saying it had just one exit and created the potential for a disaster like the nightclub fire in Rhode Island.
Wayne County sheriff's deputies raided the after-hours club about 4 a.m. Sunday. Officials said at least 450 persons were inside the old car garage that had been operated as the Power Plant nightclub.
Deputies arrested a 42-year-old Detroit man suspected of being the club's operator. He was wanted on several felony warrants.
They also arrested about 20 other people with outstanding felony warrants and issued more than 350 misdemeanor tickets.

MISSISSIPPI
Court asked to dismiss desegregation pact
JACKSON Plaintiffs opposing the settlement of Mississippi's college desegregation case have asked a federal appeals court to throw out the pact and start the process from scratch.
Attorney Alvin Chambliss asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to schedule a hearing on the plaintiffs' demands.
Mr. Chambliss had until Feb. 19 to file briefs or the appeals court threatened to dismiss the case. He filed the 50-page appeal on the deadline day.

MISSOURI
Hot dogs scatter when truck crashes
UTICA A tractor-trailer crash caused quite a pickle when hot dogs spilled across a highway in northwest Missouri.
Thousands of Ball Park Beef Franks some in boxes, some in shrink-wrapped packages and others scattered individually were strewn across U.S. 36 just west of Utica after the top of the trailer split open.
The truck crashed early Friday as it came over the crest of a hill about 100 feet before the eastbound lanes merge from two lanes into one.
The transition involves a 30-degree curve to the left. The area is marked with a flashing warning barrier, as well as "Construction Ahead" and "Left Lane Ends" warning signs several hundred feet before the transition.
NEVADA
Elk buglers participate in national contest
RENO For a while, it sounded like elk-mating season at the Reno Hilton.
Fifty-eight elk buglers from across the country took part Saturday in the 19th annual World Elk Bugling Championship.
Taking top honors were Corey Jacobson of Boise, Idaho, in the professional division; Steven Stephenson of Meridan, Idaho, in the men's division; and Audrey Hulsey of Luna, N.M., in the women's division.
Ten-year-old competitor Scott Hanson of Reno said he is aware that some people think the high-pitched sounds are annoying. He learned how to make cow and bull calls in an elementary school elk-bugling club. "At my house, I have to go outside because my brother gets mad," Scott said.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
State says diocese 'willfully blind' to abuse
CONCORD State prosecutors said yesterday that Catholic leaders in New Hampshire ignored for decades the danger posed by molesting priests even those who admitted guilt while misleading civil authorities and victims about the extent of sex-abuse charges.
The accusations came in a 154-page report, accompanied by about 9,000 pages of church documents, detailing evidence that the state would have used in a criminal case against the Diocese of Manchester.
The state stopped short of seeking an indictment against the diocese under a deal reached in December between church officials and Attorney General Philip McLaughlin.
"The state was … prepared to establish that in some instances, the diocese was willfully blind to the danger its priests posed to children," said the report, signed by Attorney General Peter W. Heed and two assistants.
The diocese said it did not "necessarily agree" with all the state's conclusions, but Bishop John McCormack who took over in 1998, after most of the events in the report apologized to victims and condemned child sex abuse.

NEW JERSEY
Plane detained after leaving flight plan
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP A jet from the United Arab Emirates was detained at Atlantic City International Airport for more than three hours after it deviated from its flight plan.
The plane was ordered to land Sunday by the Transportation Security Administration. The directive came after the pilot apparently tried to change his plan and land the plane at an airport in Georgetown, Del., instead of Atlantic City.
Steve Silvern, supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI, said five to 10 persons were aboard the plane, but he would not provide further details except to say they were not dignitaries.

NEW YORK
Actor honored for cancer fight
BUFFALO Tony and Golden Globe award-winning actor Barry Bostwick has been honored for being a nuisance about promoting early detection of prostate cancer.
Mr. Bostwick, who played Mayor Randall Winston on the TV show "Spin City," received the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Saturday.
"I do all I can to beat the bushes for early screening for men," he said. "I've made sort of a nuisance of myself getting my message across the air."
The award was named for the "Saturday Night Live" comedian who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 1989.
OHIO
Army tank company uses washboards
LOGAN They may have modern military equipment, but a U.S. Army tank company in Kuwait will keep its uniforms clean the old-fashioned way.
The Columbus Washboard Co. responded last week to a request by Capt. Phil Wolford of Marysville, who commands the company of 75 soldiers.
Capt. Wolford explained that his troops out in the field have no way to wash their uniforms. He said members of his family have the company's washboards and that they could use some.
Company owner Jacqui Barnett did better than that.
Along with 70 pine-and-spiraled-tin washboards stamped with the American flag and a "Proud to be an American" label, she and her workers tossed in bars of handmade soap, six washtubs, clothesline and clothespins.

PENNSYLVANIA
Jury selection begins in race-riots case
YORK Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of two black men charged with killing a white rookie policeman during the city's race riots in 1969.
It is expected to take at least two days to seat the jury that will hear evidence against Stephen Freeland, 51, and Leon Wright, 54.
Police Officer Henry Schaad, 22, was shot July 18, 1969, as he rode in the back of an armored truck. He died about two weeks later and remains the only city officer killed in the line of duty.
Mr. Freeland and Mr. Wright have pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree murder, for which there is no statute of limitation. They face life in prison.

RHODE ISLAND
Report calls club inspectors negligent
WEST WARWICK Inspectors never reported seeing the highly flammable and perhaps illegal foam covering the walls of a nightclub where 98 persons were killed in a fast-moving fire last month, according to documents released yesterday that raised suspicions that inspections were botched.
The documents, more than 60 pages covering three years of inspections at the Station by town building and fire officials, did not mention the egg-crate packaging material that employees said was installed as soundproofing in 2000.
The foam is believed to be a key part of the investigation into the Feb. 20 fire sparked by the pyrotechnics display of the band Great White.

WASHINGTON
Justice apologizes for DUI charge
SEATTLE State Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge apologized Sunday, two days after she was cited for drunken driving, and hit and run for reportedly trying to drive away from the scene of an accident.
Justice Bridge, 58, called her behavior inexcusable and promised to seek a professional evaluation of her alcohol use.
"There are not words to describe how deeply remorseful I am," she said. "I thank God no one was hurt."
She was arrested Friday night after another driver called to report that a silver Mercedes had struck an unoccupied pickup truck in Seattle, police spokesman Scott Moss said.

WEST VIRGINIA
Guard unit prepares for deployment
MARTINSBURG As the prospect of war with Iraq grows more real, members of the 167th Airlift Wing in the state's Eastern Panhandle are preparing for deployment overseas.
About 250 members of the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg will be sent to the Southern Command and Central Command, Brig. Gen. Wayne Lloyd said Sunday. The Central Command covers southwest Asia, and the Southern Command includes areas from Puerto Rico to South America.
A similar number of Air National Guard members from Charleston will also be deployed for the duty, Gen. Lloyd said.
Lt. Col. Roger Sencindiver, the unit's chief of staff, said personnel and aircraft would be deployed three days this week, but he declined to say when.

WISCONSIN
Rocker speaks at hunters' convention
APPLETON Rocker Ted Nugent was right at home at the annual convention of the Wisconsin Bow Hunters Association.
Mr. Nugent a hunter, gun-rights advocate and co-author of the cookbook "Kill It & Grill It" was the featured speaker during the weekend as the standing-room-only crowd of about 560 cheered when he said people who are against hunting are waging a war on the American dream.
"There is nothing more perfect than hunting," said Mr. Nugent, whose hits include "Cat Scratch Fever."

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