- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 1, 2003

Tourism chief dropped after strip club party

DENVER — The chief of the Denver area’s tourism bureau has been suspended after a television news report that he hosted an event for members of the bureau at a strip club.

Eugene Dilbeck, who has led the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau for 10 years, was put on paid administrative leave Friday, a day after the KMGH-TV news report.

Elbra Wedgeworth, city council president, said she believes the Diamond Cabaret strip club, also a convention bureau member, sponsored what it called an “after-hour program.” City officials said they did not believe bureau funds were used to pay for the event.

Engineer accused of aiding N. Korea

NEW YORK — A New Jersey engineer was arrested Friday on charges that he sent off blueprints for critical nuclear-plant parts, knowing they might be headed for North Korea.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan accused Sitaraman Ravi Mahadevan of shipping blueprints for valves used to regulate pressure inside a nuclear vessel to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Inc. in New York, knowing they might be sent to North Korea.

Mr. Mahadevan, manager of the nuclear business unit at Valcor Engineering Corp. in Springfield, N.J., is accused of shipping six packages containing approximately 90 blueprints to Mitsubishi.

Prosecutors said the export of the valves or their blueprints to any nuclear facility in North Korea without a valid government export license is prohibited.

Weather helps to contain wildfire

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — Firefighters battling a massive wildfire creeping toward this mountain resort town raced to bulldoze firebreaks around communities yesterday, aided by light snow and cooler temperatures.

The wet, chilly weather slowed the march of the blaze, which has scorched more than 90,000 acres, destroyed about 850 homes and killed four persons.

“Things are looking better,” U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Tricia Abbas said.

The fire was 45 percent contained after moving within eight miles of Big Bear Lake. Seventeen miles to the west, residents were allowed to return to several communities near Lake Arrowhead.

The blaze was among a barrage of wildfires that has killed 20 persons, destroyed more than 3,300 homes and burned about 750,000 acres.

Surfer loses arm in shark attack

HONOLULU — A 13-year-old amateur surfing champion was recovering yesterday from a shark attack at Haena, on the north shore of the island of Kauai, fire department officials said.

Bethany Hamilton, of Princeville, was bitten Friday morning by a shark estimated to be 12 feet to 15 feet long. The attack took off her left arm just below her shoulder.

Miss Hamilton remained in stable condition yesterday. Doctors at Wilcox Memorial Hospital said her top condition helped her survive the attack.

Presidency historian dies in England at 84

BOSTON — Richard E. Neustadt, the presidential adviser and historian whose book “Presidential Power and The Modern Presidents” became a staple of courses in presidential leadership, has died, a spokesman for Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government said last night.

He was 84. Mr. Neustadt died in England on Friday, school spokesman Jesus Mena said.

“He was certainly one of our most valuable emeritus professors,” Kennedy School Dean Joseph Nye said. “He provided students with an understanding of American presidency, greater than any other faculty member could have, from his direct experience and from his books.”

An adviser to Presidents Truman, Kennedy and Johnson, Mr. Neustadt lived in London most of the year with his wife, Shirley Williams, the leader of the Social Democratic Party in Britain’s House of Lords.

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