- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2003


Plans in works to save lighthouse

CHARLESTON — The Morris Island Lighthouse should stand on an island again in about 18 months.

This man-made island will replace what nature has washed into the sea.

The 127-year-old light at the south end of Charleston Harbor was darkened by the Coast Guard and abandoned to the encroaching waves in 1962.

But Save the Light, the private group working to preserve the 158-foot-tall lighthouse, has raised enough money to begin the first phase of stabilization, said Dr. Richard Beck, a dentist who serves as the group’s vice chairman.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to award a contract next year for the initial phase of work, expected to cost as much as $2.5 million, Dr. Beck said.

Save the Light officials say the group has raised more than $1 million since beginning its efforts four years ago. State and federal money also will be used for some of the work.

The total for the repairs, including renovation of the tower itself, is estimated at as much as $6 million, Dr. Beck said.


Singer arrested after traffic accident

PHOENIX — Country singer Glen Campbell, whose hits include “Rhinestone Cowboy,” struck another car while driving drunk, left the scene and later kneed a police officer while demanding to see the police chief, authorities said yesterday.

He was freed early yesterday on $2,000 bail on charges of extreme drunken driving and hit and run. He also was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

Mr. Campbell, 67, was arrested Monday at his home after a collision at a Phoenix intersection in which nobody was hurt, police Sgt. Randy Force said. A witness had followed the car, called police on a cell phone and directed them to the home, Sgt. Force said.

Breath tests on Mr. Campbell showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent, according to court documents. Police are awaiting results of a blood test.

Sgt. Force said that while in jail, Mr. Campbell could be heard singing “Rhinestone Cowboy.”


Pit bull mix attacks police horse

SAN FRANCISCO — A pit bull mix that attacked a police horse in Golden Gate Park belonged to a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals volunteer who took the dog to senior centers to comfort the elderly and liked to let it run free in the park.

On Monday, Anna Klafter was recovering from a fractured skull and other injuries she suffered a day earlier when she tried to pull her 4-year-old dog, Nettie, away from the horse. The horse, which injured Miss Klafter when it kicked her in the face, was trying to get its bearings back to the police stables in Golden Gate Park. The police officer riding the horse was recovering from a back injury.

Nettie was at a veterinarian’s office, suffering from a gunshot wound and facing a police hearing on her fate. The dog attacked the police horse, named AAA Andy, when Miss Klafter let the dog off its leash to play with other dogs, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.


Analysis supports map’s authenticity

NEW HAVEN — The latest scientific analysis of a disputed map of the medieval New World supports the theory that it was made 50 years before Christopher Columbus set sail.

The study examined the ink used to draw the Vinland Map, which belongs to Yale University. The map is valued at $20 million — if it is real and not a clever, modern-day forgery.

A study last summer said the ink on the parchment map was made in the 20th century. But chemist Jacqueline Olin, a retired researcher with the Smithsonian Institution, said yesterday her analysis shows the ink was made in medieval times.

“There is no evidence this is a forged titanium dioxide ink,” said Miss Olin, whose paper appears in the December issue of the journal Analytical Chemistry.

The authenticity of the map has been debated since the 1960s, when philanthropist Paul Mellon gave it to Yale.


Governor lobbies for religious charities

ATLANTA — Georgia needs to change its constitution to avoid lawsuits over tax dollars it gives to religious charities, Gov. Sonny Perdue said yesterday as he pushed for an amendment to change an apparent ban on the practice.

Georgia gives tax money to about 40 religion-sponsored charities on the condition that the money not be used for worship, religious instruction or conversion efforts.

Lawmakers approved the practice last year, but legal analysts have warned that funding a faith-based charity may be a violation of the Georgia Constitution, which states: “No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, cult or religious denomination.”

No lawsuit has been filed over the practice, but Mr. Perdue wants the constitution changed to make it clear that taxes may go to religious charities.


Vandals deface temple stones

HONOLULU — The historic Naha and Pinao stones at the Hilo Public Library were defaced for the second time in less than 10 days. Both stones were spray-painted and the 3-ton Naha stone was adorned with a torn and defaced American flag and an animal jaw.

The Pinao stone is said to have been an entrance pillar of the Pinao Temple where the Naha stone was originally located.


E. coli outbreak linked to sawdust

CHICAGO — At least 19 persons who had gone to a county fair in Ohio in 2001 fell ill with E. coli after the bacteria apparently spread through sawdust in the air at an exhibition hall — the first time researchers have connected an outbreak to a contaminated building.

Testing at the building in Lorain County found E. coli O157 in the rafters, the walls and the sawdust — in some cases 10 months after the fair.

The study was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

Tainted food is the most common source of E. coli outbreaks.


Gas station owner welcomes police raid

SOUTH BEND — The owner of a South Bend gas station says he is glad police raided the place. Officers responded to late-night gunshots there, arresting 74 persons for loitering and rowdiness.

Jim Ramadan, who has run the Always Open store for about a year, said he has posted signs against loitering and has closed the store when crowds gathered in the lot.


Quaker Oats sends package to soldiers

CEDAR RAPIDS — More than 1,000 packets of instant oatmeal are on their way to an Iowa soldier’s unit in Afghanistan after he wrote home saying he missed his favorite breakfast cereal.

Patrick Claus, of Cedar Rapids, is an Iowa National Guard helicopter pilot. He sent e-mails home to his wife, Carolyn, that he would like her to send him some Quaker instant oatmeal from home. She sent 18 boxes. They were gone in 10 days.

Carolyn Claus mentioned the soldiers’ interest in oatmeal to Mary Smith, whose husband, Mark, works at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids. The next shipment, courtesy of Quaker Oats, is on its way to Afghanistan.


Judge orders halt to water bottling

BIG RAPIDS — A judge yesterday ordered the company that produces Ice Mountain bottled water to stop drawing water from wells in a Michigan county, saying the operation has damaged the environment.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by environmentalists who said the company’s water-bottling operation has depleted neighboring lakes, streams and wetlands.


Store displays 14-foot wind chimes

GRAND ISLAND — It would take a large tree and an even larger bank account to support a set of wind chimes now hanging in a local feed store.

Using a specially made pulley system, possibly the largest wind chimes in the state were strung up Friday from the 20-foot ceiling of the Sundance Feed and Seed barn in Grand Island.

The chimes measure 14 feet tall and weigh about 200 pounds.

Made by a company called Music of the Spheres, the larger-than-life chimes produce deep, resonant notes that sound more like a church organ than the tinny tinkling of its small, backyard cousins.


Philip Morris hails jury’s decision

MANCHESTER — A Philip Morris official says a jury’s decision in favor of the tobacco giant over a Manchester woman whose husband died of cancer reflects the facts of the case.

William Ohlemeyer, a Philip Morris vice president and attorney, said in a statement after Monday’s verdict that “the jury decided this case on the evidence.”

Sheila Longden sued the tobacco giant, blaming its Marlboros for the lung cancer that killed her husband, Julien Longden, in 2000.

“The evidence clearly established that Julien Longden well understood the risks of smoking, and that he chose to accept those risks,” Mr. Ohlemeyer said.


25 airport workers accused in drug ring

NEW YORK — Twenty-five airport ground crew members were arrested and accused of smuggling tens of millions of dollars worth of cocaine and marijuana into the United States, federal officials said yesterday.

The suspects, nearly all current or former employees at John F. Kennedy International Airport, unloaded drugs that had been stashed aboard flights from Guyana and diverted it around border inspection areas, prosecutors said.


Cleveland to disband mounted police unit

CLEVELAND — The city’s mounted police unit, the second-oldest in the nation, will end its near century-long run because of a $61 million budget deficit.

The unit’s 13 horses, often seen patrolling crowds, will be given away to horse farms while the seven officers who ride them will be assigned to patrol cars or other duties.

Cleveland’s Mounted Unit, once 100 horses strong, was established in 1905 and is the oldest continuing mounted police unit in the nation. Only New York’s unit is older, but it had been disbanded for a period.


Egyptian twins doing well

DALLAS — Two-year-old twins from Egypt who were born joined at the head and separated last month are doing well and one is even standing up with assistance, hospital officials said.

A team of physical therapists, speech therapists and other specialists works with Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim twice a day, said senior physical therapist Jacob Makkappellil at North Texas Hospital for Children at Medical City Dallas Hospital.

The boys are learning to use muscles they could not use when they were attached, unable to sit or stand. They were separated last month during a 34-hour surgery at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

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