- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 16, 2003

FLORIDA

Doctors start to starve woman

PINELLAS PARK — Doctors removed the feeding tube yesterday that has been keeping alive a brain-damaged woman at the center of a 10-year legal battle between her husband and parents.

Terri Schiavo, 39, had her tube removed at the Tampa Bay-area hospice where she has been living for several years, said her father, Bob Schindler. Attorneys representing her husband, Michael Schiavo, said it will take between a week and 10 days for her to die.

The tube removal came just hours after Gov. Jeb Bush told Mr. Schindler and his wife, Mary, that he was instructing his legal staff to find some means to block the court order allowing Mr. Schiavo to remove his wife’s feeding tube.

HAWAII

State sees potential in chocolate

HONOLULU — Whether it’s used to coat macadamia nut clusters, dip fresh island fruits in or flavor a cup of Kona coffee, chocolate sweetens virtually anything grown in Hawaii.

But now Hawaii, the only state with the climate to support the cacao trees that provide chocolate’s key ingredient, wants to become a player in the global chocolate market.

State legislators recognized the potential of Hawaii Gold Cacao’s plan by approving $10 million in special-purpose revenue bonds for the company and passed a resolution that declared chocolate’s potential to diversify Hawaii’s farm economy.

ALABAMA

Virus likely cause of catfish kill

DAUPHIN ISLAND — Dead catfish have washed up by the thousands on the Alabama coast, and scientists say they are probably died from a virus that also struck in 1996.

The fish washed up Tuesday, spread over miles of beachfront at Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Alabama conservation officials said many more would wash up yesterday.

Scientists sent tissue samples to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for testing, with results expected in about a week, said Mark Van Hoose of the Alabama Marine Resources Division.

CALIFORNIA

Teacher celebrates 90th birthday

LOS ANGELES — Eleanor Bralver is fond of using her life experience to educate and inspire students. After all, experience is one thing the 90-year-old teacher doesn’t lack.

Mrs. Bralver, wearing a personalized blue baseball jersey, clapped and laughed at a birthday party Monday at the Sylmar High School auditorium, where the school chorus sang and cheerleaders spelled out her name.

“It’s bigger than I am,” she said of her cake, before blowing out the candles. About 600 former students, students and others attended the celebration.

COLORADO

Woman kidnapped, forced to rob bank

DENVER — A woman told police she was forced to rob the bank where she worked after a man kidnapped her on her lunch break Tuesday and made her carry a package he said contained a bomb.

The woman was released unharmed after the man fled with the stolen money. She was interviewed and released by police.

“There’s absolutely no reason to believe she’s anything else but a victim in this case,” said Susan Medina, a spokeswoman for police in suburban Arvada, where the robbery occurred.

The 49-year-old woman told police the man kidnapped her from a restaurant and threatened to blow up the package if she didn’t rob a Compass Bank.

GEORGIA

South eyes its past at racial healing forum

ATLANTA — A state preoccupied with race relations since the 19th century was to take another look at its history yesterday in a special “racial reconciliation” forum featuring former President Jimmy Carter and Gov. Sonny Perdue.

About 400 persons were expected for the two-hour event at the Carter Center, just east of downtown. It was the first of three forums planned by the governor to promote racial healing. The first event was to focus on the past. The other forums will look to race relations now and in the future.

Mr. Perdue is the state’s first Republican governor in 130 years. He upset Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes last year after a campaign in which he sharply criticized Mr. Barnes for changing Georgia’s flag without giving Georgians a vote on it.

KENTUCKY

Former governor dies at 78

FRANKFORT — Former Kentucky Gov. Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt, a liberal Democrat who oversaw the enactment of the South’s first state civil rights law in the 1960s, has died, a spokesman said. He was 78.

Mr. Breathitt died late Tuesday at the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he was admitted after collapsing Friday from an abnormal heart rhythm during a dinner speech at the school. He had been in a coma since that time.

Mr. Breathitt was governor from 1963 to 1967, but continued to stay near centers of political power in the ensuing decades.

NEBRASKA

Hispanic ordered to use English with child

PAPILLION — A Hispanic man who spoke to his 5-year-old daughter in Spanish has been ordered to use primarily English around the girl as a condition of his visitation rights.

Sarpy County Judge Ronald E. Reagan said the child does not understand Spanish, and her father should speak to her in the language she knows.

The girl’s mother, Michaela Krayneski, requested that Mr. Amador speak English as a condition of visitations.

NEVADA

Officials close county’s last brothel

FALLON — State health officials have shut down the only remaining brothel in Churchill County, citing a lack of potable water as well as concerns about the potential for rodents and insects.

A state health inspector has determined the Salt Wells brothel east of Fallon had insufficient safe water.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Communities reject methadone clinic

NEWPORT — A Boston-based company is facing strong opposition as it tries to open a methadone clinic for heroin addicts in western New Hampshire.

Last spring, Habit Management Inc. tried to rent space in the Newport Hospital building, but the landlords rejected the plan.

NEW JERSEY

Deer invades clothing store

LINDEN — The Planet Kidz clothing store just had one tough customer: a rowdy deer.

The full-grown, antlered buck wandered in, then wandered around Monday for more than an hour, showing its appreciation for the merchandise by knocking down shelves and trampling clothes.

Linden authorities contacted the closest emergency unit with a tranquilizer gun, a Staten Island-based NYPD team. The officers were able to subdue the animal.

NEW YORK

Girl kills herself; father held in rape

SYRACUSE — An 11-year-old girl apparently hanged herself in her bedroom after being raped by her father.

Valerie Charlene Lucie was found dead on Sept. 30. Timothy Lucie, 46, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of rape and sodomy. Mr. Lucie told police he raped the girl in the shower after threatening to cut her hair unless she did what she was told, authorities said. The father recanted after meeting with his lawyer, Raymond Dague.

NORTH DAKOTA

School board rejects random drug testing

DEVILS LAKE — The school board has narrowly rejected a random- drug-testing proposal, though board members say they still plan to study the issue.

The vote was 3-2 Monday night against random drug tests for students in grades seven through 12 who either participate in extracurricular activities or have a parking permit on school grounds.

Opponents said random tests would not deter drug use and would be costly.

OKLAHOMA

State activates first of 34 wind turbines

WOODWARD — Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. activated the first of its 34 wind turbines Tuesday and announced that all should be operating by Nov. 1.

Just over four weeks into OG&E;’s marketing campaign, more than 500 customers have signed up to buy at least some of their electricity needs from the Woodward wind farm. The utility hopes to sign up about 2 percent of its customers.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Military jets collide; pilots rescued

CHARLESTON — Two military jet fighters collided off the South Carolina coast yesterday, and their pilots were rescued and brought safely back to land, authorities said.

The pilots were in good condition, said Capt. Don Caetano, public affairs officer for the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, where the planes were based. “They were conducting routine training and they had a mishap,” Capt. Caetano said.He said it was too early to know if the planes, F/A-18A fighters, might have clipped each other in the air. An investigation has been started.

The U.S. Coast Guard began searching over the Atlantic after getting reports from vessels that saw flares about 8:40 a.m., said Lt. Will Whitehead of the Charleston Coast Guard Base. The two pilots were picked up by a Coast Guard helicopter.

UTAH

Hunters may find hikers’ bodies

SALT LAKE CITY — The start of the upcoming hunting season may be the best chance to recover the bodies of two hikers missing in the Uinta Mountains and presumed dead. Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said the hunters will provide more eyes in the mountains and hopefully give some resolution for the Wetherton family.

Carole Wetherton, 58, of Panacea, Fla., and her daughter, Kimberly Beverly, 39, of Tucker, Ga., were last seen Sept. 9. Police do not suspect foul play.

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