- The Washington Times - Monday, August 2, 2004


Sumatran rhino born at zoo

CINCINNATI — A Sumatran rhinoceros gave birth to a second calf at the Cincinnati Zoo, becoming the first of the endangered species to produce two offspring in captivity, zoo officials said Friday.

Emi, a 14-year-old rhino on loan from the Indonesian government, and her as-yet unnamed calf were doing well, zoo spokesman Chad Yelton said. The rhino concluded a nearly 16-month-long pregnancy with the birth of the female calf, officials said.

In 2001, Emi became the first Sumatran rhino in 112 years to give birth to a calf in captivity. She delivered a calf named Andalas, who was moved to the Los Angeles Zoo last year.

With only about 300 Sumatran rhinos known to exist in the wild, they are the most endangered of all rhinoceros species.


Commandments start national tour

DAYTON — The Ten Commandments monument banished from Alabama’s state judicial building began a national tour on the back of a flatbed truck Saturday — starting outside the courthouse where the teaching of evolution was put on trial almost 80 years ago.

About 75 persons gathered to see the 5,280-pound granite monument outside the site of the Scopes Monkey Trial — where high school teacher John Scopes was convicted in 1925 of giving lessons on evolution.

The tour was arranged by Americans Standing for God and Country, a Texas-based veterans’ group looking for congressional support to permanently display the marker at the U.S. Capitol. The group intends to take the monument to Washington on Oct. 22 for an “America For Jesus” rally.


Rescuers free hiker pinned by boulder

ESTES PARK — A 4,000- to 5,000-pound rock fell on a hiker who was trying to climb it Saturday, but she suffered no broken bones in the mishap.

Judy Curtis, who had been hiking with a church group in Hell’s Canyon, was freed by rescuers who used three air bags to lift the rock off her legs. Larimer County sheriff’s officials said Mrs. Curtis was alert and talking the whole time.

Greg Curtis, who did not see the accident, said his wife was in good condition at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver. He said she may have to undergo surgery.

“No broken legs, just real bad cuts,” he said. “It’s a miracle. The paramedic told me the only thing that saved her leg was a decomposed tree underneath her,” which apparently kept the rock from crushing her leg.


Officials ‘launder’ dirty money

COLUMBUS — City officials had to launder some money after a backhoe operator found $46,000 while moving garbage at a landfill.

They tried to clean the grungy greenbacks so the money could be deposited in a bank, but police Lt. Gil Slouchick said the money was counted and stored at the Columbus Police Department.

Police said they were not immediately able to determine where the money came from, but after 90 days it becomes abandoned property and the city may be eligible to claim it.


State dedicates veterans cemetery

BOISE — Veterans, top military brass and politicians consecrated 77 acres of uplands north of Boise on Saturday, erasing Idaho’s distinction as the only state without an official veterans cemetery.

The ceremony brought an end to years of struggling by Idaho veterans groups to create a burial ground for those who served in the armed forces.

More than 2,500 people stood silently as four A-10 airplanes soared in a missing-man formation and a replica Civil War cannon boomed from a nearby ridge top.

When it begins accepting remains in October, the cemetery will have room for up to 4,400 graves and 4,280 urns, plus an area to scatter ashes. It eventually will be able to accommodate 25,000 remains.


HMOs to provide care for the poor

LANSING — The state has awarded contracts to 17 health maintenance organizations to provide $2 billion in care to 900,000 poor and disabled people covered by Medicaid.

The state has been struggling to cover its share of the cost of health care for the poor in a period of rising medical spending and growing budget deficits. Michigan last conducted bids for Medicaid HMOs in 2000.


Vault makers picket at funerals

ST. PAUL — Some grieving families think the Teamsters Local 120 is making a grave mistake.

The union is picketing cemeteries, even when funeral services are in progress, in its strike on the Twin Cities’ biggest maker of burial vaults, Brown-Wilbert Inc.

Pickets were at St. Paul’s Calvary Cemetery on Wednesday when Cheryl Grudnoske attended the funeral of her husband’s uncle. The Teamsters stayed near the cemetery gate and didn’t picket near the burial site. Still, Mrs. Grudnoske said, she thought the picket line was disrespectful to the deceased, who was a union member. She said she called the Local 120 offices.


Child locked in bathroom

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — June Wang-Elbaroudy of New Jersey has been released on $10,000 bond after being accused of locking her son in the bathroom for up to 12 hours a day.

The Asbury Park Press reported Saturday that Mrs. Wang-Elbaroudy was charged with criminal restraint and endangering the welfare of a child. The boy’s stepfather, Ahmed Elbaroudy, in a hospital for an unrelated health matter, is wanted for the same charges.

The 12-year-old boy was examined in a hospital for injuries and found to have no physical signs of abuse except malnutrition, police said.

Police found evidence that the boy had been confined to a bathroom — the bathroom door had been blocked from outside with a chair to prevent the child from getting out while his mother and stepfather were at work, police said.


Circus tiger escapes into urban jungle

NEW YORK CITY — After escaping from the circus, a white tiger alarmed picnickers and motorists Saturday on what for him apparently was a calm, half-mile stroll through an unfamiliar urban jungle.

The animal, named Apollo, was safely captured in the Queens section of the city — but not before the sight of him on the Jackie Robinson Parkway caused a multicar accident. Four adults and one child suffered minor injuries.

When the tiger lay down on a nearby street, six police officers with guns drawn created a perimeter around it, Capt. John Durkin said. The tiger’s trainer arrived and coaxed it into a cage.

The cat was being transferred from a small cage to a larger one when the two enclosures separated, creating an opening big enough for him to get out, police and parks officials said.


Flash floods cause evacuations

DARBY — Torrential rain delayed flights at Philadelphia International Airport yesterday and caused flash flooding that forced some residents to flee their apartments and blocked commuter trains and roads.

No serious injuries were reported as the sudden downpours moved across southeastern Pennsylvania.

In the flood-prone Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby, more than 10 feet of water filled the basement and part of the first floor of four apartment buildings, prompting officials to evacuate residents, Mayor Paula Brown said.

Airlines at Philadelphia International Airport experienced weather-related delays of about an hour, airport spokesman Mark Pesce said.


Tropical storm forms off Charleston

COLUMBIA — The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season developed off the South Carolina coast yesterday as forecasters predicted Tropical Storm Alex would make landfall in North Carolina.

Alex’s poorly defined center languished about 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C., at 2 p.m. with winds up to 40 mph. But the storm was expected to begin moving again, National Hurricane Center officials said.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to Cape Fear, N.C. A watch was issued south to Edisto Beach outside Charleston.

Alex was expected to turn north-northeast and then march up the South Carolina coast before veering onto land near Morehead City, N.C., some time today, forecasters said.

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