- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 29, 2004

Stunt planes collide, both pilots killed

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Two stunt planes collided yesterday during a practice session in central Arizona, killing both pilots, authorities said.

The planes crashed in a field. There were no other passengers, and no other injuries were reported.

Mike Corradi, 55, and Robert Sweginnis, whose age was not available, were killed in the accident. Both were from the Prescott area.

868-pound bagel goes for world record

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The recipe: Take 660 pounds of flour, half a pound of dry yeast, 53 pounds of malt and 12 pounds of salt. Mix, boil in 900 gallons of water for 30 minutes, bake at 300 degrees for 10 hours.

The hoped-for result: The world’s biggest bagel.

The 2004 New York State Fair was the backdrop this weekend as bakers for Bruegger’s Bagels popped out a nearly half-ton bagel in search of a spot in Guinness World Records.

The giant bagel weighed 868 pounds, measured 6 feet in diameter and required a small crane to hoist it out of its custom-built oven.

Until Guinness officially certifies the achievement as the world record — a process expected to take eight to 10 weeks — the record remains with rival Lender’s Bagels and its 714-pound blueberry bagel baked in Mattoon, Ill., on July 23, 1998.

10-year-old boy fatally shoots father

HOUSTON — A 10-year-old boy fatally shot his physician father after the man arrived to pick him up for a weekend visit, authorities said. Rick James Lohstroh, 41, was struck several times Friday as he sat in his sport utility vehicle, police said.

The boy, using his mother’s gun, fired through the back seat before getting out of the vehicle and continuing to shoot, police said. Dr. Lohstroh, a physician at the University of Texas Medical Branch, died on the way to hospital.

The shooting happened outside the home where the boy lived with his mother and 7-year-old brother, who were inside at the time. Dr. Lohstroh and the boy’s mother shared custody of the children.

Authorities said they had been called to the home before in an ongoing family dispute.

Lawsuit challenges ban on sex billboards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The owners of a strip club and a company that operates adult bookstores have sued the state of Missouri over a new law banning sexually oriented billboards near highways.

The law took effect yesterday, a day after a federal lawsuit was filed by two companies who operate adult businesses along Interstate 70. The law bans businesses whose sexually oriented materials comprise 10 percent or more of their display space from putting up billboard advertising within a mile of a highway.

Backers say the law will reduce crime and protect children from exposure to sexually oriented businesses.

But Gala Entertainment of KC Inc. and Passions Video Inc. claim in the lawsuit the statute violates their constitutional right to free speech. Gala owns Satin Dolls strip club in northeast Kansas City and Passions Video, based in the central Missouri town of Boonville, owns one adult book store there and another in Marshall Junction, about 40 miles east of Kansas City.

‘Wack the Iraq’ game irks Arabs

WILDWOOD, N.J. — A game called “Wack the Iraq,” where players fire paintballs at people dressed as Arabs, has drawn ire from Arab groups after the city failed to convince the operator to change its name this summer.

The city of Wildwood, a seaside resort in southern New Jersey popular with summer vacationers, said the game would continue to operate until the end of this summer holiday season, but would change its name when it returns next year, according to Fred Wager, commissioner of public affairs and public safety for Wildwood.

The game is being run by a private company under a license granted by the city.

Arab groups have voiced outrage at the name and the notion of killing Iraqis for fun, and had asked that the city shut the game down immediately. Instead, a compromise was reached to change the game’s name for next summer.

The game targets teenagers, said Aref Assaf, president of the New Jersey chapter of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. “[The game] tells them to kill Arabs and that it is legal, and you can have fun doing it.”

Since the September 11 attacks by al Qaeda, which killed almost 3,000 people, Arab and Muslim Americans have suffered a spike in discriminatory acts.

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