- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2004

NEW YORK

MSNBC editor in chief dies

NEW YORK — Award-winning newsman Jerry Nachman, editor in chief of cable network MSNBC and former chief editor of the New York Post, has died of cancer, MSNBC said yesterday. He was 57.

Mr. Nachman, the recipient of a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy Award, died overnight at his home in Hoboken, N.J., the network said.

The outspoken New Yorker also was known for his work in front of the camera as host of MSNBC’s “Nachman” show. He had told viewers of the political talk show last January that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Mr. Nachman spent years as a news director in stints with two local New York TV stations and also worked as general manager of radio and TV stations in Washington. He was editor in chief of the New York Post from 1989 to 1992.

TEXAS

Catch of the day weighs in at 121 pounds

SHERMAN— Cody Mullennix, 27, of Howe, was fishing from the banks of Lake Texoma on Friday when he caught a 121-pound catfish, the Sherman-Denison Herald Democrat reported Monday.

After a 20-minute struggle, he was able to land the 5-foot-long blue catfish. Texas officials say it’s one of the largest caught in the state.

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens transported the fish back to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department facility to be put on display.

ARIZONA

Bishop’s accident ‘very violent’

PHOENIX — Bishop Thomas O’Brien’s car struck a pedestrian with a “very violent impact” that left the man’s blood and hair on the vehicle, and the bishop didn’t even stop, a prosecutor told jurors yesterday.

Bishop O’Brien, the former head of the Phoenix Roman Catholic Diocese, is on trial for leaving the scene of the accident that killed pedestrian Jim Reed, 43, in June.

In his opening statement, Deputy County Attorney Anthony Novitsky urged the jurors not to focus on who caused the accident or what killed Mr. Reed but on Bishop O’Brien’s failure to stop.

CALIFORNIA

Chimp escapes, forces evacuation

LOS ANGELES — An 80-pound chimpanzee dubbed an “escape artist” has done it again.

The 15-year-old chimp named Gracie burst out of her enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo on Monday and forced the evacuation of about 9,000 visitors.

The primate, who had escaped four other times, was tranquilized and returned to captivity after 45 minutes, the zoo said.

Visitors were ordered to evacuate while Gracie was on the loose, but zoo director John Lewis said no one was harmed.

COLORADO

Detectives find missing sculpture

DENVER — Denver police didn’t let the big one get away.

Detectives last week found an 8-foot, 100-pound fiberglass fish sculpture that has been missing from Olympia, Wash., since March 23.

Officers were trying to figure out how to ship back the salmon covered with 6,600 pennies to the waters from which it spawned.

The pennies were used to create the scales of the “Wishupona Fish,” whose name came from donors who gave pennies to write down wishes and put them inside the sculpture.

Police aren’t sure whether the suspect in the theft, 25-year-old John Rainbow of Denver, is telling them a fish story on how the sculpture traveled 1,000 miles. Mr. Rainbow, who attended college in Washington, claims he hooked it while hiking in Washington.

CONNECTICUT

Box cutter found in airport restroom

WINDSOR LOCKS — The Hartford airport was evacuated yesterday after a box cutter was found in a concourse restroom.

Travelers were ordered onto the street outside Bradley International Airport, but were allowed back inside a short while later. Bradley is the largest regional airport between Boston and New York.

Ann Davis of the Transportation Security Administration said no flight cancellations were expected, but delays were likely.

State police spokesman Sgt. J. Paul Vance said a cleaning crew found the box cutter in a women’s restroom on the airport’s new concourse.

FLORIDA

Boy, 3, shoots self with father’s gun

MIAMI — A 3-year-old Miami boy was in critical condition yesterday after apparently shooting himself in the head with his father’s gun, police said.

Travis Jenkins Sr. told police he left Travis Jenkins Jr. alone in a van Monday when he stopped at a friend’s house. The boy found the gun in the vehicle’s center console and shot himself, the father told police.

The bullet passed through the skull of the boy, who underwent surgery at a Miami hospital, police said.

“The father has a concealed weapons permit, which allows him to have a gun,” said Herminia Salas-Jacobson, a Miami police spokeswoman.

No charges have been filed against the child’s father.

GEORGIA

Rally held for vote on state flag

ATLANTA — About 200 Southern heritage supporters rallied yesterday to demand a new vote on the Georgia flag, promising to drive out any politician who opposes a public say on the Dixie cross of stars.

The rally was like many others at the state Capitol, but this time the flag wavers brought a list of 43 legislators they said would support a new referendum. Georgia is planning a March 2 flag referendum that does not include the version that flew from 1956 to 2001, the banner dominated by a Confederate battle emblem.

Supporters chanted, “Let us vote.” Many of them were dressed in Civil War-era costumes to mark the anniversary of the birth of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. They said they have been cheated out of a vote on the Dixie “X” they prefer.

MASSACHUSETTS

$17,000 spent on office TV

BOSTON — A former Massachusetts public safety secretary spent $17,000 in state antiterrorism funds on a 60-inch plasma screen television for his office, although the set has no special capabilities.

In June 2002, James P. Jajuga tapped into a special account set up after the September 11 attacks to buy the television, the Boston Herald reported yesterday, citing state records.

Mr. Jajuga did not immediately return a call for comment.

He is a former state trooper and Democratic state senator appointed public safety chief by acting Gov. Jane M. Swift. He lost his job with the election of a new governor.

Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, said he was “dismayed” by the report and instructed current Public Safety Secretary Edward Flynn to sell the television.

OKLAHOMA

Police agencies train for Nichols trial

MCALESTER — Tactical teams from three police agencies have trained at the courthouse where Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols will be tried. Security costs for the trial scheduled to begin March 1 are estimated at more than $500,000.

Nichols faces 161 state counts of first-degree murder for his role in the April 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

PENNSYLVANIA

Murder suspect captured in France

PHILADELPHIA — A man accused of killing his married lover and then fleeing to Europe, setting off a chain of events that included the suicide of his parents, was captured in France yesterday, prosecutors said.

Paul Goldman, a native of Uzbekistan who is now a naturalized U.S. citizen, was caught by French police in Grenoble, ending an international manhunt, Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons said. Police moved in when the woman with whom he was staying left the apartment to pick up her child at school, authorities said.

Mr. Goldman, 39, was wanted on charges he fatally stabbed Russian immigrant Faina “Fay” Zonis, 42, on Dec. 29 in the Upper Southampton mortgage office where she worked. The two, both married, had been having an affair, authorities said.

Mr. Goldman’s parents, who reportedly admitted to authorities that they helped their son flee, apparently committed suicide last week in their Bensalem home. Edward Goldman, 66, and Inessa Lemashova, 63, said in a note that they were disgraced by their son’s conduct and didn’t want to live. They slashed their wrists.

WASHINGTON

Lost thoroughbred is identified

SNOHOMISH — A well-groomed thoroughbred found wandering along a country road about a month ago has been identified as a retired racehorse from Canada.

Horse racing officials are trying to determine who owns Flying Algonquin, a 7-year-old dark bay gelding who could be sold at the Marysville Livestock Auction as early as Feb. 3 if he is not claimed.

In late 2002 or early 2003, a couple in British Columbia sold the thoroughbred to a couple in Snohomish as a non-racehorse, said Ralph Vacca, general manager of the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Mr. Vacca said Monday that the purchasing couple had not returned his calls and he does not know if they still own the horse.

WEST VIRGINIA

Thief steals $100,000 from Powerball winner

SCOTT DEPOT — A bank bag left in a vehicle is an enticing target for thieves, particularly when the vehicle’s owner is the winner of a record Powerball jackpot.

Someone broke into Jack Whittaker’s locked sport utility vehicle, which was parked outside his Scott Depot home, and took a bag containing more than $100,000, said Putnam County Chief Deputy John Dailey.

Mr. Whittaker told police he had gone out for coffee at about 6 a.m. Saturday and then came home. He saw the broken driver’s window when he walked outside a couple of hours later, Deputy Dailey said yesterday.

Mr. Whittaker claimed a $113 million cash option after winning a $314.9 million jackpot on Christmas Day 2002. It was the largest individual jackpot in history.

WISCONSIN

Skydiving enthusiast to go for record

CHIPPEWA FALLS — Mary Bauer works for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but that doesn’t keep her from her favorite hobby — jumping out of planes.

“I’m not necessarily a thrill-seeker, but I’m willing to try stuff,” the 42-year-old from Chippewa Falls said.

Miss Bauer plans to be among 372 persons who will gather in Thailand this week to attempt to break the world record for skydiving in formation. The group will jump out of military planes and attempt to grab hands to make a planned formation.

The current record was set in December 2002 with 300 skydivers in Arizona. Miss Bauer was part of that group, too.

Miss Bauer jumps about 700 times a year and has made more than 11,000 jumps in her life.


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