- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 21, 2004

New Testament in sign language

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — After 23 years of work by about 60 people, a ministry group for the deaf has finished translating the entire New Testament into American Sign Language.

Translators appear on camera, signing the New Testament’s 7,959 verses. After editing is completed, the translation should be available on DVD and videotape this summer.

Organizers said the project was needed because ASL is the native language for many deaf people.

“For most deaf people, English is their second language. How would you like to have to read a message that is critical to your life in some language other than English? Probably you wouldn’t read the Bible at all,” said Duane King, Deaf Missions’ executive director.

Council Bluffs-based Deaf Missions plans to continue working on its Old Testament translation. So far, it has translated 13 of its 39 books.

PowerBar founder dies of heart attack

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. — Brian Maxwell, founder of the multimillion-dollar PowerBar empire and a former world-class marathon runner, has died of a heart attack, friends said. He was 51.

Mr. Maxwell collapsed Friday at a post office, and emergency personnel were unable to resuscitate him after workers called 911. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Mr. Maxwell and his wife, Jennifer, a nutritionist, co-founded the popular energy bar company in 1986 and began selling PowerBars out of their kitchen.

Over the next decade, the Berkeley, Calif.-based firm grew to $150 million in sales and 300 employees. In March 2000, the couple sold the company to Nestle SA for a reported $375 million.

In 1977, Mr. Maxwell was ranked the No. 3 marathon runner in the world by Track and Field News.

He came up with the idea of an energy bar after he had to drop out of a marathon race at the 21-mile mark of its 26.2 miles, at about the point where experts say the body ceases burning carbohydrates and begins burning muscle tissue.

Seal head found in biologist’s luggage

BOSTON — Airport security agents stopped a biologist after discovering the severed head of a harbor seal in his luggage.

The man, whose name was not released, told investigators he is a biology professor and that he found a dead seal on Revere Beach and cut off its head so he could use it for educational purposes. He was catching a flight to Denver from Logan International Airport on Friday, Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Phil Orlandella told the Boston Globe.

Federal wildlife laws make it illegal to disrupt or remove body parts from a dead mammal, or to transport any illegal fish or wildlife product.

Authorities allowed the man to board his plane, but they kept the seal’s head.

The man could face charges that carry criminal fines of up to $20,000 and imprisonment of up to a year, authorities said.

Man kills three while fleeing from police

OMAHA, Neb. — A sport utility vehicle fleeing police barreled through a stop sign yesterday and ran down several motorcycles, killing three persons.

The driver of the SUV was suspected of domestic violence and was chased by officers from Carter Lake, Iowa, according to Omaha police.

Three persons on two motorcycles were killed in the collision in Omaha, about 5 miles from Carter Lake, police spokeswoman Cathy Martinec said. The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition.

Neither the victims nor the suspect were immediately identified, and police have not said what charges the driver would face.

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