- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 23, 2004

President suffers cuts, bruises from bike fall

CRAWFORD, Texas — President Bush suffered cuts and bruises early yesterday afternoon when he fell while mountain biking on his ranch, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said.

On the 16th mile of a 17-mile ride when he fell, Mr. Bush was riding with a military aide, members of the Secret Service and his personal physician, Dr. Richard Tubbs, Mr. Duffy said.

“He had minor abrasions and scratches on his chin, upper lip, nose, right hand and both knees,” Mr. Duffy said. “Dr. Tubbs, who was with him, cleaned his scratches, said he was fine. The Secret Service offered to drive him back to the house. He declined and finished his ride.”

Mr. Bush was wearing his bike helmet and a mouth guard when the mishap occurred. Duffy said he didn’t know exactly how the accident happened.

Blimp hits buildings during takeoff

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A blimp crashed during takeoff yesterday when gusty winds carried it over a fence and into two office buildings, but no one was injured, authorities said.

A ground crew was assisting with the blimp’s departure from the North Las Vegas Airport when the incident occurred, police spokesman Tim Bedwell said. The pilot and passenger aboard were not hurt.

The crew tried to use lines to return the blimp to the airport side of the fence when winds again lifted it over and into another office building, Mr. Bedwell said. The blimp eventually landed on the second office building.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

1,500 acres, house burnt in wildfire

CORONA, N.M. — Fire crews who were pulled off a wildfire that burnt more than 1,500 acres and a ranch house resumed work early yesterday, hoping to beat a rush of 45-mph wind.

The state’s first large fire of the wildfire season was reported Friday morning in the Cibola National Forest near Corona. By early afternoon, the wind had pushed the flames from tree to tree.

Fire crews were pulled off the fire late Friday because windy conditions and darkness created dangerous firefighting conditions.

FDA warns of basil, salad link to illness

Federal regulators are trying to determine the source of outbreaks of cyclosporiasis, an infection in the small intestine.

The Food and Drug Administration alerted consumers late Friday to the possibility that raw basil and spring mix salad are linked to food-poisoning outbreaks that reportedly sickened more than 90 people in Illinois and Texas.

The agency, which has been working on the outbreaks with the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, urged consumers who experience those symptoms after eating basil or spring mix salad products to tell their doctors and notify local health officials.

Mayor hits proposed camera ban in subways

NEW YORK — A proposed ban on cameras in subways to prevent terrorism was overzealous and would affect mostly tourists, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said.

“If somebody’s there with a high-powered camera at the front of the train trying to photograph switches and signal boxes, maybe there is something going on,” Mr. Bloomberg said Friday on his weekly radio show. “But if there are some tourists and they want to take pictures of each other on the subway train — come on, get real.”

Polish man sentenced for smuggling caviar

MIAMI — The president of a caviar company in Poland has been sentenced to 2 years in a federal prison for conspiring to smuggle the delicacy.

Mariusz Chomicz, 29, pleaded guilty to involvement in a conspiracy that paid couriers to smuggle caviar into Miami after new international restrictions were announced in 1998 to protect sturgeon.

“Caspian Sea sturgeon are a species of prehistoric origin which are likely to be wiped out by the greed of smugglers and those willing to buy from them,” said federal prosecutor Tom Sansonetti.

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