- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 14, 2004

Former congressman, ambassador dies

PHILADELPHIA — Thomas M. Foglietta, a South Philadelphia politician who served for 17 years in Congress and later was named U.S. ambassador to Italy, died yesterday. He was 75.

Mr. Foglietta died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, said Steve Brown, a hospital spokesman. He had been hospitalized since Oct. 30, when he experienced breathing problems, said his nephew, Michael Foglietta.

Mr. Foglietta won election to Congress as an independent in 1980 and eventually switched to the Democratic Party. President Clinton named Mr. Foglietta ambassador to Italy in 1997, and he later returned to Philadelphia, where he worked as a lawyer and lobbyist for international clients.

He is survived by two nieces and three nephews.

Georgia town holds annual ‘Hogzilla’ fest

ALAPAHA, Ga. — Residents of this small farming town gathered yesterday to celebrate Hogzilla, a 12-foot-long wild pig that was supposedly shot by a hunting guide last summer and quickly grew into a worldwide legend.

The festival was scheduled five months after the 1,000-pound hog was killed when it wandered out of swamps along the nearby Alapaha River, a haven for swine that escape pig farms and start living off the land.

The prodigious porker was remembered with a hog-calling contest and a greased-pig chase, as well as a float featuring a life-size replica of Hogzilla.

“Everybody is happy, smiling, excited. We’re going hog wild,” said Becky Davis, an organizer of an annual community gala, held this year with a Hogzilla theme.

The hairy heavyweight supposedly measured 12 feet with 9-inch tusks, said Ken Holyoak, owner of the hunting plantation where the hog was killed near Alapaha.

Lawyers question defendant’s competency

SALT LAKE CITY — Lawyers for a man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart have asked a judge for additional competency evaluations, potentially delaying a trial already held up for months over the issue.

Heidi Buchi, an attorney for Brian David Mitchell, argued in a motion filed Wednesday that she has seen a marked decline in Mr. Mitchell’s capacity to assist in his defense. His “delusions have taken an increasingly dominant role in his decision-making process and conversation,” she said.

Authorities say Mr. Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, kidnapped Elizabeth, then age 14, from her bedroom in June 2002.

Police: Couple planned to ‘sacrifice’ children

ROCHESTER, N.H. — A woman and her boyfriend are accused of plotting to sacrifice the woman’s three sons on a church altar.

Nicole Mancini, 29, and John Thurber, 35, were arrested at St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday after workers said they heard the woman say she wanted to sacrifice the boys.

“We could tell this woman was not right,” said church secretary Donna Landolfi. “She said, ‘Let’s go make the sacrifice.’”

Miss Mancini and Mr. Thurber were in jail yesterday on more than $25,000 bail. They were arraigned Friday on three counts each of misdemeanor child endangerment. Mr. Thurber was also charged with marijuana possession.

The children, ages 9, 7 and 2, were not harmed and were placed in state custody.

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