- The Washington Times - Friday, October 1, 2004

Human remains found in landfill

SALT LAKE CITY — Police found human remains at a landfill yesterday where investigators have been looking for the body of Lori Hacking, the Utah woman purportedly murdered by her husband.

Mrs. Hacking’s dental records will be compared against the remains, Police Chief Rick Dinse said. Authorities have spent weeks picking through 4,600 tons of trash looking for Mrs. Hacking, 27, who has not been seen since July 18. Her husband, Mark Hacking, reported her missing the following day, saying she never returned from a jog.

Mr. Hacking was later charged with killing her. While he was hospitalized in a psychiatric unit, he confessed to his brothers that he shot his wife while she was sleeping and disposed of her body, the weapon and a mattress in a trash bin, police said.

A volunteer found the remains in an area not previously probed by cadaver dogs.

Episcopal panel angers Jewish leaders

NEW YORK — An Episcopal committee angered Jewish leaders yesterday by recommending that the church research taking action against companies involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

The Episcopal Socially Responsible Investment panel announced its decision days after Jewish leaders met with another Protestant denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), to protest its decision to pursue divesting itself from some companies with ties to the occupation.

“There’s a certain moral blindness here that’s very hard for me to understand,” said Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, which organized the summit with the Presbyterians. “Where is their pressure on the Palestinians? Where is their demand from the [European Union] to cease funding of the Palestinian Authority unless it does something against terrorist acts?”

The Rev. Brian Grieves, director of Episcopal Peace and Justice Ministries, said the investment committee seriously considered the concerns of Jewish leaders, and he planned to meet next week with representatives of the Anti-Defamation League.

Snake loose at theater showing ‘Anacondas’

HOUSTON — No, it’s not a 3-D creature feature: A Houston movie theater — one that was showing “Anacondas” among other films — has shut down while workers hunt for an 8-foot snake.

A maintenance worker said he saw a snake about a week ago that was thick as a man’s arm slithering along a wall, said Terrell Falk, a spokeswoman for Cinemark USA Inc.

“As soon as he saw it, he left,” she said. “I think everyone who was working left.”

When the owners of the 16-screen theater heard of it, they closed the place and brought in snake specialists.

It’s not clear if the animal escaped or remains inside. Based on the description, people believe it could be a Burmese python.

Debate overshadows Bush-Gore ratings

The nation paid attention to the initial presidential debate between President Bush and Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry Thursday night. Their sparring match proved more popular than the first debate between Mr. Bush and Al Gore in 2000, according to overnight Nielsen ratings.

With an estimated 62.5 million viewers, Thursday night’s debate was up 34 percent from the 47 million people who watched the first debate between Mr. Bush and Mr. Gore four years ago, according to Nielsen. The debate aired opposite a baseball playoff game.

NBC led the broadcast networks with 17.2 million viewers; ABC News garnered 11.5 million while CBS News had 13.5 million.

Fox News led rival news channels with nearly 10 million viewers, CNN attracted 4.4 million, while MSNBC averaged 1.2 million viewers.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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