- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 29, 2004


Rescuers find 4 bodies near crash site

LIHUE — Rescue workers who trekked to the wreckage of a tour helicopter in a remote mountainous area of Kauai found the bodies of four persons on Monday. They continued searching for the body of the fifth person on board the craft.

Four Kauai County firefighters were dropped atop the mountain by an Army Black Hawk helicopter and made their way on foot through thick vegetation down the steep face, a county spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said the tour helicopter apparently slid from the point where it crashed into the mountain last week, although she could not say how far. She said there were no survivors. Authorities noted that the aircraft burst into flames on impact.


Toddler killed in day care shooting

DETROIT — A man opened fire at an in-home day care center yesterday, killing a 3-year-old and critically wounding two adults, officials said. Police said the child died after being rushed to a hospital in critical condition.

Authorities were searching for the gunman, who they said came to the door of the house, exchanged words with someone, entered and opened fire.

A 7-month-old also was injured, possibly from being dropped, and was taken to a hospital, police said. Two other children, apparently uninjured, were taken to a hospital as a precaution, authorities said.


Suers denied cash in Commandment case

MONTGOMERY — A judge dismissed a lawsuit demanding that ousted Chief Justice Roy Moore pay $550,000 for attorneys’ fees from the groups that sued to have his Ten Commandments monument removed from the state judicial building.

The order by Circuit Judge Tracy McCooey, which attorneys received yesterday, said the 10 citizens who filed the lawsuit had no legal standing to seek the recovery of spent state funds.

Judge McCooey’s order did not explain the dismissal, but plaintiffs’ attorney David Gespass said she indicated that “the governor is the only person who would have a right, in her view, to recover money wrongfully spent by a state official.”


Mayor orders return of DUI stops

OAKLAND — Mayor Jerry Brown on Monday ordered the on-again, off-again vehicle checkpoints back on track, calling the stoppage “a dumb idea.”

Oakland police officers will restart the roadblocks next week, despite complaints from the Hispanic community and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente. The last checkpoint occurred more than a month ago.

Law enforcement officials say the checkpoints are an effective way to get drunken and unlicensed drivers off Oakland’s streets. However, the roadblocks also swept up dozens of illegal immigrants without licenses or insurance, leaving many without transportation to get to work or the store, and causing hundreds of dollars in fines and fees.


Dog at kennel warns about smoke

CROWN POINT — Lake County Animal Control officials are crediting a dog with warning them about dangerous smoke coming from an area that contained 10 other dogs.

April Godra, a shelter official, said she knew something wasn’t right when Foxie, a normally quiet collie, would not stop barking as Miss Godra made her rounds through the northwestern Indiana kennels two weeks ago.

Then she noticed Foxie looking at the door leading to the garage where the dogs were.

“I opened the door, and smoke started billowing in,” she said. “I said, ‘Oh my God, Foxie, you’re just like Lassie. You saved us.’”

A burning motor in a washing machine caused the smoke.


Alcohol stash found in dry town

GREENUP — State police confiscated more than 120 cases of beer and 100 bottles of liquor at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Greenup after troopers were called to break up a fight. Trooper Elliott Gollihue said the cache of alcohol was visible from the parking lot.

Liquor sales aren’t permitted in Greenup. Trooper Gollihue said an investigation was under way and that charges of illegal possession of alcohol could be filed.


Scalia questions’moralizing’ by judges

CAMBRIDGE — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he thinks “abstract moralizing” has led the American judicial system into a quagmire and that matters such as abortion and euthanasia cannot legitimately be resolved by judges.

“What I am questioning is the propriety, indeed the sanity, of having value-laden decisions such as these made for the entire society … by judges,” Justice Scalia said yesterday during an appearance at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

“I believe in liberal democracy, which is a democracy that worries about the tyranny of the majority, but it is the majority itself that must draw the lines,” Justice Scalia said, citing the popularly passed 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women’s suffrage.


Abortion ruling to be appealed

LINCOLN — The Justice Department said yesterday that it will appeal a Nebraska judge’s ruling that struck down the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf declared the ban unconstitutional Sept. 8, saying it interferes with the right to an abortion and fails to allow exceptions when a woman’s health is in danger. The Justice Department said it will challenge the ruling on both counts before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The law, signed by President Bush last year, bans a procedure that doctors call intact dilation and extraction and that critics refer to as partial-birth abortion.

The ban has not been enforced because three federal judges agreed to hear challenges in non-jury trials.


Ponderosa Ranch makes last ride

INCLINE VILLAGE — Nevada’s Ponderosa Ranch has faded into the sunset. The 570-acre Western theme park overlooking Lake Tahoe and made famous by the 1960s television series “Bonanza” shut its gates on Sunday after nearly four decades.

Thousands of people visited the park over the weekend for one last snapshot of the Ponderosa and “Bonanza,” which featured the Cartwright family.


Bus tour powered by vegetable oil

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — It’s not unusual for the students traveling cross-country aboard an old school bus to get a craving for fried chicken. Or popcorn. Or french fries. That’s because their vehicle is powered by vegetable oil, and the used oil in the tank carries the telltale odors of the restaurant where they got it.

“Sometimes it makes us hungry driving,” said Thomas Hand, 21, one of 13 Middlebury College students who are traversing the country this fall to promote the use of alternative fuels. “You can fill up at the same place your car does.”

“Yesterday, we filled up at a Chinese restaurant,” said Kyle von Hasseln, 22.


Clinton taking hourlong walks

WHITE PLAINS — Three weeks after heart bypass surgery, former President Bill Clinton is taking long walks and enjoying the greetings of his neighbors, his wife said Monday.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said her husband, who underwent an operation on Sept. 6, is “making real progress” and getting stronger every day at their Chappaqua home.

“He and I went for long walks on Friday and Sunday,” the New York Democrat said after a speech in White Plains. “He’s walking 45 minutes to an hour.”


University to delay sale of radio stations

PROVIDENCE — Boston University said it will delay putting two public radio stations it owns in Rhode Island up for sale — potentially to commercial owners — after state officials said the move would be unfair to supporters.

In a letter Monday, Gov. Donald L. Carcieri asked the university to change its decision to sell, which was announced Sept. 17. Attorney General Patrick Lynch also wrote, asking the station to turn over financial documents related to one station.

“The president has taken into account the concerns of the governor and the attorney general and has decided to delay the sale,” said Nancy Sterling, spokeswoman for the university’s interim president, Aram Chobanian.


Two men charged in ecoterror arsons

SALT LAKE CITY — Two men have been charged with setting separate fires at sites where the names of ecoterrorist groups were spray-painted.

Prosecutors had expected both men to enter guilty pleas yesterday to destruction of property by fire, but their appearances were continued, U.S. Attorney Paul Warner said. Each faces five to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Justus A. Ireland, 23, was charged in a June 14 arson at a suburban lumber company that sustained an estimated $1.5 million in damage. Joshua Demmitt, 18, was charged in a July 8 arson at a Brigham Young University farm building that caused about $30,000 damage.

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