- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Education board OKs rules limiting snacks

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Board of Education Monday unanimously approved new school nutrition standards that limit students’ access to vending machines and put a lid on sugared drinks.

The new rules also require school districts to begin implementing programs to provide 30 minutes of physical activity each day for students in kindergarten through 12th grade by the end of the upcoming school year.

A state study last year showed that 40 percent of Arkansas’ 450,000 students are obese or overweight.


42 injured in San Quentin riot

SAN QUENTIN — Forty-two inmates were injured Monday when a simmering dispute between two ethnic groups erupted into the largest riot at San Quentin State Prison in 23 years.

The fight broke out between white and Hispanic inmates in a medium security dormitory-style unit that houses about 900 prisoners, said Vernell Crittendon, the prison’s public information officer.

Prison officials said as many as 80 inmates in several different buildings were involved in the tumult, which lasted six minutes.


Retrials ordered for convicted Cubans

MIAMI — A U.S. appeals court yesterday overturned the convictions of five men found guilty of spying for Cuba and said pervasive prejudice against the government of President Fidel Castro had prevented them from getting a fair trial in Miami.

The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ordered new trials for the “Cuban five,” who were convicted in 2001 on conspiracy and espionage charges.

Three had been sentenced to life in prison and the others to 15- and 19-year terms, sentences that a U.N. human rights body condemned last month as arbitrary and unduly harsh for the men hailed in Cuba as national heroes.

Also overturned was the murder conspiracy conviction of ringleader Gerardo Hernandez. He was also convicted for his role in the deaths of four Cuban exiles shot down by Cuban MiGs in international airspace in 1996, an event that sparked widespread condemnation.


Price of gasoline hits record high

HONOLULU — The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline hit a record high of $2.675, AAA said. Gas sold for 10 cents more than a month ago and about 33 cents more than a year ago.

Maui had the highest fuel prices of any island, at $2.899 a gallon for regular, while the island of Hawaii had the second most expensive gas.


Emaciated teen found in diapers

BOSTON — A Massachusetts woman who said she does not believe in doctors was charged with child neglect after her emaciated 13-year-old daughter was found at her home in diapers and suffering from a life-threatening infection.

Deborah Robinson, 38, appeared in court Monday to face charges of child endangerment and wantonly and recklessly permitting substantial body injury to a child younger than 14.

Paramedics found the teen unresponsive and with no detectable blood pressure on Aug. 3, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said yesterday.

The girl suffered an infection that may have festered for up to a month after she botched an attempt to pierce her own navel, spokesman David Procopio said. She eventually stopped eating and moving and lost control of her bowels as she lay on a couch at her mother’s home in Boston.


Man pleads guilty in highway shootings

COLUMBUS — A mentally ill man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and 10 other charges yesterday in a series of Ohio highway shootings and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Charles McCoy Jr., 29, had admitted firing the shots in a five-month period in 2003 and 2004, but pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and 23 other counts. His death penalty trial ended in a mistrial.

McCoy cried as he began to read a statement apologizing to victims, and his attorney took over. He also cried as victims told the judge how they had been affected by the shootings.

Psychiatrists for both sides agreed that McCoy had severe delusions that television programs and commercials were speaking directly to him and mocking him. Toward the end of the shootings, he thought that firing from overpasses would make press coverage of Michael Jackson stop.

The only person hit by a bullet, Gail Knisley,was killed while a friend was driving her to a doctor’s appointment.


Inmate’s wife kills guard during escape

KINGSTON — An inmate serving a 35-year sentence on robbery and assault charges escaped yesterday after his wife fatally shot a guard who was escorting the shackled prisoner outside a courthouse, authorities said.

The bloody escape set off an extensive search for George and Jennifer Hyatte. Helicopters circled over the eastern Tennessee town and schools — open for student registration — were locked down.

The Ford Explorer in which the couple fled the scene was later found abandoned with blood on the driver’s side, and officers think the woman may have been wounded during the attack, Police Chief Jim Washam said.


Federal bill will help enlarge rail tunnel

BELLOWS FALLS — A $2 million appropriation in the federal transportation bill is designed to boost rail in New England by making a 400-foot-long tunnel in Bellows Falls large enough to handle double-stacked cars carrying containers from the port of Montreal or automobile rack cars from a port near Providence.

This will be the third time the tunnel has been deepened since it was built in 1851.


Identities soughtfor Green River victims

SEATTLE — A year and a half after Green River killer Gary Ridgway admitted to 48 murders, investigators are issuing a new call for public help to identify four of the victims.

“We’re no closer to identifying these bones than when we started,” said Tom Jensen, a veteran investigator on the Green River cases. “We’re just drawing a blank. We’ve done I don’t know how many DNA tests and nobody is matching these bones. We’re grasping at straws here.”

Investigators are asking anyone to call them with information on missing women in King County in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ridgway was arrested in late 2001 based on DNA evidence. He is serving life in prison without parole.


Soldier in Iraq sees daughter’s birth

PARKERSBURG — Sgt. William Hamrick II witnessed the birth of his daughter Monday. That may seem unremarkable — except that Sgt. Hamrick was 6,000 miles away in Iraq.

When doctors induced labor Monday morning at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, Sgt. Hamrick was virtually at his wife’s side via live Internet video and satellite audio link.

Hospital information specialists put the system together at no cost to the family.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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