- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Official releases list of foods for students

PHOENIX — Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne recently released a detailed proposal on what foods should be allowed in Arizona grade schools.

He has proposed banning items such as candy bars, soda and most chips. The proposal follows passage of an Arizona law banning the sale of sugary and fatty foods in elementary and middle schools.


Hurricane donations total $20 million

TALLAHASSEE — Private donations to the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund totaled $20 million, helping to provide food and housing for 14,000 households in the wake of last year’s hurricanes, officials said. Gov. Jeb Bush established the fund after Charley struck the state’s Gulf Coast.

The fund provided immediate assistance to families or organizations that were not eligible for federal aid, did not have adequate insurance or lacked cash for necessities.


Coretta Scott King admitted to hospital

ATLANTA — Coretta Scott King was admitted to a hospital yesterday and was in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mrs. King, 78, the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, went to an emergency room yesterday morning. Piedmont Hospital spokeswoman Diana Lewis would not discuss the reason for the hospitalization, but said Mrs. King will spend the night at the hospital for observation.

Miss Lewis said the King family is expected to release a statement today. Attempts to reach relatives by phone yesterday weren’t successful.

Mrs. King has canceled recent public appearances, raising concerns about the health of the civil rights matriarch.


Schools seek money to cover fuel costs

TOPEKA — With the first day of classes approaching, school districts across Kansas are seeking additional money in their budgets to match rising fuel prices.

Although the state increased school funding by $290 million for the 2005-06 school year, most of that money is earmarked for specific programs and not for putting fuel in the tanks of thousands of buses.


Carbon monoxide fills Chicago eatery

CHICAGO — Three persons were in hospital yesterday recovering from carbon monoxide fumes that leaked from a faulty dishwasher at a downtown Chicago restaurant.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib restaurant was evacuated Monday evening when people became sickened by the carbon monoxide fumes, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Three persons were treated at the restaurant and three others were in stable condition at Lincoln Park Hospital, a fire department spokesman said.


Playgrounds built to serve disabled

SCIO TOWNSHIP — Shallon Kovac loves her school’s new playground, which is designed so that children with disabilities and those without can play together.

“Awesome,” the 15-year-old with Down syndrome said repeatedly last week while leading visitors on a tour of the playground, rushing from sandbox to climbing wall to slide to rocking boat.

The playground opened in June at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District’s campus west of Ann Arbor. It was the 75th playground to open under the sponsorship of the Connecticut-based National Center for Boundless Playgrounds. No. 80 is scheduled to open today in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Boundless Playgrounds can be found in 21 states and Ontario.


New charges for judge acquitted of bribery

JACKSON — The state Supreme Court justice acquitted of bribery last week is charged in a newly unsealed indictment with federal tax evasion, his attorney said yesterday.

U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate unsealed the tax evasion indictment on Monday against Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr., defense attorney Robert McDuff confirmed to the Associated Press.

The indictment was handed up March 22. It had been sealed in the lead-up to the bribery trial after Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Burkhalter said it would have “undue and potentially prejudicial impact” on the jury.

Judge Diaz and two former trial judges had been accused of taking bribes from prominent attorney Paul Minor, and all four men were tried together. Judge Diaz was acquitted of all counts Friday. Jurors were deadlocked on some of the counts against his co-defendants, but none of the accused was convicted of any counts.


Man jailed in killing near rail station

MINEOLA — A self-proclaimed gang member was sentenced yesterday to 70 years to life in prison for killing a businessman who was walking home from a commuter rail station.

Nelson Zuniga, 21, of Freeport, was convicted last month of second-degree murder and robbery in the 2003 killing. Before his trial, Zuniga rejected a plea deal that would have made him eligible for parole in 20 years.

Police say Anthony Battaglia, 37, a mechanical engineer who worked in New York City, was accosted by the attackers within 150 feet of his home. He was shot once and stabbed twice.


Couple marry at McDonald’s

IRWIN — Do you want fries with those vows?

Ken Sinchar and Lori Sherbondy have heard that and every other fast-food joke since they announced plans to marry at a McDonald’s drive-through, where they fell in love four years earlier.

On Monday night, Mr. Sinchar rolled through the drive-through and lowered his window. Miss Sherbondy slid open hers, and the couple grabbed hands as a district judge pronounced them husband and wife.

Mr. Sinchar was expecting to pick up a Big Mac, not a date, the first time he pulled through the Norwin Towne Shopping Center McDonald’s.

“I didn’t used to go for fast food, but I looked at that woman in the window, and wow. I came back every lunchtime after that,” said Mr. Sinchar, a 38-year-old floor installer.


Police set up online program

LEHI — Residents of Lehi can use a new online program called Vacation Watch to have the Lehi Police Department keep an eye on their homes while they’re away.

The department says they wanted to create a program where people feel like they can communicate with the police department. Lehi has more than 21,000 residents.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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