- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 2, 2005


Border volunteers find woman’s body

PHOENIX — A volunteer border patrol group discovered the body of a woman suspected to be a border crosser less than a mile from a water aid station maintained by a humanitarian group.

The woman was one of at least two persons found dead near the border over the weekend.

The U.S. Border Patrol confirmed that they were told about the woman’s body on Saturday, though agents declined to identify the reporting party.

However, a news crew from KVOA-TV was with the Minutemen volunteers and said the group quickly reported the body to federal authorities.

Pima County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Barkman said another man found dead on Sunday died of apparent trauma. An autopsy was scheduled for yesterday.


Educator fights posting as abuser

BERRYVILLE — An assistant principal says she has been placed in error on a state registry of child abusers and sued to be removed from the list. A judge will hear the case this month.

Shelly Holman of Berryville Elementary School says she properly disciplined an 11-year-old fifth-grader in April 2004. Court documents show she had the parents’ consent to hit the boy with a wooden paddle three times after he got into a fight with another student on the school playground.


Dog competes in Alcatraz swim

SAN FRANCISCO — With a stomach full of scrambled eggs, Jake dog-paddled his way into history.

Organizers of the South End Rowing Club’s 10th annual Alcatraz Invitational — a 1.2-mile swim from the infamous prison island to the San Francisco shoreline — say the 65-pound golden retriever is the first canine known to have made the crossing.

He was the only dog among more than 500 swimmers who leapt into the chilly, choppy waters on Saturday, coming in 72nd overall. His time was 41 minutes and 45 seconds.

“It was colder and rougher than we thought it would be,” said Jeff Pokonosky, Jake’s owner and swim partner. “Jake amazed me. He was very focused. He started out really fast. I was trying to slow him down. He increased his pace to stay with the pack.”

The pair live in San Diego and swim four miles a week and bodysurf together. Jake always eats scrambled eggs before a big swim.


Governor appoints 144 women

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s first female governor in 25 years has increased the number of women in key posts in state government.

Of 374 gubernatorial appointments to various state boards and commissions since taking office in July 2004, Gov. M. Jodi Rell chose 144 women, or 38.5 percent of the appointments.

She said she simply chooses the right person for the job. “I’m not on a crusade,” she said.


Coming-of-age party ends with 9 arrests

WELLINGTON — Deputies broke up a teenage girl’s coming-of-age party with stun guns, pepper spray and their elbows and fists after they were summoned to break up a fight over a spilled drink.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the crowd of 300 was “unruly and hostile.” Nine guests were arrested Sunday and one was taken to a hospital for face and head injuries.

Crystal Rodriguez, 15, said the deputies wrecked her quinceanera party, traditionally held in Latin American communities to mark a girl’s 15th birthday.

Sgt. Edmund Suszczynski said in an incident report that up to 20 guests who were attacking deputies fled after being struck, stunned or pepper-sprayed.

Some guests said the fight, which began over a spilled drink on the dance floor, was over and people were trying to leave by the time deputies arrived.


New beetle found in forest

BOSTON — A species of beetle never before seen in North America has been discovered in a Massachusetts forest, but the Asian insect does not appear to pose an ecological threat, researchers said yesterday.

Twenty-two beetles belonging to the Xyleborus seriatus species of ambrosia beetle were found in April in traps set by state forestry workers in Southborough, about 25 miles west of Boston. Two or three more were trapped in nearby Stow.

The insects were sent to Cornell University to be studied.

They may have “hitchhiked” to the United States on wooden crates shipped from Asia, Cornell entomologist Richard Hoebeke said.

The new beetle is about 2 millimeters long and has brown legs and wings. Scientists are thinking about naming it the “Southborough beetle.”


3 killed in crash of 1929 convertible

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP — A driver apparently ran a stop sign at an intersection near Ann Arbor and collided with a classic car carrying a family of five, killing two adults and a child, authorities said.

Two other children in the 1929 Duesenberg convertible were injured Saturday evening in Superior Township, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said. All five victims were thrown from the vehicle, which did not have seat belts.

The driver of the Duesenberg recently helped complete a three-year restoration project for its owner, the Detroit Free Press said. The car was worth an estimated $1.5 million.


Program collects tons of pesticides

BISMARCK — A state program that helps people get rid of unusable pesticides collected 85 tons this year, the second-largest collection in the program’s 15-year history.

Collections were held in 16 communities this year, double last year’s number. The pesticides are shipped out of state to be destroyed.


University warns of housing shortage

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee has sent letters to about 200 upperclassmen suggesting they seek off-campus living because of an on-campus housing shortage expected this fall.

The school said the problem stems from the increased number of freshmen, who are required to stay on campus unless they live with a parent or guardian. The university hasn’t built a residence hall since 1969.


State workers update offices

SALT LAKE CITY — The $200 million renovation of the Capitol has become an opportunity for state workers to upgrade their office furnishings and equipment.

Some of the trappings replace old, stapled-together pieces handed down over the years. State leaders say some costs associated with renovating a historic building can’t be avoided, but they don’t think anyone is gouging the government.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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