- The Washington Times - Monday, August 22, 2005

ALABAMA

Filling station owner killed by gas thief

FORT PAYNE — A gas station owner was run over and killed when he tried to stop a driver from leaving without paying for $52 worth of gasoline, police said.

The driver had not been apprehended yesterday, and police Chief David Walker said the case was being investigated as a robbery-homicide.

Witnesses told police that Husain Caddi, owner of Fort Payne Texaco, “grabbed onto the vehicle” Friday when the driver began to drive off.



Mr. Caddi, 54, was dragged across the parking lot and onto a highway, where he fell to the pavement and was run over by the late-model sport utility vehicle’s rear wheel, Chief Walker said.

ARIZONA

Concerns raised over Indian treat

SELLS — Plopped down on a paper plate in all its caloric bliss, the round, doughy treat is so appealing, so alluring it’s hard to believe this wondrous sight can cause anything but delight.

But fry bread, that fluffy concoction American Indian women make in their kitchens and people line up for at powwows and Western fairs, has come under attack as a hazard to health.

Suzan Shown Harjo, a Cheyenne and Muscogee Indian, wasn’t trying to cause a debate. She just was exhausted with yet another one of her relatives dying of diabetes. She zoned in on fry bread as a culprit and whipped out a January column for Indian Country Today declaring it junk food that leads to fat Indians.

She made a New Year’s resolution to abstain from fry bread. Then she did something some Indians consider insane: She asked them to give it up, too. Word spread, prompting outrage by those who consider fry bread synonymous with Indian culture.

ARKANSAS

Windshield crack grounds jetliner

LITTLE ROCK — A Delta Air Lines flight headed to Ontario, Calif., from Atlanta landed here after the airplane’s windshield cracked.

The airplane was at 34,000 feet during the flight Saturday when the crack occurred, airport spokesman T.J. Williams said. There were no injuries reported among the 180 passengers and six crew members.

Mr. Williams said the cause of the crack was not immediately known, but he said the emergency landing was necessary because of concerns about a potential loss in cabin pressure.

GEORGIA

Baby loses foot because of puppy

AUGUSTA — Ashley Marie Padgett, 22, was charged with contributing to the deprivation of a minor after her 2-month-old’s right foot was chewed by a puppy and had to be amputated.

Police said she was awakened from a nap by her daughter Cadence’s crying and discovered their Jack Russell terrier mix had apparently jumped into the baby’s bassinet.

IOWA

Meningitis vaccine in short supply

DES MOINES — Heavy demand is causing shortages of a new meningitis vaccine at some doctors’ offices in Iowa. The shortage comes just as new college students, who are among the most susceptible to the disease, are moving in at school.

The vaccine, Menactra, was introduced this year and is expected to provide longer-lasting protection than Menomune, which is still widely available.

KANSAS

Survivors oppose 9/11 memorial plan

ANTHONY — Jack Lynch and Charles Wolf, who lost family members on September 11, 2001, have started a national campaign to stop what they see as unnecessary attractions, such as a theater and an International Freedom Center, at the planned memorial in New York.

The two men made their first stop at a local September 11 memorial, hoping to raise public awareness.

MAINE

Company restoring damaged Humvees

LIMESTONE — The buzz of hydraulic wrenches and the clatter of tools fill a cavernous room as workers restore worn-out military Humvees at the former Loring Air Force Base. Even during break time, a few mechanics keep buzzing away.

Hustling to meet self-imposed quotas, the workers know the stakes are high: These Humvees may be headed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Maine Military Authority has doubled production to meet demand for Humvees that are being sidelined from the wear and tear of combat operations. Some of the most recent arrivals from Kuwait show signs of battlefield damage. Many are equipped to receive heavy armor to protect against roadside bombs.

The Maine Military Authority got its start overhauling surplus Humvees for National Guard units. It was awarded Army contracts worth $22 million for 620 Humvees this year because Army depots in Pennsylvania and Texas were at capacity.

In Maine, monthly production has grown to 220 units, and the authority expects to deliver 1,900 Humvees by year’s end, said General Manager Gary Cleaves.

NEVADA

Clown sentenced for festival assault

RENO — A man dressed as a clown who assaulted a man and stole his bicycle at last year’s Burning Man festival has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $21,000 restitution.

Johnny Goodman was caught after the victim’s friends tracked him down.

Although his attacker disappeared into the crowd of painted and costumed celebrants, Dennis Hinkamp’s friends launched an Internet search to find him. They linked him to a group called Anarchoclowns and finally to a hospital in Washington state, where Goodman was a nursing student.

Goodman confessed and was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit theft, District Attorney Jim Shirley said.

NEW MEXICO

Border Patrol nabs ton of marijuana

ALAMOGORDO — U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered more than a ton of marijuana in a tractor-trailer bound for Michigan.

Agents searched the trailer at a checkpoint and found 21 boxes containing 113 cellophane bundles. The value was estimated at $1.7 million. Agents took the driver of the truck, Walter Gene Bruce, 44, of Tennessee, into custody.

PENNSYLVANIA

Police break up anti-war march

PITTSBURGH — Two women protesting the war in Iraq were taken to a hospital Saturday after police broke up an unauthorized march involving about five dozen people on a busy one-way street near an Army recruiting station.

David Meieran, who helped organize the protest, accused police of “inappropriate and excessive force.”

Sgt. Clint Winkler, a supervisor on duty, told the Associated Press that one woman who would not leave was subdued with a Taser. He also confirmed that a police dog bit another woman on the leg when she refused police orders to disperse.

Both women and a man involved in the march were arrested, Sgt. Winkler said. He said the march broke up after the arrests. The recruiting station was not open at the time.

TEXAS

Armstrong pushes for cancer research

CRAWFORD — Lance Armstrong said he set a one-day record during his bike ride with President Bush — not for cycling but for lobbying.

During their two-hour ride on Mr. Bush’s ranch Saturday, Mr. Armstrong pushed the president to spend more federal money on cancer research.

“I’ve never asked someone for so much money before,” the seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor told ABC’s “This Week” for its Sunday broadcast.

Mr. Armstrong added that the Iraq war, which he opposes, never came up during their 17-mile ride.

“That old boy can go,” Mr. Armstrong said. “I didn’t think he would punish himself that much, but he did.”

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