- The Washington Times - Monday, August 29, 2005

GEORGIA

Aquarium windowto outsize others

ATLANTA —In the hush-hush world of Georgia Aquarium secrets, benefactor Bernie Marcus is getting ready to reveal a transparent whopper.

No one at the fish tank under construction in downtown Atlanta, including Mr. Marcus, will talk about it, but the facility apparently will boast the biggest aquarium window in the United States and one of the biggest in the world.

The main window, considered the dominant, eye-popping feature of most public aquariums, will approach the size of the massive window at the Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, Japan, which measures about 74 feet long and is nearly three stories tall. That 2-foot-thick acrylic marvel weighs more than a quarter-million pounds and can withstand 1.9 million pounds of pressure.



The biggest aquarium window in the United States is at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. It is 54 feet long, 15 feet tall and about 13 inches thick.

“The technology of acrylic windows has advanced so much since we opened in the 1980s that you can create a bigger expanse of unobstructed window,” said Monterey spokesman Ken Peterson. “That can be a dramatic effect for people when you’re trying to create a sense of what the ocean looks like.”

IDAHO

Power firm eyessales of credits

BOISE — Idaho Power customers might see lower electric bills if the company sells pollution credits on the open market. The utility’s coal-fired plants don’t emit as much pollution as allowed by law, so the company is allowed to sell the allowances to firms whose plants pollute over the limit.

Idaho Power officials say they are not sure whether they will sell the credits, and state regulators would decide whether any revenue would reduce customer rates.

KANSAS

Former speakerto run for governor

TOPEKA — Former House Speaker Robin Jennison said he will run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination next year. Mr. Jennison served in the Legislature for a decade, including two years as speaker. His major opponent in the primary is House Speaker Doug Mays.

The Republican candidate likely will face Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat who is widely expected to seek a second term.

KENTUCKY

Married manpursues priesthood

LOUISVILLE — A former Episcopal priest is on track to become the first married priest in the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Louisville.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jeffrey Hopper is preparing for ordination under a 25-year-old program begun by Pope John Paul II.

Episcopal congregations also are allowed to join the Catholic Church while retaining their traditional liturgy and married clergy.

Mr. Hopper was ordained as a deacon last week in St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky., and expects to be ordained to the priesthood in May.

MISSISSIPPI

DuPont told to payfisherman $14 million

LAUREL — An oyster fisherman who claimed chemicals from a DuPont factory caused his rare blood cancer was awarded $14 million in actual damages in the first of 1,996 lawsuits involving the plant.

A jury found DuPont DeLisle at fault Friday for Glen Strong’s multiple myeloma. Mr. Strong’s wife received $1.5 million for loss of “love and companionship.” The jury will meet again today to decide on punitive damages.

DuPont officials say they plan to appeal.

“There is no connection between our operations and any health effects alleged by the plaintiffs,” said Mary Kate Campbell, a DuPont spokeswoman.

Mr. Strong and 1,995 other plaintiffs filed lawsuits claiming releases of dioxins from the plant caused a variety of health problems. The chemical company is defending each case individually.

NEBRASKA

14-year-old gives birth; husband charged

LINCOLN — A 14-year-old girl whose 22-year-old husband is charged with sexually assaulting a minor has given birth to their daughter, and the man said he plans to plead not guilty in the case.

The girl became pregnant when she was 13, and her mother gave permission in May for Matthew Koso to take her daughter to Kansas to marry.

Nebraska requires people to be at least 17 before they can marry. But Kansas does not have a minimum age as long as both parents or guardians approve or the marriage is approved by a judge, said a spokesman for Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has charged Mr. Koso with first-degree sexual assault, punishable by up to 50 years in prison if convicted.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Birds test positivefor equine disease

CONCORD — The state found evidence of eastern equine encephalitis in three more New Hampshire communities.

Dead birds tested positive for the disease in Franklin, Canterbury and Hooksett. The disease usually doesn’t affect people, but is capable of causing flulike symptoms and, in rare cases, coma and death in someone bitten by an infected mosquito.

NEW YORK

Upfront tippersraise suspicions

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association is cracking down on people paying big tips upfront for a table at Saratoga Race Course restaurants.

Manuel Alvarez, a maitre d’ at the Porch restaurant, was fired after purportedly accepting $200 from a pair of security officers posing as customers. Prosecutors are reviewing the case. Mr. Alvarez denies any wrongdoing.

OHIO

‘Sleepwalker’ convicted of molesting girls

CANTON — A man who claimed he was sleepwalking when he molested three girls in his home was convicted of rape and other charges.

A Stark County Common Pleas jury convicted Jeffrey S. Buske, 38, on counts of rape, unlawful sexual conduct and sexual imposition and two counts of sexual battery.

The victims, a young relative and two friends, testified that Buske molested them as they slept while staying at his home. Buske faces up to 25 years in prison.

OREGON

Scientists lookseaward for energy

GARDINER — Scientists are turning to the ocean as an alternative source of energy.

The potential for harnessing the power of waves has drawn study by Oregon State University, government agencies and communities along the coast. Groups hoping to begin work on experimental technology are considering Gardiner’s International Paper mill site.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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