- The Washington Times - Monday, December 19, 2005


Muslim speakers detained at airport

LONG BEACH — Muslim leaders who gathered Saturday to discuss their role in combating extremism within the Islamic community complained that two scheduled speakers missed the event after being detained at Los Angeles International Airport.

“People are upset,” said Salam Al-Marayati of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which organized the conference. “On one hand, the U.S. government is asking us to do more, but on the other, they are preventing us from doing our work.”

British citizens Mockbul Ali and Waqqas Khan had arrived on a flight from London at 4 p.m. but only cleared customs after 8 p.m., said Erin Robertson, a spokeswoman for the British Consulate-General in Los Angeles.

Miss Robertson said it wasn’t clear why the men were delayed.


DWI suspect drives away in police car

SELDEN — A Florida man arrested Saturday for suspected drunken driving slipped off his handcuffs, slid into the driver’s seat of a police car and sped off, police said. He was captured a short time later.

Just before the incident, Thomas Elflein, 26, was spotted trying to avoid a DWI checkpoint by pulling into a gas station at about 12:30 a.m., said Suffolk County Police Detective Sgt. William Lamb.

Officers handcuffed him and put him in the back of a marked police car, Mr. Lamb said. But while an officer was outside recording license information, Mr. Elflein pulled off the handcuffs, got into the driver’s seat and drove away, Mr. Lamb said. He said Mr. Elflein eventually abandoned the police car and was tracked down by search dogs.


Nursing home fined in pregnancy case

SPRINGFIELD — State officials have fined a suburban Chicago nursing home $10,000 for failing to conduct a complete investigation into how a severely disabled, brain-damaged woman became pregnant.

State health officials also said Friday that nursing staff at the Alden Village Health Facility for Children and Young Adults in Bloomingdale categorized the woman’s symptoms as constipation despite support staff reports that said the woman had signs of being pregnant.

As a result, the woman, who gave birth July 20, didn’t receive prenatal care until she was seven months’ pregnant, the agency said. The woman’s mother is raising the baby girl, who was born healthy.

A former nurse’s aide was charged in November with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault after authorities found that a DNA sample of his matched the baby’s DNA, according to prosecutors.


Hunter bags doe with antlers

DES MOINES — A hunter thought he might have bagged a trophy buck when he shot a 14-point deer in northeastern Iowa earlier this month.

Eric Weymiller, 25, of rural Harpers Ferry, started to field dress the animal when to his surprise he noticed it wasn’t a buck at all. He discovered he was dressing a doe sporting antlers with 14 tines, a big rack even for a buck.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Biologist Terry Hainfield confirmed that the animal was female.

“It is unusual to find a doe with antlers, but what makes this particularly unusual is that the antlers had hardened and grown so big,” the biologist said.


Concert brings music back to Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS — Singers Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson staged a musical homecoming for hurricane-wrecked New Orleans on Saturday night, bringing back a taste of the songs for which the city is famed.

In a concert dedicated to assisting musicians who lost their homes, instruments and livelihoods when Hurricane Katrina flooded the city on Aug. 29, the two pledged to help its songmakers find their voices again.

Mr. Guthrie embarked earlier this month on a musical tour aboard the “City of New Orleans,” the train he made famous with a song of the same name by Steve Goodman.

With songs such as “City of New Orleans,” “We Don’t Run” and “This Land is Your Land,” Mr. Nelson and Mr. Guthrie played to a packed house at Tipitina’s, the local nightclub that fostered such talent as the Neville Brothers.


Multimillionaire survives shooting

CAMBRIDGE — A former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and multimillionaire businessman who has been praised for his riveting lectures but also known for his family disputes was ambushed outside his office and shot multiple times, authorities said Saturday.

John J. Donovan, 63, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after the shooting Friday night and later released, hospital spokesman Arch MacInnes said Saturday.

The founder of consulting firm Cambridge Executive Enterprises was shot several times, and it wasn’t clear why he wasn’t more seriously injured, police spokesman Frank Pasquarello said. He didn’t know whether Mr. Donovan was wearing a bulletproof vest but said a belt buckle may have helped saved his life.

Police were investigating but had not made any arrests Saturday or determined a motive, Mr. Pasquarello said.


Prize diamond found in trash

MANCHESTER — A woman who says she never wins anything can’t say that anymore now that she has found a prize diamond that had been tossed out in the trash.

Two weeks ago, as part of a Ladies’ Night at the Manchester Monarchs’ hockey game, jeweler David Bellman gave the first 1,000 women who walked through the gates an envelope. One contained a half-carat diamond worth $2,500. The others held cubic zirconia, diamond look-alikes.

Hundreds of women had jewelers check their stone at the game, but the diamond didn’t show up, and Mr. Bellman worried that someone had thrown it away. He was right.

Lauri Proulx’s roommate tossed the diamond in the trash after it sat on a counter for the weekend, but her son fished it out when he learned the winning diamond hadn’t shown up. He pestered his mother to have it checked out.

She brought it to Mr. Bellman Thursday, who confirmed that it was the real thing.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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