- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 27, 2005

Family reunited after reputed abduction

GLENDALE, Calif. — A father has been reunited with his two children, four years after they purportedly were abducted by their mother and taken to Mexico.

The 9-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy apparently dug under a fence to cross into the United States on Thursday and were spotted walking on Imperial Beach in San Diego County, authorities said. Tom Terranova said Friday he “almost fell over” when he first got the call notifying him that the children had been found.

The children’s mother, Gloria Terranova, said she decided to run because she owed her divorce lawyer money and because Glendale police were ordered to take the children from her. Mrs. Terranova is wanted on an arrest warrant charging her with abducting the children.

Heroic flight attendant in ‘85 hijacking dies

TUCSON, Ariz. — Uli Derickson, the flight attendant who served as a buffer between terrorists and passengers during a 1985 airline hijacking that dragged on for 17 days, has died at the age of 60.

Mrs. Derickson, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2003, died Feb. 18 at her home in Tucson, said Glen Coughenour, funeral director at the Evergreen Mortuary Cemetery and Crematory.

During the hijacking of Trans World Airlines Flight 847 in June 1985, Mrs. Derickson talked to the Shi’ite Muslim terrorists and is credited with shielding passengers whose names sounded Jewish by hiding their passports.

She said after her release that the hijackers had asked her for the passports of passengers with Jewish-sounding names. Asked how many she picked out, she answered: “Six. Or seven, I believe.”

Later, however, Mrs. Derickson said she collected all the passports and did not help the terrorists determine which hostages might be Jewish.

The flight began in Athens but ended up in Beirut, where the crew and 39 passengers were held for 17 days. A Navy diver on the flight was killed by the terrorists, but passengers credited Mrs. Derickson with preventing more killings.

Monument unveiled for ‘93 attack victims

NEW YORK — A new monument was unveiled yesterday in memory of the six victims of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.

The monument replaces the one that was at the site at the time of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The event coincided with the 12th anniversary of the first terrorist attack on the site.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Gov. George E. Pataki attended the ceremony with family and friends of the dead.

An original fragment from the first monument was found in the ruins after the September 11 attacks and forms part of the new one — a stainless-steel tower that stands about 3 feet high.

Group rejects offer for Hemingway house

BOISE, Idaho — An environmental group that owns the former home of novelist Ernest Hemingway has rejected an offer from neighbors to buy the property.

The board of the Nature Conservancy’s Idaho chapter voted Friday to move ahead with a plan to turn the 13-acre property near Sun Valley into a literary library and museum. The Nobel Prize-winning author fatally shot himself at the home in 1961.

Neighbors had agreed to pay market value for the property — which could fetch an estimated $5 million — on the condition the house be moved.

Neighbors fear the nonprofit group’s plans will disrupt the residential character of the upscale community.

Report hits security of nuke-lab IDs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Employees who quit their jobs at Los Alamos National Laboratory regularly failed to turn in security badges and complete other measures to ensure they no longer had access to classified information or nuclear material, according to a report released Friday.

The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy, which oversees the nuclear-weapons lab, began investigating last year after concerns that computer disks and other lab property containing secret information might have been going home with departing employees.

Ten percent of the 1,668 employees who left between Jan. 1, 2002, and Feb. 25, 2004, did not turn in their badges, according to the report. Forty-four of those had badges that allowed access to secret information and nuclear material, and some of the badges allowed access to other DOE sites, the report said.

The report, however, said no nuclear material, lab equipment or sensitive information has gone unaccounted for because of retired employees.

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