- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 2, 2005


Teen held in death of motorist

LITTLE ROCK — A teen was arrested Tuesday for reportedly throwing a concrete chunk from an interstate overpass, killing a driver, police said.

Carolyn Mirek, 50, was heading home with her daughter when their SUV was struck on Saturday. She was pronounced dead early Sunday.

A 17-year-old from Little Rock was one of three individuals questioned in the death, Arkansas State Police said. The teen faces charges of first-degree murder and commissioning a terroristic act, police said.


Woman bitten by coyote

LAKEWOOD — A woman was bitten by a coyote after she pried its jaws open to free her dog from the coyote’s clutches at a park.

“All I could think about was getting my dog back, that ‘my dog is not going to be your breakfast today,’ ” said Bonny Jeffers, 48, an administrator with Denver public schools. “They were going to eat her. They were going to take her back to the den as food for their pups.”

Miss Jeffers was taken to a hospital and was treated for bites on her chin and a finger on her left hand. Deuce, a 13-year-old female rat terrier that was attacked, was recovering at a veterinary clinic, according to the Rocky Mountain News.


Auto heiress-philanthropist dies

DETROIT — Josephine Clay Ford, a leading philanthropist who was the only granddaughter of automotive pioneer Henry Ford, died yesterday. She was 81.

Mrs. Ford’s death was announced in an e-mail to Ford Motor Co. employees by company Chairman Bill Ford Jr., a nephew. The e-mail did not say where the suburban Grosse Pointe Farms resident died or give the cause of death.

“Throughout her life, my aunt embodied the spirit of giving and family loyalty,” Bill Ford said. “She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her love for Ford Motor Company was unsurpassed, and all of us will mourn her passing.”

The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Josephine Ford Cancer Center and the College for Creative Studies, an art and design college in Detroit, were among the recipients of millions of dollars from “Dody” Ford and the foundation she established with her late husband, Walter Buhl Ford II, a noted interior and industrial designer.


Court may release drug company papers

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide whether to release hundreds of pages of drug company documents dealing with Canadian drug imports.

Attorney General Mike Hatch claims that GlaxoSmithKline and other drug makers illegally cooperated to pinch off the supply of Canadian medications to Americans. Attorneys for GlaxoSmithKline said the company turned over the documents only because Mr. Hatch promised to keep them confidential.


Judge throws out law banning abortions

JACKSON — A federal judge yesterday struck down a Mississippi law that barred early second-trimester abortions at clinics.

The law would have required patients to go to hospitals or outpatient surgical facilities for abortions starting at 13 weeks’ gestation. Previously, abortions were allowed at clinics up to 16 weeks’ gestation. The state said the law was aimed at improving patient safety.

U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee declared the law unconstitutional, siding with the Jackson Women’s Health Organization — Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic — and the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York.


Chimney Rock selected for state quarter

LINCOLN — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman announced yesterday the selection of Chimney Rock to grace the state’s commemorative U.S. quarter.

Mr. Heineman selected Chimney Rock over a design finalist depicting Ponca Indian Chief Standing Bear, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

“I chose Chimney Rock because I felt it best represented our state’s pioneering spirit and cultural heritage,” Mr. Heineman said.


Rapist is foster parentdespite disclosing past

WATERTOWN — A convicted rapist became a foster parent for several children even after disclosing his past sex crimes on his application, officials said yesterday.

The disclosure did not raise any red flags, and Nicholas A. Chaney became a foster parent in 2001 along with his wife after moving from the Seattle area.

“His application warranted closer scrutiny and should have been more aggressively investigated than it was,” Jefferson County Social Services Commissioner Patricia Connelly said after an internal investigation. No children were harmed in the Chaney household, she said. The county has said Mr. Chaney cared for 23 children.


Granite monument carries errors

GREENVILLE — A 7-foot granite slab that for 16 years honored Pitt County’s veterans also carried unnoticed errors in the Latin creeds engraved on the stone.

The monument has emblems of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

But the Latin motto for the Marines, “Semper Fidelis,” or “Always Faithful,” appears as “Semper Fider” on the monument. The Coast Guard’s “Semper Paratus,” which translates to “Always Ready,” is inscribed as “Semper Haratus.”


Lawmakers discover revenue surplus

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers have discovered an unexpected source of revenue — medicinal marijuana.

When Oregon began its medicinal-marijuana program six years ago, officials didn’t expect it to grow so fast. Now, there are more than 10,400 registered patients, who have produced a surplus of $1.1 million.

Trying to balance Oregon’s budget, House legislators voted 49-10 to siphon $900,000 of that money to pay for other human services needs.


Trial continues in election challenge

WENATCHEE — The King County elections director yesterday defended voting procedures in the Democratic stronghold that is the central focus of a Republican lawsuit challenging Gov. Christine Gregoire’s 2004 election.

“There were more observers watching this election process … than anyone had seen in any election in the state of Washington,” director Dean Logan said on the seventh day of the election-challenge trial.

Republicans have accused Democrats of vote fraud in King County, which provided the 129-vote margin for Mrs. Gregoire in a November hand recount, after Republican Dino Rossi had won the governorship the first two times the votes were counted.

Chelan County Superior Court Judge John E. Bridges appeared irritated by Mr. Logan’s testimony about irregularities in the county. “Is there any sense of urgency in King County about fixing any of these problems?” Judge Bridges asked Mr. Logan at one point.

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