- The Washington Times - Friday, June 24, 2005

School offers master’s in homeland security

STORRS, Conn. — A new program at the University of Connecticut will offer a master’s degree in homeland security.

At least 70 students have applied for the expected class of 25 for the program this fall, which UConn is offering in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

“Business and industry are looking for a curriculum that prepares them for the same kinds of things government employees are being trained for,” said Krista Rodin, dean of UConn’s College of Continuing Studies.

The program is aimed at working adults in both the public and private sectors. Students will learn how to respond to disasters such as outbreaks of diseases or terrorist attacks that endanger food supplies.

Teen gets $11 million for train accident

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — A teenager was awarded more than $11 million for an accident at a train crossing that left her with severe brain injuries.

Maureen Martin, 19, spent nearly two months in a coma after being hit by a Union Pacific Railroad coal train in November 2002. She still has slurred speech and walks with a cane.

Railroad attorneys said they will appeal.

Miss Martin’s car stalled at the railroad crossing as she was driving to school. Her then-boyfriend, who was driving behind her, tried to push her off the tracks with his pickup, but the train broadsided her vehicle and slammed it into a concrete barrier.

Ex-Harvard student to get new trial

BOSTON — A judge ordered a new trial yesterday for a former Harvard graduate student convicted of manslaughter for fatally stabbing an 18-year-old cook.

Superior Court Judge Regina Quinlan said Alexander Pring-Wilson, 27, must be tried again because of a recent change in Massachusetts law that lets juries consider a victim’s violent history if it sheds light on a self-defense claim.

Pring-Wilson was convicted in October. Prosecutors said he attacked 18-year-old Michael Colono for ridiculing him as he stumbled home drunk. Pring-Wilson said he stabbed Mr. Colono in self-defense after Mr. Colono and his cousin beat him.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said prosecutors plan to appeal.

Nanny gets 30 years in hit-and-run deaths

MARTINEZ, Calif. — A nanny with four previous drunken-driving convictions was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison yesterday for the hit-and-run deaths of two children.

Jimena Barreto, 46, received the maximum possible term for her conviction last month on two counts of second-degree murder. The two sentences of 15 years to life will run consecutively.

She got down on her knees and sobbed as she expressed remorse for the deaths of Troy Pack, 10, and his sister, Alana, 7.

Barreto had been seen drinking earlier in the day and was driving erratically before the crash on Oct. 26, 2003. She swerved across two lanes without braking and smashed into the children.

Barreto denied being under the influence of alcohol but acknowledged taking a prescription painkiller and muscle relaxant the day of the crash.

Senior accused of killing ex-beau

ATLANTA — Furious that their romance was ending, a 78-year-old great-grandmother fatally shot her 85-year-old ex-beau as he read the newspaper in a senior citizens home, police said.

“I did it and I’d do it again” Lena Driskell yelled to officers who arrived at the home June 10, according to testimony. Police said she was wearing a bathrobe and slippers, waving an antique handgun with her finger still on the trigger.

She is accused of plotting the shooting of Herman Winslow because she was angry that their yearlong romance was ending and he had found another companion.

Miss Driskell was released on a $25,000 bond and placed under house arrest after a hearing yesterday.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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