- The Washington Times - Monday, March 21, 2005

CALIFORNIA

Mayne wins Pritzker Prize

SANTA MONICA — Thomas Mayne, the bad boy of architecture for years before reaping international acclaim in his mid-50s, was named yesterday as the winner of the Pritzker Prize, the field’s most prestigious honor.

Mr. Mayne, 61, is the first American to win the Pritzker in 14 years and the eighth U.S. architect to win in the 27-year-old history of the contest.

The jury cited Mr. Mayne for creating a bold architectural style that reflects the “unique, somewhat rootless, culture of Southern California” through angular lines and an unfinished, open-ended feel.

“Thom Mayne is a product of the turbulent ‘60s who has carried that rebellious attitude and fervent desire for change into his practice, the fruits of which are only now becoming visible,” the jury wrote.

COLORADO

Explosion destroys remote lodge

PAONIA — Three youngsters were missing and 16 persons were injured after a fiery explosion destroyed a remote mountain lodge as people started arriving for a family reunion, authorities said yesterday.

The three missing, ages 3, 12, and 15, were from the same family, Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee said.

Mr. McKee said the explosion Saturday at the Electric Mountain Lodge might have been caused by propane, which was used for heating. Helicopters took injured people off the mountain while ground crews used tracked vehicles to ferry emergency medical teams to the site.

ALASKA

Fisheries officers free entangled whale

HOMER — A humpback whale entangled in fishing gear was freed by federal fisheries officers in Sadie Cove.

Anglers fishing for king salmon called the officers after seeing the whale entangled in a line with several deflated buoys around its fluke. The line was lifted off with a boat hook, said the Alaska State Troopers.

ARIZONA

Wildlife handler hurt by captive wolves

PHOENIX — A handler at a wildlife park suffered major injuries to the arms and legs after two wolves attacked her inside an exhibit, authorities said.

Heather Mueller, 34, lost a significant amount of blood but was in stable condition Friday after undergoing surgery at a Phoenix hospital.

Park spokeswoman Nadia Caillou could not say what prompted last week’s attack or how it happened. Both wolves have been quarantined as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Yavapai County authorities investigate the attack.

ARKANSAS

Prayer policy leads to centers’ demise

RUSSELLVILLE — Friendship Community Care decided to stop operating four senior centers where it recently instituted guidelines to allow private prayer during mealtimes but discourage public prayer.

The board gave notice to the Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas that it no longer would be managing the centers because it faced the threat of a costly lawsuit over the prayer policy.

DELAWARE

Architect Pelli hired to design tower

WILMINGTON — Internationally acclaimed architect Cesar Pelli has been hired to design an office tower for Wilmington’s Christina Gateway.

Mr. Pelli says he envisions a building similar to Philadelphia’s new Cira Centre, which he designed to have facets like a piece of quartz crystal.

Other Pelli designs include the tapering Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that were until recently the world’s tallest buildings. Mr. Pelli’s firm also designed the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, the tallest building in the city.

INDIANA

School cancels play containing sex scenes

FORT WAYNE — Officials at Homestead High School canceled plans for a student production of “Bat Boy: The Musical” because they say scenes of sex and rape could be offensive.

Superintendent Brian Smith said the changes required to make the play appropriate were too far-reaching to be practical.

The 1997 play is based on tabloid reports of a boy who was half-human, half-bat.

LOUISIANA

Twin charged with killing brother

BATON ROUGE — Investigators in Louisiana say a security guard killed his twin brother in a fight about a hamburger.

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that Jermaine Booker was indicted on a manslaughter charge last week and faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison if convicted. James Booker, a New Roads police officer, was shot in the head.

Jermaine Booker says the shooting was an accident. Prosecutor Mark Dumaine told the newspaper that alcohol was involved.

The shooting occurred Feb. 11. Mr. Dumaine says James Booker asked his brother to get him a hamburger and then complained when he returned that he had taken too long. The argument then escalated into the shooting.

MISSOURI

Nurse donates kidney to dialysis patient

ST. LOUIS — Kay Plozizka found it hard to see her patients suffering when she was blessed with such good health.

So the dialysis center nurse offered one of her kidneys to 58-year-old Joe Cline, who accepted. The transplant surgery was done March 8 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, one of the leading kidney-transplant centers in the country.

“I am a religious person. That had some role in it,” said Miss Plozizka of Litchfield, Ill., about an hour east of St. Louis. “But I wanted to give back to someone a gift like the gift that I had gotten.”

Miss Plozizka said she knew after becoming a dialysis nurse five years ago that she probably would donate a kidney to a patient one day. Her only requirement was that the recipient had to commit to a lifetime regimen of anti-rejection medicine.

She thought Mr. Cline would be diligent because he desperately wanted to live for his 5-year-old grandson, Hunter.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Business school OKs hacker applicants

HANOVER — Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business has accepted some applicants who hacked into a Web site this month to get a sneak peek at the school’s admissions decisions.

The school says the applicants showed poor judgment, but the offense was not serious enough to cause it to reject them all.

NEW YORK

Officials investigating death on flight

NEW YORK — Prosecutors are investigating the death of a man who was subdued by several fellow airline passengers after he became disruptive on a New York-bound flight, a spokesman said yesterday.

William Lee was pronounced dead late Friday after he was removed from the American Airlines flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The cause of death is under investigation.

PENNSYLVANIA

Museums settle ‘Battle of Old Baldy’

PHILADELPHIA — Old Baldy, the trusted war horse of Civil War Union Gen. George Meade, is going to stay in his home.

A pair of Philadelphia-based Civil War museums have been fighting over the mounted head of the horse that was in the middle of bloody battles from Antietam to Gettysburg, each claiming the head as theirs.

Under terms of a court agreement announced Friday, Old Baldy will remain on the wall of the Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum — as a loan from the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library. The agreement will be subject to review in 10 years.

WISCONSIN

Late snowstorm lets ski hill reopen

MILWAUKEE — A snowstorm just before the start of spring had dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on parts of Wisconsin by Saturday, providing enough powder to reopen a ski hill that had shut for the season.

The bulk of the snow fell in the western part of the state, but accumulations varied significantly.

The town of Alma Center received 23 inches of snow, while Goodrich, about 65 miles to the north, got 2 inches.

The snow allowed the Mount LaCrosse Ski Area to reopen for the weekend after it reported a record snowfall of 13.9 inches Friday. The resort had closed for the season March 13.

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