- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2005

CALIFORNIA

Museum extends King Tut exhibit

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will extend the King Tut exhibit by five days to accommodate near-record crowds, an exhibit promoter said.

The exhibit will be open through Nov. 20, said John Norman, president of Arts and Exhibitions International, a co-producer of the tour. Longer visiting hours also may be announced.

Mr. Norman said the five-month exhibit at the museum, the first stop on a four-city tour, ultimately will be seen by about 900,000 people.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Prison escapees captured at motel

COLUMBIA — Two violent felons who escaped from a maximum-security prison by hiding on a trash truck were captured yesterday afternoon, a State Law Enforcement Division official said.

Jimmy Causey, 35, a convicted kidnapper, and Johnny Brewer, 39, a convicted murderer, had been on the loose since Tuesday, when they escaped from the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia.

They were apprehended at a motel along busy Interstate 95 in Ridgeland, about 110 miles south of Columbia, said Robert Stewart, who heads the law-enforcement division.

He would not release details of the capture but said the men were being transported back to Columbia.

The pair had been seen Tuesday after their escape in a car authorities say was driven by Ashley Bostic, 23, of Hopkins. Richland County authorities charged her yesterday with harboring an escaped convict.

ARIZONA

Retired judge enters race for governor

PHOENIX — Retired state appellate Judge Jan Smith Florez officially entered the race for the Republican nomination for governor.

Judge Florez, of Nogales, filed papers with the secretary of state’s office and plans to make a formal announcement later this month. Two other Republicans also are seeking the nomination in next year’s race. Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, has said she intends to seek re-election.

COLORADO

Boy, 10, mauled after pit bull law

AURORA — Three pit bulls mauled a 10-year-old boy in his back yard two days after the city banned new fighting dogs and added limits on those already owned.

The boy was in “very critical” condition yesterday, police said. His name was not released.

The boy was attacked Wednesday after he returned home from school, found the front door locked and then went into the back yard, police spokesman Anthony Guzman said.It was not clear who owned the dogs.

Neighbors heard the boy scream and ran to the yard, where they found him motionless with one of the dogs biting him. They chased away the dogs, Mr. Guzman said, but the boy had bites on his head, face, throat and legs.

A police officer shot and wounded one of the dogs, and it later was euthanized. The other dogs were impounded at an animal shelter.

DELAWARE

Principal apologizes for Christian rally

NEWARK — The principal of a Delaware high school has apologized after some parents and students objected to a Christian-themed assembly featuring two members of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The players, Tra Thomas and Thomas Tapeh, say their presentation at Newark High School last week simply encouraged students to “be a leader, not a follower. Don’t worry about what everybody else is doing.”

Thomas is founder and spokesman for Athletes United for Christ, and a projection of the organization’s logo was shown throughout the presentation. The athletes also urged students to attend a rally at the Living Faith Christian Center in Pennsauken, N.J.

FLORIDA

Life sentence given in bingo shooting

STUART — A man who followed a mother of nine home and shot her in an attempt to steal a $6,000 bingo jackpot has been sentenced to life in prison.

Benton Johnson, 26, apologized for seriously injuring Pam Anderson, who attended Tuesday’s hearing. “I want to say I’m sorry for the pain I caused you and your family,” he said.

Another man and two women are to be sentenced today for their parts in the Aug. 4, 2003, shooting and holdup attempt. Under plea deals, they are hoping for lighter sentences than the one Johnson received. He must serve a minimum of 25 years.

ILLINOIS

Plate recipient denies Ryan payoffs

CHICAGO — A theater owner testified at former Gov. George Ryan’s corruption trial yesterday that he sent thousands of dollars in checks to Mr. Ryan and his relatives as Christmas gifts and a thank-you gesture, not as a payoff, for providing him with low-digit license plates.

“He wasn’t a personal friend, but he was so good to me,” said Anthony DeSantis, 91, owner of the Drury Lane Theater.

Mr. DeSantis said he has been getting low-number plates — “hundreds of ‘em” — for decades for himself, relatives, friends, even his cook. Mr. Ryan was one of several Illinois secretaries of state who helped him get the plates, he testified.

NEBRASKA

City restricts sex offenders

SPRINGFIELD — This eastern Nebraska city became the third one in the state to impose residence restrictions on registered sex offenders.

The City Council adopted an ordinance that bars offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools or child-care facilities. The ordinance effectively bans sex offenders from living within city limits, except in two undeveloped lots.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Girls help police replace vehicle

NASHUA — Two young sisters and a city auto dealer helped the police department in Waveland, Miss., get a new vehicle after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the small department’s fleet.

When Lydia Brown, 9, and her sister, Aletta, 8, heard of Waveland’s plight, they sought to raise $30,000. In less than two months, they collected about $5,500 and, with the help of the dealership, bought a used sport utility vehicle.

NEW MEXICO

Nuke material moved from Los Alamos

ALBUQUERQUE — The federal government has finished moving its most sensitive weapons-grade nuclear material from a Los Alamos National Laboratory technical area to more secure sites, a lab spokesman said yesterday.

The weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium are no longer within the lab’s Technical Area 18, a site at the bottom of a steep canyon that critics said was vulnerable to a terrorist attack. The first shipment was moved a little more than a year ago.

The transfers were driven by changing threats after the September 11 terrorist attacks and cost-saving efforts, lab spokesman Kevin Roark said.

The material was moved to the Nevada Test Site, the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the lab’s Technical Area 55, the National Nuclear Security Administration said.

TEXAS

Hurricanes sank miles of marshland

HOUSTON — The storm surges from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita submerged 100 square miles of southeastern Louisiana marshes, according to satellite data compiled by scientists.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which conducted the study, said it could not determine how much of the marshland would re-emerge.

“Indications are that much of the loss may be permanent. Some of the new areas of open water will likely become new lakes,” the USGS said.

VERMONT

Lawsuit dropped for drug imports

MONTPELIER — The state is dropping its year-old lawsuit that would have forced the Bush administration to allow the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

It claimed the Food and Drug Administration’s refusal to do so was unreasonable. In September, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit. Attorney General William Sorrell says attorneys don’t think an appeal would succeed.

WEST VIRGINIA

Barges back up as river gates fail

NEW MARTINSVILLE — More than 300 barges were backed up on the Ohio River yesterday after the gates on a set of locks failed.

River traffic was stopped in both directions at the Hannibal Locks and Dam near New Martinsville, about 90 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Officials said that they hoped to have the locks partially open by Sunday night but that full repairs will take several weeks.

Officials said the problem happened Tuesday when a piece of seal tore off the gates as the locks were undergoing maintenance.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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