- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2005

ALASKA

Residents receive dividend checks

JUNEAU — Permanent Fund dividend checks were scheduled to be deposited yesterday in the bank accounts of Alaskans who selected the direct-deposit option, state officials said.

The money comes from state oil royalties and is delivered each year to Alaska residents. This year’s dividend amounts to $845.76 per person. Checks will be mailed beginning Oct. 26 for all other residents.

CALIFORNIA

Former Bush home to be museum

LOS ANGELES — A dilapidated two-bedroom house in California that once was occupied by two future U.S. presidents — George W. Bush and his father, George Bush — is to be made into a museum, its owner said Tuesday.

The Bush family briefly rented the house, in a working-class neighborhood of the central California town of Bakersfield, in the summer of 1949 when the 26-year-old George Bush was a salesman for an oil field equipment firm.

Republican Party consultant Mark Abernathy bought the house five years ago and plans to open a museum and reading room for children in honor of the Bushes, especially family matriarch and former first lady Barbara Bush, a long-standing champion of literacy.

GEORGIA

Man arrested in theft of jet

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Georgia man has been arrested in the theft of a charter jet that went missing from a St. Augustine, Fla., airport and ended up about 350 miles away near Atlanta, police said yesterday.

Daniel Andrew Wolcott, 22, of Buford, was charged with felony theft by receiving and five misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct, police said, adding that additional federal charges were expected.

Police said Mr. Wolcott has a commercial-rated pilot’s license, but is not licensed to fly the 10-passenger plane. The exact circumstances of how Mr. Wolcott obtained the $7 million Cessna Citation 7, found at the Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field on Monday, were not clear.

MASSACHUSETTS

Joan Kennedy undergoes surgery

BOSTON — Joan Kennedy, former wife of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and mother of Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, Rhode Island Democrat, was recovering yesterday from breast cancer surgery.

She underwent a lumpectomy Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital, said a person close to the family who, at the family’s request, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

She will be treated with radiation then released from the hospital, the person said.

MISSOURI

Masked teen fires shotgun in school

FARMINGTON — A high school student was arrested Tuesday after he donned a mask and fired a shotgun into a restroom ceiling, prompting a brief lockdown at the school, authorities said.

Joshua Minks, 17, was charged with assault while on school property and unlawful use of a weapon, prosecutor Wendy Wexler Horn said. He was being held on $250,000 bail.

No one was injured when the shot was fired about 8 a.m. Farmington High Principal David Waters and a teacher persuaded the student to give up the gun and detained him until police arrived.

NEW YORK

Harry Potter author wins Quill Award

NEW YORK — Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has won the top prize at the inaugural Quill Awards, a new reader-driven literary competition that hopes to project some glamour among the more established Pulitzers and Bookers.

Her “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” took the book of the year award at a glitzy ceremony Tuesday evening in New York City.

Other winners of the night included Bob Dylan, whose memoir, “Chronicles: Volume One,” won the biography prize.

OKLAHOMA

Construction to start on Bricktown hotel

OKLAHOMA CITY — Construction will start next week on a $20 million hotel in the growing Bricktown entertainment and commercial district.

The six-story Residence Inn will have 150 rooms, a swimming pool and a patio facing the Bricktown Canal, the developer said. The hotel is expected to open by late next year.

PENNSYLVANIA

Hostage’s family awarded $91 million

PHILADELPHIA — Relatives of an American held in Lebanon for more than five years were awarded $91 million by a federal judge for emotional distress in a lawsuit filed against Iran.

The family of Joseph Cicippio, who was kidnapped in 1986 and held until 1991, expects to recover the award from the U.S. Treasury, as Mr. Cicippio and other former U.S. hostages have done, attorney James J. Oliver said. The government retains the right to pursue the funds from frozen Iranian assets.

U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. issued a default judgment Friday that awarded $6.5 million to each of Mr. Cicippio’s 14 children and siblings. Iran did not respond to the lawsuit, the latest against the Islamic republic for state-sponsored terrorist acts involving U.S. citizens.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Girl donates tooth for relief effort

BRANDON — An 8-year-old girl with a big heart and loose tooth found a creative way to help people displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Briton Nordmeyer of Brandon sent her tooth to the Red Cross chapter in Sioux Falls, hoping the tooth fairy would leave money there instead of under her pillow.

The tooth poked a hole through the envelope and fell out, but her letter made it.

After word spread of her generosity, a $500 check came in from an anonymous donor.

UTAH

Packed van rolls, killing passenger

MOAB — The 17-year-old driver of a minivan crammed with illegal aliens apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing a rollover accident that killed at least one passenger, authorities said.

The accident happened Tuesday on a remote road often used to transport illegal aliens.

Fifteen persons from Guatemala and Mexico were packed into a vehicle that normally seats seven or eight, authorities said.

The young driver, also an illegal alien, was found walking along the road about a mile away and was taken to a juvenile prison, authorities said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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