- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 25, 2005

CALIFORNIA

Execution set for Crips founder

LOS ANGELES — A judge set an execution date yesterday for Stanley “Tookie” Williams, a co-founder of the notorious Crips gang who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his children’s books.

Williams is scheduled to die Dec. 13 at San Quentin prison. The judge rejected requests by his attorneys to delay the execution until Dec. 22 to give them more time to seek clemency from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Dec. 13 date means attorneys have only until Nov. 8 to submit a clemency request. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider Williams’ case earlier this month.

Williams was sentenced to death in 1981 for fatally shooting Albert Owens, a convenience-store worker, in 1979. He also was convicted of killing two motel owners and their daughter during a robbery that same year.

COLORADO

New commander takes over academy

COLORADO SPRINGS — A new superintendent took command of the Air Force Academy yesterday, saying his goal is to make the school a safe environment for cadets amid complaints of sexual assault and religious intolerance.

“We have to have a positive learning environment, one that is free from discrimination and assault,” Lt. Gen. John Regni said. “Right on the heels of that is safety.”

He succeeds Lt. Gen. John Rosa, who was brought in to help the academy recover from a sexual-assault scandal. Dozens of female cadets said they were punished or forced out after reporting sexual assault.

Gen. Regni, who was previously commander of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., said his job was made easier by changes under Gen. Rosa, who is retiring from the Air Force to become president of The Citadel, the state military college in South Carolina and his alma mater.

CONNECTICUT

More motorists pay for vanity plates

HARTFORD — An increasing number of motorists in Connecticut are using their license plates to make a statement.

The Department of Motor Vehicles reported that it received 9,233 orders for vanity plates last fiscal year, up more than 1,000 from the year before. The one-of-a-kind plates are made by state inmates and cost between $90 and $135.

ILLINOIS

University shows brains with calendar

URBANA — A new calendar called “Big Brains” will feature artistically enhanced brain scans of University of Illinois campus administrators, faculty, staff and students.

“It’s a mix of being somewhat whimsical, with a nod to science and the things we do on this campus,” said Tracey Wszalek, associate director of the Beckman Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center.

The images for each person will highlight a particular brain region or function that each person uses in his job.

The scan of Chancellor Richard Herman’s brain will feature blood vessels to illustrate how he is connected to all areas of the campus. And the illustration for a food-science professor will consist of layered images of her brain arranged in the shape of the food pyramid.

The calendar is expected to be in bookstores around Thanksgiving.

NORTH CAROLINA

State could become garbage importer

RALEIGH — North Carolina could become the fourth-largest garbage importer in the nation if five proposed landfills are built, the state estimates.

North Carolina has inexpensive rural land, an East Coast central location and lack of a surcharge on garbage.

The landfills would bring money to some of the state’s poorest counties, but could cause concerns about contamination.

PENNSYLVANIA

Stolen wallet found after 43 years

PITTSBURGH — A worker found a wallet that was stolen from a serviceman 43 years ago in a bus station.

Robert Gibson, who had been in the Air Force, got a call about the wallet Thursday.

Mr. Gibson, 70, of Linwood, N.C., stopped in Pittsburgh while returning from serving almost 1 years in Germany as a staff sergeant repairing airplanes. He had decided to take a hot shower before boarding his bus to Clarksburg, W.Va., in 1962.

LeRoy Fillmore, an asbestos-removal technician, found the wallet Wednesday in the former Greyhound station, which is being demolished.

After noticing an Air Force identification card, Mr. Fillmore called an Army recruiting office, where Capt. Jason Hearn was able to track down Mr. Gibson.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Hospital prices compared online

PIERRE — Sometime next spring, South Dakotans should be able to go to a state Web site and compare the prices that hospitals charge for the most common procedures.

Officials approved rules last week that will govern the price-reporting program. Fifty to 60 hospitals are expected to report their prices for the 25 most commonly performed procedures.

WASHINGTON

Fatal-crash fugitive captured in Ireland

SPOKANE — A man charged in a traffic accident that killed three Washington State University students has been captured in Ireland, four years after he fled to avoid his trial.

Frederick Russell, 27, was arrested Sunday by the Irish National Police at a store where he worked in Dublin, U.S. Marshal Michael Kline said. He was working under the alias of David Carroll, Mr. Kline said.

The extradition process has already begun, but could be lengthy, said Whitman County Deputy Prosecutor Carol LaVerne.

Prosecutors say Mr. Russell was driving a sport utility vehicle that struck three other cars as it tried to pass vehicles the night of June 4, 2001, between the college towns of Pullman, Wash., and Moscow, Idaho.

WEST VIRGINIA

Photographer charged in fraud of police

CHARLESTON — A photographer who collected money for portraits of Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies but never delivered the pictures has been charged with obtaining money under false pretenses, authorities said.

Joseph Mandeville, 55, was arrested last week on two counts. He was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

The sheriff’s department hires a photographer every few years to take pictures of the entire staff and individual employees. Deputies also can buy photo packages, said Lt. Sean Crosier.

Last October, the department hired Mr. Mandeville and his business, Photo Art Studio. He sold photo packages to 11 deputies and was paid $465, Lt. Crosier said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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