- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 4, 2005

ARIZONA

Tribe will clear border vegetation

YUMA — The Cocopah Indian Tribe will clear 100 acres along the border in Yuma County where tall, thick vegetation makes it difficult to spot and catch illegal aliens.

Officials say the property, most of which is tribal land, is popular among smugglers. Armed bandits are known to rob aliens there.

ARKANSAS

Dorm will offer football views

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University students may enjoy a new perk under plans for a residence hall: free football from the comfort of their dorm rooms.

Blueprints show a building featuring suite-style rooms with large windows adjoining the football stadium and overlooking the field. The rooms would provide air-conditioned or heated game-watching comfort.

DELAWARE

Coalition urges probe of inmate care

DOVER — Emergency medical teams should be sent to prisons to determine whether inmates are receiving appropriate medical care, said a coalition of 30 churches, social service organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware.

The coalition is supporting efforts of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who have asked to hold hearings and form committees to investigate prison conditions.

FLORIDA

Driver misses cat, kills skateboarder

JACKSONVILLE — A driver who swerved to avoid a cat in the road instead struck a skateboarding teenager, killing him.

Kevin Rivers, 17, of Jacksonville, was standing by the side of the road with his skateboard Saturday night when he was hit, police said. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

The driver, whose name was not released, told police he swerved the car to avoid a cat. Investigators said the driver would not be charged because Kevin had been standing partially in the road.

“I’m devastated. He was too young,” Kevin’s mother, Naomi Falson, told WJXT-TV in Jacksonville. “He was a good boy. He wanted something in life.”

ILLINOIS

Antibiotic poses risk to children’s teeth

CHICAGO — Treating infant ear infections with the common antibiotic amoxicillin doubles children’s risk that they will suffer a problem later with their permanent teeth, a study said yesterday.

The condition, dental fluorosis, results from exposure to excessive fluoride during teeth enamel formation. The effect on incisors and molars can range from barely noticeable white flecks to pits and brown stains — and may spell dental trouble later in life.

Overall, 24 percent of study participants developed dental fluorosis, and use of the antibiotic between the ages of 3 and 6 months doubled the risk of the condition.

“Duration of amoxicillin use was related to the number of early-erupting permanent teeth with fluorosis,” study author Liang Hong wrote in the current issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

MISSISSIPPI

Lawmakers OK casinos on land

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers sent Gov. Haley Barbour a bill yesterday to let coastal casinos move a short distance onto dry land.

The decision came a month after Hurricane Katrina smashed many of Mississippi’s floating casinos. Mr. Barbour, a Republican, said the storm showed that the casinos would be safer on shore.

The state Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-21 yesterday. The House approved the measure last week.

Mississippi legalized casinos in 1990, but said they must be on barges floating on either the Gulf of Mexico or the Mississippi River. The bill headed to Mr. Barbour does not allow the river casinos to move onto dry land.

NEW MEXICO

Voters to decide on minimum wage

ALBUQUERQUE — Voters will decide today whether New Mexico’s largest city should increase the minimum wage for some workers to $7.50 an hour.

Under the proposed ordinance, as of January businesses with 11 or more workers would have to pay them at least $7.50 an hour. The federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour hasn’t increased since 1997.

NEW YORK

Russell, ‘poet laureate of TV,’ dies at 80

NEW YORK — Nipsey Russell, who played the Tin Man alongside Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in “The Wiz” as part of a decades-long career in stage, television and film, has died. He was 80.

The Atlanta-born actor, who had been suffering from cancer, died Sunday afternoon at Lenox Hill Hospital, said his longtime manager, Joseph Rapp. Mr. Russell began his TV career as Officer Anderson in the 1961 series “Car 54, Where Are You?”

He became a popular fixture on TV game shows and talk shows, where he was welcomed for his comic rhymes that earned him the moniker the “poet laureate of television.” He also took his signature four-line poems on the road for readings and performances.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Fugitive hides under teddy bear

MANNING — A warm teddy bear helped lead deputies to a man wanted for an armed robbery and carjacking.

Officers went to a home Wednesday night after they received a tip that Gregory L. Mouzon was inside. One of the investigators saw a pile of clothes in a closet and picked up a teddy bear on top that was unusually warm, Chief Deputy Joe Bradham said.

Other officers, including Investigator Tommy Burgess, started picking up the clothes and found Mr. Mouzon underneath the pile.

Mr. Mouzon “stuck his head up and said, ‘Hello, Mr. Burgess,’” Mr. Bradham said.

Deputies had been looking for Mr. Mouzon for about 18 hours since he went into a gas station, robbed the clerk, then carjacked a 1996 Ford Taurus from an acquaintance who had driven him to the store, authorities said.

TENNESSEE

Orchestra resumes after Katrina

NASHVILLE — Even before Hurricane Katrina devastated its home city and its audience, the 68-member Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra was known for its resilience.

It was formed around Ann Cohen’s kitchen table after its predecessor, the New Orleans Symphony, went bankrupt and folded in 1991.

Miss Cohen, a cellist, and other musicians from the defunct group reorganized as the only full-time orchestra in the country that is owned and operated by its musicians. They sold their own tickets and enlisted friends to conduct, and it continued that way for about 15 years, until Katrina blew in and put the future of New Orleans and its orchestra in peril.

Today, the orchestra will meet in Nashville for its first performance since the storm scattered its members across the country.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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