- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 17, 2005

Parents to get a taste of tests

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Think you’re as smart as your teenager?

Beginning Wednesday, you can find out. State officials will put an old edition of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test online so people can see what it’s like to be in 10th grade. The test measures ability in reading and math.

State education officials said Friday the test will be on the department’s Web site, www.fldoe.org. People can download or print the test and take it like students would, then get the answer key to see what they got right and wrong.

New England escapes Ophelia

CHATHAM, Mass. — Tropical Storm Ophelia rushed past southeastern Massachusetts with little effect yesterday other than wind and heavy rain during the night.

Waves reached 19 feet well offshore but Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod were spared the brunt of the storm.

“It was pretty windy last night, but mostly just heavy sheets of rain,” said Lt. Roger Cadrin of the Hyannis Fire and Rescue Department. He said there were no reports of major storm-related damage in Hyannis.

Tropical storm warnings for the Massachusetts coast were discontinued as the storm headed for Nova Scotia and the North Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said.

State treasurer faces racketeering charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s state treasurer and his predecessor were charged Friday with racketeering, accused of steering state business to investment advisers in return for hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.

Treasurer Robert Vigil and former Treasurer Michael Montoya, both Democrats, purportedly received the kickbacks from three financial advisers who were paid commissions for helping invest public funds, according to an affidavit.

They appeared briefly in federal court Friday and were released on their own recognizance.

If convicted, both men face up to 20 years in prison for each of two counts of racketeering and interference with commerce.

Kansas City to get statue of Truman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Give ‘em a hello, Harry.

Organizers of a drive to place a statue of Harry S. Truman outside historic Union Station introduced the winning design Friday, showing the 33rd president raising his trademark Homburg hat in a wave.

Sculptor Bruce Wolfe said he wanted to capture the “friendliness, the gregariousness of Mr. Truman. I’ve looked through a zillion photographs of him, and a lot of them had the hat up like that.”

The 26-foot sculpture is expected to be dedicated May 8, 2006, Mr. Truman’s birthday. It will stand on a 20-foot pedestal that has been vacant since Union Station was built in 1914.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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