- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 7, 2005

ALASKA

Bear injures lodge worker

COOPER LANDING — A brown bear attacked a Cooper Landing lodge worker, who fought the bear until it dropped her and ran, a report said.

Danielle Compton, 21, of Valley Springs, Calif., was treated for puncture wounds to the right leg and a neck scratch and released from a Soldotna, Alaska, hospital, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Miss Compton, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 100 pounds, was attacked Tuesday morning at the Kenai Princess Lodge as she walked to work.

“The bear charged, knocked her over. She kicked him in the chest and hit the bear in the nose and eyes,” said a state police spokesman. “The good news is that he bit her leg, picked her up, but she kicked him until he dropped her.”

ARIZONA

Diocese to discuss parish incorporation

TUCSON — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson plans a series of meetings next month for parishioners and parish leaders that will pave the way for separately incorporating parishes.

The move to form 74 independent nonprofit corporations by April would be nearly certain to protect them from being sold off to pay diocesan debt.

CONNECTICUT

Boaters protest floating terminal

NEW HAVEN — Dozens of boaters are protesting plans to build a floating liquefied natural gas terminal in the middle of Long Island Sound.

About 100 sign-carrying protesters began a monthlong protest by taking 30 sailboats through Morris Cove to bring attention to the proposed $700 million project. The facility would be about 10 stories tall and four football fields long.

FLORIDA

Court upholds ban of veil in photo

DAYTONA BEACH — A Muslim woman who, for religious reasons, wanted to wear a veil in her driver’s license photo must follow a Florida law that requires a picture of her full face, a state appeals court ruled.

The 5th District Court of Appeals upheld a 2003 ruling by an Orlando judge that Sultaana Freeman’s right to free exercise of religion would not be burdened by the photo requirement.

“We recognized the tension created as a result of choosing between following the dictates of one’s religion and the mandates of secular law,” Appellate Judge Emerson R. Thompson Jr. wrote in the Friday opinion. “However, as long as the laws are neutral and generally applicable to the citizenry, they must be obeyed.”

IDAHO

Petitions seek bridge restoration

RUPERT — Residents gathered more than 3,000 signatures on petitions asking the local highway districts not to remove the 89-year-old wooden Jackson Bridge, which connects Minidoka and Cassia counties across the Snake River.

They say they want the bridge restored. It has been closed to traffic since 2003, and a new concrete span three miles downstream is in use.

KANSAS

Ex-governor leads political history class

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University undergraduates can take a course on the state’s political history with a knowledgeable instructor, former Gov. John Carlin.

After 10 years in Washington as director of the National Archives and Records Administration, Mr. Carlin returned to Kansas and to teaching. He taught political science at Wichita State University after leaving office in 1987.

KENTUCKY

Anti-violence effort results in 95 arrests

LOUISVILLE — A summer-long effort to curb violence by hunting the city’s most violent offenders resulted in 95 arrests. Police cleared 512 cases in less than two months.

Officials thought targeting people who have a history of repeated criminal behavior might prevent crimes.

MICHIGAN

Insecticides urged to save ash trees

EAST LANSING — Insecticide treatment is proving effective in saving healthy ash trees from the emerald ash borer, and homeowners should consider it in the fall, a Michigan State University specialist says. “People should start now. Don’t wait until the trees are dying,” entomologist David Smitley said.

The Asian beetle is responsible for the death or damage of about 15 million ash trees in Michigan.

MISSOURI

Lake disappearing for second time

WILDWOOD — Residents of one St. Louis suburb are scratching their heads in bewilderment — again.

Little more than a year after it practically disappeared overnight, Lake Chesterfield is dwindling before residents’ eyes for the second time.

The 23-acre artificial lake drained last year like a bathtub. A geologist determined that water had eroded layers of limestone, creating gaps in the bedrock.

Residents of the subdivision where the lake is located voted to contribute about $1,000 per home for repairs, spending a total of about $650,000. By last month, it was almost back to its normal level and had been restocked with thousands of fish.

Last week, however, residents noticed that the water level was dropping again, by at least a foot a day.

NEW JERSEY

Officials find gas price violations

TRENTON — The state’s Division of Consumer Affairs announced that more than 100 violations were discovered during visits to about 400 gas stations in the past week.

The most common violations found were merchants who raised prices more than once every 24 hours and set prices at the pump as different from their posted prices, officials said. New Jersey’s gas prices hit their highest levels to date on Labor Day, with an average of $3.16 per gallon of regular, AAA New Jersey reported.

TEXAS

Reservist acquitted of Afghan abuse

FORT BLISS — An Army reservist was acquitted yesterday of charges that he beat a detainee in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Christopher W. Greatorex was accused of abusing a man named Habibullah, who died days after being detained by U.S. forces in December 2002. A military report said Habibullah died of a pulmonary embolism apparently caused by blood clots formed in his legs from beatings.

A military jury of two officers and an enlisted soldier voted for acquittal of Sgt. Greatorex.

VERMONT

Hunter accused in berry picker’s death

BRATTLEBORO — A hunter shot a man picking berries after he mistook him for a bear, then fled in a panic, disregarding the dying man’s pleas to call for help, prosecutors said.

Douglas Bartlett, 50, was found dead in the woods of Whitingham late Saturday after family members contacted authorities when he failed to return home, officials said.

Brian D. Gilbert, 26, of Charlemont, Mass., who had been out hunting with his brother, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and was held on $25,000 bail.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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