- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 20, 2006

Ex-Bush official seeks new trial

A former Bush administration official convicted of hiding details of his relationship with former lobbyist Jack Abramoff has asked for a new trial.

An attorney for David Safavian, former chief of staff of the General Services Administration (GSA), argued in court papers that e-mails between Abramoff and Safavian were improperly admitted at trial.

A federal jury found in June that Safavian had hidden details of his relationship with Abramoff from a GSA ethics lawyer, the GSA’s Inspector General’s office and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and had obstructed the IG.

Safavian could face up to five years in prison on each of the four counts. He was acquitted of obstructing a Senate probe.

Loose bolt found in Big Dig tunnel

BOSTON — One lane in a tunnel in the Big Dig highway complex was temporarily closed yesterday after a ceiling panel bolt moved during a test, state officials said.

One of three bolts tested Friday night slipped by three-sixteenths of an inch, said Jon Carlisle, spokesman for the Executive Office of Transportation.

As a result, one lane carrying traffic leaving Logan International Airport through the Ted Williams Tunnel was closed while engineers replaced the bolt, Mr. Carlisle said.

“It doesn’t represent any kind of imminent hazard,” he said.

A connector tunnel system leading to the eastbound side of the Ted Williams Tunnel, as well as several ramps, were closed after concrete ceiling panels crushed a car on July 10, killing a woman.

Aquarium official shope for record

ST. LOUIS — Officials at the World Aquarium at the City Museum subscribe wholeheartedly to the maxim that two heads are better than one.

If they’re on the same animal, that is.

Aquarium officials hope an exhibit that opens this week and runs through Sept. 5 will prompt the creation of a Guinness World Record for the most two-headed animals on display.

So far, the aquarium has lined up 10 two-headed snakes and turtles, including “We,” the aquarium’s rare albino two-headed rat snake. The other nine animals are owned by Fred Lally of West Fork, Ark.

And if a local reptile dealer with a two-headed snake adds his to the exhibit, the head count would rise to 22.

“It should be a huge two-headed party,” aquarium President Leonard Sonnenschein said.

Woman sues over mannequin run-in

LOS ANGELES —A woman is suing J.C. Penney Co. over a purported run-in with a store mannequin that she says left her with a cracked tooth, a bloodied head and recurring shoulder pain.

Diana Newton, 51, of Westminster, sued the Texas-based retailer last month in Orange County Superior Court, claiming she was cracked in the head by a legless female dummy at its Westminster Mall store.

Miss Newton said the incident happened nearly a year ago while she was shopping for a blouse.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Postcard delivered after 58 years

SPICELAND, Ind. — A postcard that a mother mailed to her son in 1948 was finally delivered to the recipient — but only after the town’s postmaster bought it on EBay.

Spiceland Postmaster Judy Dishman bought the postcard because it featured a country view of the Spiceland area, about 40 miles east of Indianapolis. Miss Dishman noticed the postcard was addressed to 82-year-old Charles “Rocky” Rose of Spiceland, so she delivered it.

The card was from Mr. Rose’s late mother, Dollie Rose. The mother and son used penny postcards to exchange news during the 1940s, while the son was working in Lima, Ohio.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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