- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 6, 2006

John Glenn, wife hurt in crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former senator and astronaut John Glenn and his wife were expected to be released from the hospital yesterday after being in a car accident a day earlier, authorities said.

Mr. Glenn, 85, and his wife, Annie, 86, were in fair condition yesterday afternoon at Grant Medical Center, nursing supervisor Louis Tejada said.

Hospital staff would not comment on the extent of their injuries. Police said no further information was available on the crash.

Edwards calls for Iraq withdrawal

MOULTONBORO, N.H. — Former vice presidential candidate John Edwards, who is considering another run for the Democratic presidential nomination, said yesterday that the United States should start pulling troops out of Iraq immediately.

The former senator from North Carolina told reporters that America should “make it clear [to Iraqis] we are leaving, and the best way is to start leaving. We should take 40,000 combat troops out now.”

Mr. Edwards, who has said he regretted his vote authorizing President Bush to invade Iraq, said he would ask the country’s military leaders for a strategy “to have the [rest of the] troops out in roughly 12 to 18 months.”

Work halted at ground zero

NEW YORK — Demolition work on a skyscraper severely damaged during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was suspended for one day after high levels of toxic dust were detected on the roof.

Demolition was suspended Thursday at the Deutsche Bank building after testing showed unacceptable levels of silica, which can cause lung diseases.

Work resumed Friday after officials decided wetting the roof would prevent people from inhaling the dust.

The 41-story building was abandoned after the World Trade Center’s south tower partially collapsed on it.

Feds to probe bridge blockade

NEW ORLEANS — Federal authorities will review last year’s blockade of a Mississippi River bridge by armed police officers who turned back Hurricane Katrina refugees trying to flee New Orleans.

The investigation will be carried out by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans, along with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann said Friday.

The results of a state investigation already have been turned over to the Orleans Parish district attorney.

First date turns into survival lesson

BRADENTON, Fla. — A romantic first date of sushi and jet skiing turned into a rough lesson in survival on an isolated stretch of river in southwest Florida.

“It was like ‘Survivor,’” said Jessica Lucarini, 26, who was on her first date with Michael Eckhoff, 28, on Tuesday when things went awry.

Their personal watercraft broke down about 6 p.m., stranding them in mangroves on the bank of the Myakka River. The couple stumbled over branches in waist-deep water for three hours until they found a damp patch of sand. They made a small fire and shared sips of water until a sheriff’s helicopter spotted them about 1 a.m.

The couple said they connected during their ordeal.

“There will be a second date,” Miss Lucarini told the Herald in Bradenton.

Man accused of taking lawyer’s identity

LEWISTOWN, Pa. — A man with a criminal record masqueraded as a lawyer for months after stealing the identify of a lawyer with the same name, authorities said.

Jeffrey P. Riddell, 40, of Hershey, has never held a law license in Pennsylvania, but claimed to be another lawyer with the same first and last names, authorities said. At the time, the real lawyer was living in Russia.

Mr. Riddell was jailed Tuesday and faces a charge of unauthorized practice of law. Prosecutor Stephen S. Snook said he also hopes to file identity theft charges.

Mr. Riddell was being held on $50,000 bail. Mr. Snook said Mr. Riddell planned to represent himself in court.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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