- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 16, 2006

Service held for Big Dig victim

BOSTON — All “politics and divisions” should be set aside so the deadly Big Dig highway tunnel complex can be fixed, a pastor said yesterday at a memorial service for the woman who was crushed to death when concrete panels from the tunnel ceiling fell on her car.

“We should pray for the authorities so God could give them wisdom, so God could give them intelligence, so never again will we repeat what happened to our sister Milena,” the Rev. Cesar DePaz said during the service at the Iglesia Hispana de la Comunidad for 38-year-old Milena Del Valle.

Gov. Mitt Romney has taken control of the investigation, after he demanded the resignation of the head of the agency in charge of the Big Dig complex, and the attorney general is spearheading a state criminal investigation.

Beer executive loses license

DENVER — Beer baron Peter Coors’ driver’s license has been revoked by a hearing officer who ruled the executive had been driving under the influence of alcohol, officials said.

Hearing officer Scott Garber ruled Friday that Mr. Coors did not stop at a stop sign on May 28 and was driving while intoxicated.

Mr. Coors, 59, said he had consumed a beer about 30 minutes before leaving a wedding, the Rocky Mountain News reported yesterday. He faces a July 20 arraignment and has 30 days to appeal the revocation.

“I made a mistake. I should have planned ahead for a ride,” Mr. Coors said in a statement. “For years, I’ve advocated the responsible use of our company’s products.”

Mr. Coors’ spokeswoman, Kabira Hatland, said he was charged with driving while under the influence. His lawyer, Steve Higgens, did not return a call seeking comment.

NTSB finds fault with train track

CHICAGO — The track at the site of a train derailment in a Chicago subway was too wide before the accident, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator said Friday. The derailment sent more than 150 people to the hospital.

The track exceeded the standard rail-to-rail width at several points by up to 11/8 inches, NTSB investigator Kitty Higgins said.

“That doesn’t seem like a lot, but that’s enough for the car to derail,” she said.

Miss Higgins noted, however, that investigators have not reached their final conclusions on the accident’s cause and would continue studying it.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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