- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2006

CALIFORNIA

Court rules partners must warn of HIV risk

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that people who lead high-risk sexual lives have good reason to know they may be infected with the virus that causes AIDS and are responsible for informing partners about possible exposure.

The 4-3 ruling in the case of a woman who accused her ex-husband of giving her HIV on their honeymoon is the court’s first involving accusations of negligent HIV infection. It makes those with “constructive knowledge” — people who should know by their behavior and other signs that they could be infected — legally liable for infecting others.

A federal court in Michigan is the only other jurisdiction to rule similarly.

FLORIDA

Officer who drove over sunbather fined

DAYTONA BEACH — A beach patrol officer who drove over a sunbather as she lay in sand will be ticketed for careless driving and fined $115, officials said.

Officer Robert Augustynowski, 43, drove his pickup truck diagonally across Danielle Taylor as she sunbathed Monday near the Main Street Pier. The Volusia County officer was driving at about 2 mph, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Miss Taylor, 20, of Fort Stewart, Ga., was taken to Halifax Medical Center. Hospital officials would not give details yesterday, but Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn said Miss Taylor was “awake and alert and talking” after the accident.

NEW JERSEY

Lawmakers spend holiday on budget

TRENTON — Gov. Jon Corzine hauled lawmakers in to work on the July Fourth holiday, imploring them to end a budget standoff that has shut down many government services.

The special session yesterday came three days after Mr. Corzine started shutting down state government because lawmakers missed the July 1 constitutional deadline to approve a new budget.

If no deal is reached, state parks and historic sites will be closed today along with Atlantic City casinos, which are required to have state regulators on duty.

NORTH CAROLINA

Ice-cream store sets palate on fire

ANGIER — This ice cream comes with an unusual stipulation — customers must sign a waiver before tasting it because it’s so hot.

Cold Sweat, a flavor sold at ice-cream shop Sunni Sky’s, is made with three kinds of pepper and two kinds of hot sauce.

“It tastes like fire — with a side of fire,” said Scott McCallum, a regular customer, who was eating the more sedate butter pecan flavor.

“I thought it was a cool idea, but I didn’t think he’d make it that hot,” Mr. McCallum said of proprietor Scott Wilson.

The waiver for the fiery mixture has dozens of signatures. Pregnant women and people with health problems are not supposed to eat it. Anyone younger than 18 needs the consent of a guardian.

Mr. Wilson isn’t sure he’ll make another batch after the current supply runs out.

OHIO

Seven arrested in girl’s kidnapping

NORTH COLLEGE HILL — Police arrested seven persons in the kidnapping of a 17-year-old girl who was found in the basement of a house blindfolded and bound with duct tape, authorities said.

The suspects were being interviewed Monday by police in this Cincinnati suburb where the girl lives, as well as by Cincinnati police and the FBI. Officials said they expected to charge the seven with kidnapping or other crimes.

Police accompanied the girl’s father to a park where he was supposed to meet her captors, who had demanded ransom. They chased a man who showed up to a house where the teen was found, authorities said.

The girl was taken Monday morning after she answered the door at home for a woman who knocked and asked for help, police said. Several people then forced their way inside.

OKLAHOMA

Pilot killed as plane crashes after takeoff

OWASSO — A man took off in his small plane from a private airstrip, landed two miles away in a neighborhood, tried to take off again and crashed, killing him and injuring his grandson, investigators said.

The four-seat Cessna 180 carrying pilot William Barnes, 61, and Beau Hall, 11, clipped a traffic sign while taxiing and hit a power line after the second takeoff Sunday, officials said. The plane crashed nose-first into a suburban yard and burned.

Beau was in critical condition.

It’s not clear why Mr. Barnes landed in the neighborhood near the airstrip, about 15 miles northeast of Tulsa, or tried to take off again rather than seek assistance.

PENNSYLVANIA

KKK to protest at Civil War site

GETTYSBURG — The National Park Service has granted the Ku Klux Klan’s request to hold a rally and protest the Iraq war at the Civil War battlefield where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Gordon Young of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan obtained the permit June 28 for about 100 people to participate in a Sept. 2 event at Gettysburg National Military Park.

The purpose will be to demonstrate opposition to the Iraq war and to speak on “white unity between the north and south,” the permit said.

TEXAS

Students create microscopic flag

RICHARDSON — Imagine singing “Oh, say, can you see” to a flag you can’t see.

That’s what graduate students at the University of Texas at Dallas had in mind when they created the likeness of an American flag so small it would take more than 10 to span the width of a human hair.

Although the work of electrical engineering students Jang-Bae Jeon and Carlo Foresca has been rejected by the Guinness World Records, they hope the process will lead to advances in nanotechnology, a world of creations viewed only through microscopes.

VERMONT

Man banned from village

MONTPELIER — Banishment, an ancient form of punishment, has been revived in Vermont as part of the sentence for a man accused of crimes stemming from a long-running fight with his neighbors.

Francis J. Robb faces five months in jail followed by a three-year requirement that he not go home.

Robb, 36, will be allowed to visit his home village of Gilman, in northeastern Vermont, only to see his mother on Christmas, Thanksgiving and her birthday.

Robb pleaded no contest on Thursday to one count of felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors in a series of incidents in the summer.

WEST VIRGINIA

Uninvited guest gets woman’s goat

MARTINSBURG — Mary Frances Sperow wishes her uninvited guest would stop peeking in her windows and go home.

The guest, a small black-and-white goat, showed up at Miss Sperow’s house in Martinsburg on Sunday and won’t go away. Miss Sperow said she does not know who owns the goat, but she is desperate to find them.

“He’s eating my shrubbery out here,” she said Monday. “I’m getting tired of this.”

Miss Sperow said she and her sister, who lives next door, have tried to find the goat’s owner, but they have not had any luck. They also called Berkeley County Animal Control, but one of the agency’s officers, Michelle Kitts, said it picks up animals only in cases involving dogs and injured animals or in animal cruelty cases.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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