- The Washington Times - Friday, July 7, 2006

Powell hospitalized at high altitude

ASPEN, Colo. — Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell returned to a seminar yesterday after being briefly hospitalized following a dinner with former President Bill Clinton and others.

Mr. Powell, 69, arrived on time for a panel discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival and showed no signs that he had been sick the night before.

“I’m fine. I look healthy, don’t I?” he told the Aspen Daily News after the hourlong session. “I started hyperventilating a little and was feeling a little altitude sickness, I think.

Mr. Powell’s Alexandria-based secretary, Peggy Cifrino, said he felt lightheaded, “stumbled a bit and sat down” before an ambulance was called. She said he told her that the altitude — 7,900 feet — had most likely caused his illness.

Soldier accused in cockpit threat

TAMPA, Fla. — A U.S. Army soldier who had served in Iraq was tackled by airplane passengers after he ran down the aisle and rammed the cockpit door on a flight from New York to Tampa, an official said.

The soldier did not have any weapons and there was no evidence that he meant harm anyone on the flight Thursday night, Tampa International Airport spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan said.

She said he was restrained until the flight landed, then taken into custody under a Florida law that allows a person to be held without charges if they are deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.

An incident report said the man was scheduled to get out of the service July 12 and was on leave.

Biden defends Indian comments

Potential 2008 presidential candidate Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. yesterday defended his recent remark that “you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”

On a recent edition of the C-SPAN series “Road to the White House,” the Delaware Democrat is shown in New Hampshire boasting about his support among Indian-Americans.

“I’ve had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking,” he said.

Mr. Biden was asked about the comment during an interview with CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

The senator said he has had an “incredibly strong” relationship with the Indian-American community in Delaware and that his comment was misinterpreted.

Doctor warned Yates on having baby

HOUSTON — A psychiatrist testified yesterday that she warned Andrea Yates not to have any more children after she tried to commit suicide twice within months of having her fourth child in 1999.

“I could pretty much predict that Mrs. Yates would have another episode of psychosis,” Dr. Eileen Starbranch told jurors in Mrs. Yates’ murder retrial.

Dr. Starbranch said Mrs. Yates suffered from postpartum psychosis, which she said causes a mother to have delusions and lose touch with reality, making it much more severe than postpartum depression.

Mrs. Yates drowned her five children in a bathtub in June 2001, six months after the birth of her fifth child. She is being tried again because an appeals court overturned her 2002 murder conviction based on erroneous testimony that might have influenced the jury. She has again pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

More White House visits by Abramoff revealed

The Secret Service yesterday revealed four more visits to the White House in 2001 by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, including one to see a domestic policy aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.

The newly released records of Abramoff’s access to the White House bring the total number of his known visits to seven.

One visit, according to Secret Service logs, was on April 20, 2001, to see Cesar Conda, at the time Mr. Cheney’s assistant for domestic policy.

Five days after the Conda meeting, one of Abramoff’s former lobbying colleagues, Patrick Pizzella, was nominated by the president as assistant secretary of labor. The Secret Service logs do not state why Abramoff met with Mr. Conda.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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