- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2006

ARIZONA

3 generations share same birthday

LAKE HAVASU CITY — Twin girls share a birthday not only with each other, but with their mother and grandmother.

Andria Hundley gave birth to Kaitlin Marie and Malia Rose Zeh on Wednesday, Today’s News-Herald reported Saturday. They had been due Oct. 20.

The twin girls’ mother was born Sept. 27, 1978, in Westminster, Calif. Her mother, Rose Caracciolo, was born Sept. 27, 1957, in New York City.

“Everybody kept saying, ‘Oh, wouldn’t that be cool if you had them on your birthday?’” the mother of the twins said. “And I’m thinking, ‘Nah, I’ll probably have them like a week later so we all don’t have to share birthdays.’ And it just happened. And now that I think about it — wow, it’s a miracle.”

The odds of three generations from one family being born on the same day are one in 133,225, said Bill Bell, a Census Bureau mathematician, after another such birth in 1991.

CALIFORNIA

3,000 trees begin green-city initiative

LOS ANGELES — Officials gave away 3,000 trees to homeowners to kick off a multiyear initiative that aims to plant 1 million trees in the city.

“Los Angeles, the dirtiest big city in America, has the opportunity to be the greenest,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. Officials hope government grants and private donations will cover the estimated $70 million cost.

COLORADO

Neighbor catches falling baby

DENVER — A baby girl dangling by one hand from a third-floor balcony fell into the arms of a neighbor who waited underneath, police said Sunday.

The 9-month-old’s mother had left her with her 10- and 13-year-old brothers Saturday while she went to work, police said. The boys left the apartment, and the girl crawled through a door they had left open.

The girl was hanging over a concrete sidewalk 18 feet above the ground when neighbor Mary Bussey and her son, Brandon Bussey, noticed her, police said.

Mrs. Bussey waited under the child while her son ran upstairs, and the girl fell into her arms.

Officials said the baby was healthy and safe. She has been placed in the custody of the Denver Department of Social Services.

FLORIDA

Fantasy Fest quester lives on display

KEY WEST — A man campaigning to become king of the island’s Fantasy Fest celebration completed 57 hours of living in a department store display window on Sunday.

Gregg McGrady, 41, entered the window of a boutique department store Friday morning to begin the stunt.

“Finally, I’ll be able to get some sleep,” Mr. McGrady said after stepping out of the window.

For a donation, supporters and spectators could join him in the street-facing window for meals, cocktails or chats with onlookers. One mother donated $60 after she dropped off her child to hang out with Mr. McGrady in the window for a half-hour. The stunt raised more than $10,000.

Crowns go to contenders who raise the most money for AIDS Help.

The outrageous Fantasy Fest is scheduled for Oct. 20 to 29. Since 1989, Fantasy Fest king and queen contests have collected about $2.25 million for the Florida Keys-based AIDS Help.

ILLINOIS

Third of youths fail treadmill test

CHICAGO — About a third of American youngsters ages 12 to 19 fail treadmill tests measuring heart and respiratory health, and fatness and sedentary lifestyles are likely culprits, researchers said yesterday.

The finding, published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, was based on tests conducted from a representative sample of 3,287 boys and girls in 1999 and 2000.

They were interviewed at home and then went to an examination center where they performed a treadmill exercise test consisting of a two-minute warm-up, two three-minute periods of exercise and a two-minute cool-down.

“Approximately one third of males and females … failed to meet current standards of acceptable cardiorespiratory endurance,” the University of South Carolina study found.

“This represents a significant public health problem because low physical fitness during adolescence tends to track into adulthood, and low-fit adults are at substantially increased risk for chronic disease morbidity and mortality,” the study concluded.

NEW YORK

Tardy parents must serve detention

NEW YORK — A public school is requiring detention for parents who get their children to school late.

Under the new rule at the Manhattan School for Children, parents who don’t drop off their children by 8:25 a.m. have to pick up late slips from the principal’s office and go to the auditorium to serve 20 minutes of detention with them.

“The parents need to make the breakfast, get the children dressed and get them to school on time,” Principal Susan Rappaport told the New York Post for Sunday’s editions.

Some tardy parents at the school, which has 660 pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade, complained that the detention made them late for work. But others approved, saying they felt humiliated and won’t show up late again.

NORTH DAKOTA

Late leader found to be embezzler

RAY — A former school principal, city auditor and lay pastor who died last year embezzled nearly $1 million in public money from a water supply association, authorities said.

A state audit found that Richard Ross used the money to pay debts that were mostly gambling-related. The money was taken beginning in 1995, said authorities, who think Mr. Ross lost heavily at the 4 Bears Casino in New Town.

RHODE ISLAND

Private mansion goes up for sale

NEWPORT — One of the few privately owned mansions here is for sale. The 30,000-square-foot Miramar has a prestigious Bellevue Avenue address and a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

It was built for transportation mogul George Widener and his wife, Eleanor, in the early 1900s. Potential buyers can bid on the mansion, a carriage house and the 1-acre lot separately or as an estate. Bidding ends Nov. 1.

TEXAS

Zoo’s newborn weighs 384 pounds

HOUSTON — An Asian elephant at the Houston Zoo gave birth Sunday to a healthy 384-pound male calf that zoo officials say is a big baby, even for an elephant.

Zoo officials think the calf born to Shanti is the largest ever delivered at a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newborn Asian elephants normally weigh 150 to 340 pounds.

“He’s a big guy,” elephant keeper Martina Stevens said in a story posted Sunday on the Houston Chronicle Web site. “He’s very adorable. Everybody is totally excited. We’re happy that we have a healthy calf.”

Zoo officials say the size of the calf, which has not been named, could be because of its big father, Thai, or because Shanti was overdue.

The newborn stands 40 inches tall and measures 40 inches from head to rump.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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