- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2006


JonBenet ex-suspect offered probation deal

SANTA ROSA — Authorities yesterday proposed a plea deal that would free John Mark Karr, who falsely confessed to the JonBenet Ramsey slaying, of any prison time on child-pornography charges.

Assistant District Attorney Joann Risse said prosecutors would waive three of the five child-pornography possession charges against him if he pleaded guilty on two remaining charges.

Mr. Karr, 41, would get credit for time served and would be placed on probation for three years. He also would be required to register as a sex offender. Defense lawyer Robert Amparan said that he would discuss the deal with his client, but he said he still thinks Mr. Karr is innocent.


Yale center to study anti-Semitism

NEW HAVEN — Yale announced the creation yesterday of the first university-based center in North America dedicated to the study of anti-Semitism.

“Increasingly, Jewish communities around the world feel under threat,” said Charles Small, director of the new Yale Initiative for Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism. “I think we need to understand the current manifestation of this disease.”

The center will provide a forum for scholars to research contemporary causes of anti-Semitism and ways to combat it, and will offer courses, conferences and seminars, Mr. Small said.

In a report last year, New York-based Human Rights First said racist and anti-Semitic violence was up dramatically in much of Europe.


Diet of fatty fish lowers cancer risk

CHICAGO — Swedish women who ate fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring at least once a week had a significantly lower risk of kidney cancer compared with consumers of lean fish, researchers said yesterday.

The 15-year study found those who regularly ate fish containing a lot of fish oil that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D had a 74 percent lower risk of getting kidney cancer compared with those who ate no fish at all.

Lean varieties such tuna, cod and freshwater fish did not have the same benefit.

“The name fatty fish may frighten some people, but this kind of fat is healthy, so I would recommend to eat fatty fish, not lean, because you can get much more benefits,” said Alicja Wolk of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.


Newborn found; suspect arrested

UNION — A newborn abducted after her mother was slashed was found alive yesterday in excellent condition, and a woman who had recently miscarried was arrested, officials said.

Dr. Peter McCarthy, an emergency-room physician at St. John’s Hospital in Washington, Mo., said 11-day-old Abigale Lynn Woods has been reunited with her mother, father and other relatives. She was expected to be released from the hospital later yesterday.

FBI agent Roland Corvington identified the suspect as Shannon Beck, who lives a few miles from the home of the mother and baby. The case broke when Mrs. Beck’s sister-in-law, Dorothy Torrez, contacted authorities.

“She’s the hero,” Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said. “She’s the one that made it happen.”

The child’s mother, 21-year-old Stephenie Ochsenbine, told police Friday a woman entered her rural home, attacked her with a knife and stole the baby, who was a week old at the time.


Gas station owner accused of vandalism

MEDINA — When two gas stations were vandalized last year, police said the culprit wasn’t an angry motorist. They said it was a rival station owner.

Steven Herold, 41, who owns a Shell station, pleaded not guilty to four counts of vandalism Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Detective Scott Thomas said Mr. Herold is suspected of vandalizing his two closest competitors, a Marathon station and a Clark Oil station, because both had lower prices. He is accused of putting glue in credit-card readers, spraying foul-smelling deer repellent on pumps and throwing beer bottles through windows.

A trial date was set for Jan. 8.


3 dead, 1 wounded in custody dispute

DANDRIDGE — A long-running custody battle over a boy erupted in gunfire after he played in a baseball game at a park nicknamed Field of Dreams, leaving three of his grandparents dead and his father wounded, officials said yesterday.

Ten-year-old Austin Shands’ youth league team from Jefferson City had just ended its game against Dandridge in a 2-2 tie about 9:30 p.m. Monday at city-owned Grace Shrader Park. Players and families were making their way to the parking lot when the shooting began.

Authorities refused to speculate about what happened or say who fired the shots in this mountain foothills community about 30 miles east of Knoxville.


NASA delays return of space shuttle

HOUSTON — NASA delayed the planned landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis by at least a day yesterday after engineers spotted an object that may have accidentally flown out of its cargo bay.

Landing had been scheduled for this morning. But a poor weather forecast and concerns that something crucial floated out of the craft prompted the delay, space shuttle communicator Terry Virts told the crew.

NASA engineers think the object may have shaken loose from the shuttle during the firing of jets in preparation for landing. NASA managers may order Atlantis’ robotic arm to be taken out again for an inspection, and the space agency hasn’t ruled out having the crew return to the International Space Station.

Engineers are concerned because they don’t know what the object is or whether if it’s a crucial piece of the shuttle.


3 sets of twins born in single day

CHEYENNE — People were seeing double last week when three sets of twins were born in a single day at United Medical Center.

The births, the most ever for the Cheyenne hospital, prompted extra staff members to come in Thursday and handle the workload.

“It was kind of chaotic,” Mike Munari, whose wife, Tonya, gave birth to Jameson and Addison. They were the only parents of the three sets of twins to use fertility drugs.

Also born Thursday were Braxton and Daxton Thomas, sons of Mike and Glenda Thomas, and Trista and Trenton Hoover, a daughter and son born to Michelle Hoover.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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