- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bus crash in Queens injures 19 persons

NEW YORK — A bus crash yesterday injured 19 persons, one critically, authorities said.

A New York City Transit bus and a car collided shortly before 6 a.m. in Queens, said Jeremy Soffin, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Fifteen persons were on the bus at the time of the crash, Mr. Soffin said. Thirteen were taken to local hospitals and two were treated at the scene for minor injuries, he said.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, Mr. Soffin said.

Several people in the car were hurt, he said. Firefighters said 19 persons were taken to local hospitals. One person was critically injured, police said.

Ashes of astronaut, actor sent into space

UPHAM, N.M. — The cremated remains of actor James Doohan, who portrayed engineer “Scotty” on “Star Trek,” and astronaut Gordon Cooper soared into suborbital space yesterday aboard a rocket.

It was the first successful launch from Spaceport America, a commercial spaceport being developed in the southern New Mexico desert.

Suzan Cooper and Wende Doohan fired the rocket carrying small amounts of their husbands’ ashes at 8:56 a.m.

“Go baby, go baby,” said Eric Knight of the commercial launch company, UP Aerospace Inc. of Farmington, Conn.

Since it was a suborbital flight, the rocket soon plummeted back to Earth, coming down at the White Sands Missile Range.

Ex-senator attacked outside home

CHICAGO — Police are investigating the attempted armed robbery of former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun outside her South Side home late Friday night.

The Illinois Democrat was returning to her home from the play “Wicked” when “an assailant jumped out of the bushes with a knife,” spokesman Kevin Lampe said.

The man tried to steal her purse by slashing its strap with a knife, Mr. Lampe said.

A passer-by came to Mrs. Moseley Braun’s aid and struggled with the assailant, he said. The assailant then fled the scene.

Prehistoric camel’s bones unearthed

PHOENIX — Workers digging at the future site of a Wal-Mart store in suburban Mesa, Ariz., have unearthed the bones of a prehistoric camel that’s estimated to be about 10,000 years old.

Arizona State University (ASU) geology museum curator Brad Archer hurried out to the site Friday when he got the news that the owner of a nursery was carefully excavating bones found at the bottom of a hole being dug for a new ornamental citrus tree.

“There’s no question that this is a camel. These creatures walked the land here until about 8,000 years ago, when the same event that wiped out a great deal of mammal life took place,” Mr. Archer told the Arizona Republic.

Wal-Mart officials and Greenfield Citrus Nursery owner John Babiarz have agreed that the bones will go on display at ASU.

Woman, 70, nabs shoplifting suspect

WOLFEBORO, N.H. — A shoplifter would have to run pretty far to get away from this 70-year-old clerk.

Judy Brenner sprinted about 100 feet to catch a teen who she thought stole liquor on Thursday from the store where she works in Wolfeboro.

Miss Brenner, who ran the Boston Marathon this month, discovered the teen had a half-gallon of whiskey under his jacket. She and others who joined the chase helped detain him until police arrived.

“He didn’t run, but he walked faster, so I picked up my pace,” Miss Brenner said. “I wasn’t going to let him go.”

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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