- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Army opens nightclub to fight DWI

FORT STEWART — On weekends, Army Pfc. Keith Smith used to drive 45 miles to Savannah to find a nightclub with hip-hop music, single women and a bar open well past midnight.

But now the 24-year-old soldier can do his drinking, dancing and lookin’ for love just blocks from his Fort Stewart billet, without even leaving the Army post.

Deciding too many soldiers were dying behind the wheel after partying out of town, Fort Stewart commanders spent $300,000 turning a defunct sports bar on the Army post into Rocky’s, a bar and nightclub that aims to mimic the after-hours party scene of Savannah’s hippest spots.

Commanders also eased security restrictions at the post’s front gate to encourage civilians — namely women, who get free admission between 10 p.m. and midnight Fridays and Saturdays — to party at Rocky’s, which opened in November.

“We never want to glamorize alcohol, but we’ve got to be realistic about this,” said Col. Todd Buchs, garrison commander.

Alcohol was a factor in the deaths of at least seven of the 13 Fort Stewart soldiers killed on the roads in fiscal 2006, Col. Buchs said.


Calcium, vitamin D cut stress fractures

OMAHA — Active young women who took higher-than-recommended doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements for eight weeks had fewer stress fractures than women who were given dummy pills, a study of naval recruits showed.

Researchers called the results encouraging and of interest to young female athletes as well as women in the military.

“What really surprised us is that calcium/vitamin D supplements made a significant difference in such a short period of time,” said lead researcher Joan Lappe of Creighton University.

The study, funded by the Department of Defense, was presented recently at the Orthopaedic Research Society’s annual meeting in San Diego.

The Creighton University study found that women who took 2,000 milligrams of calcium and 800 international units of vitamin D daily had 27 percent fewer stress fractures than those who didn’t.


Suspect videotaped swallowing ring

HOLLIS — A house painter accused of taking a $7,000 diamond engagement ring from a condo where he was working apparently swallowed the ring during a break from questioning at the police station — and it was caught on tape, police said.

The 44-year-old painter was charged with theft and falsifying evidence. Doctors had to perform emergency surgery on the man to retrieve the 1.2-carat ring. He was arraigned from his hospital bed.

Police said the ring had been hidden under a mattress in a room where the painter was hired to work. The owner said he was hiding the ring for his brother, so his brother’s girlfriend wouldn’t see it until the time was right.


Anne Frank’s father sought U.S. visa

NEW YORK — Anne Frank’s father tried to arrange U.S. visas for his family before they went into hiding, but his efforts were hampered when Allied and Axis countries tightened immigration policies, according to papers released yesterday.

Otto Frank also sent desperate letters to friends and family in the United States pleading for help with immigration costs as the family tried to escape the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

The letters, along with documents and records from various agencies that helped people emigrate from Europe, were released by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, a New York-based institution that focuses on the history and culture of Eastern European Jews. The group discovered the file among 100,000 other Holocaust-related documents about a year and a half ago.

Mr. Frank managed to secure one visa to Cuba, but it was canceled in December 1941 after the Germans declared war on the United States. The family went into hiding in July 1942. The family was in hiding for more than two years before being arrested. Miss Frank described the family’s life in hiding in a diary that has sold an estimated 75 million copies.


Nursing home official charged with neglect

CHESTER — The former nursing director of an assisted-living facility was accused of neglecting a patient’s head wound for so long that it filled with maggots, and of trying to conceal the poor care by altering records.

Authorities on Tuesday charged Donna Marie Cameron, 39, of Aston, with criminal neglect, perjury and tampering with records at St. James Retirement and Rehabilitation Center in Chester, a Philadelphia suburb.

State regulators shut down the facility last year.

Prosecutors said Miss Cameron neglected a deep head wound suffered by a 72-year-old patient in June. In September, the woman was taken to a hospital emergency room, where nurses found more than 50 maggots in the wound.

The woman recovered and now lives in another home.


Bill would require abortion death records

NASHVILLE — Legislation introduced in Tennessee would require death certificates for aborted fetuses, which likely would create public records identifying women who have abortions.

Rep. Stacey Campfield, a Republican, said his bill would provide a way to track how many abortions are performed. He predicted it would pass in the Republican-controlled Senate but would have a hard time making it through the Democratic House.

The number of abortions reported to the state Office of Vital Records is already publicly available. The office collects records — but not death certificates — on abortions and the deaths of fetuses after 22 weeks of gestation or weight of about 1 pound.

The identities of the women who have abortions are not included in those records, but death certificates include identifying information such as Social Security numbers.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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