- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2007

FLORIDA

Airport buses collide; 2 dead

FORT LAUDERDALE — Two airport shuttle buses collided head-on in the dark near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, killing a driver in one bus and a passenger in the other, authorities said.

The eight other persons aboard the two buses were hospitalized, two of them in critical condition, an airport spokesman said.

The Broward County Aviation shuttle buses collided about 11 p.m. Sunday on a road that circles the airport, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said yesterday. He said fire rescue crews worked through the night to remove the bodies from the buses so the roadway could be cleared.

Authorities think one of the victims, bus driver George Pitter, was driving in the eastbound lane with one passenger when a westbound bus, with seven passengers and the driver, crossed the center line of the road and hit him.

In addition to Mr. Pitter, 64, of Hollywood, passenger Jameer Fyzool, 71, of Sunrise, was killed in the crash, according to a statement from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

IDAHO

Boy, 12, burned in gas station fire

NAMPA — A 12-year-old was burned over 40 percent of his body in a gas station fire that authorities say was started by his 26-year-old brother, who was smoking a cigarette as he pumped fuel.

The boy was taken to a hospital in Boise after the fire at Albertsons Express gas station. The older brother suffered minor injuries, authorities said. Neither was identified by name.

ILLINOIS

Suspect in slayings felt ‘disrespected’

CHICAGO — An Iranian immigrant accused of using a 3-pound hammer to beat his wife, sister-in-law and mother-in-law to death and then repeatedly stabbing them had left messages and a letter saying he felt “disrespected,” police said yesterday.

After the attack, Daryoush Ebrahimi, 55, struck himself several times on the head with the same hammer in an apparent attempt to kill himself, said Chicago Police Cmdr. Thomas Byrne.

“It was a very difficult scene, and that would be indicative of that type of anger,” Cmdr. Byrne said of the two apartments where the bodies were found Saturday on the city’s far North Side.

Police found cell-phone video messages and a letter that Mr. Ebrahimi left at one of the apartments, Cmdr. Byrne said. The FBI was helping translate the messages and letter, which are in Farsi.

Mr. Ebrahimi appeared in court yesterday, and a judge denied a request for bail.

INDIANA

University students start nap club

SOUTH BEND — The idea of a nap club at Indiana University South Bend started out as a joke. Then some people slept on it.

Students Michael Duttlinger and Joe Spencer, president and vice president, respectively, point to studies that say napping can heighten creativity, boost memory and increase alertness.

The Nap Club consists of a quiet room with the shades drawn, a few desks and chairs, and six air mattresses, purchased through a small sum allotted to campus clubs.

Up to 15 persons can come in to doze. A moderator wakes them up at the appropriate time and “makes sure no one messes with you or your stuff,” Mr. Duttlinger says.

The room is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

So far, the club has attracted a steady stream of nappers, and 30 to 35 people are on its e-mail list.

NORTH CAROLINA

Ultralight plane crashes into tree

CAMERON — A gust of wind blew an ultralight aircraft into a tree yesterday, and the pilot had to be rescued from the branches by emergency crews.

The small airplane became entangled in the limbs of the tree, which stood alone surrounded by barren landscape near Cameron, about 30 miles northwest of Fayetteville.

Chief Deputy Neil Godfrey of the Moore County Sheriff’s Department said strong wind pushed the craft off course just after noon.

“The pilot is alive but may have some injuries,” Deputy Godfrey said.

Firefighters used a ladder to retrieve the man.

OHIO

Teen shot in face at hospital entrance

MANSFIELD — A 14-year-old boy chased down a 15-year-old boy and shot him in the face at the entrance to a hospital’s emergency room, where the victim immediately sought treatment, authorities said yesterday.

The suspect was tackled by a hospital security guard and placed in handcuffs as he tried to follow the victim inside, said Cindy Jakubick, a spokeswoman for MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital.

The victim was treated at the hospital and then flown to Columbus Children’s Hospital, where he was in critical condition Sunday night, Miss Jakubick said.

A nursing supervisor in Columbus said yesterday that she couldn’t release more information without the boy’s name, which wasn’t disclosed by police.

The suspect, whose name wasn’t released, was being held in a juvenile detention facility, Mansfield police Sgt. Ken Coontz said. Charges likely won’t be filed until today because of the Presidents Day holiday.

OREGON

Woman wins second new car

GRANTS PASS — You can call Claudette Osborn double-lucky.

Last week, she won her second brand-new car in nine months while gambling in a casino. In June, she drove home in a $30,000 silver Saturn Sky convertible from Spirit Mountain Casino after playing the penny slots.

Last week, it was a $20,000 shiny-red Volkswagen Beetle she won in a drawing at Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville. She and her husband, Dale, had driven there for a Valentine’s Day dinner and to do a little gambling.

“I must be living right or something,” said Mrs. Osborn, a retired state revenue agent who works part time inspecting rental properties.

She traded in the Saturn Sky for a 2005 Toyota Camry plus cash. And the VW? She’s not sure.

“It drives really nice, and it’s a beautiful little red car,” she said. “But I love my blue Camry. I’m going to let this one sit in the garage awhile and think about it.”

PENNSYLVANIA

Class ring lost in ocean returned

DOYLESTOWN — If you lose your class ring swimming in the Pacific Ocean, the odds of finding it aren’t high — especially more than 20 years later.

Suburban Philadelphia resident James Costantini apparently has some kind of luck.

His parents recently presented him with his long-lost 1984 class ring from William Tennent High School. He had lost it swimming off the coast of Hawaii while on vacation with his family when he was 18 — more than 20 years ago.

A California man found it a year later while snorkeling off Maui and kept it as a souvenir. The finder, Phil Winter, says the topaz ring sat in his wife’s jewelry box until recently, when his daughter saw it and wanted to wear it.

Mr. Winter decided to try to track down the owner with the help of one of his daughter’s teachers. The ring was returned in a box from a Maui jeweler, arriving at the Upper Southampton Township home of Mr. Costantini’s parents on Saturday.

“I thought a fish ate it,” said Mr. Costantini, now 41.

TEXAS

Home movie shows Kennedy motorcade

DALLAS — A recently discovered home movie shows a brief but clear glimpse of President Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy about 90 seconds before his assassination.

The silent, 8 mm color film is “the clearest, best film of Jackie in the motorcade,” said Gary Mack, curator of the Sixth Floor Museum, which focuses on Mr. Kennedy’s life and assassination. The film was shown yesterday on the museum’s Web site (www.jfk.org).

The film shows a clear glimpse of Mr. Kennedy and the first lady a few blocks from Dealey Plaza and roughly 90 seconds before the killing. Also visible is Secret Service agent Clint Hill riding on the back of the car. The assassination is not shown in the 40-second clip.

The film ends with some footage the next day outside the Texas School Book Depository, the building from which assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots on Nov. 22, 1963.

Amateur photographer George Jefferies, 82, took the footage and held on to it for more than 40 years, Mr. Mack said. Mr. Jefferies mentioned it in a casual conversation with his son-in-law, Wayne Graham, and the two agreed to donate it to the museum.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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