- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 5, 2007


Law requires drivers to give cyclists space

LITTLE ROCK — A new state law requires motorists to allow at least three feet between their vehicles and bicycle riders when passing them.

Violating the law can result in a $100 fine, and if the violation causes an accident that results in death or serious injury, the motorist can be fined up to $1,000.


China spy case yields three guilty pleas

LOS ANGELES — Three suspects pleaded guilty to trying to send China sensitive defense information on submarine technology, federal prosecutors said yesterday.

The three are relatives of an engineer of Chinese origin, Chi Mak, 66, who worked for a Navy contractor that develops the technology to silence submarines.

The charges go back to 2005, when police arrested two of the family at Los Angeles airport as they were ready to embark on a plane for Hong Kong carrying a CD with the data in their baggage.

Chi Mak’s brother, Tai Mak, and Fuk Li, Tai Mak’s wife, pleaded guilty yesterday, while Billy Mak, their son, pleaded guilty on Friday.


Elderly man fatally shoots wife, self

WESTON — A man fatally shot his wife, then killed himself while visiting her yesterday at a hospital, authorities said.

No one else was injured at the Cleveland Clinic, said Broward County sheriff’s spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion.

Hildegard Volinsky, 87, was taken to the hospital May 31 for various ailments and was kept in intensive care until Sunday, when she was sent to a private room. Her husband, Alberto, 86, went to visit her yesterday as usual, Miss Concepcion said.

The two were alone in the room when hospital staff heard gunshots. They then found the couple’s bodies.

A motive was not determined, but the wife was not terminally ill, Miss Concepcion said.


Kangaroo dies after tranquilizing

FOUNTAINTOWN — A 6-foot-tall kangaroo that surprised residents as it bounded through rural central Indiana during the weekend died yesterday after authorities used a tranquilizer dart to capture it.

Hancock County Animal Control officers helped capture the Australian marsupial, an escaped pet named Skippy, early yesterday not far from its home.

The cause of Skippy’s death was not known, said Kenny McConahay, an officer with the Greenfield/Hancock County Animal Control Department.

It was not known what the kangaroo had done or eaten during its weekend of freedom, and the amount of tranquilizer used in the dart was only half of the recommended dose, Mr. McConahay said.

Skippy got loose Friday when two teenage girls opened his cage.


State’s abortion law ruled unconstitutional

LANSING — A federal appeals court yesterday rejected Michigan’s attempt to ban a procedure that opponents call partial-birth abortion, ruling the law unconstitutional because it could also prohibit other abortion procedures.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal said the Michigan Legislature would have been “virtually guaranteed” a favorable result on appeal had it copied an Ohio law that the 6th Circuit already has upheld.

“It instead opted to use statutory language that pushed almost every boundary that the Supreme Court has imposed for these types of laws,” the judges said.

The U.S. Supreme Court in April upheld the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, with the majority opinion carefully distinguishing the procedure from a more common abortion method used in the second trimester of pregnancy. The latter was unaffected by the ruling.

The appeals panel affirmed a Detroit district judge’s opinion that the 2004 Legal Birth Definition Act in Michigan places an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to have an abortion.


E. coli fear spurs ground-beef recall

EDEN PRAIRIE — Supervalu Inc. said yesterday it was recalling some ground beef sold in its Albertsons and Save-A-Lot stores because it is thought to be contaminated with E. coli.

Most of the products were sold under the Moran’s label at Albertsons stores in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and at Save-A-Lot stores in Arizona, California, and Nevada.

The recalled products had sell-by dates from April 20 through May 7. It included Moran’s brand meat sold in 1- to 5-pound varieties under UPC numbers 34779 60501, 34779 60000, 34779 96000, 34779 91000, 34779 60010, 34779 96194, 34779 21117. Also recalled was Albertsons 90/10 sirloin fresh hamburger patties.

Customers can return recalled products to the store for a full refund or exchange. Customers with questions about the recall can call United Food Group’s hot line at 800/325-4164.


Panel recommends Marine’s discharge

KANSAS CITY — A military disciplinary panel yesterday recommended that a decorated combat Marine be involuntarily discharged after he joined an antiwar demonstration and spoke out against the Iraq war.

The three-member panel at a Marine command center in Kansas City recommended that 25-year-old Marine Cpl. Adam Kokesh be given a general discharge — one step below an “honorable discharge” and a reflection of “significant negative” conduct.

Cpl. Kokesh was accused of misconduct for wearing desert fatigues at a protest in Washington in March to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Cpl. Kokesh said he would appeal the recommendation. “I’m standing on principle, and we’re going to contest this on principle. It’s not going to go away,” he said.


Earthquakes rattle coastal area

EXETER — After people called 911 to report hearing explosions, emergency officials initially thought there had been underground methane-gas blasts. But it turned out that New Hampshire actually had three small earthquakes over the weekend.

The tremors caused no damage or injuries.

The state Emergency Management Agency said the quakes were felt Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in the Portsmouth-Exeter area.

The U.S. Geological Survey listed two of the quakes as magnitudes 1.4 and 1.9. A magnitude for the third quake was not available.


Illusionist attempting concrete-box stunt

NEW YORK — Illusionist Criss Angel began a 24-hour stunt yesterday that will end with him trying to escape from a small concrete box strung up above New York’s Times Square before it crashes to the ground.

About 100 fans gathered in the rain to watch the spectacle in a parking lot just off Times Square, the same spot where magician David Blaine spent two days in November shackled to a gyroscope hoisted in the air before escaping.

Mr. Angel, 39, sat in a four-foot-square clear box slowly being encased in concrete that was suspended 12 feet above the ground as he spoke to reporters and fans.

The box was to be lifted to 40 feet later yesterday, and Mr. Angel will try to escape this morning before the box is sent plunging to the ground.

The concrete-box stunt was to draw attention to the third season of Mr. Angel’s “Mindfreak” show on the A&E; cable TV channel, which starts today.


Man charged in shooting of 5

LANCASTER — A man shot and wounded five persons, including his girlfriend’s 2-year-old grandson, then turned himself in less than an hour later and confessed, police said.

Mark Q. “Mustafa” Galloway, 39, called police while he fled from the scene of the shooting early Sunday, said Lancaster Police Chief Sam Gatchell.

He walked into the Lancaster County Prison, where he admitted to shooting his girlfriend, Tameka Rodriguez, 35, three of her family members and her daughter’s boyfriend, authorities said.

“The defendant stated, ‘I did it,’ and asked, ‘How’s Tameka doing?’ ” when interviewed at the prison, according to the arrest affidavit. He later admitted to all five shootings, police said.

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