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Air Force issues review of crash

PORTLAND, Ore. — An F-15 fighter jet pilot was disoriented during an Oregon Air National Guard combat-training exercise when he crashed into the Pacific Ocean in June, according to an Air Force review.

Maj. Gregory Dean Young, 34, of St. Helens, Ore., died on impact about 40 miles west of Cannon Beach. The crash occurred while jets from the Portland-based 142nd Fighter Wing were dogfighting with Marine Corps pilots from Texas.

Maj. Young spoke calmly to his wingman on his radio just two seconds before impact. His radio transmissions that morning revealed no signs of distress or alarm.

Superferry won’t resume service

LIHUE, Hawaii — Officials with the first passenger- vehicle ferry between major Hawaiian Islands canceled plans to resume service to Kauai, despite a partial court victory and an announcement by Gov. Linda Lingle that the ferry would start up again Wednesday.

Hawaii Superferry officials said late Friday the decision was made “for the safety of the community, our passengers and our dedicated employees.”

It was decided a day after more than 1,000 people jammed a public meeting on Kauai with Miss Lingle, who tried to sell the project to island residents. Opponents shouted down the Republican governor, calling the Superferry a threat to the environment and the island’s rural charm.

Gulf Coast escapes storm

NEW ORLEANS — Gulf Coast residents breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after a tropical depression came ashore in the Florida Panhandle, then weakened, sparing them their first serious brush with tropical weather since two hurricanes ravaged the region in 2005.

Forecasters downgraded the threat when the storm system moved ashore Friday night near Fort Walton Beach, Fla., with top sustained winds of 35 mph.

“Everybody’s dodging [the proverbial bullet] right now,” said Bob Wagner, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Slidell, La.

Prosecutors: Fake leg hid iguanas

LOS ANGELES — A man accused of stealing three endangered iguanas from a nature preserve in Fiji and smuggling them into the United States in his prosthetic leg has been indicted.

Jereme James, 33, of Long Beach, faces a single count of smuggling, according to a federal indictment returned Friday in Los Angeles. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Prosecutors say Mr. James stole the Fiji Island banded iguanas while visiting the South Pacific island in September 2002. He then brought the reptiles to the United States by hiding them in a special compartment he had constructed in his prosthetic leg, prosecutors said.

Judge ridicules hard-boiled yegg

CONCORD, N.H. — A federal judge was driven to rhyme after receiving a hard-boiled egg in the mail from a prison inmate protesting his diet.

U.S. District Court Judge James Muirhead reached for Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” for inspiration after getting the egg from inmate Charles Jay Wolff.

“I do not like eggs in the file,” Judge Muirhead wrote. “I do not like them in any style. I will not take them fried or boiled. I will not take them poached or broiled. I will not take them soft or scrambled/Despite an argument well-rambled.”

He then ordered the egg destroyed: “No fan I am/Of the egg at hand. Destroy that egg! Today! Today! Today I say! Without delay!”

Wolff sent the egg in a manila envelope as part of his complaint against state officials. Wolff, 61, says he is an Orthodox Jew and has accused prison officials of refusing to feed him a kosher diet. He also says he cannot tolerate hard-boiled eggs and is suing the state Department of Corrections for $10 million.

Wolff is serving 10 to 20 years for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl. His lawsuit was filed in August 2006, and he is scheduled for trial in June 2008.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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