- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 27, 2008

Father, son deny fatal bank robbery

SALEM, Ore. | A father and son accused of killing two Oregon law enforcement officers in a bank bombing have pleaded not guilty.

Bruce and Joshua Turnidge appeared in back-to-back hearings Friday.

The grand-jury indictment made public at the hearings accuses 57-year-old Bruce Turnidge and his 32-year-old son, Joshua, of multiple counts of aggravated murder in the course of committing first-degree robbery.

The two men, who are being held without bail, both face the death penalty.

Two weeks ago, an explosion rocked the West Coast Bank branch in Woodburn, killing an Oregon State Police bomb technician and a Woodburn officer. Woodburn’s police chief was also critically injured.

Special calendar has sales popping

NEW YORK | A New York City man has designed a calendar that will drive Bubble Wrap fanatics popping-mad.

The New York Daily News reported in Thursday editions that Stephen Turbek is selling a poster-size calendar covered with the plastic bubbles. Customers can pop a bubble each day to mark the passage of time.

The Brooklyn man says he has sold thousands of Bubble Calendars. A handmade calendar with paper backing is available online for $30, and a plastic version costs $50.

Mr. Turbek says it makes a perfect gift for obsessive people - as long as they don’t pop the whole year on the first day they get it.

Hanukkah crash injures 14

WOODMERE, N.Y. | An out-of-control car slammed into a building where Orthodox Jewish families were celebrating Hanukkah, injuring 14 people, police said.

Police said the injured included seven boys and one girl between the ages of 1 and 8. Four of the injured were hospitalized in serious condition, hospital officials said.

The families from the Chabad Orthodox Jewish movement were celebrating Chanukah Wonderland, an all-day celebration with events geared for children. Thursday was the fifth day of the eight-day Jewish festival. About 150 people were in the building when a 76-year-old man lost control of his car, Nassau County police said.

“He makes an abrupt left turn. It actually forces the car that’s parked along the side of the road up onto the sidewalk,” Lt. Kevin Smith said. “His car careens through several plate glass windows, enters the building and comes to rest after basically running over … several people.”

Police said Friday that the driver, who was among the injured but was released after treatment, will not face any charges. Police spokeswoman Patricia Tanksley said investigators believed the crash was an accident but were still investigating.

Cruise passenger missing at sea

MIAMI | The U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican authorities are searching for a missing cruise ship passenger who may have gone overboard near Cancun, Mexico.

Authorities say 36-year-old Jennifer Feitz’s husband reported her missing from the Norwegian Pearl just before 5 a.m. EST Friday. Her hometown was not available.

A Coast Guard search and rescue crew aboard a Falcon jet joined a helicopter and three crews from Mexico to scan the Gulf of Mexico. Norwegian Cruise Line says the ship left Sunday from Miami for a seven-day western Caribbean cruise.

Anti-aging scientist breaks with company

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. | A Harvard professor and the California-based Shaklee Corp. differ on whether he approved the use of his name to promote a purported life-extending syrup.

David Sinclair, an anti-aging researcher at Harvard Medical School, disputes Shaklee’s contention that he approved use of his name in advertisements for the Vivix Cellular Anti-Aging Tonic, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Mr. Sinclair resigned from Shaklee’s advisory board last week after the Journal questioned his seeming endorsement of Vivix, which costs $100 for a month’s supply and is made of resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine. In studies, resveratrol has proven beneficial in mice, not people, the Journal noted.

Shaklee Corp. calls Vivix “the world’s best anti-aging supplement” and asks on its Web site, “How would you like to feel 25 years younger and live 25 years longer?” The question is rhetorical and is designed to “engage people in a dialogue,” not guarantee longer life, said Shaklee Chief Executive Roger Barnett.

Another look at JonBenet case

BOULDER, Colo. | A new prosecutor in Colorado says he plans to take a fresh look at one of the country’s most high-profile cold cases - the slaying a dozen years ago of JonBenet Ramsey.

Incoming Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said he’ll decide what to do with the investigation in his first 30 days on the job, which he starts Jan. 13. His predecessor, Mary Lacy, publicly exonerated the Ramsey family this year in the Dec. 26, 1996 murder.

Mr. Garnett said he might send the case back to the police. The DA’s office took over the investigation in 2002 because of criticism of the police department’s handling of it.

JonBenet, a 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant, was found bludgeoned and strangled in the basement of her parents’ home.

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