- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 16, 2008

Teen accused of stabbing 5

STUART, Fla. | Investigators are searching for a teenage girl they say stabbed five other girls during a melee after a high school football game in southeast Florida.

None of the injuries was life threatening.

The stabbings occurred Friday night after rival high schools in Martin County played each other.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Rhonda Irons said the girls’ wounds were in the leg, shoulder, forearm and hand. The girls were taken to a hospital.

Miss Irons said a woman also was arrested in a series of unrelated fights that involved around 30 people outside the Martin County High School.

South Fork High beat Martin County 35-10 in the annual rivalry game, nicknamed the “Martin Bowl.”

Fort Worth Diocese 4th to break away

FORT WORTH, Texas | The conservative Diocese of Fort Worth is splitting from the Episcopal Church in a long-running debate over how to interpret the Bible.

It is the fourth diocese to secede since 2003, when the denomination consecrated the first openly gay bishop. The other three breakaway dioceses are Pittsburgh; Quincy, Ill., and San Joaquin in Fresno, Calif.

Fort Worth Episcopalians voted on the move Saturday. Their decision could set off a complex legal battle over who owns local church property.

Fort Worth Episcopalians who oppose withdrawal say that five parishes and hundreds of parishioners will stay with the national denomination.

The Diocese of Fort Worth serves about 19,000 people.

Guilty plea in mom, baby deaths

KANSAS CITY, Kan. | Prosecutors in Kansas are seeking a life sentence for a man who killed his pregnant ex-wife, her unborn child and the woman’s 8-month-old daughter.

Andrew Anthony Guerrero avoided a possible death sentence by pleading guilty Friday to one count each of capital murder and felony murder.

Guerrero shot his pregnant ex-wife, 23-year-old Nicolette Lyons-Reed, and her daughter, Leah, in February at their home in Kansas City, Kan.

Prosecutors say he was charged under a statute known as Alexa’s Law, which makes killing or injuring an unborn child during an attack on the mother a crime.

Suspect held in killing of three

SANTA CLARA, Calif. | A 47-year-old engineer arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting three of his co-workers had been laid off hours earlier and returned to the office to ask for a meeting with the victims, police said Saturday.

Jing Hua Wu was arrested Saturday, a day after the shootings at an office complex in Santa Clara, west of San Jose. A manhunt ended at an intersection in his home city of Mountain View, and he was to be booked into jail on three counts of murder, said Santa Clara Police Lt. Mike Sellers.

Mr. Wu, who is married and has twin sons, was not armed when he was arrested, and officers did not find a gun in his vehicle, police said.

Mr. Wu had worked at the Silicon Valley high-tech firm SiPort Inc. as a product test engineer until he was let go on Friday morning. Police said he returned sometime after 3 p.m. Friday.

“He requested a meeting with several company officials,” said Santa Clara Police Chief Stephen Lodge. “It was during this meeting that Jing Wu took out a 9 mm handgun and shot and killed all three officials.”

UAW leader says concessions over

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Even as Detroit’s Big Three teeter on collapse, United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger says workers will not make any more concessions and that getting the automakers back on their feet means figuring out a way to turn around the slumping economy.

Mr. Gettelfinger also on Saturday called on Congress to act quickly on a bailout plan for the auto industry. He said something needs to be done before President-elect Barack Obama takes office in January.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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