- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2009


Hiker’s body found in canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK | Authorities say they have found a body in Grand Canyon National Park and believe it is that of a Northern Arizona University student missing on a hiking trip.

Search and rescue crews have been looking for 20-year-old Bryce Gillies since Tuesday. Park officials say a body tentatively identified as that of Mr. Gillies was found Saturday morning less than half a mile from the confluence of Bonita Creek and the Colorado River on the North Rim, along with a backpack and personal items. They say the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office will try to identify the body and determine the cause of death. Search crews found Mr. Gillies’ car Wednesday. Authorities say he started his hike July 18 with plans to come home last Monday. Mr. Gillies’ father called park officials Tuesday when his son failed to return.


Four arrested in border agent’s death

CHULA VISTA | Police in Mexico have announced the arrests of four men in connection with the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, as their counterparts in the United States search hospitals for suspects possibly wounded in the first such shooting in more than a decade.

The men detained in Mexico are suspected of being part of an immigrant smuggling ring, and 21 people were found with them when police detained them and seized four guns near Tecate, Mexico, said Elias Alvarez Hernandez, coordinator of federal police in Baja California state.

Mexico police did not say what evidence they had against the four, whom they identified as Jose Quintero Ruiz, 43, and his brother Jose Eugenio Quintero Ruiz, 49, and taxi drivers Jose Alfredo Camacho, 34, and Antonio Valladares, 57. Agent Robert Rosas was killed Thursday while responding alone to a suspected border incursion near Campo, a town in rugged, arid terrain in southeastern San Diego County.


Soldiers recount Iraq horrors

COLORADO SPRINGS | Soldiers from an Army unit that had 10 infantrymen accused of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter after returning to civilian life described a breakdown in discipline during their Iraq deployment in which troops murdered civilians, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Some Fort Carson, Colo.-based soldiers have had trouble adjusting to life back in the United States, saying they refused to seek help or were belittled or punished for seeking help. Others say they were ignored by their commanders or coped through drug and alcohol abuse before they allegedly committed crimes, the Gazette of Colorado Springs said. The Gazette based its report on months of interviews with soldiers and their families, medical and military records, court documents and photographs. Several soldiers said unit discipline deteriorated while in Iraq.

“Toward the end, we were so mad and tired and frustrated,” Daniel Freeman said. “You came too close, we lit you up. You didn’t stop, we ran your car over with the Bradley,” an armored fighting vehicle.


Canary-fighting ring shut down

SHELTON | Police in Connecticut said they have seized more than 100 canaries and arrested 19 people in connection with a bird-fighting operation.

They said residents of a home in Shelton were preparing the birds to fight Sunday morning when they were arrested. The road leading to the home was kept closed while animal control officials put the canaries in large cages and took them away. Canaries generally are known as small songbirds that make good pets, but they can become aggressive and fight with each other, especially during breeding season. Neighbors say they had no idea bird fighting was occurring at the home. The names of the people arrested and the charges against them have yet to be released.


NASA patches station’s air system

CAPE CANAVERAL | A space station air purifier was working again Sunday after it shut down at the worst possible time, when company was still visiting and had swollen the on-board crowd to a record 13.

The repair by flight controllers, albeit temporary, came as a great relief to NASA.

Even if the carbon dioxide-removal system had remained broken, shuttle Endeavour would not have had to undock early from the International Space Station, said flight director Brian Smith. But the system needs to work to support six station residents over the long term, he said. The machine for cleansing the station atmosphere, on the U.S. side of the sprawling outpost, failed Saturday when it got too hot and tripped a circuit breaker. Flight controllers managed to get the unit up and running again 8 1/2 hours later in manual mode. That means extra people are needed in Mission Control to handle about 50 computer commands that need to be sent up every few hours.


Ex-boxing champ killed in robbery

ATLANTA | Vernon Forrest, a former three-time champion who gained stardom when he became the first boxer to defeat “Sugar” Shane Mosley, was fatally shot during an apparent robbery in Atlanta, police said Sunday.

Sgt. Lisa Keyes said Sunday that Mr. Forrest, 38, was shot several times in the back Saturday night, which an autopsy confirmed. Sgt. Keyes said there are no suspects.

“Vernon was one of the few decent people in boxing,” promoter Gary Shaw said. “I mean really decent. He cared about mentally challenged adults. He cared about kids. I just can’t believe it.”

Fulton County medical examiner Michele Stauffenberg confirmed the case was a homicide and that the autopsy showed that Mr. Forrest died from “multiple gunshot wounds involving the torso and thigh.”

Mr. Forrest, a native of Augusta, Ga., who lived in Atlanta, was a member of the 1992 Olympic team. He also was a former IBF welterweight and two-time WBC junior middleweight champion with a 41-3 career record, with 29 knockouts.


Toddler shot at wedding

INDIANAPOLIS | Police said an 18-month-old girl was shot and critically injured during a wedding reception at an Indianapolis park. Two women also were wounded by gunfire.

A Lawrence Police Department dispatcher who declined to give her name said the girl underwent surgery Sunday morning and is in critical condition at Methodist Hospital. Lawrence is a community within Indianapolis.

Police have not identified the child, who was struck in the head by a bullet Saturday night when a dispute at the wedding reception at Lawrence Community Park led to gunfire. The two women were shot in their legs, according to police.

Lawrence police Chief Paul Whitehead told the Indianapolis Star that three people have been arrested.


HBO leads in gay shows

NEW YORK | HBO scored highest among 15 networks for its representation of gay characters last season, according to a report released Monday.

In its third annual Network Responsibility Index, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) found that of HBO’s 14 original prime-time series, 10 included content reflecting the lives of gay, bisexual and transgender people. That totaled 42 percent of the network’s programming hours, in series such as “True Blood,” “Entourage” and “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”

By contrast, on NBC and CBS only 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively, of prime-time hours included them, the report said.

For the report, GLAAD reviewed all prime-time programming, totaling 4,901 hours, for inclusion of such characters or issues on the five major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW) from June 1, 2008, to May 31, 2009. The study also examined all original prime-time programming on 10 prominent cable networks. The programming included dramas, comedies, unscripted fare and newsmagazines.


Beating death near Phillies park

PHILADELPHIA | A man who was attending a bachelor party at a bar next to the Philadelphia Phillies’ ballpark has been beaten to death during a melee outside.

Police said a group from the bachelor party got into a fight with other patrons at a sports bar and restaurant in the Citizens Bank Park complex Saturday night.

The trouble started during the closing innings of a game between the Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals. The groups were told to leave McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, and the dispute moved outside to a parking lot.

Police say 22-year-old Lansdale resident David Sale was assaulted there and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Dillinger’s derringer nets $95,600

DALLAS | A gun once carried by bank robber John Dillinger has brought $95,600 at a Texas auction.

Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas reports the winning bid for the Remington .41-caliber double derringer was more than double the preauction estimate. The gun sold Saturday to a Los Angeles-area collector. A statement from the auction house says Dillinger was carrying the small pistol hidden in a sock when he was arrested in Tucson, Ariz., 75 years ago. Dillinger was killed six months later on July 22, 1934, by federal agents outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago.

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