- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 4, 2009


Girl, 10, battles rare breast cancer

LA MIRADA | Ten-year-old Hannah Powell-Auslam said she’s trying to remain brave as she battles an extremely rare, adult form of breast cancer that led to a mastectomy.

“I feel like a kid inside but sometimes I feel like an adult, when I’m always at the hospital,” Hannah told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview that aired Wednesday. “I’m a kid fighting an adult disease.”

The fifth-grader at Escalona Elementary School in this Los Angeles bedroom community complained of itching in her side in April. Her mother discovered a lump, and that led to a diagnosis of breast cancer, an extremely rare adult form.

Hannah had a mastectomy May 7 and has begun several rounds of chemotherapy.


Foreclosed homes for storm victims?

MIAMI | The federal government is exploring how to put Florida hurricane evacuees in foreclosed homes if a Katrina-like storm devastates the region and shelters, hotels and other housing options are full, the Associated Press has learned.

Officials told AP on Tuesday of an effort to find some benefit in the foreclosure crisis and keep people close to their homes and communities instead of scattering them across the country, which happened when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and other parts of coastal Louisiana and Mississippi almost four years ago. Thousands of victims who lost their homes in the storm moved to Houston, Atlanta and other cities, and many never returned.


Koko Taylor, blues queen, dies

CHICAGO | Koko Taylor, a sharecropper’s daughter whose regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the sobriquet “Queen of the Blues,” has died of complications from surgery. She was 80.

Ms. Taylor died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital about two weeks after having surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding, said Marc Lipkin, director of publicity for her record label, Alligator Records, which made the announcement.

Ms. Taylor’s career spanned more than five decades. While she did not have widespread mainstream success, she was revered and beloved by blues aficionados. She earned worldwide acclaim for her work, which included the best-selling song “Wang Dang Doodle” and tunes such as “What Kind of Man Is This” and “I Got What It Takes.”

Ms. Taylor appeared on national television many times, was the subject of a PBS documentary and had a small part in director David Lynch’s 1990 “Wild at Heart” film.

In the course of her career, Ms. Taylor was nominated seven times for the Grammy and won in 1984.


Roeder indigent before slaying

WICHITA | Scott Roeder had only $10 to his name.

A financial affidavit for the Kansas City, Mo., man charged in the killing of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller shows a man with little money and checkered employment.

Mr. Roeder, 51, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and aggravated assault in Sunday’s shooting death of Dr. Tiller.

Mr. Roeder was required to sign a sworn affidavit to get a court-appointed attorney. In the document filed Tuesday, Mr. Roeder stated he had $10 in his bank account and no other property except his 1993 Ford Taurus.

The affidavit stated he made $1,100 a month working at Quicksilver Airport Delivery, his fourth job in six months.

Rent and other monthly bills totaled nearly $470.


Arson likely at topless java shop

VASSALBORO | A deliberately set fire destroyed a topless coffee shop early Wednesday, just hours after the owner talked with local officials about making the business more like a strip club, investigators said.

The fire at the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop was reported just before 1 a.m. by an ambulance that happened to be passing by.

The state fire marshal’s office concluded it was arson after investigators, aided by a specially trained dog, sifted through the shop’s ruins. Officials would not say how or where the fire started, but evidence was taken to the state police crime lab for analysis.

The coffee shop featured waiters and waitresses without shirts serving coffee and doughnuts.


Harvard to endow chair in gay studies

BOSTON | Harvard University is creating a visiting professorship in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies with a gift of $1.5 million from the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus.

The professorship is one of the first for gay and lesbian studies in the U.S. The University of Louisville has a chair in race, class, gender and sexuality studies named for lesbian poet and activist Audre Lorde.

Harvard’s chair is named for F.O. Matthiessen, a Harvard scholar, distinguished literary critic and gay man who died in 1950.


Ex-mayor late on restitution

DETROIT | Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was three days late and $3,500 short on a May restitution payment ordered as part of the criminal case that drove him from office, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

The payment due on the 15th of each month came on May 18 and was only for $2,500 of the $6,000 required, department spokesman Russ Marlan told the Detroit Free Press.

A judge in March rejected Kilpatrick’s request to reduce payments for his nearly $1 million in restitution to $6 a month. Kilpatrick was ordered to pay $6,000 a month. If he fails to make full payments, Kilpatrick could be found in violation of his probation.


Cartel member killed in El Paso

EL PASO | A Mexican man fatally shot last month in front of a house was a midlevel official in the Juarez drug cartel, police said.

Officer Chris Mears said Wednesday that police have identified Jose Daniel Gonzalez Galeana as a lieutenant in the gang, which is blamed for countless killings across the Rio Grande from El Paso to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Police said they think a man armed with a handgun approached the 37-year-old in the street and shot him May 15. No arrests have been made.

The Juarez cartel has been in a protracted fight with rival gangs and Mexican federal troops. Last year more than 1,600 people were killed in Ciudad Juarez, a city of more than 1.5 million people.


Three arrested in killing of guard

LAKEWOOD | Three arrests have been made and at least one other person is being sought in the killing of an armored car guard at a Wal-Mart, police said.

Lakewood police spokeswoman Lt. Heidi Hoffman said investigators are not sure whether one of those already arrested might be the man who shot guard Kurt Husted Tuesday afternoon. The two robbers also took a money bag when they confronted Mr. Husted as he left a bank branch at the Wal-Mart.

Authorities said a tip led police to arrest one man Wednesday morning. A man and a woman were arrested Tuesday night and booked into the Pierce County Jail.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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