- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Newspaper can stay closed

TUCSON | The Tucson Citizen won’t be forced to resume publication.

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Arizona attorney general’s office failed to show that the Citizen’s owner, Gannett Co., violated antitrust laws.

The state has contended that closing the Citizen with Saturday’s issue is eliminating competition and fostering a monopoly situation for Gannett and Lee Enterprises, publisher of the city’s Arizona Daily Star.

The two companies own Tucson Newspapers Inc., which runs the non-editorial functions for both newspapers. They split costs and profits.

The state contends that Gannett stopped publishing the Citizen simply to make more money for the partnership. The state hasn’t decided whether to appeal.

Gannett will continue the Citizen as a commentary Web site, without news coverage, and distribute a printed Citizen editorial weekly with the Star.


Man arrested in rapper’s slaying

LOS ANGELES | Up-and-coming rapper Dolla was killed in a shooting at an upscale shopping mall, and a man was arrested for investigation of murder, police said Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said the man who was killed Monday afternoon at the Beverly Center was 21-year-old Roderick Anthony Burton II, the birth name of rapper Dolla.

Police said Tuesday that Aubrey Louis Berry, 23, of Atlanta, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport with a gun Monday night. His bail was set at $1 million.


Astronauts bid farewell to Hubble

CAPE CANAVERAL | Atlantis’ astronauts gingerly dropped the Hubble Space Telescope overboard Tuesday, sending the restored observatory off on a new voyage of discovery and bidding it farewell on behalf of the planet.

Hubble - considered better than new after five days of repairs and upgrades - will never be seen up close by humans again. This was NASA’s last service call.

The shuttle and telescope had just crossed the Atlantic and were soaring 350 miles above the coast of northwestern Africa, when astronaut Megan McArthur used a robot arm to release the snares gripping Hubble. Then the shuttle slowly backed away.

“Hubble has been released,” reported commander Scott Altman. “It’s safely back on its journey of exploration as we begin steps to conclude ours. Looking back on this mission, it’s been an incredible journey for us as well.”


Arrest ordered in boy’s chemo case

NEW ULM | A Minnesota judge has issued an arrest warrant for the mother of a 13-year-old boy resisting chemotherapy after the pair missed a court hearing on his welfare.

Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg also is ordering that Daniel Hauser be placed in protective custody so he can get proper medical treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Daniel and his parents, Colleen and Anthony Hauser, were due in court Tuesday to tell the judge results of a chest X-ray. But only Mr. Hauser appeared in court.

He told Judge Rodenberg that he last saw Mrs. Hauser Monday evening, and she told him she was leaving. He said that was all he knew.

The family’s doctor, James Joyce, testified that Daniel’s tumor has grown and he needs immediate assessment by a pediatric cancer doctor.


Somali teen charged with piracy

NEW YORK | A Somali teenager whose role in the commandeering of an American cargo ship thrust him into the international spotlight has been indicted on multiple criminal charges, authorities said Tuesday.

Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, the only pirate to survive the siege, has been jailed in Manhattan since he was captured on April 12 and flown to the U.S. to face what’s thought to be the first U.S. piracy prosecution in more than a century.

He was expected to enter a plea later this week on charges of piracy, conspiracy, hostage-taking and brandishing a firearm on the high seas. He faces life in prison if convicted.


Husband blames swine flu in death

CORPUS CHRISTI | The husband of the first American with swine flu to die denies reports that she had a pre-existing medical condition.

Steven Trunnell told CNN’s “Larry King Live” Monday night that Judy Trunnell was “a healthy pregnant woman” who had never been diagnosed with “major medical complications of any kind.”

Mrs. Trunnell went into the hospital April 19 and remained there until her death May 5. While in the hospital, she slipped into a coma and gave birth to a healthy baby girl, delivered by Caesarean section.

A state health department spokeswoman said after her death that the South Texas schoolteacher had “chronic underlying health conditions” but wouldn’t give details. Mr. Trunnell calls that “absolutely false.”

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released this month by the New England Journal of Medicine said Mrs. Trunnell had asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, a skin condition.

A state health department spokesman didn’t return a phone call Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, the CDC has reported that 47 states and the District have 5,469 confirmed and probable cases of swine flu. Six people have died in the U.S. The World Health Organization says 40 countries have reported more than 9,830 cases, mostly in the U.S. and Mexico.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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