- The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2009

CALIFORNIA

Five hurt as car plows into school

HUNTINGTON BEACH | A car plowed into a bustling preschool Thursday, injuring five youngsters, two seriously.

The car, driven by a mother taking her child to the school, jumped the sidewalk and crashed through a doorway about 7:45 a.m., Huntington Beach Fire Department spokeswoman Martha Werth said.

Five children under the age of 5 were transported to hospitals, two with serious injuries, Huntington Beach police Lt. Russell Reinhart said. No adults were injured.

The motorist had not been charged. The cause of the crash was still under investigation, Lt. Reinhart said.

There were 14 students in the school at the time of the accident.

FLORIDA

1st tropical storm of season forms

MIAMI | A tropical depression has formed off the mid-Atlantic coast, but it’s not expected to threaten land, National Hurricane Center forecasters say.

The National Weather Service counts the depression as the first of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins June 1.

The depression’s maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph. It is expected to become a tropical storm in the coming days.

Forecasters expect the depression to stay over the Atlantic and move toward the northeast near 17 mph over the next day or two.

GEORGIA

Swine flu shots maybe in October

ATLANTA | A U.S. health official said a swine flu vaccine could be available as early as October, but only if vaccine production and testing run smoothly this summer.

Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency began shipping virus samples to manufacturers in the past several days. The government will have to review the safety and effectiveness of what’s produced, and decide if a vaccination campaign is warranted.

CDC officials reported more than 8,500 probable and confirmed cases in the U.S., including 12 deaths and more than 500 hospitalizations.

ILLINOIS

Alderman indicted on corruption

CHICAGO | An alderman has been indicted along with a real estate developer on federal fraud and bribery charges.

Isaac Carothers, chairman of the Chicago City Council’s police and fire committee, is accused of receiving $40,000 worth of home improvements from the developer along with meals and tickets to sports events.

The 11-count indictment alleges that Mr. Carothers, in turn, supported the rezoning of a 50-acre former rail yard and industrial site on Chicago’s West Side.

NEBRASKA

Governor signs lethal injection bill

LINCOLN | Nebraska’s governor has signed a bill to change the state’s method of execution from electrocution to lethal injection.

It was the last state to have the electric chair as the sole option for condemned inmates.

Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, signed the bill Thursday after the legislature approved it. But before any executions take place, the state will have to develop procedures for lethal injections and the law will be tested in court.

Nebraska had been without a means of execution since February 2008, when the state Supreme Court ruled the electric chair was unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.

There are 11 men on Nebraska’s death row. The last execution was in 1997.

NEW JERSEY

Casino shooter used hollow-point ammo

ATLANTIC CITY | A man charged with gunning down a supervisor at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort used illegal hollow-nose bullets, designed to inflict maximum damage, according to court documents.

Mark Magee, 57, of Norristown, Pa., is charged with murder and weapons offenses and was being held on $1 million bail.

Mr. Magee apparently knew the victim, Raymond Kot, from previous trips to the Atlantic City casino, but a motive remained unclear. Mr. Kot, 55, had worked for the Taj Mahal since the day it opened in 1990.

Among the weapons offenses, Mr. Magee is charged with possession of hollow-nose bullets, which are illegal in New Jersey.

NEW YORK

City prepares for prince’s visit

NEW YORK | Britain’s Prince Harry will start his first official visit to America on Friday, with plans including a stop at the World Trade Center site, meetings with wounded veterans and a polo match.

At midday Friday at the World Trade Center site, Harry, 24, is to meet with relatives of four people who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. They’ll be joined by New York Gov. David A. Paterson, a Democrat, and officials of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that oversees development at ground zero.

Later Friday, the prince, who is the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, will formally name the British Garden in downtown Hanover Square to honor the 67 British victims of the terrorist attack.

He also will visit the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manhattan, where he will tour the prosthetics facilities and a post-traumatic stress disorder clinic. He will be joined by Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

His grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, is paying privately for Harry’s travel and that of his staff.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Winning ticket sold in Winner

WINNER | The town of Winner has produced a winner - and a $232 million one at that.

The winning ticket for Wednesday night’s $232 million Powerball jackpot was sold in this ranching and farming town of 2,800 people in the south-central part of the state.

“How often does something like this happen - a winner in Winner, S.D.?” Norm Lingle, executive director of the South Dakota Lottery, said at a news conference Thursday.

It’s the ninth-largest Powerball jackpot ever and the biggest ever paid out in South Dakota, he said.

The lottery said it has not received any calls on the jackpot.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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