- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 10, 2009

Falling boat kills man on expressway

HIALEAH, Fla. | A man has died from a falling boat in an early morning, multi-vehicle crash on a South Florida expressway.

Florida Highway Patrol’s Lt. Pat Santangelo says a pickup truck towing the boat had pulled over to the left shoulder, where a red car stopped to help Friday.

That’s when a Chevy Malibu lost control, hitting the back of the boat. Lt. Santangelo says the boat fell on two men standing beneath it, killing one. Witnesses say the driver of the red car fled the scene.

The Malibu driver also was killed. A woman in that car was hospitalized in critical condition.

Traffic on the Palmetto Expressway following the 4 a.m. crash was stalled for hours.

Investigators are testing bags of a white powder found at the scene for cocaine.

Suspect’s father pleads not guilty

DENVER | The father of an Afghan immigrant accused of plotting a terror attack in New York City pleaded not guilty to a charge of lying to investigators.

Fifty-three-year-old Mohammed Zazi walked into court wearing a black pinstripe suit Friday and entered his plea through his federal public defender, Edward Harris.

Mr. Zazi was indicted Thursday for allegedly making a false statement in a matter involving terrorism. He was arrested last month on that charge pending a grand jury indictment and is free on $50,000 bail and under electronic monitoring. Mr. Zazi’s son, Najibullah Zazi, is being held without bond in New York. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiring to detonate explosives in the United States.

Pilot whose gun discharged rehired

DALLAS | A pilot who was fired after his gun discharged in the cockpit is back at work after an arbitrator ordered him reinstated.

US Airways said Friday that Jim Langenhahn resumed training on Monday after an 18-month disciplinary suspension.

The airline said as part of the federal arbitrator’s decision to reinstate Mr. Langenhahn, he will be barred from carrying a gun in the cockpit. After the 2001 terror attacks in which hijackers armed with box cutters seized four jetliners, pilots lobbied for the right to carry guns in the cockpit.

A 2002 federal law allowed pilots to carry handguns on board if they took part in a program run by the Transportation Security Administration, which includes a week of weapons training.

Mr. Langenhahn’s gun fired shortly before landing on a March 2008 flight from Denver to Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Langenhahn, a former Air Force pilot, said he was putting his .40-caliber pistol away when it discharged.

The bullet ripped through the cockpit wall and fuselage. None of the passengers or crew members were hurt.

After US Airways fired him, Mr. Langenhahn took the case to arbitration, backed by his union, the US Airline Pilots Association.

2 die, 19 overcome at resort sweat lodge

SEDONA, Ariz. | Two people died and an estimated 19 others were taken to hospitals after being overcome while sitting in a sauna-like sweat lodge at a Sedona retreat Thursday night.

About 50 people were in a “sweatbox” type structure located at the Angel Valley resort, a facility that provides spiritual retreats, Yavapai County sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said Friday.

Many people began feeling ill after about two hours in the sweat lodge.

About 21 people were taken by ambulance or helicopter to area hospitals, where two were pronounced dead, Mr. D’Evelyn said. The dead were only identified as a man and woman, both middle-aged.

Two people taken to Flagstaff Medical Center were listed in critical condition on Friday. Three others who were admitted to a hospital in nearby Verde Valley recovered quickly; two were released overnight and one was reported in good condition on Friday.

Sheriff’s homicide investigators were working to find the cause and determine if any criminal actions might have been a factor in the incident, Mr. D’Evelyn said. Investigators remained at the resort and were interviewing the retreat director, staff and resort guests on Friday.

Initiative seeks more black male teachers

CHEYNEY, Pa. | Teaching advocates are working to raise the number of black men in the profession.

Federal data show that black men make up only 2 percent of the nation’s teachers.

The Call Me MISTERinitiative offers college scholarships in exchange for teaching in public schools.

About 50 program graduates are teaching in South Carolina public schools, and another 250 future teachers are in the MISTER pipeline.

Program director Roy Jones says that represents some progress but not nearly enough.

Program member Lenny Macklin, of Pittsburgh, notes that many black men may not go into teaching because they could never relate to their white or female teacher.

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