- The Washington Times - Friday, October 9, 2009


Student stabbed in UCLA lab

LOS ANGELES | A female student at the University of California, Los Angeles, was being treated for multiple stab wounds Thursday after a fellow student slashed her throat in a chemistry lab on campus, authorities said.

A man was arrested after UCLA police got a call about the afternoon stabbing. No names were released, and the motive was under investigation.

UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said the victim and suspect were among a group of students working in the undergraduate teaching lab at the time. They are both 20-year-old seniors.

Officers were interviewing witnesses who were in or near the lab and might have seen the attack, campus police Assistant Chief Jeff Young said.

Students told the Los Angeles Times they saw a woman stagger out of the lab moments after the attack while a teacher’s assistant applied pressure to her bloody neck.


Terror suspect dad indicted

DENVER | Mohammed Zazi, father of an Afghan immigrant accused of conspiring to bomb New York around the anniversary of Sept. 11, was formally indicted Thursday by a grand jury “for making a false statement in a matter involving international and domestic terrorism,” the Department of Justice said in Washington.

His son, Najibullah Zazi, is being held in New York, where he was indicted last month in the purported plot.

The senior Mr. Zazi is free on a $50,000 bond, with electronic monitoring, and is expected to appear in court Friday. He was arrested Sept. 19 and allegedly admitted to lying to FBI agents when they asked him about his son’s activities. If found guilty he could face eight years in prison.


Karaoke singer attacked, police say

STAMFORD | A woman singing karaoke in a Connecticut sports bar was attacked by six other women who didn’t like her performance, police said.

Five of the women were arraigned on assault and other charges Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court. The other woman appeared in court Monday on the same charges.

Police said the Sept. 23 attack on the 25-year-old woman from Port Chester, N.Y., happened during karaoke night at Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Cafe in Stamford.

Authorities said the six women, all under the legal drinking age of 21, knocked the singer to the floor, punched her and pulled her hair. The victim suffered bruises and a chipped tooth.

The victim has said she was singing “A Dios Le Pido” by Colombian superstar Juanes.


Judge approves Sun-Times sale

WILMINGTON | A bankruptcy judge Thursday approved the sale of the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers owned by its parent company.

Chicago businessman Jim Tyree leads a group that offered to pay $5 million for the assets of the Sun-Times Media Group Inc., which includes the Chicago tabloid and more than 50 suburban publications. The investors also plan to assume about $22 million in liabilities.

The sale is still contingent on votes by two labor unions that are expected to agree to contract concessions demanded by Mr. Tyree. Other unions already have signed off.


Hummer sale reported near

DETROIT | General Motors Co. is poised to sign a deal to sell its Hummer brand to a Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer, a person briefed on the deal said.

Representatives of Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp. have been in the United States for the past nine days working on final details with GM, and both sides hoped to sign a definitive sales agreement Thursday or Friday, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the deal was not yet final.

The purchase price was not known, but GM said in its bankruptcy filing that Hummer might bring $500 million or more.

GM spent 40 days in bankruptcy protection during the summer and has received about $50 billion in U.S. government aid. The company plans to sell its Hummer and Saab brands and scrap Pontiac and Saturn as it tries to streamline its operations and focus on four core brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC.


Police: Retiree stabs three in feud

LINWOOD | A retirement community resident fatally stabbed an 88-year-old neighbor and seriously injured two others Thursday just hours before he was to appear in court on charges of disturbing the peace, authorities said.

Anthony Milano, a resident of the Village at Linwood, was in custody and likely to face murder and aggravated assault charges, Atlantic County Prosecutor Theodore Housel said.

Mr. Milano, 65, apparently armed with a folding knife that was later found at the scene, accosted Katherine McGowan, 88, and his next-door neighbor Diane Nehmad, 60, as they walked from their apartment in the community.

Another resident, Eugene Pepper, 84, saw what was happening, tried to intervene and also was stabbed.


Carp catch could hit 6 million pounds

SALT LAKE CITY | Commercial fishing crews have begun what’s thought to be the nation’s biggest carp removal project.

Fishermen are expected to pull about 6 million pounds of the bottom feeders out of Utah Lake this fall and winter.

The work is aimed at helping an endangered fish called the June sucker that lives nowhere else but the lake and its tributaries. The effort has been buoyed by $1 million in stimulus funds.

Fishing started Sept. 21. About 160,000 pounds of carp have been removed so far, an official said.

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