- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2009


Two arrested in border shooting

SAN DIEGO | San Diego police have arrested two of the three drivers who tried to storm their immigrant-filled vans past border inspectors. The driver of a third van has fled to Mexico.

Police said the two unidentified drivers are in federal custody, along with 74 people who were inside the three vans.

Police said federal agents on Tuesday afternoon shot and wounded the 31-year-old male driver of one van and a 42-year-old male occupant when the vehicles tried to cross at the San Ysidro port of entry connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

Authorities said one of the vans then smashed into a truck, injuring a 37-year-old male van passenger in the head.

A 30-year-old passenger in the truck was treated at a hospital after complaints of pain.


Judge OKs prayer at school event

PENSACOLA | A lunch prayer given by an athletic director and requested by the school’s principal didn’t violate a federal court order against praying at school events, a judge has ruled.

The two men had faced up to six months in jail and $5,000 in fines for violating a 2008 settlement agreement of a lawsuit against the Santa Rosa County District.

The agreement prohibited school officials from praying or promoting prayer at school events, and district officials admitted a long-standing culture of promoting Christianity at the rural northern panhandle high school.

The decision in favor of Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman was greeted with a roar of approval by protesters outside the Pensacola Federal Court House.


Drugmaker: Shortage of kids’ Tamiflu

ATLANTA | The maker of Tamiflu on Wednesday said there’s a shortage of the children’s version of the drug - the first-line treatment for swine flu and seasonal flu.

Switzerland-based Roche Holdings sent a notice to doctors and pharmacists about a shortage of the liquid version of Tamiflu for children and how to handle prescriptions in the meantime.

The company has been facing increasing demand for Tamiflu since swine flu first appeared in April, and has decided to focus production on adult-strength pills, which it can make faster than children’s formulations, company spokeswoman Kristina Becker said Wednesday.

The adult-dosage pills are still in good supply, and pharmacies can grind them and turn them into smaller doses for children, she said.

Tamiflu is one of two drugs that work against swine flu. Another flu treatment, Relenza, is in good supply as well, government health officials said this week in a message to pharmacists.


Bishop warns against withholding donations

CHICAGO | The presiding bishop of the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination warned Wednesday that withholding financial support to protest a recent gay clergy vote would be “devastating” to the church.

Bishop Mark Hanson laid out his concerns in a letter to leaders of the 4.7 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is based in Chicago. The ELCA churchwide assembly voted last month to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy, dropping a requirement that gay clergy remain celibate.

Mr. Hanson’s letter comes on the eve of a meeting in suburban Indianapolis of conservative ELCA group Lutheran CORE, which has urged supporters to “direct funding away from the national church” because of the vote.

Withholding funding would hurt the mission of the Chicago-based denomination, Mr. Hanson wrote.


Union leaders nix deal to stop shutdown

NORTH PROVIDENCE | The heads of Rhode Island’s largest state employees’ union have rejected a deal struck with the administration of Gov. Donald L. Carcieri to avoid a shutdown of state government or 1,000 layoffs.

Joe Peckham, acting executive director of Council 94, said Wednesday that the union’s two dozen presidents rejected the deal by a wide margin.

Council 94 represents 4,000 of the state’s 13,500-member work force, and its approval was key to any deal.

It was not clear where that leaves Mr. Carcieri’s plans for layoffs or a shutdown.

The governor is trying to close a $68 million budget gap.


Special-ed teacher fatally stabbed

DALLAS | A special-education teacher who had a passion for music was fatally stabbed Wednesday morning in a Texas high school classroom, and police took a 16-year-old student into custody.

Todd R. Henry, 50, worked with students at John Tyler High School who were either emotionally or behaviorally challenged, according to his older brother, Jody Henry.

District Superintendent Randy Reid said the suspect is a 16-year-old boy who had been in and out of the district “a couple of times.”

Police did not offer a motive for the stabbing.

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