- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 26, 2009

Swine flu vaccine to arrive Oct. 5

The first swine flu vaccine should be in some doctors’ offices by Oct. 5, U.S. health officials said Friday.

The early batches of vaccine will protect 6 million to 7 million people. Over time, the government expects to have a total of 250 million doses of the new vaccine, although 10 percent of that has been promised to other countries.

The U.S. vaccine shipments will go to doctors, clinics and other providers designated by each state, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said at a press conference. Most of the initial doses will be a nasal spray form of vaccine, but the majority of doses during flu season will be shots.

CDC officials said swine flu has spread to 26 states now, up from 21 a week ago.

Officials also said that pregnant women are six times more at risk than most people for getting seriously ill from the flu. That’s why, officials said, pregnant women should be among the first in line to get vaccinated.

Others in the high-risk group are those between the ages of 6 months to 24 years and older people with underlying health conditions, health care workers and people who care for infants.

Jailed billionaire hurt in fight

CONROE, Texas | A U.S. Marshals Service spokesman says jailed Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford is being treated at a hospital after being injured during a fight with another inmate.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Alfredo Perez said Mr. Stanford was being treated Friday after an altercation Thursday at the private Joe Corley Detention Facility in Conroe about 40 miles north of Houston.

Mr. Perez said the 59-year-old financier’s injuries weren’t life-threatening but declined to discuss details of the altercation. He said the incident was under investigation.

Stanford attorney Kent Schaffer said he hadn’t talked with his client as of Friday evening but had been told the injuries were not serious.

Mr. Stanford is charged with bilking investors of the now defunct Stanford Financial Group of more than $7 billion.

Slain heiress’ daughter missing

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. | New York state police think the daughter of slain newspaper heiress Anne Scripps Douglas jumped to her death from the same bridge her stepfather did after he killed her mother.

Police on Friday were searching the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge, about 25 miles north of Manhattan, for the body of Anne Morell Petrillo. Authorities said they found a note and think she got out of her car and jumped off the bridge Thursday evening.

Ms. Petrillo’s mother, the great-great-granddaughter of Detroit News founder James Scripps, was beaten to death with a hammer in Ms. Petrillo’s bedroom by her stepfather, Scott Douglas, on New Year’s Eve in 1993.

Mr. Douglas fled and jumped to his death from the same bridge. His body was found three months after the slaying.

Tim Russert’s dad dies at 85

BUFFALO, N.Y. | The father of the late “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert has died in Buffalo, N.Y. He was 85.

The family of Timothy J. Russert Sr. issued a statement saying he died Thursday of natural causes.

The elder Mr. Russert, known as “Big Russ,” grew up in South Buffalo and drove a city sanitation truck and a Buffalo News delivery truck to support his family.

The younger Mr. Russert, who died of a heart attack at 58 in June 2008, paid tribute to his father’s blue-collar values in the 2004 best-selling book, “Big Russ & Me.” The book was a series of lessons the journalist said he learned from his father, who was a World War II veteran.

His funeral is scheduled for Monday.

Infant, children’s Tylenol recalled

NEW YORK | Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil unit is voluntarily recalling 57 lots of infants’ and children’s liquid Tylenol products because of possible bacterial contamination.

The products being recalled were made between April and June and include nearly two dozen varieties, including Children’s Tylenol Suspension 4-ounce Grape, Infants’ Tylenol Grape Suspension Drops 1/4-ounce, and Children’s Tylenol Plus Cold/Allergy 4-ounce Bubble Gum.

Johnson & Johnson said late Thursday it had contacted wholesalers and retailers about the recall. An inactive ingredient didn’t meet internal testing requirements, the company said, and B. cepacia bacteria were detected in a portion of raw material that went unused in the finished product.

The company said in a letter that no bacteria were found in the finished product, and that the likelihood of a serious medical event was remote.

Manson follower dies in prison

LOS ANGELES | Susan Atkins, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson whose remorseless witness-stand confession to killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969 shocked the world, has died. She was 61, and had been fighting brain cancer.

Atkins’ death comes less than a month after a parole board turned down the terminally ill woman’s last chance at freedom on Sept. 2. She was brought to the hearing on a gurney and slept through most of it.

California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said that Atkins died late Thursday night. She had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008.

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