- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Drugs worth $70 million stolen

HARTFORD | Thieves staged a Hollywood-style heist at a pharmaceutical warehouse over the weekend and made off with about $70 million in antidepressants and other prescription drugs, authorities said Tuesday.

Thieves cut a hole in the ceiling of an Eli Lilly & Co. warehouse in Enfield, a northern Connecticut city that borders Massachusetts, before dawn Sunday and rappelled inside, where they disabled an alarm and apparently loaded pallets of drugs into a waiting vehicle, police said. The thieves made off with enough drugs to fill at least one tractor-trailer, police said.

The FBI has been called in to investigate.

Edward Sagebiel, a spokesman for Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly, placed the value of the drugs at $70 million. He said they included the antidepressants Prozac and Cymbalta and the antipsychotic Zyprexa. No narcotics or painkillers were taken, he said.


Woods to return to golf at the Masters

PALM HARBOR | Tiger Woods said Tuesday he will return to golf next month at the Masters, ending a four-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold standard in sports.

“The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Woods said in a statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.”

The Masters begins April 8.

Woods has not competed since Nov. 15 when he won the Australian Masters for his 82nd victory worldwide. Twelve days later, he crashed his car into a tree outside his Florida home, setting off shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his wife.


Chappaquiddick prosecutor dies

BOSTON | Edmund Dinis, the former prosecutor whose political career sputtered after he oversaw the grand jury investigation into Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s involvement in the Chappaquiddick case, has died. He was 85.

Mr. Dinis, who championed causes important to Portuguese-Americans throughout his life, died of natural causes Sunday at an assisted living center in Dartmouth, Mass., said Henry Arruda, general manager of WJFD-FM, the Portuguese language radio station Mr. Dinis owned since 1975.

Mr. Dinis had served on the New Bedford City Council, in the state House of Representatives and the state Senate by the time he was elected prosecutor in 1959 for a jurisdiction that at the time covered Cape Cod and the Islands.

He was voted out of office in 1970, the year after Kennedy’s car went off a bridge connecting Martha’s Vineyard to Chappaquiddick island and into the water, with former Robert Kennedy campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne inside.


Honda to recall vehicles for brakes

DETROIT | Honda Motor Co. will recall more than 410,000 Odyssey minivans and Element small trucks because of braking system problems that could make it tougher to stop the vehicle if not repaired.

The recall includes 344,000 Odysseys and 68,000 Elements from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

Honda said that over time, brake pedals can feel “soft” and must be pressed closer to the floor to stop the vehicles. Left unrepaired, the problem could cause loss of braking power and possibly a crash, Honda spokesman Chris Martin said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported three crashes due to the problem with minor injuries and no deaths, Mr. Martin said. Honda notified NHTSA of the recall on Monday, he said.


Navy pilots OK after jets collide

FALLON | The U.S. Navy said two fighter jets on a training mission collided over the northern Nevada desert, but both pilots survived.

The crash east of Fallon Naval Air Station happened around 10 p.m. Monday.

Navy officials said one pilot was able to land his jet at the base. The other pilot ejected safely before his jet crashed in a remote area of the base. He was picked up by a helicopter rescue team and taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.

Both jets are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 137 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


Eateries must show health inspection grades

NEW YORK | The New York City Board of Health has voted to require restaurants to tell the public what inspectors think of their cleanliness by displaying large letter grades near their entrances.

The public grading system is designed to give potential customers instant access to information about where they’re about to eat. The grades reflect the results of an eatery’s last inspection.

The health department said most of the restaurants it inspects each year maintain good or excellent health conditions. But about a quarter of them have significant problems.

The plan approved Tuesday came after a public hearing and monthlong open comment period.

Restaurants that receive grades lower than an “A” have time to improve their sanitary conditions before they have to post anything.


Oprah to testify in defamation lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA | Talk show host Oprah Winfrey is expected to spend two weeks in Philadelphia defending a defamation case linked to a sex-abuse scandal at her South African girls’ school.

The trial is set to start March 29.

Miss Winfrey’s lawyers said in recent filings she must attend as a named defendant and has rearranged her TV production schedule to do so. She also appears likely to testify.

The case centers on remarks Miss Winfrey made in suspending a headmistress amid the 2007 abuse complaints.

Miss Winfrey had said she “lost confidence” in Nomvuyo Mzamane and was “cleaning house from top to bottom.”

A judge this week refused to drop Miss Mzamane’s defamation suit. A dorm matron was later charged with abusing six students.


Plane kills jogger in emergency landing

HILTON HEAD ISLAND | A 38-year-old father of two was jogging and listening to his iPod when he was hit from behind and killed by a small plane making an emergency landing on the beach, officials said Tuesday.

Robert Gary Jones of Woodstock, Ga., died instantly Monday evening when he was hit by the single-engine plane, which had lost its propeller, said Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen. The pilot’s vision was blocked by oil on the windshield.

Mr. Jones apparently did not see or hear the plane, which was “basically gliding,” the coroner said.

FAA records show the Experimental Lancair IV-P plane was registered to Edward I. Smith of Chesapeake, Va.


2 killed, dozens hurt in bus crash

CAMPBELLTON | A bus headed for Mexico carrying 40 people overturned along a southern Texas highway on Tuesday, killing at least two people and sending at least 30 people to hospitals, officials said.

The accident happened around 10 a.m. on southbound Interstate 37, about 45 miles south of San Antonio, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said. He said investigators suspect equipment failure may have caused the crash.

The bus came to rest on its side in the grassy median.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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