- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Four stabbed in Target store

WEST HOLLYWOOD | A woman who stabbed and wounded four people in a busy Target store Monday afternoon was arrested when an off-duty sheriff’s deputy pulled his gun and ordered the woman to the ground as screaming shoppers ran from the building, authorities said.

Layla Trawick, 35, of Antioch, started randomly stabbing people with a blade about the size of a kitchen knife at about 12:45 p.m., Los Angeles sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Mankini said. She was arrested with the help of private security guards and booked on suspicion of attempted murder.

Several shoppers who saw off-duty deputy Clay Grant pull out his weapon feared he was a gunman and began running and screaming, adding to the sense of panic, Sgt. Mankini said.

Three women and a man were stabbed and taken to area hospitals, he said. One of the victims was stabbed in the neck and shoulder.


Kennedy Center gets largest donation

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the largest private donation in its history Monday — a $22.5 million gift from Dick and Betsy DeVos to endow a management-training program for arts leaders.

Arts organizations have been struggling or closing their doors in the recession and need expert leadership to survive, Mrs. DeVos said. The gift is among the largest ever by the Michigan couple.

The gift will help fund two-year arts-management training programs across the country. The center has trained leaders from more than 400 small and midsized groups in New York, Chicago and Washington since 2001. It also hosts fellows each year.

The couple runs the private Grand Rapids management firm the Windquest Group, which oversees their investments, including a factory that makes closet storage equipment.

Mr. DeVos, 54, ran unsuccessfully for governor as a Republican in 2006. President George W. Bush appointed Mrs. DeVos, 52, a former chairman of Michigan’s Republican Party, to the Kennedy Center’s board six years ago. Her term expires this year.


Disaster declared in water main break

BOSTON | President Obama has signed an emergency disaster declaration offering federal help as Massachusetts grapples with the effects of a major water main break.

The break led Gov. Deval Patrick to issue a boil order for about 2 million people in the Boston area.

Mr. Obama’s declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster-relief efforts with the state to help ease any hardships.

The 10-foot-wide pipe has been repaired, but health officials say testing must be finished before tap water in Boston and about 30 other communities is approved for drinking.


Militia members freed pending trial

DETROIT | Nine members of a Michigan militia will be released from jail pending trial after a federal judge on Monday harshly criticized the government’s claim they had conspired to overthrow the U.S. government.

The decision is a significant defeat for federal authorities, who spoke in tough and triumphant terms after arresting members of a southern Michigan group called the Hutaree in March and charging them with conspiracy to commit sedition and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction.

The government “need not wait until people are killed before it arrests conspirators,” U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said. “But the defendants are also correct: Their right to engage in hate-filled, venomous speech is a right that deserves First Amendment protection.”


Actress Lynn Redgrave dies of cancer

NEW YORK | Lynn Redgrave, who hailed from a family of actors and who became a 1960s sensation as the unconventional title character in “Georgy Girl” and later dramatized her troubled past in such one-woman stage performances as “Shakespeare for My Father” and “Nightingale,” has died. She was 67.

Her publicist, Rick Miramontez, speaking on behalf of her children, said Ms. Redgrave died peacefully Sunday night at her home in Kent, Conn. Children Ben, Pema and Annabel were with her, as were close friends.

Ms. Redgrave was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2002, had a mastectomy in January 2003 and underwent chemotherapy.

Her death comes a year after her niece Natasha Richardson died from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident and just a month after the death of her older brother, Corin Redgrave.


New abortion law placed on hold

OKLAHOMA CITY | Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has agreed to a court order requested by abortion providers to temporarily block enforcement of a new state law, which requires women to get an ultrasound exam and hear a detailed description of the fetus.

The agreement was announced Monday, before a scheduled hearing in Oklahoma County District Court on the request for a temporary restraining order by the Center for Reproductive Rights. District Judge Noma Gurich said attorneys for both sides told her they would accept the order.

Judge Gurich said she will now schedule a hearing for sometime in July on a request for a temporary injunction against the law. An injunction would extend the restraining order.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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