- - Monday, April 18, 2011


Girl survives fall from Golden Gate Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO | A 16-year-old girl became the second person in five weeks to survive a plunge from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge — a 220-foot drop that is almost always fatal.

The unidentified teen lived through the drop Sunday and the 20 minutes she spent in the 53-degree water of San Francisco Bay before she was rescued, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The crew of a Coast Guard motor boat that pulled the girl aboard said she was conscious and responsive. One witness reported seeing her swimming to stay afloat, Ms. Talmadge said.

The girl was transported to a hospital, but her condition wasn’t immediately available.

In March, a 17-year-old boy who jumped during a school field trip survived with only bruises and the threat of prosecution for trespassing. Authorities said he climbed over a railing as a stunt.

Sunday’s incident was being handled as a suicide attempt, a Transportation District spokeswoman said.


Digger helping with mine rescue

MULLAN | A remote-control digger arrived to help rescue workers advance more quickly Monday toward an Idaho silver miner trapped for a third day in one of the nation’s deepest underground mines.

Crews expected the special digger to help as they tried to reach 30-year mining veteran Larry Marek, who was in the Lucky Friday Mine when it collapsed more than a mile underground Friday.

The machine — a front-end loader modified for mining and called a mucker — was expected to move material “without needing all the additional ground support to ensure the safety of our rescue teams,” the company said.

The Lucky Friday Mine is tucked into the forested mountains of Mullan, a historic mining town of 840 people in Idaho’s panhandle.

Officials do not know Mr. Marek’s condition, and they have not had contact with him since the roof of the mining tunnel collapsed about 5:30 p.m. Friday.


Surgeon resigns post with medical group after editorial

TRAVERSE CITY | A University of Michigan surgeon has resigned a leadership post with the American College of Surgeons after writing an editorial in the organization’s newspaper that critics say demeaned women.

Dr. Lazar J. Greenfield released a statement to the Associated Press on Monday saying he was stepping down as president-elect of the national group.

In a column that Dr. Greenfield described as “light-hearted,” he wrote that science indicates semen has a mood-enhancing effect on women and concluded it was a better Valentine’s Day gift than chocolates.

The editorial angered some members of the Chicago-based surgeons’ group, who said it was sexist.

In his statement, Dr. Greenfield says his apologies to the association’s board were ignored and he resigned to avoid further disruption.

He is an emeritus professor of surgery at the university.


Sheriff charged after meth bust

VAN BUREN | One county on the edge of the Missouri Ozarks seemed oddly immune to the scourge of methamphetamine ravaging the state, boasting of few meth raids or arrests in recent years.

Some Carter County residents think they know why now that a meth bust has landed their own sheriff in jail.

Sheriff Tommy Adams had been in the job for a little more than two years when he was arrested earlier this month after allegedly giving meth to an informant. He since has been charged with meth distribution and is being held in Cape Girardeau County jail on $250,000 bond.

Now a county once seen as an exception has become the latest example of how deeply meth has saturated every corner of rural Missouri life.


Body of missing student from Md. found, police say

COHOCTON | Hikers found the body of a college student from Maryland who had been missing for more than a month, authorities said.

State police say the remains were identified as those of George Delany, 21, of Frederick, Md., and that no foul play is suspected.

The Rochester Institute of Technology junior was reported missing after he left his suburban Rochester apartment March 12 and never returned.

Troopers say two hikers found the body Sunday evening in a wooded area in the northern Steuben County town of Cohocton. His car had been found not far away in the neighboring town of Wayland on March 13.


Duke lacrosse accuser indicted on murder charge

RALEIGH | The woman who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of raping her was charged Monday with murder in the death of her boyfriend.

Crystal Mangum was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder and two counts of larceny. She has been in jail since April 3, when police charged her with assault in the stabbing Reginald Daye, 46. He died after nearly two weeks at a hospital.

Ms. Mangum falsely accused the lacrosse players of raping her at a 2006 party at which she was hired to perform as a stripper. The case heightened long-standing tensions in Durham about race, class and the privileged status of college athletes.

Prosecutors declined to press charges for the false accusations.

Last year, she was convicted on misdemeanor charges after setting a fire that nearly torched her home with her three children inside. In a videotaped police interrogation, she told officers that she set got into a confrontation with her boyfriend at the time -not Mr. Daye — and burned his clothes, smashed his car windshield and threatened to stab him.


Psychology Board asked to pursue Gitmo claim

COLUMBUS | Critics of a retired Army psychologist accused of observing abusive interrogations of military detainees in Guantanamo and doing nothing to stop them want a court to force an investigation.

Four Ohioans have asked a Franklin County judge to order the Ohio Psychology Board to take action against Larry James or investigate whether to proceed to formal action.

Last week’s request follows the board’s decision in January not to pursue disciplinary action against Mr. James, dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Dayton.

That ruling was the third time in three years that boards in Ohio and Louisiana decided not to take action against Mr. James.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the new request contends the board’s decision “shows no indication of being based in evidence or law.”


Boy, 6, takes van, crashes with pickup

KLAMATH FALLS | A 6-year-old told authorities after he crashed his mother’s minivan that he had left his home hungry and wanted to go buy food, state police said.

State troopers say the van crashed into several mailboxes in the Klamath Falls area Sunday and then swerved into an opposite lane before hitting a Dodge pickup. The boy, who was alone in the van, did not suffer any injuries. He told authorities he had taken a roll of pennies from his family’s apartment to get some food.

Troopers say the woman driving the pickup suffered minor injuries.

State police and the Department of Human Services were continuing to investigate the crash.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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