- - Sunday, March 27, 2011


Ship crew member still missing

LOS ANGELES — Family members of a 24-year-old Briton reported missing from a Disney cruise ship last week planned to meet with investigators after the vessel returned to its home port in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Rebecca Coriam, whose hometown is Chester, England, was reported missing at sea Tuesday after she failed to report for a scheduled shift on the Disney Wonder. The ship was on a seven-day cruise along the western coast of Mexico.

Cousin Trish Davies said officials on board told the family that Miss Coriam made a phone call from the ship shortly before being reported missing. “They say they know what the conversation was but they’re not telling us,” she told KABC-TV.

Because the Disney Wonder is registered in the Bahamas, police from there are handling the investigation. The Mexican navy and the U.S. Coast Guard also are involved, City News Service reported.


City builds flood wall but may be too late

DAVENPORT — Despite repeated floods, the Mississippi River city of Davenport, Iowa, has long refused to build a flood wall. But that’s changing.

The city of 100,000 people is preparing to build an $11 million wall to protect its water treatment plant. But some fear it could be too late since the winter snowpack and spring rains are expected to result in flooding.

The National Weather Service this week predicted that cold weather would delay the threat, but forecasts still give a 25 percent chance that the city will see flooding that could top the record set in 1993.

Although Davenport and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are building the wall, the project won’t begin until summer. Officials believe a temporary levee will protect the plant.


Spring Break trip turns deadly

ANGOLA — Four northeastern Indiana high school students returning from a spring break trip and another man have been killed in an auto crash in Alabama.

Cpl. Steve Smith with the Alabama State Troopers said the four teens were Matthew Riley Zimmer, Evan Weaver, Matthew Roe and Alexx Bauer. The 18-year-olds were from Angola, Ind., a small community near the Ohio and Michigan state lines. Niall McNellis, 21, of Troy, Ala., also died in the crash about 3 p.m. Saturday.

An initial investigation indicated Mr. McNellis was driving south on Interstate 65 just south of Clanton, Ala., when his vehicle crossed the median and hit the car driven by Mr. Zimmer head-on as the teens drove north, Cpl. Smith said. The trooper said several people in a third car suffered minor injuries. It was unclear whether bad weather that passed through the area contributed to the wreck.

Mr. Bauer and Mr. Zimmer played for the Angola High School football team, and a message on the team’s website said the members “thoughts and prayers” were with all the students’ families.


State to mark Capitol building fire

ALBANY — The fire started in the Assembly Library and quickly spread down the hall to the nearby New York State Library, finding plenty of fuel among towering shelves jammed with books and cabinets filled with hundreds of thousands of documents, many of them centuries old.

It would be several days before firefighters finally doused the last embers of the state Capitol fire that started in the early morning hours of March 29, 1911. Meanwhile, one man was dead and an untold wealth of New York’s history and heritage — from Dutch colonial records to priceless Iroquois artifacts — had gone up in flames.

The disaster, according to the man who served as the State Library’s director before and after the fire, was unequaled in the history of modern libraries. The fire is estimated to have destroyed about 500,000 books and 300,000 manuscripts; only 7,000 books and 80,000 manuscripts were saved. The blaze also destroyed 8,500 artifacts in the New York State Museum, including irreplaceable Seneca craftworks.

The Capitol blaze, coming just four days after the horrific fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory in Manhattan, was the second blow in a pair of pyrotechnic disasters that led to legislation in Albany strengthening building codes and factory safety laws statewide, and eventually, nationwide.

New York is marking this week’s 100th anniversary of the Capitol fire with an exhibit, a new documentary film, a newly published book and public lectures by state librarians and historians.


Recruiters blamed for diet-related death

VERMILION — An Ohio coroner says a man who lost about 85 pounds in less than four months to join the Army has died of diet-related causes.

The mother of Glenni “Glenn” Wilsey V, 20, of Vermilion in northeast Ohio, blames diet coaching by Army recruiters. Mr. Wilsey had weighed 280 pounds before the diet. The diet, begun before he talked to recruiters in December, left him 7 pounds short of his goal.

The Army says it is investigating and can’t comment on whether recruiters coached the dieting. Lorain County Coroner Dr. Paul Matus blames the March 3 death on acute cardiac dysrhythmia due to an electrolyte imbalance. The coroner listed a contributing factor of extreme dieting and purging.

Lora Bailey says recruiters gave her son diet advice and encouraged self-induced vomiting.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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