A8 TUESDAY. MARCH 31. 1998 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY T ARKANSAS SHOOTING 'Black Widow'executed tor killing husband, son STARKE, Fla. - Her frail-looking body barely filling the seat of we big oak electric chair, the Black Widow" went to her death Monday in Florida's first execution of a woman since 1848. Judy Buenoano, 54, was executed for fatally poisoning her Air Force husband in 1971 after his return from Vietnam. She also drowned her paralyzed son, tried to blow up her fiance and was suspected of killing a boyfriend. Her head shaved, Buenoano was barely walking as guards led her into the death chamber. ! Asked if she had a final state! ment, she answered weakly, "No, [ sir," squeezing her eyes shut and j keeping them shut. ; Buenoano collected about I $240,000 in life insurance after the deaths but maintained her innocence. Juror gets punishment for getting high WHEELING, W.Va. — A former juror who smoked marijuana with three defendants the night before he helped convict them in a drug case has been sentenced to six months of home confinement and two years' probation. Matthew Smith, 28, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in December to contempt after smoking pot with three defendants in 1993 during a federal trial. Jurors are warned to have no contact with witnesses or others involved in criminal cases. But Smith spoke to one defendant and then to another after retrieving a dollar bill the defendant had dropped in the parking lot, prosecutors said. After closing arguments, Smith and the three defendants got together and smoked pot. American Airlines to require seat belt use FORT WORTH, Texas — Keep your seat belt buckled if you're flying American Airlines this summer. The airline is becoming the first to require passengers in their seats to keep their lap belts fastened from takeoff through landing. Currently, passengers may unbuckle if the pilot turns off the seat belt light. "People in their seats need to be belted in," American spokesman .Tim Smith said Monday. "We've had that as a recommendation to passengers for a long time. It is clearly the best way to deal with unexpected turbulence from a safety standpoint." A United Airlines jet flying from Tokyo to Honolulu hit clear- air turbulence in December, killing one and injuring 83 others. Malcolm X's killer to head Harlem mosque NEW YORK — A man who spent 19 years in prison for killing Malcolm X said Monday the Nation of Islam has appointed him to head the Harlem mosque where the civil rights leader preached in the 1950s. At a news conference outside Mosque No. 7., Muhammad Abdul Aziz also denied he played any role in the assassinationand said a new lie-detector test backs him up. "I did not kill Malcolm X," said Aziz, 59, who has always proclaimed his innocence. Aziz said he will head the mosque and would be Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's new regional security chief, assigned to reorganize the group's paramilitary Fruit of Islam guards. Malcolm X was gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965. Aziz and two other men were sent to prison for the slaying. From Wire Service Reports jail Under Arkansas law, youths but not adults convicted of felonies can own a gun again By DAVID A. LIEB The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The way Arkansas law now stands, the two boys accused of killing five people at their school will be able to own guns the day they get out of the juvenile justice system. Under state law, adults convicted of felonies can never again possess a gun. But V SCIENCE Can hearts grow own bypasses? Study of hormone shows hearts can grow new blood vessels By The Associated Press ATLANTA — For the first time, doctors have shown that injections of a genetically engineered hormone can help people with bad hearts grow their own bypasses — an approach that could someday offer an alternative to surgery and angioplasty. The hormone, which occurs naturally in the body, triggers the heart to sprout tiny vessels to carry blood around blockages that cause angina pain. The results of the first experimental use, released Monday, showed the treatment eased angina in 13 of the 15 people treated. The results are considered very preliminary, and the doctors caution that much more testing will be needed. Nevertheless, Dr. Timothy Henry of the University of Minnesota, who directed the study, said, "We are excited by this. It is a unique approach to treating coronary artery disease." About 1 million Americans a year undergo either bypass or angioplasty. A bypass involves grafting tiny pieces of blood vessel onto the heart to shuttle blood around blocked sections of artery. Angioplasty uses a tiny balloon, threaded into the heart, to squeeze open narrowed passages temporarily. If all goes as the researchers hope, natural proteins called growth factors could offer a new alternative, especially for those who have already failed the standard approaches or cannot be helped by them. Arkansas youths convicted as juveniles of similar crimes can buy and possess guns the moment they are released from state supervision — at age 18. That's because such youngsters are considered juvenile delinquents, not felons. The disparity has incensed many Arkansas legislators, who already are rallying to change the state's juvenile laws after the slayings of four girls and a teacher last week at Jonesboro's Westside Middle School. "As far as I'm concerned, when you murder five people you've forfeited your rights to guns forever," said state Sen. Gene Roebuck, D-Jonesboro. "I don't think you can ever be trusted with guns again." Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, face five counts of murder as juveniles. State law prohibits youths younger than 14 from being charged as adults, and lawmakers cannot change that retroactively. But legislators may have a better legal case for changing the state's gun-possession laws retroactively. According to the state attorney general's office, the law in effect at the time of release — not the time of a crime — would decide whether a juvenile offender could carry a gun. "Laws that do not operate as punish- ments can apply even to acts that occur prior to the law," said David Raupp, an assistant Arkansas attorney general. "This isn't, punishment. This is about whether you- have a privilege available to you." Under Arkansas law, anybody of any age can buy and possess a rifle. Youngsters under 18 cannot buy handguns, but can possess them. 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