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A10 FRIDAY • SEPTEMBER 20,2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS NATIONAL Briefs Police search for woman videotaped beating child MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A woman who was angry after leaving a department store was caught on a surveillance tape looking around as she helped her young daughter into a vehicle and then brutally beating the child for about half a minute, authorities said. Police were searching for the woman and 4-year-old child today. The woman's sister, who had been with her in the store, was arrested, said community prosecutor Maggie Jones. "As far as we know, she tried to exchange some merchandise, was denied that, became angry in the store at the service clerk and left. But I don't know how that could provoke an attack like this on a child," Mishawaka Police Chief Anthony Hazen said today on NBC's "Today" show. The woman could be seen on the tape punching the child and shaking her, and authorities believe the little girl might have serious injuries, A doctor who saw the tape said she could have suffered head, neck and brain injuries, said Mike Samp, a police investigator. Hazen said the sister faces charges of failing to report child abuse, and the child's mother could face felony battery charges in the Sept. 13 beating. Officials warn West Nile virus can cause paralysis ATLANTA (AP) — Government health officials are warning doctors that the West Nile virus can cause acute paralysis after the mosquito- borne virus apparently caused six people to become paralyzed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged doctors to test patients for West Nile if they report sudden, painless paralysis but do not appear to have had a stroke. The warning came as health officials confirmed that the West Nile virus can apparently be transmitted through blood transfusions and said that all blood donations will probably be screened for the virus as soon as a test can be developed. The most serious effect of infection — life-threatening brain inflammation — occurs in only a small percentage of cases, mostly among the sick or elderly. But most oftthe reported paralyses, in Mississippi and Louisiana, have occurred among middle-aged people who previously were healthy, CDC medical epidemiologist Jim Sejvar said. PETA revives anti-milk 'got beer?' campaign STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Got controversy? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has revived its anti-milk "Got Beer?" campaign, with advertisements in four college newspapers Thursday urging students to abandon dairy in favor of the brewery. PETA first came up with the slogan — a spoof of the popular "Got Milk?" campaign — two years ago, but it was retired after being criticized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other groups. Thursday's quarter-page ad in Penn State University's The Daily Collegian features a silhouette of a beer bottle and reads: "Got ... beer?! Better than milk, find out more at MilkSucks.com." In addition to The Daily Collegian, the ad ran in student papers at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.; the University of Colorado in Boulder; and Florida State University in Tallahassee. The campaign is targeted at the 10 schools identified by Princeton Review as the nation's top party schools. The list also included Alabama, Buffalo, Clemson, Florida, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. ^H ASSOCIATED PRESS Town of Orange Superintendent Jeffery Dodson poses on the banks of the Rapidan River dam near the town of Orange, Va., Thursday Sept. 19, 2002. The dam and spillway are the main water intakes for the city where normal river levels are six inches over the dam. The town received a permit to rebuild the 1930's era dam. Virginia town worries drastic conservation measures not enough ORANGE, Va. (AP) — With the river it relies on rapidly going dry, this drought-ravaged Virginia community has settled into a life of three-minute showers, plastic utensils and paper plates. "People are doing their part, but if we don't get some rain, we're going to have to start trucking it in," Town Manager Sabrina Martin told the state drought coordinator Thursday, warning state help might be needed. Orange, a town of about 4,000 along the Rapidan River 60 miles northwest of Richmond, is at the tip of an area of exceptional drought — the most severe category — that extends down through the Carolinas into central Georgia. Already, the town's water-use restrictions are among the toughest in Virginia. Residents are limited to one three-minute shower a day Only recycled water can be used on plants, and residents are prohibited from operating a dishwasher or washing machine unless it is full. Restaurants can serve only canned or bottled beverages and must use paper plates and plastic eating utensils. Businesses must supply' cleansing hand-wipes in j bathrooms .anjjl turn., off water fountains. Car washes, coin laundries and plant nurseries must cut their water use to half of their usual monthly average. It's a way of life now familiar to many. Drought conditions have been reported by more than 45 percent of the country during each of the last three months, the National Climatic Data Center reported last week. As of August, seven entire states — Arizona, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina and Utah — have been declared disaster areas. Townspeople here are going above and beyond restrictions already in place. Orange Police Chief James 1 R. Otto has resorted to capturing the condensation from the air conditioner that cools town hall in barrels and using it to wash police cars. At home, he uses the condensation from his basement dehumidifier and used bath water to flush toilets. All over town, people are removing old commodes that use 5 gallons per flush and replacing them with water-saving units that use about VA gallons per flush, Otto said. Lawns are dirt brown, and flow restrictors and low-water shower heads are in demand at local stores. Orange also draws sparingly from the Rapidan. When the water dipped beneath the water intake valves last month, the town rented large, diesel-powered pumps to draw water through pipes from the deepest spot in its collection reservoir — now just 20 inches, or about knee-deep. Before a saving rain Aug. 23 and another last weekend, the depth dwindled to 15 inches, so low the pumps began sucking air. "Normally it's about 40 to 45 inches, but now ... it's scary," said Or"ang'e' Mayor Ray Lonick as ,he Man wants no part of anniversary looked, at the pool of sliil, tepid water. David Paylor, who has headed Gov. Mark R. Warner's drought response for three weeks, said he has become accustomed to desperate situations, but what he saw shocked him. "We've had a sense from the beginning that it was bad," Paylor said. If the town begins trucking in tankers of drinking water, the cost would range from $13,000 to $15,000 a day, Martin said. The town already has had to spend $75,000 — which was not included in its total $5 million annual budget — to deal with the drought, she said. Man indicted in anthrax hoax PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man who once said he was on a mission from God to kill abortion providers was charged with mailing anthrax hoax letters to women's clinics around the country last fall. A federal indictment Thursday also charged Clayton Lee Waag- ner with posting a message on an anti-abortion Web site that said he had been following clinic employees home and was "going to kill as many of them as I can." "Regardless of one's position on the life-choice issue, sending chilling death threats is a perver- OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — James Meredith says he didn't pay much attention to the riot that erupted around him four decades ago when he became the first black man to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Now he wants nothing to do with the events marking the anniversary of his arrival — celebrated as a landmark of the civil rights movement. "It was an embarrassment for me to be there, and for somebody to celebrate it, oh my God," says the 69- year-old Meredith. "I want to go down in history and have a bunch of things named after me, but believe me that ain't it." Meredith didn't consider himself a civil rights crusader when he arrived on campus 40 years ago, escorted by federal troops called out by President John F. Kennedy as hundreds of angry whites hurled bricks, rocks, Coca-Cola bottles and epithets. "It was of no concern to me basically," Meredith recalls, "because long before that I had accomplished my goal of forcing the federal government to use the U.S. military to assert my rights as a citizen." He says he was not a part of the civil rights movement. He defines his 1962 effort as an assault on "white supremacy." "Nothing could be more insulting to me than the concept of civil rights. It means perpetual second- class citizenship for me and my kind," he says. His actions since then have left many puzzled. He endorsed then-Gov. Ross Barnett in his re-election bid in 1967, five years after Barnett physically blocked him from registering at Ole Miss. In 1989, he joined the staff of conservative North Carolina Republican and one-time segregationist Sen. Jesse Helms for 18 months. He says it was a way to get access to records in the Library of Congress. Still, most agree that Meredith's arrival at Ole sion," U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan said. "It is terrorism, it is emotional violence, it is wrong." Waagner, 45, was on the FBI's Most Wanted list when he was captured in December, 10 months after escaping from jail in Illinois. He was caught at a copy shop outside Cincinnati after an employee recognized him from his wanted poster. Authorities said while he was on the run, Waagner posted the Web site message and mailed at least 550 letters to women's clinics in 24 states. The envelopes, from the "Army of God," contained a harmless white powder. Miss was the beginning of the end of the state's segregationist society. Journalist and Ole Miss instructor Curtis Wilkie says Meredith's integration was much more than it appeared at the time. It led to the integration of public schools, and after the Civil Rights Act, the integration of public accommodations. "Ole Miss was the most powerful institution in the state — no question," Wilkie says. "Once segregation fell at Ole Miss, it was almost like conquering the highest mountain. We owe a lot to him." Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat calls this year's commemoration a time for the university to embrace its past and learn from it. The yearlong commemoration, dubbed "Open Doors: Building on 40 Years of Opportunity in Higher Education," includes an oral history of Ole Miss, various symposiums, the April unveiling of a $130,000 memorial and a reunion of the federal marshals. It culminates in September 2003 with an international conference on race. "I think looking back over time gives each of us an opportunity to appreciate more fully the magnitude of the event," says Khayat, who received his undergraduate degree from Ole Miss two years before the riot. "We're able to see the negative impact it's had on the university, and we're also able to turn that negative into a positive." Meredith, who says he's now in the used car business in Jackson, has agreed to attend the Oct. 1 Anniversary Day ceremony, which marks the date he registered after a day of rioting. His ties to the university continue through his son, Joseph, who graduated earlier this year as the top doctoral student in the business school. Today, nearly 13 percent of the university's students are black. Odds And Ends Store Closed All Day Wednesday to Re-Merchandise And to Take One Last Cut on Remaining Inventory Save At Least % - 60% AND UP TO 70% OFF Our Greatest Sale Ever Must And Will End Sunday at 5 p.m. Ellis Furniture Galleries 107 West 9th Street • Ellis Thurs. - Fri. - Sat. 10 - 5:30, Sun. I - 5 GREAT $750,000 GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE! "Bedroom Sets °Dinette Sets °Dining Rooms 'Lamps 'Bedding By Sealy And Many One-of-a-Kind Items Hurry For Best Selection NO REASONABLE SALE ENDS SUNDAY 5 P.M All Items subject to prior salel ODLSCo.2002

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