Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 26, 2002 · Page 7
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, October 26, 2002
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NATION/WORLD Saturday, October 26, 2002 - Page 7 Probe into Wellstone crash begins By BRIAN BAKST Associated Press Writer ' EVELETH, Minn. —A team of federal investigators is beginning the search for clues to the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone, as the state and political colleagues mourn the liberal Democratic lawmaker. A 16-member team from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived Friday night, and acting chairwoman Carol Carmody said the first priority was finding the cockpit voice recorder. Carmody said the team might spend up to six days at the site where the small plane crashed Friday, killing Wellstone, his wife and daughter, and five others. But she said the team was prepared to stay as long as it took to establish the cause. "This is a serious accident," Carmody said. "Eight people were killed. Sen. Wellstone was a very important national figure. Of course we want to send a full team to do everything we can to find out what happened." The senator was on his way to attend the funeral of a state represen- tative's father when the twin-engine private plane went down about 10 a.m. in freezing rain and light snow near the Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport, about 175 miles north of Minneapolis. A pilot in the area said the plane seemed to have veered away from the usual approach to the airport. "It's just terrible. Say a prayer," said Lisa Pattni, an aide at the crash site. The wreckage WELLSTONE was still smoldering several hours after the crash in a wooded, swampy area two miles from the airport and several hundred yards from the closest paved road. The death brought an outpouring of grief from both supporters and opponents of the 58-year-old Well- stone, one of the foremost liberals on Capitol Hill. In St. Paul, thousands of Irish actor Richard Harris, seen in this 1982 photo, died Friday at a London Hospital. He starred in movies such as "A Man Called Horse/' "This Sporting Life" and two Harry Potter films. (AP photo) Actor Harris dies after illness at 72 By SUE LEEMAN Associated Press Writer LONDON — Irish actor Richard Harris, who gained fame as the roistering star of such 1960s films as "This Sporting Life" and "Camelot" and reached a new generation of fans years later as the wise old wizard in two Harry Potter movies, died Friday night at a London hospital. I le was 72. "With great sadness, Damian, Jared and Jamie Harris announced the death of their beloved father, Richard Harris," his family said. "He died peacefully at University College Hospital," where he was receiving treatment for Hodgkin's Disease after falling ill earlier this year. In an interview last year, Harris lold The Associated Press it was his young granddaughter, Ella, who persuaded him to play Professor Albus Dumbledore in last year's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." 1 le returns in the role in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," which opens Nov. 15. "She called me and said, 'If you don't do it, papa, I'll never speak to you again,' and 1 thought, I can't afford that. I have to do it." The filmmakers asked I larris to .sign on for adaptations of all seven of author J.K. Rowling's books, which he said he did reluctantly. "I hate that kind of commitment. I hate the idea thai my life in any way is sort of restricted." Twice divorced, he added, "That's why rny marriages broke up. I hale commitment, and I'm totally unreliable anyway." A tall, sturdy figure with a reputation as a hellraiser and a lived-in face that he once described as looking like "five miles of bad country road," Harris was never cut out to join contemporaries as a smooth matinee idol. The critic Clivc Barnes called him one of a new breed of British actors, who are "rougher, tougher, fiercer, angrier and more passionately articulate than their well-groomed predecessors ... roaring boys, sometimes with highly colored private lives and lurid public images." He caught the eye of critic Kenneth Tynan who once bracketed him with Albert Finncy and Peter OToole as one of the three best young actors on the British stage. Harris was nominated twice for best-actor Academy Awards, for his role as a violent, inarticulate Yorkshire miner in Lindsay Anderson's 1963 "This Sporting Life," and then as a thundering Irish peasant in director Jim Sheridan's little-seen 1990 film "The Field." Harris also was nominated for an Emmy for 1971 's "The Snow Goose." Within the last decade, he appeared in two winners of the best- picture Oscar — "Unforgiven" in 1992 and 2000 s "Gladiator," in which he played the war-weary Emperor Marcus Aurelius. "Richard was wonderful to work with — a slightly mad Irishman and a truly gifted performer," Clint Eastwood, director and star of "Unforgiv- en," said Friday. "His presence on the set during the filming of 'Unforgiven' always gave all of us u much needed lift during the many hours of difficult work on that film. We've lost a wonderful actor and a man with a great deal of courage." Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said he was deeply saddened by the death of "one of Ireland's most outstanding artists." One of Harris' biggest successes was "A Man Called Horse," in 1970. Other films over the years included "Major Dundee," "Hawaii," "The Molly Maguires" and "Cromwell." . I le trilled semi-tunefully as King Arthur opposite Vanessa Redgrave in 1967's "Camelot." The next year, he had a hit record with the long, melodramatic song 'MacArthur Park." WATATATATATAWAUUnWAtAUUWAUTATAWATAWATATATA; 'Binding The Wounds A First Aid Course For The Soul Saturday, November 2 2:00-4:00 PM And Each Saturday For 22 Weeks Indiana Seventh Day Adventist Church 1496 Indian Springs Road A Croup Workshop For Hurling Individuals In Starch of Answers To Life's Dilemmas. 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"Today the state of Minnesota has suffered a deep and penetrating loss," Gov. lesse Ventura said. "With all of us suffering from the numbing experiences of our nation's recent tragedies, this loss seems especially cruel." Wellstone's death threw the battle for the Senate into uncharted territory. Before Friday, Democrats held control by a single seat. Minnesota law allows the governor to fill a vacant Senate seat, but it also allows a political party to pick a replacement if a nominee dies. In this case, the name must be offered by next Thursday. Ventura wouldn't say what he would do, saying only that he would not appoint himself to serve the rest of Wellstone's term in the lame-duck session of Congress between Election Day and the arrival of new members. Shaken Democratic officials wouldn't comment on possible replacements. Rebecca Yanisch, the state trade commissioner who ran for Senate in 2000, indicated she might be interested, while former Sen. Walter Mondale didn't take questions at an appearance and didn't return a call seeking comment. "I just want to spend today mourning," Mondale, who will turn 75 in January, told The Washington Post for its Saturday edition. Two years ago, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, his son and an aide were killed in a crash three weeks before Election Day as he campaigned for the Senate. Jeff Blodgett, campaign manager for Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn.; Blodgett's wife, Emily, and son, Tim, attended a memorial ceremony for Wellstone and his family on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Friday. (AP photo) HURRY, QUANTITIES LIMITED FREE 8-PC. GIFT with any 19.50 or more Clinique purchase EXCLUSIVE! naturally gentle I eye makeup remover NEW! GREAT SKIN SPECIALISTS, MAKEUP MUST-HA VES AND MORE ARE YOURS, TO GO: GREAT GIFT PLUS: With your Clinique purchase of 36.50 or more, get a limited edition coordinating tote bag. Merchandise selection will vary by store. 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