Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1990 · Page 7
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ELSEWHERE Thursday, September 18,2003 — Page 7 News from the nation, world Briefs By The Associated Press Guerrillas ambush U.S. troops in Iraq KHALDIYAH, Iraq — Guerrillas ambushed a U.S. military convoy today, sparking a heavy gunbattle in which a truck was destroyed. In a nearby town, an American patrol opened fire on a wedding, killing a 14-year-old boy, after mistaking celebratory gunfire for an attack, witnesses said. North of Baghdad, fire raged at an oil pipeline following an explosion at the site, the U.S. military said, raising concerns that it was the latest in a series of sabotage attacks. The pipeline carries crude oil from fields near Kirkuk to Iraq's largest refinery at Beiji. NYSE chairman resigns amid furor NEW YORK — Dick Grasso is gone, and his millions with him, leaving a new, almost certainly less extravagant and likely more public era for the New York Stock Exchange. if The chairman's decision to resign late Wednesday, a re-, sponse to furor over the $139.5 million payout he received last month, leaves the NYSE board of directors searching for a successor under the scrutiny of its members, critics and federal regulators, who want changes in how the world's .richest market is run. Common-law unions banned .PITTSBURGH — A Penn- .sylvania appeals court outlawed new common-law marriages, calling them unnecessary in modern times. , Although current, arrange- rrients ,w4Il,continue -to exist, ( ne;w one^ should np^be re^r,. ogriized as'.valid,,the Com-,, monweaith Court ruled in a .split decision Wednesday. . v "The circumstances creating a need for the doctrine are not present in today's society. A woman without dependent children is no longer thought to pose a burden to the state with her sup- ,pprt and maintenance simply because she is single, and the right of a single parent to obtain child support is no longer dependent upon his or her marital status," Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter wrote in the opinion. Fewer beef samples tainted with E. coli WASHINGTON — After pushing several meatpackers to update plans to prevent ground beef contamination, Agriculture Department inspectors are seeing a drop- off in the number of samples tainted with E. coli. Elsa Murano, undersecretary of food safety, said the department has spent the last year getting 1,000 meat plants, from very small to large, to improve efforts to keep meat free of the potentially deadly bacteria by ; adding steps like hot water rinses and organic acid washes to processing. As a result, she said, inspectors found 0.32 percent iof 4,432 samples of hamburger meat tested positive for E. coli from January to August this year. That compares to 0.78 percent of samples testing positive for the :same period in 2002 and 0.84 : percent in 2001. Group rescues 269 animals ; LONDON — A British animal protection group said today it had rescued 244 dogs, 16 parrots, seven cats, a rabbit and a chinchilla from a three-bedroom house in what it described as the biggest seizure in its 181-year history. The animals were removed from the house in Carnforth, Lancashire, in northern England on Sept. 10, said Sari Eldridge, a spokeswoman for :the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. British media quoted locals as saying the house was owned by a middle-aged couple and was filthy. Bush considers roles of allies in Iraq By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — President Bush, working to find common ground with allies on a new U.N. Iraq resolution, sought to dispel controversy about recent administration statements on Saddam Hussein and the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. . Bush indicated the United States is not yet ready to present a revised resolution to other governments on the U.N. Security Council but is trying to accommodate some allies' demands for bigger roles in Iraq's reconstruction for themselves and the United Nations. "We're still talking about it," he said. Later Wednesday, Bush flew to Camp David, Md., a day early because of the approach of Hurricane Isabel. He was hosting Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Maryland mountain retreat for talks that had been scheduled for tonight and Friday morning. That period is exactly when the brunt of the storm was expected to reach the Washington area. As Bush aides scrambled to move up the meetings to this morning, a political irritant arose that could cloud the session designed as a treat for Abdullah, a vital White House ally in the Middle East. The Bush administration urged Jordan to restore its freeze on the bank accounts of six leaders of Hamas, an extremist group that has killed scores of Israelis with suicide bombings. Jordan's Central Bank retracted a decision this week that had frozen the accounts of six leaders of Hamas and five charities that allegedly funnel money to the group, a minister said Tuesday. "Jordan has been an important ally in the war on terrorists, including the financial war on terrorism," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Wednesday. "We urge the government of Jordan to restore its order to freeze the assets of these Hamas leaders and charities." At the United Nations, the United States is seeking Security Council backing for a resolution that would clear the way for additional peacekeeping troops and money to finance Iraq's reconstruction from other countries. The Bush administration has agreed to a vital U.N. role in Iraq. France and Germany, with some support from Russia, want the U.S. occupation ended within a month along with more power for the United Nations. Bush, speaking to reporters after meeting with lawmakers negotiating energy legislation, stressed that Iraq needs time to develop a constitution and hold free elections. One of the main elements of the U.S. position is that Iraqis should be in control when they take over their country. "The key is to make sure that the political situation in Iraq evolves in a way that will lead to a free society," the president said. "Then we deal with the sovereignty issue." Building new Iraqi army to cost about $2 billion WASHINGTON (AP) —At an estimated cost next year of $2 billion, the United States plans to build, virtually from scratch, a new Iraqi army of 30,000 to 40,000 soldiers. In presenting a detailed outline of the plan, the senior adviser to the U.S. occupation authority in Iraq said Wednesday that everything from guns and uniforms to trucks and toilets must be bought for an Iraqi army that will comprise mainly infantry, with little armor or artillery. "The old army, which we formally dissolved as an institution, no longer existed when we did it, but Iraq will need an army in the future, and it is important to begin the process of building that now," said Walter Slocombe, adviser on national security matters to Iraq civil administrator L. Paul Bremer. The first group of about 800 Iraqi soldiers is due to finish its training next month. Slocombe said at a Pentagon news conference that the goal is to have the 30,000 to 40,000 soldiers trained and operating within a year. Those being recruited to join the new army are mainly former conscripts and lower- ranking officers, Slocombe said. Iraqis who were senior members of deposed President Saddam Hussein's Baath Party are banned, as are members of the special security and intelligence services that were the backbone of the dictatorship. Pennsylvania braces for Isabel By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer HARRISBURG — Hurricane Isabel could dump more than 6 inches of rain on portions of Pennsylvania, give the rest of the already waterlogged state a good soaking, and bring damaging winds with gusts of more than 60 mph, forecasters said today. The brunt of the storm appeared headed toward the area around Bedford, Fulton and Franklin counties in west-central Pennsylvania, where mountainous terrain could wring out flood-producing levels of heavy rainrbetween, this evening and ri . ll along that flooding is the. No... ,1, issue here, and we're probably going to see most of the smaller streams and creeks flood," said Dave On- drejik, a warning-coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College. In Philadelphia, Gov. Ed Rendell urged state residents to stockpile water, nonperishable food, flashlights, a radio and batteries. "The danger for Pennsylvania will be severe flooding and power outages," he said. "We are ready, and we urge our citizens to be ready." The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will be coordinating state resources to help county and local governments in areas that need help, Pageant draws gay men By JOHN CURRAN Associated Press Writer ATLANTIC CITY, NJ. —When the television cameras zoom in, Miss America pageant viewers see a rhinestone-studded celebration of homegrown beauty as straight as the 100-foot runway in Boardwalk Hall. Behind the glitter and the gowns, there's a side unseen by most — a huge following among gay men. Some are directly local or state pageant directors, hairstylists or costume designers. Others celebrate the pageant's glam from afar, holding dress-up parties to watch the telecast or camping it up as drag queens to poke fun at the world-famous beauty contest. "It's an interesting dynamic, to have gay men so highly involved when it's such a conservative organization in so many ways," said actress Kate Shindle, a former Miss America. "There are women who compete who might never have known a gay person, but in competing they are helped every step of the way by all these gay men. Certainly, Miss America has a heterosexual male audience but it's not as prominent as the gay audience." The phenomenon is well- known to Miss America Organi- Rendell said. Similar coordination has been the subject of planning in Bedford the past four or five days, said Dave Cubbison, deputy director of the county Department of Emergency Services. He said school officials would decide early Friday whether to alter schedules because of the storm. "I'm asking (the public) on Thursday night to sleep with one eye open, if it's possible. Set their alarms to wake up in the middle of the night to check their basements. If your house floods on a normal'basis with 2 inches of rain, those people need to ... go to a neighbor or?anpther family rflernberehouse,"he said. : ,,-.,., •I, Jhe^heayiesj; r.ajin will, fall west of the; storm core's path, with,the highest winds to the east, said Ken Reeves, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College. Some isolated areas in western Pennsylvania could receive 9 inches of rain, though the majority of the state will receive "well under" that amount, Reeves said. "It appears there will be gusts over 60 (mph). I would think even with wind gusts to 40 miles per hour, which may happen in extreme western Pennsylvania and maybe extreme northeastern Pennsylvania, those areas could still have some power outages," he said. (On the Net: Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, www. pema. state, pa. us) As Hurricane Isabel approaches, Kay and Mary Grimes, owners of South Mountain Farm in McKnightsville,* Pa., say their cattle will know when to seek shelter from the storm. (AP photo) look a! tropical storms of past By The Associated Press Hurricanes and other tropical storms that have affected Pennsylvania in the past 50 years: • Hurricane Hazel, October 1954. Maintained wind speeds of more than 100 mph as it passed through central Pennsylvania. Killed more than 600 people in the United States, Caribbean and Canada. • Hurricane Diane, August 1955. Brought inland flooding to Pennsylvania, the damage concentrated in northeastern counties. The storm was blamed for nearly 200 deaths and billions of dollars in damages nationally. • Hurricane Agnes, June 1972. Drenching rains across Pennsylvania, close to 20 inches in some areas, prompted President Nixon to declare the entire state a disaster area. Floods and fires destroyed 68,000 homes and 3,000 businesses, and left 220,000 state residents homeless. • Hurricane Eloise, September 1975. Severely affected 29 counties. It was blamed for 76 deaths in the United States and Caribbean. • Tropical Depression Dennis, September 1999. Triggered flash flooding in Dauphin, Lycoming, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. • Hurricane Floyd, September 1999. Damaged at least 1,000 structures and left more than 4,000 Pennsylvanians homeless. Winds reached 50 mph and up to 12 inches of rain fell. More than 400,000 people lost power. • Tropical Storm Allison, June 2001. Drenched southeastern Pennsylvania with up to 9 inches of rain, and was blamed for an apartment-complex fire that killed four. Source: Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, AccuWeather Inc., AP files. Arafat reports progress in talks Gay men and drag queens are regulars in the crowd that gamers at New York Avenue to watch the annual parade of contestants in the Miss America Pageant. (AP photo) zation officials, but they are cautious in discussing it publicly. "We're very proud of everyone in the pageant family," said pag-. eant CEO George Bauer. "Everyone contributes. There's no discrimination now, nor will there ever be." Straight men may watch to see which contestant fills out her swimsuit the best, but gay men are more concerned with its cut, color and fabric. That sense of style has attracted many to the pageant through the years. Some are drawn by the glamour, others by the thrill of the makeover. That 19-year-old with the '80s haircut and the outdated dress? With a little help, she could win it all. "The glitz and glamour, it just naturally attracts gay men," said Chet Welch, a longtime local pageant director in Pennsylvania. "The music part of it, too. It's an out, a way of being involved in show business or entertainment but not really as yourself." Welch, 42, of Ford City, Pa., got involved after growing up on a farm in rural western Pennsylvania. "For me, it wasn't a gay issue, just a way for me to experience something beyond the fences and meet people," he said. Contestants like him because he's frank, and has no other agenda than building them up. In Atlantic City, the gay community salutes the pageant in events before and after the crowning. The gay contingent at the Miss America pageant parade, held the night before the pageant, draws from beyond Atlantic City. Gay bars in Philadelphia — 60 miles away — sponsor bus trips to the parade and the 48-room Surfside Resort Hotel fills up for the week, many of them gay men affiliated with the pageant in some way. RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Yasser Arafat and leaders of his Fatah movement met today to choose ministers in the new Palestinian government, and the Palestinian leader reported progress in truce talks with Islamic militant groups. Israel has rebuffed Arafat's recent cease-fire offers, saying it will press ahead with its campaign against terror suspects until Palestinian forces begin dismantling the Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups. In the Gaza Strip, Israel staged its first major incursion in several months, killing Jihad Abu Shwairah, 34, a leader of the Hamas military wing, in a Shootout in the Nusseirat refugee camp early today. Hundreds of soldiers were involved, an apparent signal to Hamas that Israel would not limit itself to airstrikes in Gaza. Israel has killed 13 Hamas members and six bystanders in air attacks in Gaza since mid-August, when a Hamas suicide bombing killed 23 people on a Jerusalem bus. In the West Bank town of Ra- mallah, the Fatah Central Committee met today to choose candidates for 15 of 23 seats in the new Cabinet, giving Arafat virtual control over the government of Prime Minister-designate Ahmed Qureia. It was unclear whether the Fatah leaders would present Qureia with a slate of 15 ministers, or a list of candidates from which he would pick the ministers. The remaining eight ministers would represent other Palestinian groups or independents. Originally, Qureia wanted to form an emergency Cabinet with • about eight ministers, but Fatah and Arafat vetoed that. Arafat's first prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, resigned Sept. 6 after power struggles with the Palestinian leader, a deadlock with Israel on a U.S.-backed peace plan and the collapse of a unilateral truce called by militant groups in June. Arafat had appointed Abbas reluctantly and under international pressure to share power. Qureia, presently the speaker of the Palestinian parliament, has a wider political base than Abbas and has said he does not intend to undercut Arafat Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met several times with Abbas, but Israeli officials have declared they will not deal with a Palestinian government that derives its authority from Arafat Israel charges that Arafat is tainted by terrorism. Last week, after two Hamas suicide bombers killed 15 Israelis in a single day, the Israeli security Cabinet said it would "remove" Arafat at an unspecified time, leaving open the possibility of expulsion or assassination. The decision set off international condemnation and a wave of renewed Palestinian support for Arafat. u

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