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									07.17.07                                                                                 N AT I O N                                                                                                  Tribp.m.   7
                                                                       Compiled with stories gathered from numerous wire services, including The Associated Press, Reuters,
                                                                        Gannett, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, McClatchy-Tribune and other wire services
                                                                                                                                                                                    were those for physicians’
 1   Lakeland, Fla.                                                                                                                                                                    assistants, they said. The
An Amtrak train struck a car at a                                                                                                                                                       10 defendants created or
railroad crossing yesterday,                                                                                                                                                             altered records for at
killing four people in the car,                                                                                                                                                          least 50 people since
police said. Witnesses said                                                                                                                                                           January, charging fees of
the car drove around a                                                                                                                                                              $3,000-$25,000 for better
crossing gate. The impact                                                                                                                                                     10 or deleted grades and for
threw the car into the air,                                                                                                                                             6
                                                                                                                                                                                    bachelor’s and master’s
and the train came to a halt                                                                                                                                              8       degrees, District Attorney
about 300 yards down the                  *                                                                                                                                   Robert Morgenthau said. Those
track, they said.                 7                                                                                                                                  9      indicted include Touro College’s
                                                                                                                                                                            former director of admissions and
2    Norfolk, Va.                                                                                                                                                     2     the former director of the school’s
Zoo officials yesterday began                                                                                                                                                computer center, prosecutors said.
trimming the landscaping
around a new red-panda exhibit                                                                                                                                                 9   Pasadena, Md.
after the animal escaped for the                                                                                                              11Firefighters weren’t sure what was
second time in less than a month.                                                                                                            causing the smoke rising from a former
Yin, a 1-year-old that resembles a                                                                              4                            discount store in this Baltimore suburb; the
raccoon with red, white and black                                                                                                                                                                                    12
                                                                                                                                             place had been abandoned for years. When
fur, was discovered missing from                                                                                                             they got inside, they found it coming from                              13
her exhibit Saturday. On June 21,                                                                                 3                            a grisly source: a 41-year-old man who
Yin made visitors wait two hours                                                                                                                                                                                     14
                                                                                                                                        1       became engulfed in flames and died after
until she emerged from her                                                                                                                      cutting through a high-voltage line. Sean
habitat for her debut — only to                                                                                                                  Phelps became another ghastly casualty
escape into a nearby tree. “She’s just                                                                                                     5
                                                                                                                                                of what authorities say is a deadly
testing every limit that might be in the                                                                                                      national trend: copper-wiring thefts. High
exhibit,” zoo director Greg Bockheim said      Transportation Security Administration                                                        copper prices in recent years have thieves
after the animal was captured for a second     spokesman Christopher White. The box          beloved portion of Yosemite National Park. breaking into power plants and abandoned
time.                                          was in an X-ray machine scanning checked Botanist Alison Colwell said the species’            factories to rip out the wiring. There is no
                                               luggage, he said.                             minute, tennis-ball yellow flowers weren’t      national count of people killed in copper-
3    Metairie, La.                                                                           what first led her to it, but rather the smell theft attempts, but news accounts put the
Sen. David Vitter yesterday denied having        6 Poughkeepsie, N.Y.                        of sweaty feet that the Yosemite bog-
                                                                                             orchid emits to attract pollinators. “I was
                                                                                                                                             death toll at about two dozen during the
relationships with New Orleans                 Celebrated tenor Jerry Hadley was taken off out surveying clovers one afternoon, and I        past 12 months.
prostitutes, a week after admitting links to   life support yesterday, almost a week after started smelling something. I was like,
a Washington escort service that federal       an apparent suicide attempt left him with a ‘Eew, what’s that?’ ” said Colwell, who            10                              Boston
prosecutors allege was a prostitution ring.    severe brain injury. The 55-year-old singer works for the U.S. Geological Survey.
Vitter emerged from a week of seclusion by                                                                                                   After a tormented existence as a father, a
                                               shot himself with an air rifle July 10, state                                                 husband, a Coast Guardsman and a
appearing at a news conference while           police said.
holding hands with his wife, Wendy. He
                                                                                              8               New York                       construction worker, a 57-year-old man
denied the New Orleans prostitution                                                                                                          underwent a sex-change operation. Then
                                                                                             Teachers, students and administrators
allegations and offered no indication that
                                                 7 San Francisco                             tampered with a private college’s computer
                                                                                                                                             she wrote off the $25,000 in medical
he would resign. He said he planned to fly     Scientists announced the discovery of a                                                       expenses on her taxes. But the IRS
                                                                                             system to change grades and create fake
last night to Washington to resume work in     rare — and stinky — orchid species that                                                       disallowed the deduction — ruling the
                                                                                             degrees for money, prosecutors charged
the Senate. Vitter said the events in          flourishes only in the wet meadows of a                                                       procedure was cosmetic, not a medical
                                                                                             yesterday. Among the fake degrees given
Washington took place years ago, and that                                                                                                    necessity — in a potentially precedent-
he and his wife have undergone counseling.                                                                                                   setting dispute now before the U.S. Tax

4    Jackson, Miss.
A judge has thrown out an assault charge
                                                   Spotlight on                                                                              Court. Rhiannon O’Donnabhain is suing
                                                                                                                                             the IRS in a case that advocates for the
                                                                                                                                             transgendered are hoping will force the tax
                                                                                                                                             agency to treat sex-change operations the
against a white policeman whose scuffle                                                                                Tom Emmis uses a      same as appendectomies, heart bypasses                                 13
with a black high school student was                                                                                   garden hose on a      and other deductible medical procedures.
caught on videotape, ruling that the use of                                                                            hillside below his    The case is set to go to trial July 24.                                14
force was justified. Leflore County Circuit                                                                            home, which was
Judge Ashley Hines cited witnesses who                                                                                 being threatened
                                                                                                                       yesterday by a         11                              Atlanta
said the teenager took a swing at the
officer and provoked the altercation.                                                                                  wildfire.             A man convicted of killing a police officer
                                                                                                                                             won a reprieve a day before his scheduled
5                                                                                                                                            execution, after his lawyers argued that
     Miami                                                                                                                                   several witnesses had recanted or changed
A Miami International Airport terminal was                                                                                                   their testimony. The state Board of
briefly evacuated yesterday after                                                                                                            Pardons and Paroles yesterday granted a
authorities found what appeared to be an                                                                                                     stay of execution of as long as 90 days to
explosive device but turned out to be a box                                                                                                  Troy Davis, 38, who was convicted of killing
containing cremated human remains. A                                                                                                         a Savannah police officer in 1989. The stay
watch, the ashes and other items were                                                                                                        means the execution will be on hold while
spotted in the box, which at first appeared                                                                                                  the board weighs the evidence presented
to be part of an explosive device, said                                                            DAVID B. PARKER/AP                        as part of Davis’ request for clemency.

                                                                                   On July 17, 1996
 TWA Flight 800, a Paris-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off of Long Island soon after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 230 people aboard.
                                                                                           The Associated Press

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