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Restaurant fire probed New Peking razed; commute snarled By Arwyn Rice
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■ Weekend upholstry shop fire PORT ANGELES — A spec- only block from New Peking/A5 tacular fire in the New Peking, a restaurant and lounge in a land- ■ Small fire on fireworks mark building on U.S. Highway barge off Landing mall/A5 101 which burned to the ground early Tuesday, left a Port Angeles What walls that did not burn family without a business. were pulled apart by firefighters It also left competitive pool to get to the flames inside. players without a tournament A member of the Fong family, location, and a Port Townsend which owns the business, was in muralist without his work he the building at the time the fire painted on the outer walls six started and told firefighters that years ago. the blaze began outside and high All lanes were blocked on the in the building, Huff said. highway until about 8:40 a.m., Everyone inside the building snarling the post-holiday com- was able to escape without injury. mute between Port Angeles and No firefighters were injured. Sequim. Firefighters from three departments responded to the blaze at Caused by fireworks? about 3:20 a.m. and had the Cause of the fire in the Gales flames out at about 7:20 a.m., Addition section at 2416 Highway Huff said. 101 was being investigated — and Firefighters continued sprayfireworks are a possibility, said ing water on hot spots until about Capt. Dan Huff of Clallam County 9 a.m. Fire District No. 2. The fire was large and difficult Win Fisher The murals on the outside of to fight because of the way the the building, which were painted building was constructed, and Firefighters aboard a towering ladder train water at the rear roof of the New Peking by Port Townsend artist James because of flammable materials restaurant and lounge — where the fire apparently started — shortly after 4 a.m. Mayo in 2005, were destroyed. — such as kitchen oils and alcohol Monday while another crew attacks the blaze from the ground. Only the head and neck of the — inside, Huff said. dragon facing Highway 101 remained visible. Turn to Fire/A5
Former Top Spot recalled as popular place to dance By Tom Callis
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Flames devour the U.S. Highway 101 front of the New Peking about an hour after daybreak Tuesday.
PORT ANGELES — The New Peking Restaurant and Lounge, which was destroyed by a fire Tuesday, had been a staple of the Port Angeles bar scene since it opened as the Top Spot during World War II. Paul and Genevieve Fletcher built the Top Spot at 2416 Highway 101 in the early 1940s, recalled their daughter-in-law, Joan Gill. Gill said it was a popular place to dance during the war and postwar years because it had the “biggest dance floor west of Seattle.” Turn
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The World War II-era building that later became a Chinese
Hall/A5 restaurant was reduced to a shell by 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Ex-prisons director quit Peninsula passenger in Mexico over tryst with employee The Associated Press
OLYMPIA — The former state secretary of corrections said Tuesday that he abruptly departed his job last week because of an extramarital affair with a subordinate. In an interview with The Seattle Times, Eldon Vail said that he learned last week of a video that apparently showed him and the employee leaving a motel near Olympia. He said he heard rumors that the video may be made public, so he decided his only choice was to resign. “This is no one’s fault but my own,” Vail, 59, told The Times. “It’s not the employee’s fault. It
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is not my wife’s fault.” Vail said the relationship was inappropriate and that he is trying to work it out with his wife. Vail He declined to discuss the employee or say how long their relationship lasted. Vail said he did not use state resources to conduct the affair and did not grant the woman any special benefits or privileges. Turn
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SAN FELIPE, Mexico — None of the missing people from a capsizing and sinking charter fishing boat in the stormy Sea of Cortez is from Port Angeles, and doubts have been raised about whether any Port Angeles resident was aboard the vessel when it sank Sunday. All seven missing people are from California, according to a port official in San Felipe. Mexican military officials said Monday that one person
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on the fishing boat Erik was from Port Angeles, but the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. consulate could not confirm that information Tuesday. Dora Winkler, representing the port agency in San Felipe, told the news agency Reuters Tuesday that the missing passengers are Don Lee, Russel Bautista, Mark Dorland, Brian Wong, Al Mein, Gene J. Leong and Shawn Chaddock. No California hometowns were provided. An eighth person, identified as Leslie Yee, also from Califor-
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nia, was confirmed dead. The Mexican navy told the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday that one of the passengers aboard the 115-foot fishing boat Erik was from Port Angeles. But that person has not been identified by the Mexican navy or port authorities in San Felipe. The U.S. consulate in Tijuana, Mexico, would not release any names, citing privacy concerns. Turn
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Newsmakers Celebrity scoop ■ By The Associated Press
Man arrested in third try to meet Hilton
outside a Los Angeles courthouse where the pair testified against another man who attempted to burglarize the hotel heiress’ home in the Hollywood Hills. A MAN ARRESTED Rainford pleaded no outside Paris Hilton’s contest in April to misdeMalibu, Calif., home was meanor battery and was charged Tuesday with dissentenced to 227 days in obeying a court order to jail, but records show he stay away from the socialite. was released May 20. Sheriff’s Rainford was released deputies after serving less than a arrested month because of jail overJames crowding and mandatory Rainford credits imposed by the on Monday, state, sheriff’s spokesman the third Steve Whitmore said. time in less He is due back in court than a year Hilton July 15. that the 36-year-old has been jailed Scott engaged for trying to meet Hilton. Lady Antebellum’s HillHe pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon and was ary Scott is engaged. The being held on $30,000 bail, Los Angeles County district 25-year-old singer’s attorney’s spokeswoman boyfriend, Sandi Gibbons said. Jail records do not indi- Chris Tyrell, cate whether he has an popped the attorney. question Authorities said Rainover the ford was arrested Monday Scott Fourth of after paparazzi who were July weekend at a family outside Hilton’s home recgetaway in East Tennessee. ognized him. Scott and the 24-yearA judge issued a old drummer met while restraining order in Octotouring with Tim ber after Rainford was McGraw in early 2010. arrested outside Hilton’s People first reported the Hollywood Hills home. He was arrested earlier engagement Tuesday. this year after he Scott is the second attempted to grab Hilton’s member of Lady A to end then-boyfriend, Cy Waits, her single ways.
Charles Kelley is married, leaving Dave Haywood as the lone available member of the Grammywinning trio. Lady A turned in the top-selling country album of 2010 with “Need You Now” and is preparing to release its follow-up, “Just a Kiss,” due out Sept. 13.
Charges dropped Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor domestic violence charge against Lindsay Lohan’s father after his ex-girlfriend failed to show up at trial. District attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Tuesday the office will no longer pursue the case against Michael Lohan after his ex, Kate Major, could not be located. The elder Lohan was arrested in March and has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence battery. A trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but Gibbons said it could not proceed without Major’s cooperation. Michael Lohan’s attorney, Dana Cole, said he worked out an agreement with Major so she wouldn’t testify. Cole said Major wasn’t paid anything, and she declined to cooperate because she did not want a court spectacle.
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MIKA MYLLYLA, 41, a former Olympic cross-country champion and Finnish skiing great whose life unraveled after a doping ban in 2001, died Tuesday. Police declined to give details except to say no crime was involved. National broadcaster Mr. Myllyla YLE said he in 2001 was found dead in his apartment in the northwest town of Kokkola, Finland. Mr. Myllyla won six Olympic medals, including gold in the classical 30-kilometer race at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. He won a silver in the 50-kilometer race in the 1994 Lillehammer Games, and shared four bronzes over both Olympics. He was a four-time winner at the world championships, including his starring performance in capturing three golds and a
silver at the 1999 tournament at Ramsau, Austria. Mr. Myllyla’s career, however, was interrupted for two years after his positive test at the 2001 worlds, with five other Finnish skiers also receiving the same ban. He made a comeback but failed to qualify again for Finland’s team and retired in 2005. Despite his tearful apology in 2001 for doping, many still consider him one of Finland’s finest cross-country skiers. “In my eyes, he was a great athlete,” former Norwegian skier Erling Jevne told national broadcaster NRK. “I think he would have been a top athlete without that kind of help.” After the ban, Mr. Myllyla briefly attempted a
career as a real estate agent. But he battled alcoholism and was convicted of aggravated drunken driving in 2008, drawing a three-month suspended sentence. He was also convicted of three assaults and was again caught driving drunk in 2010. “It was turbulent when he struggled to find a mission in life after the crosscountry career,” former Norwegian cross country skier Torgeir Bjoern told NRK. “He struggled privately with both alcohol problems and several other things. I thought maybe he had found a way out of the problems and was on his way back to find a meaningful life, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.”
Setting it Straight Corrections and clarifications
■ Cliff Mass, University of Washington meteorologist and Northwest weather expert, posted a June 24 entry on his blog, www.cliffmass.blogspot.com, that said the Olympic Mountain snowpack was 39,100 percent of normal. A story on Page A1 Tuesday erroneously said that the blog was posted July 24. ––––––––
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THE AUTHOR OF The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is releasing a new book that takes place 10 years later. You can tell the characters are getting older because now the traveling pants have an elastic waist. Jimmy Fallon
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Crescent Motors, a new automobile sales and service establishment at Front and Lincoln streets in Port Angeles, has formally Did You Win? opened. State lottery results The dealership features Tuesday’s Daily the Oldsmobile line of Game: 4-4-2 automobiles. Tuesday’s Keno: 02-07Manager C.D. “Doug” 14-15-24-25-40-41-47-52Roney, Crescent Motors 54-55-56-57-58-61-63-66manager, said that Roscoe 67-80 Garvin, who operated Tuesday’s Match 4: Garvin Auto Co., which 03-06-09-10 was purchased by Crescent Tuesday’s Mega MilMotors, has remained at lions: 01-10-13-18-46; the location on the sales Mega Ball: 19 staff.
Texaco products are handled in the service department, and the line of Continental batteries is offered in the newly remodeled building that formerly housed Garvin Auto.
1961 (50 years ago) Olympic National Park Superintendent John E. Doerr announced that the full schedule of ranger-naturalist campfire talks and conducted walks is now under way. At the Pioneer Memorial Museum, which serves
as a park information center for the Port Angeles and Hurricane Ridge areas, a free showing of the Walt Disney True-Life Adventure film, “Olympic Elk,” is held every Saturday night at 8. The film was shot in the Olympic Mountains by Herb and Lois Crisler.
in less than a year. The county’s first AIDS case was reported last August, but that man was not treated at the hospital, said Dr. Stan Garlick, county health officer. Jefferson County had its first and only AIDS case in 1984, said Dr. Peter Geerlofs, county health officer. In the case of the AIDS patient treated at Olympic 1986 (25 years ago) Memorial, the person was Olympic Memorial Hos- treated for 2½ days and pital admitted its first then was released to the AIDS patient, marking the care of a private physician second case of the disease on the North Olympic Penreported in Clallam County insula.
Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, July 6, the 187th day of 2011. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On July 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom. On this date: ■ In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga. ■ In 1809, French troops arrested Pope Pius VII, who had excommunicated Emperor Napoleon I; the pope was confined for about five years. ■ In 1885, French scientist Louis Pasteur tested an antirabies vaccine on 9-year-old Joseph Meister, who had been bitten by
an infected dog; the boy did not develop rabies. ■ In 1917, during World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence and Auda Abu Tayi captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks. ■ In 1928, the first all-talking feature, “Lights of New York,” had its gala premiere in New York. ■ In 1944, an estimated 168 people died in a fire that broke out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Conn. ■ In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2. ■ In 1971, jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong died in
New York at age 69. ■ In 1988, 167 North Sea oil workers were killed when a series of explosions and fires destroyed a drilling platform. ■ In 1989, the U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing 1A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, Texas, under terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. ■ Ten years ago: Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen pleaded guilty to 15 criminal counts and agreed to give a full accounting of his spying activities for Moscow. The United States turned over to Japanese authorities an American serviceman accused of raping an Okinawan woman. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Woodland was
convicted of rape and sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. ■ Five years ago: The space shuttle Discovery docked with the international space station, bringing with it European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, who began a six-month stay aboard the station. Election officials declared Felipe Calderon winner of the official count in Mexico’s disputed presidential race over Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who blamed fraud for his narrow loss. ■ One year ago: Queen Elizabeth II addressed the United Nations for the first time since 1957 during her first New York visit in more than 30 years; she then laid a wreath at ground zero.
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Briefly: Nation Medication for Ariz. shootings suspect halted PHOENIX — Federal prison officials must temporarily stop forcing anti-psychotic drugs on the man accused of wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly shooting rampage, an appeals court has ruled. The brief order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came late Friday after Jared Lee Loughner’s attorneys appealed a ruling allow- Loughner ing his medication to continue. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns in San Diego ruled last week that he didn’t want to second-guess doctors at the federal prison in Springfield, Mo., who determined Loughner was a danger and needed to be medicated. Loughner has been at the facility since May 28 after Burns concluded he was mentally unfit to help in his legal defense. His attorneys said he has been forcibly medicated since June 21. The 22-year-old college dropout has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the Jan. 8 rampage that killed six and wounded 13, including Giffords.
Obama seeks debt deal WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama prodded Congress on Tuesday to reach a sweeping long-term deal within the next two weeks to raise the nation’s borrowing limit rather
than “kick the can down the road” with a makeshift, shortterm solution, and he declared it must include the tax hikes Republicans strongly oppose. He said he was summoning leaders of both parties to the White House on Thursday to try to get it done and beat an Aug. 2 deadline to avert a firstever federal default that could shake economic markets worldwide. Obama said he opposed a stopgap, short-term increase, as suggested by some lawmakers. But he stopped short of ruling out a limited extension, and his spokesman Jay Carney later declined to say whether the president would veto such a measure.
Man faces terror trial WASHINGTON — A Somali citizen captured in April was interrogated aboard a U.S. warship for two months and is now in New York to face terrorism charges. The case against Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame shows the Obama administration is sticking by its plan to use civilian courts to prosecute terrorists, a strategy that was successful for years under then President George W. Bush but which has drawn fire from Republicans since President Barack Obama took office. The case also offers a glimpse at how the U.S. plans to interrogate detainees now that Obama has closed the CIA’s network of secret prisons. The military captured Warsame on April 19, and then put him aboard a Navy warship, where he was interrogated at sea by intelligence officials, senior administration officials said Tuesday. The Associated Press
Briefly: World 10,000 troops on offer to Iraq, U.S. sources say BAGHDAD — The White House is offering to keep up to 10,000 troops in Iraq next year, U.S. officials said, despite opposition from many Iraqis and key Democratic Party allies who demand that President Barack Obama bring home the American military as promised. Any extension of the military’s presence, however, depends on a formal request from Baghdad — which must weigh questions about the readiness of Iraqi security forces against fears of renewed militant attacks and unrest if U.S. soldiers stay beyond the December pullout deadline. Iraq is not expected to decide until September at the earliest when the 46,000 U.S. forces left in the country had hoped to start heading home. Already, though, the White House has worked out options to keep between 8,500 and 10,000 active-duty troops to continue training Iraqi security forces during 2012, according to senior Obama administration and U.S. military officials in interviews with The Associated Press. The figures also were noted by foreign diplomats in Baghdad briefed on the issue. All spoke on condition of anonymity to frankly discuss the sensitive matter during interviews over the past two weeks.
Writer files sex assault PARIS — A young French author formally accused former
International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape and broke her long public silence Tuesday with a dramatic account of fending off an attacker who ripped at her clothes as they fought on his apartment floor. Tristane Banon’s criminal complaint was already spawning an ugly public battle that appeared to be dividing France and follows trans-Atlantic mudslinging over the Guinean chambermaid who accused Strauss-Kahn of forcing her to perform oral sex in his New York hotel room.
Hacking shocks Brits LONDON — Britain’s voracious tabloids may have hit a new low: The News of the World faced claims Tuesday that it hacked into a missing 13-yearold’s phone messages, possibly hampering a police inquiry into her disappearance. Milly Dowler was found murdered months later, and the report that her messages were tampered with has horrified Britons. Major advertisers — including Ford UK — have pulled their ads from the paper. Britons are used to seeing their tabloid press harass royals, sports stars and celebrities, constantly eavesdropping and paying even the most tangential sources for information about stars’ sex lives and drug problems. But the latest hacking case was met with revulsion from everyone from British Prime Minister David Cameron to movie stars to people who commented on Twitter. The Associated Press
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Casey Anthony, center, is overcome with emotion following her acquittal of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday.
Casey Anthony cleared of murdering daughter Convicted on 4 misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators By Kyle Hightower The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. — Casey Anthony’s eyes welled with tears and her lips trembled as the verdict was read once, twice and then a third time: “Not guilty” of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Outside the courthouse, many in the crowd of 500 reacted with anger, chanting, “Justice for Caylee!” One man yelled, “Baby killer!” In one of the most divisive verdicts since O.J. Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his wife, Anthony was cleared Tuesday of murder, manslaughter and child-abuse charges after weeks of wall-to-wall TV coverage and armchair-lawyer punditry that one of her attorneys denounced as “media assassination.” Anthony, 25, was convicted only of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators who were looking into the child’s June 2008 disappearance. Anthony could get up to a year
in the family swimming pool, and that Anthony panicked and concealed the death because of the traumatic effects of sexual abuse by her father. State’s Attorney Lawson Lamar said: “We’re disappointed in the verdict today because we know the facts and we’ve put in absolutely every piece of evidence that existed.”
behind bars on each count when she is sentenced Thursday. But since she has been in jail for nearly three years already, she could walk free. Had she been convicted of murder, she could have gotten the ‘Very difficult to prove’ death penalty.
CSI-style testimony After a trial of a month and a half, the Florida Ninth Judicial Circuit Court jury took less than 11 hours to reach a verdict in a case that had become a national cable TV sensation, with its CSIstyle testimony about the smell of death inside a car trunk and its storyline about a seemingly selfcentered, hard-partying young mother. Prosecutors contended that Anthony — a single mother living with her parents — suffocated Caylee with duct tape because she wanted to be free to hit the nightclubs and spend time with her boyfriend. Defense attorneys argued that the little girl accidentally drowned
The prosecutor lamented the lack of hard evidence, saying, “This is a dry-bones case. Very, very difficult to prove. The delay in recovering little Caylee’s remains worked to our considerable disadvantage.” Anthony failed to report Caylee’s disappearance for a month. The child’s decomposed body was eventually found in the woods near her grandparents’ home six months after she was last seen. A medical examiner was never able to establish how she died, and prosecutors had only circumstantial evidence that Caylee had been killed. The jurors — seven women, five men — would not talk to the media and their identities were kept secret by the court.
Flood surge raises fears of Montana oil spill spreading By Matthew Brown The Associated Press
LAUREL, Mont. — Crews cleaning up an oil spill on the Yellowstone River faced difficult conditions Tuesday as the scenic waterway rose above flood stage and stoked fears that surging currents could push crude into undamaged areas and back channels vital to the river’s prized fishery. Conditions on the swollen Yellowstone have hampered efforts to find the cause of Friday’s break in the 12-inch pipeline that spilled an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude oil. The river has been flowing too swiftly for crews to reach some oiled areas, and forecasters said mountain snowmelt was adding to high water levels. Officials speculated that the surge may push oil into areas that haven’t yet been damaged.
Much of the riverbank also is covered with dense underbrush, making it difficult to walk the shoreline. Most observations have been made through aerial flights. Sweat-drenched workers in hazmat suits and life-preservers slogged through the riverside vegetation under a blistering sun. Some raked oily muck into trash bags; others dabbed at blackened grass with absorbent pads. Booms to collect the oil bobbed in water, and plastic kiddie pools were set up for workers to wash off their boots once they left the water. A few miles downriver from the broken pipe, homeowner Robert Castleberry, said he had been out of his house since Saturday because of dangerous fumes from oil that the river pushed across his yard and into the crawlspace beneath his house.
Castleberry’s wife suffers from heart disease and the fumes gave her difficulty breathing, he said. While he appreciated the company promising to cover the couple’s immediate expenses, the retired fuel truck driver was doubtful workers would be able to clean up the black, gooey film that laced through the underbrush along the river. “Exxon’s been nothing but 100 percent with us,” he said. “But when you get into brush that thick, that’s going to be virtually impossible to clean.” Company and federal officials said they have only seen oil about 25 miles downstream from the site of the break near Laurel. But Gov. Brian Schweitzer said he believes some has traveled hundreds of miles to North Dakota. “At seven miles per hour, some oil is already in North Dakota. That’s a given,” Schweitzer said.
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Nation: Fewer pets killed due to spaying, neutering
Nation: Teen faces prison after senior prank goes awry
World: Nearly 200 feared drowned off Sudan coast
World: Military could be key in Venezuela’s future
THIS YEAR, FEWER than 4 million unwanted dogs and cats will be euthanized, down from as many as 20 million before 1970. There are several reasons: Aggressive adopt-a-pet campaigns are carried out every day in cities all over the country and breed rescues save many dogs. But animal experts believe spaying and neutering has played the biggest role in saving so many lives. Nearly every public shelter, private rescue or animal welfare organization in the country donates money, space or time to low-cost spay and neuter clinics. Spaying and neutering has become the law in some states, counties and cities.
WHEN 18-YEAR-OLD TYELL Morton put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school, he didn’t expect school officials to call a bomb squad or that he’d be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record. The senior prank gone awry has raised questions of race, prosecutorial zeal and the post-Columbine mindset in a small Indiana town and around the U.S. Security footage showed a person in a hooded sweatshirt and gloves entering the school May 31 with a package and leaving five minutes later without it. Administrators feared explosives, so they locked down the school and called police.
NEARLY 200 AFRICAN migrants were feared drowned Tuesday after a boat carrying them to Saudi Arabia caught fire off Sudan’s northeastern coast, a semiofficial news agency reported. The Sudan Media Center said three migrants were rescued. The boat had launched from Red Sea State, one of Sudan’s 26 states, and sailed for four hours in Sudanese territorial waters before the blaze broke out, according to the news agency. Local authorities were still searching for possible survivors, it said. The report could not be independently confirmed.
VENEZUELA’S MILITARY TOOK center stage in the country’s bicentennial celebrations Tuesday, and it likely will be a key player in the country’s political future if Hugo Chavez is eventually forced out of the presidency by cancer. Thousands of troops marched beneath thundering fighter jets and helicopters while an announcer’s booming voice declared that the nation is “free, socialist, independent.” Top brass appeared alongside Chavez, a former paratrooper, as he saluted and addressed the parade from his presidential palace. The image brought to mind key moments of Chavez’s career, such as a 2002 coup against him.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Film fest releases 2nd clue for special guest
City Council OKs Hurricane Ridge funds
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fast Association. The Clallam County commissioners are PORT ANGELES — expected to consider conPort Angeles City Hall tributing $25,000. will provide a third of Olympic National the community funds Park in the past has needed to keep Hurrikept the road to the reccane Ridge Road open reation area south of daily from late fall to Port Angeles open only spring. Friday through Sunday The City Council and holidays during the voted 6-0, with Brooke snowiest months, with Nelson absent, Tuesday the road open daily the to contribute $25,000 rest of the year. from its general fund to Last year, the U.S. the cause. By Aug. 1, $75,000 in Department of the Intecommunity funds must rior agreed to provide be raised to continue a $250,000 annually for mostly federally funded two or three years to pilot project to maintain keep the road open seven daily access to Hurricane days a week, weather Ridge. permitting, from late The same amount November through was raised last year dur- March — if the commuing the first year of the nity raised $75,000 each two- to three-year tryout. year during the trial Other contributions period. so far include $3,000 That goal was met last from the Olympic Tourism Commission, $2,500 summer, with about half of the funds coming from from the Port Angeles Business Association and the cities of Port Angeles $1,000 from the Clallam and Sequim and Clallam County Bed and BreakCounty.
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PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Film Festival has released the second clue to the identity of this year’s special guest. Since the first clue was released last week, more than 70 guesses have been sent to the film festival, said Executive Director Janette Force. The annual special guest is always star in films. Some of the festival’s past guests have been Tony Curtis, Cloris Leachman, Dyan Canon and Peter Fonda. This year’s festival, the 12th annual edition, will be Sept. 23-25. Seventy films are already lined up, with
more planned. The second “Guess the Guest” clue is: “Forced to see indecency “Our special guest got wise “Invented clothes with properties “Technology for spies.” This follows the first clue, released last Wednesday: “Born to a silent star “Heaven’s delinquent “Brought fame to a motor car “And Oscar’s propinquity.” The final clue will come on July 13, and the guest’s identity will be released July 20. Force said that the clues are easier than in past
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Earlier Tuesday, county Juvenile Corrections Officer Mike McBride and Last’s father, Ron Last of Port Angeles, testified in the 45-minute hearing. McBride said he and three or four other staff members at the county juvenile detention facility saw Last “talking and rambling to herself” on more than one occasion while in her segregation cell after her arrest. “It was cause for me at least to want to have some-
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PORT ANGELES — Witness testimony concluded Tuesday in a longcontinued hearing over the admissibility of Lauryn L. Last’s statements to police about the December 2008 death of her newborn boy. Last, now 18, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of the infant, and her statements to Port Angeles police are key to the prosecution’s case, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Troberg has said. Last allegedly incriminated herself after she waived her right to remain silent and have a lawyer present, giving statements to police immediately before being arrested Jan. 2, 2009, in connection with the infant’s death. Last, who was 16 when the infant died, has pleaded not guilty. Police said the newborn drowned in a toilet. Clallam County Superior Court Judge Ken Williams on Tuesday set deadlines of July 15 for Troberg to file his legal brief to Williams on the question of admissibility and July 22 for Port Angeles defense
attorney John Hayden to file his brief. Williams will hear the lawyers’ oral arguments at 9 a.m. July 28 and will issue a ruling “hopefully, a week or two” after that, Williams said Tuesday. Last’s trial, which had been set for June 7, was postponed pending Williams’ ruling. The hearing that continued Tuesday began in November 2010 and included testimony from psychological experts and police officers on the degree to which Last knew what she was doing when she waived her rights.
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test. The winner will have a picture taken with the special guest. Additionally, all those guessing correctly will be entered into a drawing. The winner of the drawing will receive tickets to four films at this year’s festival. Festival passes range from a $35 version that includes one screening to the $1,250 all-access “mogul” pass. For more information about the festival, visit www.ptfilmfest.com or phone 360-379-1333.
________ Jefferson County Reporter Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or charlie. bermant@peninsuladailynews. com.
Alaska, on July 7 when their helicopter clipped power lines spanning the Quillayute River mouth and slammed into the water. Only one survived. The lines powered the Coast Guard’s bar lights on James Island. The power lines were not replaced; instead, the Coast Guard is using generators placed on the island to power the lights. The results of an investigation into the crash have not been publicly released. The Peninsula Daily News has filed a public records request for the crash report.
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one year earlier. The wreath will be dropped by a Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station/ Sector Field Office Port Angeles likely between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., said Coast Guard Sector District 13 spokesman Eric Chandler. That will follow an 8 a.m. ceremony at the Port Angeles station on Ediz Hook. The service, which will
not be open to the public, will involve a moment of silence and likely a few speeches in front of the base’s flagpole, said Lt. Cmdr. Scott Sanborn. “It’s always important to remember the shipmates you served with and sacrifices that they gave,” he said. “They gave the ultimate sacrifice doing the mission that we all do day-in and day-out.” A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria also will fly over LaPush, he said. Four crew members were flying from Astoria, Ore., to their base in Sitka,
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years, saying, “A lot of people will know who it is as soon as they see the second clue.” In past years, the guest’s identity has been made public in August. That time line was moved up to build momentum for the appearance, Force said. Guesses can be submitted by email to info@ptfilm fest.com — include “Contest” in the subject line — or by hand-delivery to the Port Townsend Film Festival office, Mount Baker Block, 211 Taylor St. Guesses should include mailing address, daytime phone and email address. The first correct answer received will win the con-
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one come in and talk to her and see if she was OK,” McBride said, adding that in one instance, “she appeared to be talking at length nonstop.” Last was integrated into the general detention-center population Jan. 12 after her behavior improved, McBride said. In 20 minutes of testimony Tuesday, Ron Last, 44, said the emotional and verbal abuse his daughter’s mother and grandmother heaped on her was “just relentless.” In connection with the infant’s death, Ron Last was charged with concealing the birth of dead child, a misdemeanor. The charge was later dismissed. Last’s child was fathered by a 37-year-old man who is now serving time in Colorado for sexual assault of a child, Last, when she was 15. Police have said they believe the baby Last gave birth to in the bathroom of her father’s Port Angeles house was full term. “That opinion is based on statements to police from witnesses who observed the baby and said, ‘it looked to me like it was full term,’” Detective Jason Viada said in an interview. Based on her interviews with police, Port Angeles Detective Jesse Winfield made the following statement to show the charge was “well-founded,” according to court records: “Lauryn Last put her baby face-down into a toilet and allowed it to drown for several minutes until it died. “She then threw her son into the trash can outside in a plastic garbage bag.” Last is now living with a relative on her own recognizance. If found guilty, her maximum sentence would be 18 years and four months. When arrested, Last was charged with first-degree murder as an adult, a charge later reduced.
________ Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-417-3536 or at paul.gottlieb@peninsuladaily news.com.
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PORT ANGELES â€” Investigators continued Tuesday to look into the cause of a fire that burned a Gales Addition business early Monday. The pre-dawn fire caused about $150,000 damage to A&N Upholstery, located on 124 N. Gales St.. just off U.S. Highway 101. Firefighters from Clallam County Fire District No. 2. were called to the fire
at about 3:40 a.m., Capt. Dan Huff said. Preliminary investigation indicated that the fire began in the ground-floor upholstery shop, Huff said. â€œThe upholstery shop was a total loss, with the adjacent storage unit heavily damaged,â€? he said. A man sleeping in the businessâ€™ loft, Ernest Brown, Jr. escaped injury. Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News He was rescued from an adjacent rooftop where he The ruins of the A&N Upholstery building sit behind fire line tape on Gales Street east of Port fled to escape the fire. Angeles on Tuesday.
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Fire District 2 led the attack on the flames, with assistance from crews and ladder trucks from the Port Angeles city department and Clallam County Fire pool table in 1995 â€” an automated table that the District No. 3. restaurant rented, then later purchased. Highway 101 detour â€œI never played pool By 11 a.m. all four lanes before then,â€? Fong said. of Highway 101 were Fong and other family reopened, but traffic was members began playing, slow in front of the scene of and a few years later, purthe fire, said Trooper Krista chased two more pool tables. Hedstrom, State Patrol On Independence Day, spokesperson. the New Peking featured 12 When the highway was pool tables and was home to blocked, motorists were two pool leagues â€” Western detoured into Gales Addi- BCA Pool Players Association. tion and the Peninsula Pool The family-owned busi- League. ness employed four or five â€œWe have a lot of great workers in addition to fam- shooters in town,â€? Fong ily members, owner Kevin said. Fong said. Fong doesnâ€™t know where Fong, who learned of the the league players will go fire later that morning, said now. he didnâ€™t know yet whether the family would rebuild. Dragon murals â€œWeâ€™ll take this one day at a time,â€? Fong said. Outside, the murals porâ€œI canâ€™t even think traying a dragon and other straight.â€? Chinese images were the The family purchased result of a comment by the building in 1985 and Mayo, when he stopped in opened the restaurant in the building for a beer. 1986, Fong said. â€œI told the owner it Although the building needed a dragon,â€? Mayo was known in recent years recalled Tuesday. as a pool hall and bar with Mayo eventually comChinese food available, bil- pleted the large dragon on liards was a relatively new the east side of the building, along with several other pursuit, he said. New Peking got its first Chinese art style murals on
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Mural artist James Mayo of Port Townsend works on a 50-foot dragon on the New Peking Restaurant, U.S. Highway 101 near Monroe Road east of Port Angeles. both the outside and interior. If the family decides to rebuild, Mayo said he would be very willing to discuss replacing the murals.
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The barge was docked at the pier that extends north from The Landing, 115 E. Railroad Ave. It received minor damage from the fire, the fire chief said. McKeen said the cause of the fire was undetermined but added it was likely that it had something to do with fireworks. â€œYou donâ€™t have to go too far to guess what likely would have caused it,â€? he said.
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