`Lost squadron' found, salvage crew believes
A sea salvage crew announced Thursday it has found wreckage of what is
thought to be the ``lost squadron'' - five Navy Avengers whose disappearance off
Florida in 1945 helped build the Bermuda Triangle myth. That's an area in the
Atlantic bounded by Bermuda, Miami and Puerto Rico where ships and planes
seemed to vanish. The Navy planes are in 750 feet of water 10 miles off Fort
Lauderdale, said Robert Cervoni of Scientific Search Project. The pilots
apparently were disoriented and ran out of fuel.
CUTLINE:SUNKEN PLANE: The fuselage of a World War II-vintage Navy
plane lies on the Atlantic Ocean floor off Florida.
AIDS TRANSPLANTS: AIDS killed two people who received organs
transplanted from a man who apparently acquired the deadly virus shortly before
he was slain, and authorities are tracking more than 50 other recipients of organs
and tissues from the donor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today. The
organs and tissues were distributed to 30 hospitals across the United States, the
newspaper reported, without identifying them. The organs and tissues came from
a 22-year-old Virginia man who was shot to death during a robbery in 1985. He
had tested negative for HIV - the human immunodeficiency virus that causes
AIDS - twice before his organs were removed. But officials believe he may have
been infected so soon before he died that his body didn't register any signs of the
virus, the Journal-Constitution said. (Cover story, 1A)
KENNEDY PROBE: Police Chief Joseph Terlizzese refused to identify suspects
being investigated for obstruction of justice in the alleged rape at the Kennedy
estate. He wouldn't comment about Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who left
Palm Beach, Fla., two days after the alleged rape without talking to police.
Police have only indicated that Kennedy friend William Barry may have misled
BRUTALITY TRIAL: A Los Angeles judge said publicity over the police
beating of motorist Rodney King, videotaped and widely televised, isn't
sufficient reason to move the trial of four officers. Trial is set for June 19. Also,
it was disclosed that King was stopped in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Saturday for
driving with expired registration and tinted windows, police said. He was given a
warning. FREEDOM FROM SMELL: Civil liberties lawyers asked a federal
judge in Newark, N.J., to overturn rules at the Joint Free Public Library of
Morristown and Morris Township that say smelly homeless people can be
evicted if they offend others. Lawyers for the homeless said it was ironic that
libraries argue that a book can't be banned if it's offensive, yet want to ban
people deemed to be offensive.
DESERT ORDEAL: A pilot who crashed in a New Mexico desert was in stable
condition at a Silver City hospital after hiking 3 1/2 hours to a highway and
trying for nearly an hour to get motorists to stop. ``I don't blame them,'' said John
Mahan, 36, of Vista, Calif. ``I looked pretty scary. My face was swollen and I
had blood all over me.'' His small plane went down Tuesday while inspecting gas
pipelines in the desert.
BUS SHOOTER: Authorities in Beverly Hills, Calif., stormed a bus and killed a
gun-toting woman after a three-hour standoff. Authorities said Esther Rachel
Rogers, 42, had shot to death a fellow rider as about 20 passengers fled
Wednesday night. Authorities said her parents were survivors of a Nazi death
camp, and Rogers screamed ``Nazi!'' before opening fire. The dead man was a
`BRIEF BANDIT' CASE: Van Patterson, 22, of Eastlake, Ohio - accused of
snipping underwear off sleeping men - was ordered held on $100,000 bond on
charges of burglary and trespass. Police said a man broke into several suburban
Cleveland homes, stole money and cut away men's underwear. ``He apparently
did it for sexual gratification,'' said Willoughby police Lt. Kenneth Eisele.
ALSO THURSDAY ...
- NUCLEAR PLANT FIRE: An electrical fire on the non-nuclear side of the
Rocky Flats weapons plant forced evacuation of the Golden, Colo., facility.
Cause: unknown. Officials said no contamination was detected.
- KILLER GOAT: Snowball, a 100-pound goat in Canton, Ga., gored to death
owner Carl Husey, 77, who was beating it to make it mean, police said. Husey
tried to flee by jumping on a porch but Snowball rammed him in his stomach.
Queen's next stop: Sunshine State
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh end their state visit to Washington
today after attending a service at the recently completed Washington Cathderal.
They will fly to Miami for a three-day official visit to Florida.
- At the Booker T. Washington Middle School in Miami, the royal couple will
visit a classroom where students are taught in Spanish and English.
- Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez hosts a reception for the royals at the Vizcaya
- Saturday and Sunday will be spent privately aboard the royal yacht HMY
CUTLINE:AT THE CAPITOL: Queen arrives for speech
Contributing: Paul Leavitt, Steve Marshall, Sandra Sanchez and Jonathan T.
PHOTO;b/w,AP;PHOTO;b/w,Kevin Larkin,Agence France-Presse