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    ■ Maryland
Government looks
at breast implants
Federal regulators opened scientific
hearings Wednesday to determine if
saline-filled breast implants are safe
enough for thousands of women to
continue getting.
Some 9.2 percent of saline-filled
implants given to breast cancer
patients ruptured and deflated within
three ybars of implantation, a
spokesman from manufacturer
Mentor Corp. told a Food and Drug
Administration meeting.
That risk was three times greater
for breast cancer patients than for
women who had their breasts
enlarged cosmetically, the study of
1,680 implant recipients found.
In addition, 40 percent of cancer
patients who received saline implants
needed some repeat surgery within
three years, and 24 percent suffered
breast hardening from scar tissue, a
complication that can be very
■ Washington
House sends Social
Security bill to Senate
uncommon election-year bipartisan
ship, House Republicans and
Democrats united Wednesday
behind legislation allowing 800,000
senior citizens between ages 65 and
69 to work without fear of losing
Social Security benefits. President
Clinton pledged his support.
The House voted 422-0 to send
the Senate a bill repealing the Social
Security earnings limit, which
amounts to a penalty of $ 1 in benefits
for every $3 a recipient earns more
than $ 17,000 this year.
■ North Carolina
UNC student in trouble
for arranging meeting
School officials say a University of
North Carolina student stepped over
the line between free speech and its
abuse by arranging a meeting
between protesters and recruiters for
a subsidiary of tobacco giant Philip
Chiara D’Amore said she
thought she and an INFACT member
would talk with a Kraft Foods Inc.
representative alone. Instead, they
were joined by demonstrators,
including one dressed as a box of
macaroni and cheese decorated with
D’Amore, 20, faces punishment
ranging from censure to expulsion. A
hearing before the student-run Honor
Court was set for Thursday.
Student Attorney General Drew
Haywood said Wednesday that the
school may not pursue charges.
■ Yugoslavia
Clashes send refugees
fleeing from Serbia
GNJILANE, Yugoslavia (AP)
- Ethnic Albanian guerrillas are
again battling Serb police, but this
time not in Kosovo. Now the clashes
are in Serbia proper and have sparked
a new flight of Albanian refugees.
The newly formed rebel group
calls itself the Liberation Army of
Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac,
after three predominantly ethnic
Albanian towns just outside Kosovo
in southern Serbia.
Known by its Albanian acronym
UCPMB, its fighters say they are try
ing to protect villagers in the region
from brutal attacks by Serb forces.
Nearly 1,300Albanians have fled
Serbia, and that number could double
in the next few days.
Man kills two in shooting rampage
■ Hostages held in
building housing day care,
senior citizens’ center.
man set his apartment on fire
Wednesday, then shot lunchtime cus
tomers at two fast-food restaurants and
holed up in an office building before
surrendering. Two people were killed
and three critically wounded, police
said. -
The suspect, who held four or five
hostages, surrendered in a hallway, said
Thomas Sturgeon, superintendent of
Allegheny County police.
Two people were killed before the
suspect, identified as Ronald Taylor,
went to the office building, said
Sturgeon and Gerald Brewer, the
Wilkinsburg police chief. The office
housed day care and senior citizens’
The hostages were safely released
when the suspect surrendered, State
Police Trooper Jim Algeo said.
The rampage began at about 11 a.m.
in Wilkinsburg, about nine miles east of
John DeWitt, a 63-year-old mainte
nance worker in the suspect’s apartment
building, said he and two other workers
went to replace the man’s front door,
which had been broken several days ear
lier because the man had lost his keys.
DeWitt told The Associated Press
he left to work on another apartment and
later saw one of the other maintenance
workers carrying the other worker, who
had been shot. DeWitt said he then saw
the tenant walk toward the restaurants,
about a mile away.
Police did not immediately com
ment about DeWitt’s account.
The one-bedroom apartment on the
*» Me and my stepfather were sitting in the
truck, and this guy just walked up and
started shooting.”
Candy Zambo
top floor of a five-story building was
charred and its windows blown out.
One person was shot at a Burger
King and three at a nearby McDonald’s
restaurant, Brewer said. The fifth victim
was a maintenance man at Taylor’s
apartment building.
Taylor, 39, of Wilkinsburg, was
awaiting arraignment at the Allegheny
County Coroner’s office.
Police did not release further infor
mation about the victims, but a woman
at the scene said her stepfather, Richard
Clinger, was shot while sitting in his van
in the McDonald’s parking lot.
“Me and my stepfather were sitting
in the truck, and this guy just walked up
and started shooting,” said Candy
Zambo, who was unhurt. “I thought
maybe he was going to ask for direc
tions or something. He just turned and
walked into McDonald’s.”
Tony Elhaja, manager of a Dunkin’
Donuts next to the McDonald’s, said the
daughter of the man shot in the parking
lot came into his store to wait for police.
Boy found loaded gun in bedroom
■ *irsi-graaer, 5-year-oia
brother lived in house with
drugs, stolen gun.
Mich. (AP) - The 6-year-old boy who
killed a first-grade classmate used a
stolen gun he apparently discovered
loaded and lying around in a bedroom at
the “flophouse” where he was living,
investigators said Wednesday.
Authorities focused on possible
criminal charges against any adults who
gave the boy access to the .32-caliber
pistol he used to shoot 6-year-old Kayla
Rolland on Tuesday morning, a day after
the two apparently had scuffled on the
playground at Buell Elementary
The boy is too young to understand
what he was doing and probably won’t
be charged, the prosecutor said.
After the shooting, the boy put the
gun in his desk and went to the school
office, Superintendent Ira Rutherford
said. After police questioned him, Police
Chief Eric King said, he “sat there draw
ing pictures.”
“He is a victim in many ways,”
Genesee County Prosecutor Arthur
Busch said. “It is very sad. We need to
put our arms around him and love him.”
Busch said the house where the boy
and his 8-year-old brother were staying
with an uncle was frequented by
strangers, and the boy’s father - who is
in jail for a parole violation - told the
sheriff that people at the house traded
crack cocaine for guns.
The father was let out of jail
Wednesday to attend a court hearing in
Flint with the boy’s mother. The father
apologized for the shooting and asked
for custody of the children, but the judge
ordered the boy, his brother and his sister
into a maternal aunt’s custody for now.
“I feel bad for the other family. I
wish it would’ve never have happened,”
the father said. “I will do anything to get
my kids back.”
The boy and his brother had been
staying for about two weeks with the
uncle - their mother’s brother - after the
mother had been evicted from her home,
Busch said.
The ramshackle house is surround
ed by mud-caked trash, and the front
yard is cluttered with an empty vodka
bottle and a rusting black Camaro. The
home has tattered and stained curtains
and fluttering plastic garbage bags taped
over broken windows. No one answered
the door Wednesday.
The uncle, Sirmarcus B. Winfrey,
was arrested Tuesday night on an out
standing warrant on charges of receiv
ing stolen property and was to be ques
tioned, police said. A second man, who
authorities believe once had the gun
used in the shooting, turned himself in
Wednesday for questioning and was
jailed on outstanding warrants and
Justin Warren/Newsmakers
RUBY HAYWOOD and her daughter Porsha visit Buell Elementary School on March 1,2000, to bring a small stuffed animal
in remembrance of shooting victim Kayla Rolland. Porsha was a former classmate of Rolland.
“miscellaneous charges,” Busch said.
“It’s our understanding from the i
police investigation that this gun was
obtained from a bedroom under some
blankets, which had been left laying,
apparently loaded, in this bedroom,”
Busch said at a news conference.
Investigators also found a stolen 12
gauge shotgun and drugs in the house,
the prosecutor said.
The boy’s father served two years in
prison on a burglary conviction and is
now serving time in the county jail for
an alleged parole violation. He told the
sheriff that his son had been suspended
from school for fighting and for stab
bing a girl with a pencil.
The 29-year-old father heard about
Tuesday’s shooting from a cellmate and
“a cold, sinking feeling came over him
because he knew it was his son,” Sheriff
Robert J. Pickell said. “He said (his son)
liked to watch the violent movies, the
television shows.”
And Pickell said that although the
father told him “he’d never seen the .32
caliber weapon the boy used,” people in
the house would “trade crack for
weapons or any kind of merchandise.”
Chris De Witt, spokesman for
Michigan Attorney General Jennifer
Granholm, said under previous court
decisions, a 6-year-old cannot be tried
for murder in Michigan. He said the law
allows murder charges against a 7-year
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