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October 18, 2000



Car trunks to have inside releases

Automobile trunks will be required to have an internal latch release to keep people from becoming trapped inside, the government announced Tuesday.

Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater said that starting Sept. 1, 2001, passenger cars with trunks must provide a release or automatic system to prevent entrapment.

Since 1970, 1,175 people have been caught in trunks in 992 separate events, mostly adults locked in by criminals or children who unintentionally locked themselves in. At least 260 people have died.


Geronimo's headdress in court

Two American Indian tribes and the U.S. government have gone to court in a battle over an eagle-feather headdress that, according to folklore, was last worn by Apache leader Geronimo. After a Georgia man tried to sell the headdress over the Internet a year ago, the FBI seized it on the grounds that trafficking in feathers of bald and golden eagles is illegal.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe in southern New Mexico was first to file a claim. The tribe says Geronimo was the acclaimed "war chief of all Apache tribes" and the headdress would make a fine addition to their museum. Two weeks later, the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma put in its bid. The Comanches argue that Apaches did not wear long-feather war bonnets, but their tribe did and made the one seized by the FBI.


'Millionaire' sued for phone access

A federal judge said Tuesday that he would rule shortly on whether the hit television program "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" discriminates against the hearing impaired and those who can't use touch-tone telephones.

The Center for Independent Living in Miami is suing ABC-TV and the quiz show production company, Valleycrest Productions Ltd., claiming telephone screening for contestants violates the Americans With Disabilities Act. A million people call the program daily, and 240,000 get through to an automated phone system requiring callers to punch in correct answers within 10 seconds. Michael Lanham, lawyer for plaintiffs, says the network and the production company have made no provisions for the hearing impaired or those unable to operate touch-tone phones.

New Jersey

Football ticket theft draws penalty

A man helped himself to his neighbor's New York Giants tickets and is now facing a penalty on the play, police say. Police charged Edward Celardo, 33, with stealing four tickets to Sunday's football game between the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.

The tickets, valued at $180, had been by mailed to Joann Koslosky by a friend. But the envelope was mistakenly left in Celardo's mailbox across the street. Police said Celardo kept two tickets for himself and his wife and sold the other pair. The whereabouts of the original tickets became known when Koslosky saw Celardo at the game.


Soldiers to change their headgear

In a symbolic fashion statement, the chief of the Army said Tuesday that the beret for decades the distinctive headgear of elite Army units will become standard issue for all soldiers.

Soldiers who now wear the fold-up "overseas" cap, the saucer-like "service" cap, or the baseball-style "battle dress uniform" cap will instead wear a black beret. Helmets, of course, will still be worn in combat.

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