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August 1, 2001

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Michigan: Amusement rides closed

Versions of Chaos, an amusement park ride that crashed to the ground at a park in Dalton Township with 33 people aboard, were shut down at other parks Tuesday.

The accident Monday sent 31 people to hospitals. All but two had been released by Tuesday afternoon.

Officials at Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park, about 40 miles north of Grand Rapids, said they probably won't know how the ride a giant, tilted spinning wheel sheared off its axis and crashed to the pavement until at least today.

The park's parent company, Cedar Fair LP, closed Chaos rides at its parks in Sandusky, Ohio, and Shakopee, Minn., within 30 minutes of Monday's accident and won't reopen them until any necessary safety modifications have been made.

New York: Unabomber's brother to head anti-death penalty group

David Kaczynski, who helped authorities identify his brother as the Unabomber and then fought to save him from a death sentence, has been chosen as the executive director of an anti-death penalty group.

Kaczynski, of Schenectady, was to be formally introduced today in his new role with the nonprofit group New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, spokeswoman Colleen Ryan said.

Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in 1998 to three mail bomb murders and 23 nonfatal mail bombings he said were part of an anti-technology campaign. He is serving a life sentence.

Florida: Tiger fatally mauls worker

A tiger broke through its cage at an exotic animal park in northern Florida on Tuesday and fatally mauled a worker.

Vincent Lowe, 49, had entered a cage at Savage Kingdom in Center Hill to make repairs when "Tie," the 500-pound male Siberian in an adjoining cage, broke through the wires and pounced.

"For lack of a better word, it busted through," Sumter County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Brannen said.

Siberian tigers can grow to more than 600 pounds and 7 feet long.

The tiger was shot by the park's operator, big cat expert Robert Baudy, so rescue crews could get inside. Paramedics said Lowe suffered a fatal bite to his neck and severe injuries to his head, arm and ribs.

Massachusetts: Suspect arrested in 3 killings

Prosecutors said Tuesday they would charge a man in the murders of three men whose bodies were found in the past week in three New England towns.

Gary L. Sampson of Tamworth, N.H., was arrested Tuesday in Plymouth, Vt., Tuesday on charges of carjacking, assault, robbery, and burglary. Authorities declined to say what led them to believe Sampson had killed all three men.

Sampson is suspected of killing 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo, a Kingston, Mass., whose body was found Tuesday in Abington, Mass; 58-year-old Robert Whitney, of Concord, N.H., whose body was found Monday in Meredith, N.H.; and 69-year-old Philip McCloskey of Taunton, Mass., whose body was found Thursday in Marshfield, Mass.

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