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August 21, 2001

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California

Husband suspected in slayings, abduction

A 27-year-old man stabbed his pregnant wife to death Monday and then drove to a home in a nearby suburb and killed four more relatives before fleeing with his 3-year-old son, authorities said.

Nikolay Soltys, a Ukrainian immigrant with no known criminal record, was being sought for the slayings of his wife, aunt and uncle, and two young cousins, Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. James Lewis said.

Authorities divulged no motive, but said Soltys has a history of mental instability and domestic violence.

A national manhunt was under way and officers were posted at bus terminals and airports in the Sacramento area. Lewis said detectives also were investigating reports that Soltys was headed to Oregon and that he has relatives there.

Houston

Universal access to Internet planned

Houston hopes to become one of the first major U.S. cities to bridge the digital divide through a program that would give every resident with a library card access to e-mail, word processing and spreadsheet capabilities.

The city is negotiating a contract with Internet Access Technologies, a Houston company that hopes to start making the service available within the next 30 days. The contract needs City Council approval.

"We can make access available to any person in the city. The only cost is how much it costs for a person to get to a public facility to access their Internet account," Robert E. Knowling, IAT executive officer, said Monday.

The program would enable citizens to access their accounts through computers at libraries, fire stations and police stations throughout the city.

Tennessee

Pickup driver dies in plane-truck crash

A pilot walked away after his plane crashed on a highway but the driver of a passing pickup truck was killed.

Bruce Hartman was trying to land his single-engine Piper J4A Cub on a grass airstrip behind his home west of Greeneville but came in a little low and tried to abort the landing, Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns said.

When he tried to pull up, the plane apparently stalled and dropped onto power lines, clipped the top of the pickup and then slammed onto the highway and caught fire, Burns said.

Hartman, 37, had only minor injuries in Sunday's accident, but pickup driver Chad Brown, 19, was killed.

Investigators weren't sure if Brown was killed by the impact of the plane hitting the pickup or by a falling utility pole or electrical transformer that crushed the driver's side roof on the truck.

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