Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2001

National Briefs

July 12, 2001


Florida: Shark victim shows response

Eight-year-old shark-attack victim Jessie Arbogast moved his surgically reattached arm and opened his eyes but remained in a coma-like state Wednesday, a doctor said.

"Technically he's unconscious because he's not conversing like you and I are conversing, but he is showing very promising signs of starting to arouse somewhat," said Dr. Juliet De Campos, an orthopedic surgeon who helped reattach the arm.

The boy remains in critical but stable condition at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Pensacola.

Doctors released a statement Wednesday night saying the boy had opened his eyes and wiggled his toes. The statement did not provide any further detail.

Texas : Inmate is 10th executed

A man apologized and begged for forgiveness as he was executed by injection Wednesday for killing his ex-girlfriend's 4-year-old son and her new boyfriend during a 1986 shooting spree.

James Wilkens Jr., 39, is the 10th inmate executed this year in Texas, where a record 40 convicted murderers were put to death last year.

"I am sorry. Please hear me. Please understand. In the name of God, please forgive me," he said, looking at the slain boy's mother.

Wilkens broke into the empty trailer home of Richard Wood, 28, who was dating Wilkens' former girlfriend, Sandra Williams.

Wilkens ambushed the couple and the child, Larry McMillan Jr., when they returned home Dec. 27, 1986. Wood and the boy were killed.

Wilkens argued he was insane at the time of the attack, but two juries convicted and condemned him.

Georgia: Nuclear bomb to be left alone

A 7,600-pound nuclear bomb dumped off the Georgia coast 43 years ago should be left undisturbed beneath the ocean floor, the Air Force concluded in a report Wednesday.

"It is in the best interest of the public and the environment to leave the bomb in its resting place and remain categorized as irretrievably lost," the Air Force report said.

The report says the bomb does not have a key plutonium capsule that could cause a nuclear explosion. But the bomb's metal casing contains some radioactive uranium and the explosive power of 400 pounds of TNT.

Washington, D.C.: Coffee-maker recall issued

Krups North America is recalling about 218,000 automatic drip coffee makers because an electrical problem could start fires.

The company has received 37 reports of the coffee makers overheating, including 12 reports of fire and smoke damage to cabinets and countertops, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. No injuries have been reported.

The 10-cup coffee makers are models 398 with a black or white exterior and 405 with a simulated wood-grain exterior. The model numbers are on the bottom of the coffee maker.

Stores nationwide sold the coffee makers from January 1996 through April 2000 for about $95.

Consumers should unplug and stop using the coffee makers immediately and contact Krups toll-free at (800) 810-8687 for a free replacement.

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