Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2001

Nation Briefs

July 29, 2001


WASHINGTON: President asks that ADA be strengthened by Congress

President Bush urged Congress on Saturday to strengthen the 11-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act by improving transportation for disabled workers and encouraging private companies to develop technologies to help them do their jobs.

In his weekly radio address, Bush said such action would help houses of worship, community groups and civic organizations improve access for the handicapped.

The president praised the ADA signed into law this week in 1990 by his father for providing disabled people greater access to the functions of everyday life. But barriers remain, Bush said, "and as long as they stand, our work is unfinished."

Alaska: Earthquake 'a good one,' state resident reports

A strong earthquake struck Alaska and jolted residents for hundreds of miles, but no damages or injuries were reported.

The Friday quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 and was centered about 70 miles east of King Salmon on the Alaska Peninsula, or about 245 miles southwest of Anchorage. It originated at a depth of about 25 miles.

The quake jolted residents of Anchorage, Kodiak and other relatively distant cities.

"It was a good one," said dispatcher Stacy Hazenberg at the Bristol Bay Borough Police Department, based in King Salmon.

California: Adult daughter found locked in wooden shed

A mother has been charged with locking her mentally disabled adult daughter in a wooden shed up to 12 hours a day for as long as two years.

Maria Isabel Eugenio, 64, told San Jose Police she worked at a car wash and couldn't afford to care for her 40-year-old daughter. Eugenio was charged with abusing a dependent adult and false imprisonment.

"I had asked God for help, but I simply ran out of time," Maria Eugenio told the San Jose Mercury News. "I had to do something to keep her safe."

Sheriff's deputies found Socorro Eugenio padlocked inside a wooden trailer with a 5-gallon bucket in place of a toilet. She was allegedly kept there six days a week.

WASHINGTON: Infant formula packs recalled

Mead Johnson Nutritionals announced Saturday a recall of sample packs of its LactoFree infant formula because the packages fail to list ingredients on the back of the box.

In issuing the recall, the company warned that infants allergic to milk protein are at risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

Mead Johnson, based in Evansville, Ind., said consumers who bought the product should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The recalled sample packs contain two 3 ounce ready-to-use Nursett bottles and two Easy One single serve powder packets. The sample packs were shipped to 30 stores in nine states, including Kansas.

No other sizes or forms of the LactoFree product are affected by the recall. Consumers can call Mead Johnson at 1-888-222-9223.

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