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Archive for Sunday, March 25, 2001

National briefs

March 25, 2001

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

State government Web sites lacking

Further evidence that the cyber-political revolution is not yet fully upon us: A study by the nonprofit group OMB Watch found that although every state has a government Web site, only a few provide legislative calendars, e-mail links to legislators or links to the various branches of government.

Few sites maintain clear privacy policies, the study found, and only two of the 25 sites that track users' movements inform users that they are doing so.

Florida

Kidnapping suspect nabbed at fake crash

Police evacuated 29 motel guests, then faked a fender-bender to lure from the building a man suspected of kidnapping his estranged wife. Carter Masters, 74, of Livingston, Tenn., was arrested Friday on a charge of kidnapping.

Ruth Masters, 75, was unharmed, Sgt. Carolyn Garrett, an Overton County, Tenn., sheriff's spokeswoman, said Saturday.

Carter Masters broke into his wife's home Sunday and abducted her at gunpoint, Overton County Sheriff Kelly Hull said. They were divorcing and she had obtained a protection order.

Ruth Masters called her daughter in Tennessee from the motel, and South Daytona police were alerted, authorities said.

On Friday, the Volusia County Sheriff's Special Response Team evacuated the motel and called Masters in his motel room to say someone had driven into his van. Masters was arrested when he went to check on the damage.

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