Archive for Monday, May 17, 2004


May 17, 2004


North Carolina

Billy Graham treated for pain after fall

Evangelist Billy Graham was being treated for pain Sunday from a possible hairline pelvis fracture he suffered in a fall, his spokesman said.

Graham, 85, fell Friday at his home in Montreat. He remained in stable condition Sunday at Mission Hospitals in Asheville, said his spokesman, A. Larry Ross.

Further tests today should pin down the extent of Graham's injury, Ross said. It was not clear whether the recent injury would affect Graham's scheduled appearances at two crusades this year: June 17-21 in Kansas City, Kan., and July 29-Aug. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.


Rangers climb to rescue pair stranded on Rainier

Deep snow and whiteout conditions on Mount Rainier thwarted efforts Sunday to reach an injured climber stranded with a companion near the summit Sunday, slowing climbing rangers and forcing a helicopter to abort a rescue attempt.

The injured man, who was showing signs of a severe head injury, and his climbing partner were stuck for a second night on a 45-degree slope with steep and rocky terrain above and below them. Temperatures dipped below zero Sunday night.

Peter Cooley, 39, slipped and fell early Saturday morning on Liberty Ridge at the 12,300-foot level of the 14,410-foot mountain. He and his climbing partner, Scott Richards, 42, are of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.


Suitcase containing human remains found

A suitcase containing human remains was found floating near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Sunday, the third such discovery in the area this month.

A boater alerted police that he had found the suitcase floating off the second island of the bridge-tunnel, said Virginia Beach Police spokesman Don Rimer.

The remains were sent to the state medical examiner's office in Norfolk. Police described the remains as being those of a white male.

Los Angeles

T. rex bones a bargain

A collection of fossil bones and fragments thought to be parts of the first Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered sold at auction Sunday for $93,250 -- far below the predicted selling price of $400,000 to $900,000.

The bones, representing about 20 percent of the dinosaur skeleton, were sold by Bonhams & Butterfields auction house in Los Angeles to a consortium of South Dakota investors who auction-house representatives said were determined to ensure that the bones stayed in the United States.

Last week, expectations ran high that the sale of the T. rex bones -- collectively nicknamed "Barnum" -- would spark a high-priced bidding war after a paleontologist matched a cast of a portion of the jawbone from the dinosaur specimens up for auction with a section of jawbone from the first T. rex ever discovered, now housed in London's British Museum.

The specimens in London, discovered in 1900 by paleontologist Barnum Brown, represent about 13 percent of a complete T. rex. Last week, experts expected the British Museum might bid on the remains here.

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