Nation Digest

NATION DIGEST

June 18, 2006

Musician's bus hits, kills man

MANCHESTER, Tenn. -- A tour bus carrying bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs from a performance at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival struck and killed a man, authorities said. The bus was traveling on Interstate 24 about a mile from the exit for the festival when Joshua Overall, 21, of Hamilton, Ohio, stepped onto the highway Friday night, said Melissa McDonald, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Safety. "The young man just walked out into traffic," she said. "There was no fault on the part of the bus driver. It was unavoidable." Overall was wearing a Bonnaroo admission armband, McDonald said. It appeared he had jumped over a fence to reach the highway, coming from the direction where the festival was being held, she said.

Six Flags workers contact ACLU

WASHINGTON --The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating complaints from more than a dozen black employees at a Six Flags theme park who were told their hairstyles were inappropriate. Jonathan DeLeon, 17, was hired at Six Flags America in Largo, Md., in March to wear the costumes of Sylvester and Daffy Duck. A few weeks later, he said he was told to cut his braids, which were at least 3 feet long. Though his mother cut more than 2 feet of his hair, park officials were dissatisfied, he said. The 2006 Six Flags America handbook states that employees are not allowed to have "any hairstyle that detracts or takes away from Six Flags theming."

Dellums wins race for Oakland mayor

OAKLAND, Calif. --After nearly two weeks of ballot counting, former Rep. Ron Dellums emerged as the winner of the Oakland mayor's race yesterday when his chief rival said he would not challenge the election results. City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente called Dellums at home to concede, said Mike Healy, a spokesman for Dellums' campaign.

Murderer to stop selling memorabilia

SALT LAKE CITY --A man who admitted killing his wife and dumping her body in the trash has agreed to stop selling autographs and other memorabilia related to his conviction, prison officials said. Mark Hacking pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and is serving a sentence of six years to life for the murder of his wife, Lori, in 2004. He reported that she had disappeared while jogging, setting off a search by thousands of volunteers, then admitted shooting her and dumping her body in the garbage. Her body was found in a landfill. Prosecutors said Lori Hacking was killed because she discovered her husband's extensive lies, such as being admitted to medical school.

Pelosi promotes Democratic agenda

WASHINGTON --If they retake control of Congress, Democrats will act quickly to increase the minimum wage, lower prescription drug costs and slash interest rates on student loans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said yesterday. The ideas are part of the Democrats' new domestic agenda, named "New Direction for America," which the party rolled out during the past week. Pelosi, of California, used the party's Saturday radio address to promote the plan.

Woman convicted in unusual trial

MARTINEZ, Calif. --Jurors who convicted a housewife in the stabbing death of her millionaire psychotherapist husband decided the killing was not premeditated, but they had a hard time believing her. Susan Polk's second-degree murder conviction Friday ended a trial in which Polk, acting as her own attorney, discussed her psychic powers and cross-examined two of her sons. In perhaps the most memorable moment of the 14-week trial, Polk's son, Adam, called his mother "bonkers" and "cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs" on the witness stand. The judge had to hold back laughter.

Mountain climbers injured in fall

PORTLAND, Ore. --Three climbers near the top of Oregon's highest peak fell 500 feet yesterday morning; two of them were seriously injured. The trio were part of a few parties climbing on the 11,240-foot Mount Hood, but something went awry. They fell backward, hitting other climbers below them, officials said. Aaron Dunlop, 31, of Newberg and Jeremy Hawkins, 32, of Tigard were airlifted off the mountain by a National Guard helicopter, officials said. A third climber, Brad Wood of Tigard, walked away after his fall, officials said.

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