DIGEST

Holy Blago, Batman!

With another criminal trial just ahead, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich takes a seat in the Batmobile at Chicago Comic-Con on Saturday. Blagojevich, who is broke, charged fans $80 for each photo taken with him. A federal grand jury last week convicted the Democrat of lying to the FBI, but deadlocked on 23 other charges.
With another criminal trial just ahead, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich takes a seat in the Batmobile at Chicago Comic-Con on Saturday. Blagojevich, who is broke, charged fans $80 for each photo taken with him. A federal grand jury last week convicted the Democrat of lying to the FBI, but deadlocked on 23 other charges. (Lane Christiansen)
Sunday, August 22, 2010

TRANSPORTATION

'Enhanced patdown' tested at 2 airports

Federal security screeners at two airports are using an "enhanced patdown" on passengers who decline to go through full-body scanning machines, a technique that is renewing the debate over how to balance privacy and security.

The Transportation Security Administration says the technique -- a palms-forward, slide-down search -- is being tested at Logan International Airport in Boston and at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas before a national rollout. It replaces the old back-of-the-hand patdown.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is questioning whether the new technique is effective enough to justify what it calls a "seemingly constant erosion of privacy."

-- Associated Press

OHIO

Bear euthanized after killing man, 24

A bear that mauled one of its caretakers to death in Ohio was euthanized Saturday at the request of the victim's family.

The bear attacked Brent Kandra, 24, when he opened its cage Thursday for a routine feeding at the home of a man who kept a menagerie of wolves, tigers and bears on the property southwest of Cleveland.

The owner, Sam Mazzola, had said Kandra's family would decide the bear's fate. Mazzola owned four tigers, a lion, eight bears and 12 wolves, he said at a bankruptcy filing in May.

-- Associated Press

Bedbugs hit Empire State Building: Exterminators had to clean out an employee changing room in the basement of the Empire State Building recently after bedbugs were found there. Officials said the problem is now under control. Bedbugs have been discovered recently in New York City theaters, clothing stores, office buildings, housing projects and posh apartments.

Woman drowns in manhole: A 23-year-old woman drowned after getting trapped in an uncovered manhole during heavy rain in Illinois, authorities said Saturday. Springfield police say the woman and a man were riding in a car Friday night and got stuck in a flooded area. Both got out of the car to start pushing, and the woman slipped into a manhole and underwater. She was submerged for about four minutes before the man and a police officer were able to free her. Authorities say up to 1.4 inches of rain fell on parts of Springfield in less than two hours Friday.

-- From news services


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