Recalling Nazi Hunter

Simon Wiesenthal

* Simon Wiesenthal, who survived five death camps in the 1940s and later helped track down some 1,100 Nazi war criminals, died yesterday at his home in Austria. He was 96.

Wiesenthal lost 89 relatives in the Holocaust, the name given to the state-sponsored killing of 6 million Jews and millions of others by Nazi Germany and its supporters in World War II.

Describing his half century of work bringing war criminals to justice, Wiesenthal (pronounced WEE-sen-thal) once said: "When history looks back, I want people to know the Nazis weren't able to kill millions of people and get away with it."

Among those he helped track down was the policeman who arrested Anne Frank, a Jewish teenager whose diary about the two years her family hid from the Nazis in The Netherlands has become a literary classic. Anne, her mother and her sister all died in the war.

Want Ice With That?

* The Dallas Cowboys didn't get a chance to attempt a last-second field goal in their 14-13 loss to Washington Monday night. But if they had, the Redskins might have wanted to ice the kicker.

"Icing the kicker" is when a football team calls a timeout before a field-goal attempt by the other side, hoping the delay makes the kicker nervous enough to miss.

But does it work?

To find out, researchers studied every field-goal attempt of the 2002 and 2003 National Football League seasons. They found that, yes, during the last three minutes of a game a kicker is slightly less likely to make a field goal if he has to wait before kicking the ball.

The research was reported by Science News for Kids.

Here Comes Rita

* Hurricane Rita lashed the Florida Keys yesterday and appeared headed for a weekend encounter with the Gulf Coast.

Residents of Galveston, Texas, in the storm's path, were leaving town. More flooding was feared in New Orleans, Louisiana, devastated three weeks ago by Katrina.

Time out: NFL kickers miss a bit more if "iced" before a field-goal attempt.