Roller Coaster Riders Rescued
After Derailment in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Firefighters rescued stranded riders from cars dangling from a roller coaster that derailed at the Worlds of Fun amusement park last night.
At least eight people were taken to hospitals with injuries, but none of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening.
Eighteen people had been riding in six cars on the coaster when it derailed around 10 p.m., and firefighters had extricated all but two riders by 11:30 p.m., authorities said.
Two cars carrying four people dangled at a 90-degree angle about 20 to 30 feet above the ground, and crews used chains to secure the cars to the track before helping the riders down.
Supermarket Chain to Pay
$33 Million to Settle Bias Suit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Winn-Dixie has agreed to pay $33 million to settle racial and sexual discrimination claims brought by employees of the supermarket chain.
The settlement was announced by the company Friday, the same day the class action lawsuit was filed in federal court by 13 current and former employees.
The settlement, which covers all Winn-Dixie stores, could apply to more than 50,000 black or female employees who have worked for the chain since 1993.
It would divide $120,000 among the 13 named plaintiffs and would pay $13 million to other employees who file verified discrimination claims. An additional $11 million is to be paid as incentive bonuses to employees covered by the lawsuit who succeed in management jobs, plus $1 million in "diversity awards" to supervisors who help women and minorities advance to management.
Another $4 million will be used for extra training and administrative expenses to implement the settlement.
Antiabortion Leaders Must Pay
Damages, Not Hinder Clinics
CHICAGO -- A federal judge ordered national antiabortion leaders to pay more than $257,000 in damages and to stop interfering with the operation of abortion clinics across the country.
U.S. District Judge David Coar on Friday barred the leaders from blocking clinic doors and driveways, damaging clinic property and threatening violence against doctors and patients anywhere in the nation for the next 12 years.
In a 36-page opinion, Coar said that the right of abortion opponents to express their views is protected by the Constitution, but "a number of their means -- destroying property and threatening violence -- are not."
Those named as defendants were Joseph Scheidler, head of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League, the league itself, Operation Rescue and two other activists, Andrew Scholberg and Timothy Murphy.
Coar's order stems from a landmark trial that ended in April 1998 in which the National Organization for Women and two abortion clinics -- Delaware Women's Health Organization Inc. of Wilmington and Summit Women's Health Organization Inc. of Milwaukee -- sued the defendants. The verdict came in the first nationwide class action lawsuit filed against the antiabortion movement under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a 1970 law originally aimed at breaking up the mafia.
Air Force Officer Refuses
To Work With Women in Silo
MINOT, N.D. -- An Air Force officer has launched himself into trouble by refusing to work with women in an underground missile silo because he says the close quarters can tempt a man to sin.
First Lt. Ryan Berry, 26, says it's a matter of his strong Roman Catholic beliefs. But Berry, who is married and has a child, has been disciplined by his higher-ups and has found little sympathy at Minot Air Force Base.
Many women said they were insulted by the request and find the notion of romance in a Minuteman nuclear missile silo preposterous.
"You're so busy and dirty that the last thing you want to do is take off your clothes and have sex," said Alison Ruttenberg, a former Air Force legal officer who in 1979 became one of the first women to work in a missile silo.
The missile silos are about 80 feet underground and have one bed and a toilet. A partition separates the work area from the sleeping quarters and the bathroom. When one officer sleeps, the other remains on duty. Shifts normally last 24 hours, but they have been known to go longer when North Dakota's harsh winters make it difficult to reach the silos, where about 80 women and 170 men inspect and test the missiles and perform maintenance.