6 College Students Killed in Accident

COLLEGE STATION, Tex.--Six college students walking to a fraternity party were killed early yesterday by a pickup truck whose driver had fallen asleep, police said.

The accident happened just after midnight about two miles west of the Texas A&M University main campus. The pedestrians had parked on the shoulder of a four-lane highway near the Tau Kappa Epsilon house and were headed there when the pickup struck them.

Brandon Kallmeyer, 18 and a Texas A&M student, had just driven his girlfriend to her parents' home and was returning to campus when he fell asleep and veered off the road, police said. Kallmeyer was not injured and apparently had not been drinking.

Killed were Emily Hollister, 18, Tricia Calp, 18, Dolan Wostal, 22, and Erika Lanham, 22, all Baylor students; William Flores, 22, of Southwest Texas; and Ted Bruton, 21, of Texas A&M.

Two other people were hospitalized, but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

DNA Links Man to 3 Chicago Killings

CHICAGO--Ronald Macon was charged yesterday with killing three women on the city's South Side after police said DNA evidence linked him to the murders, which were among 13 unsolved slayings in poverty-stricken neighborhoods.

Police said last summer that DNA evidence pointed to four separate attackers preying on prostitutes and drug addicts.

Macon, jailed since August awaiting trial on a rape charge, could get the death penalty if he is convicted of murdering Angelnetta Peeples, 43, Linda Soloman, 36, and Rosezina Williams, 50. All had been strangled, and Peeples and Soloman also had been hit in the head.


* SACRAMENTO--Citing a 35 percent drop in violent crime, Gov. Gray Davis (D) vetoed a bill ordering a study of the cost and benefits of California's six-year-old three-strikes prison sentencing law, which requires terms of 25 years to life for a third felony conviction. The governor signed a bill that will set nurse staffing requirements for all hospitals for the first time and allow only licensed workers to perform certain medical tasks, a measure hailed as a landmark by nurses.

* PAGO PAGO, American Samoa--More than 15 inmates escaped as rioting prisoners burned four cellblock buildings to the ground after officials barred minor children from visiting. All but four of the escapees returned on their own later Saturday, police on the U.S. territory said.