Tons of Turkey Served

As Missions Host the Hungry

Millions of Americans traveled hundreds of miles to share Thanksgiving with friends and family. For those far from home and those without homes, charities and restaurants opened their doors and hearts yesterday.

Traditional parades in New York, Philadelphia and Detroit drew tens of thousands of spectators bundled up against rain and chilly temperatures.

Around the country, an estimated 10,000 volunteers served 62 tons of turkey, 28 tons of potatoes and 41 tons of stuffing for the homeless and poor at about 265 rescue missions, according to the International Union of Gospel Missions. The missions served Thanksgiving dinner to an estimated 175,000 people.

The average cost of cooking a holiday meal for 10 people is $33.83 this year, up 74 cents from 1998, according to a nationwide annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The meal includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, carrots, celery, pumpkin pie, coffee and milk.

Minor Quake Shakes

Oregon, Washington

A minor earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale shook Oregon and Washington state but caused no damage or injuries, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake hit at 6:46 a.m. and was centered on the Washington-Oregon border about 15 miles north of Salem, Ore., said Trudy Harlow, a spokeswoman for the geological survey.

Student Held in Break-In

At Police Station

DEKALB, Ill.--A college student arrested on charges of secretly videotaping women undressing was arrested again just hours later when officers say they found him crawling in the ceiling of the police station on a hunt for his confiscated camera.

John M. Lu, a Northern Illinois University theater arts student, was held in the DeKalb County Jail late Wednesday on charges of burglary and damage to property, authorities said.

Suspects have been known to crawl into the ceiling tiles of the station to escape custody, said Police Lt. Jim Kayes, but "we usually don't have people breaking in."

College Rejects Speculation

About Cause of Log Collapse

COLLEGE STATION, Tex.--Texas A&M University officials rejected speculation that last week's deadly collapse of a tower of bonfire logs happened because students failed to follow safety procedures.

Larry Grosse, a former A&M construction science professor who for 13 years refined the safety techniques for the four-story, 7,000-log structure, had suggested that students had failed to interlock its layers or set poles in the ground.

"Our best information . . . indicates that what Larry Grosse described as 'should have happened' did happen," Cynthia Lawson, executive director of university relations, said in a statement Wednesday. "However, we obviously want to investigate this further."

Twelve people died and 27 were injured when the log tower collapsed Nov. 18.