Girder Drops Into Freeway,

Kills 3 in SUV Near Denver

GOLDEN, Colo. -- A 40-ton steel girder dropped from a freeway overpass construction site into morning traffic Saturday, crushing one car and killing three people west of Denver.

The 100-foot-long girder sagged across three lanes of Interstate 70, shearing off the top of an SUV that was carrying a man, a woman and a young girl, state police said.

All three were killed, but no other vehicles were involved in the accident which occurred shortly after 10 a.m., Watkins said.

The accident site is 10 miles west of downtown Denver.

Judge Apologizes After Scolding

Lawyer in Maternity Clothes

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A judge who berated a pregnant lawyer for showing up in his courtroom in maternity clothes has mailed her a letter of apology, a court spokeswoman said.

Pamela M. Roberson was eight months pregnant when she attended an April 27 hearing in an oversized white shirt and black pants.

According to court transcripts, Superior Court Judge Thomas N. Thrasher Sr. told Roberson her appearance "leaves a lot to be desired, as far as your clothing is concerned."

"My wardrobe options are pretty limited at this time, your honor," Roberson responded. "I don't really appreciate your commenting on my appearance."

Her baby was born the next day, a month prematurely.

* VILLA PARK, Calif. -- At least three teachers have been placed on paid leave after complaints that they showed students the videotaped beheading of American Nicholas Berg in Iraq. Villa Park High School English teacher Stephen Arcudi allowed students to use his classroom computer to watch video footage of Berg being executed, school officials said. Two other teachers were put on leave.

* SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Former U.S. representative William J. Janklow (R) will get out of jail on Monday after serving 100 days for causing a car wreck that killed a man -- and he might not stay in South Dakota, a state where he was a political kingmaker for 30 years. Janklow ran a stop sign at an intersection last August near Trent and crashed into motorcyclist Randy Scott, 55, of Hardwick, Minn., killing him.

* WEST COVINA, Calif. -- A man who worked for the Hooters restaurant chain, known for its scantily clad waitresses, is accused of secretly videotaping job candidates while they changed into uniforms. Juan Aponte, 32, was arrested for investigation of secretly recording and photographing nearly 200 women and girls, ages 17 to 25, between November and February when they applied at a Hooters restaurant, police said. He is jailed on $500,000 bail.

-- From News Services