Boy, 11, Drives Car

On 200-Mile Odyssey

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- An 11-year-old boy who told authorities that he was upset about being bullied at school took off in the family car on an odyssey that ended more than 200 miles away on the other side of the state.

The boy left his suburban Kansas City home Tuesday, making his way onto Interstate 35 and driving 92 miles to Bethany, a northwest Missouri community in an area where he used to hunt with his father.

He stopped there at a convenience store for chips and a soft drink, then drove off aimlessly, following several other highways before ending up 135 miles away in Callao in northeast Missouri's Macon County.

The boy reported problems during the trip, saying that the 1995 Chevrolet ran out of gasoline at one point, but that he continued on his way after construction workers helped him out.

Bryant's Accuser Called

Her Mom, Papers Show

EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's accuser phoned her mother the day after the incident involving him, begging her to come home from work. Later, the daughter revealed, "Mom, I was raped last night," according to newly unsealed documents.

The conversation, recounted by an investigator for Eagle County prosecutors, was released Friday. It is part of 625 pages of documents and case files being disclosed publicly. The criminal case against Bryant, 26, was dropped last month at the accuser's request.

"I could tell something was wrong. She kind of mumbled things and the way she walked in, her tone of voice," the mother said in a conversation with an unidentified interviewer in August 2003.

* MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. -- Earthquake activity has increased at Mount St. Helens, but scientists said there was no reason to raise the volcano's alert level. Scientists said earthquake activity had been low until Friday, indicating that molten rock was moving upward with little resistance. By Saturday, however, quakes of magnitude 2.4 were occurring every one to two minutes.

* PHILADELPHIA -- A fast-moving fire broke out in a rowhouse before dawn Saturday, killing six people. Two adults and four children, ranging in age from 2 to 12, died in the blaze in the North Philadelphia neighborhood, fire officials said.

* NASHVILLE -- Tennessee's medical examiner ruled that Nicholas Robinson, 5, died from a bite by a poisonous brown recluse spider. Nicholas was bitten July 29 while playing outside his home, about 70 miles south of Nashville.

* PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- A man who admitted ramming a stolen pickup truck into six Outlaws motorcycle gang members, killing two, was convicted of premeditated murder. Jurors recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole for Timothy Pilgreen, 26, rather than the death penalty. The Texarkana, Ark., man was convicted Thursday on charges that also included four counts of attempted murder.

* PERRYSBURG, Ohio -- A state worker mowed down 28,000 young trees that had been planted as part of a $33,000 highway beautification project. Although many of the seedlings, planted in 2002 and 2003, had died, mowing all of them down meant "we wasted all that effort," said Joe Rutherford, a spokesman for Ohio's Transportation Department.

-- From News Services