Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

"Insects, like humans, tend to want to find places that are more

comfortable."

-- Susan Kirkpatrick, public relations director for Orkin

Exterminating Co. in Atlanta, in warning that more bugs may be

headed indoors. Story on this page.

LIGHTNING HITS CAMP

A training exercise for Army reserve medical units went awry

over the weekend when lightning struck a camp of 263 reservists

at Fort Gordon near Augusta, sending 31 to an area hospital.

One of the reservists, Spc. Carmelia Butler, was in good

condition yesterday at Eisenhower Medical Center after

undergoing surgery on her foot, where the lightning left her

body.

The injury was similar to a bullet wound, said Capt. Lynn Price

of the 345th Combat Support Hospital.

Butler, a member of a dental reserve unit from Millington,

Tenn., was sitting on the ground watching television in her tent

when she was struck Friday night, Price said.

The other injured reservists, most from Butler's 380th medical

company, suffered abnormal heart rhythms, tissue damage and

numb, tingling arms and legs. The company has been sent home,

Price said.

-- Associated Press

A DOGGED APPEAL

Marco the drug-sniffing dog had a bad day at work, but a panel

of federal judges in Atlanta ruled yesterday that doesn't give

Lindsey Mitchell Hill a reason to appeal his drugtrafficking

conviction.

In a case from Central Florida before the 11th U.S. Circuit

Court of Appeals, Hill appealed his conviction on the grounds

that it was misleading for prosecutors not to reveal that the

first of two drug-sniffing dogs brought to Hill's vehicle found

nothing.

Here's what judges Stanley Birch, Ed Carnes and Stanley

Marcus had to say:

"There were two dogs, Marco and Rusty. Marco, an elderly dog,

was taken around the vehicle but declined to sniff it for drugs. …

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