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Marijuana plants
found while flying
over corn fields
It didn't look like ears of corn.
A pilot with the Monroe Coun-
ty sheriff's office spotted many
marijuana plants Saturday while
* flying over two corn fields in
Milan Township, 60 miles west
of Detroit.
Joe Schumacher was right:
Deputies counted 55 mature
plants worth at least $25,000.
The discovery is under investi-
gation. Federal drug agents from
Toledo, Ohio, are also part of the
Man kills wife,
shoots at pastors
A gunman killed his wife at
their Florida home and then
burst through the front door of a
nearby church yesterday, wound-
ing a pastor and associate pastor
before parishioners tackled him,
authorities and relatives said.
The suspect, 57-year-old Jer-
emiah Fogle, killed one person at
a home about a block away from
the church before shooting the
pastors, the Polk County Sher-
iff's office said. The two men,
pastor William Boss and asso-
ciate pastor Carl Stewart, were
in critical condition. No other
church members were hurt.
Maria Beauford said the slain
woman was her sister, 56-year-
old Theresa Fogle. The Fogles
married in 2002 and ran a trans-
portation business together.
They had been members of
Greater Faith Christian Center
Church, where the shootings
happened, but had started their
own ministry out of their house
and regularly hosted yesterday's
services, Beauford said.
protesters sweep
0 Morocco streets
Thousands of Moroccans
demonstrated yesterday calling
for greater political freedoms,
as the country's pro-democracy
movement attempted to regain
momentum lost over the summer.
At least 3,000 people marched
through the streets of Casablan-
ca, Morocco's largest city, chant-
ing slogans against government
corruption in a demonstration
organized by the pro-democracy
February 20 movement.
Like the rest of the Arab
world, this North African king-
dom was swept by pro-democ-
racy protests featuring tens of
thousands starting in February,
but in recent months the protests
have petered out and at one point
stopped altogether.
Last week, the February 20
movement restarted its weekly
protests and thousands marched

through downtown Casablanca
yesterday, though earlier in the
summer it had been twice that
KANO, Nigeria
Gunment kill 3 in
worst attack since
April election
Authorities in Nigeria say
three people have been killed and
eight others wounded in an attack
on a northern village that saw the
worst of postelection violence in
the oil-rich nation in April.
The attack happened early
yesterday in the Bitaro village of
Kaduna state. Villagers said gun-
men surrounded their homes and
opened fire on the Christian vil-
State police commissioner
Balla Nasarawa confirmed yes-
terday that the attack took place,
but declined to offer further
details. He said no arrests have
been made.
Rioting after the nation's April
presidential election killed hun-
dreds in Kaduna state, about 110
miles (180 kilometers) away from
the country's capital of Abuja.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

U.N. appeals for
millions to relieve
flood destruction
Funds would help is clear evidence of growing
humanitarian needs," said the
more than 5.4 response plan.
The return of the floods is
million Pakistanis testament to the heaviness of
the monsoon rains and the lim-
ISLAMABAD (AP) - The its of Pakistan's weak and cor-
United Nations appealed for rupt government, showing up
$357 million yesterday to help its ineffectiveness in the crisis.
millions of Pakistanis affected As they did last year, the
by floods that have damaged floods are undercutting the
hundreds of thousands of homes legitimacy of the shaky govern-
and destroyed millions of acres ment, which is already widely
of crops. disliked and struggling against
Pakistan often experiences Islamist militants, ever present
floodingfrom monsoon rains that political turmoil and massive
lash much of South Asia from economic problems.
June to September. This year In 2010, the floods followed
the rains have been heavier than the course of the River Indus
normal, coming as many people and its tributaries from the
were still trying to recover from foothills of the Himalayas to
last year's floods, which were the the flatlands of Sindh, where the
worst in the country's history. river empties out into the Ara-
The money from the appeal bian Sea.
would be used to help more than As much as one-fifth of the
5.4 million people in the prov- country's landmass and 20 mil-
inces of Sindh and Baluchistan lion people were affected at the
over the next six months, said peak, making it one of the larg-
Humaira Mehboob, a spokes- est natural disasters in recent
woman for the U.N.'s humani- history. The U.S. army deployed
tarian arm. Those provinces helicopters to ferry victims and
have been the worst hit by the aid around the country, and the
floods this year. U.N. and other international aid
The floods have killed 223 groups also helped.
people in Sindh alone, damaged Many of those countries,
or destroyed around 665,000 including the U.S., have mobi-
homes and displaced more than lized again this year to help
1.8 million people, according to flood victims. The U.S. has said
a rapid response plan issued by it paid for food packages for
the U.N. yesterday. 23,000 families and its local
"The situation of the people partners will soon begin hand-
who have been forced to leave ing out tents, clean water and
their homes is dire, and there other supplies.

A P-51 Mustang airplane approaches the ground right before crashing during an air show in Reno, Nev. The vintage World
War Il-era fighter plane piloted by Jimmy Leeward plunged into the grandstands during the popular annual air show.
Death toll of Reno air
race crash rises to nine

pending into cause
of pilot's loss of
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The
death toll rose to nine Saturday
in an air race crash in Reno as
investigators determined that
several spectators were killed
on impact as the 1940s-model
plane appeared to lose a piece
of its tail before slamming like
amissile into a crowded tarmac.
Moments earlier, thousands
had arched their necks skyward
and watched the planes speed
by just a few hundred feet off
the ground before some noticed
a strange gurgling engine noise
from above. Seconds later, the
P-51 Mu stang dubbed The Gal-
loping Ghost pitched oddly
upward, twirled and took an
immediate nosedive into a sec-
tion of white VIP box seats.
The plane, flown by a
74-year-old veteran racer and
Hollywood stunt pilot, disinte-
grated in a ball of dust, debris
and bodies as screams of "Oh

my God!" spread through the
National Transportation
Safety Board officials were on
the scene Saturday to determine
what caused Jimmy Leeward
to lose control of the plane,
and they were looking at ama-
teur video clips that appeared
to show a small piece of the
aircraft falling to the ground
before the crash. Witnesses
who looked at photos of the part
said it appeared to be an "eleva-
tor trim tab," which helps pilots
keep control of the aircraft.
Reno police also provided a
GPS mapping system to help
investigators recreate the crash
"Pictures and video appear
to show a piece of the plane was
coming off," NTSB spokesman
Mark Rosekind said at a news
conference. "A component has
been recovered. We have not
identified the component or if it
even came from the airplane ...
We are going to focus on that."
Investigators said they also
recovered part of the tail sec-
tion, where the tab is located.
A tour near the site offered
to journalists Saturday eve-

ning revealed debris spread in
a fan-shape over more than an
acre around a crater roughly 3
feet deep and as much as 8 feet
across. Based on the crater's
location, it appears the P-51
Mustang went straight down
in the first few rows of VIP box
seats, or about 65 feet in front of
the leading edge of the grand-
Yellow crime tape surround-
ed the scene and spectator seats
remained askew.
Among the dead were the
pilot and eight spectators. Offi-
cials said 69 people were treat-
ed at hospitals, including 36
who have been released and 31
who remain there. Nine were in
critical condition late Saturday.
One of the victims was iden-
tified Saturday as 22-year-old
Michael Wogan of Phoenix,
who was in a wheelchair the
VIP section when the plane
crashed, the Arizona Republic
reported. Wogan, who suffered
from muscular dystrophy, was
killed and his father, Bill, lost
an eye and some fingers and
sustained serious facial inju-
ries, the Wogan family told the

Marine suicide sparks
hazing inquiry in Hawaii

Three Marines face
charges after death
of Lance Cpl.
HONOLULU (AP) - In the
chilly pre-dawn hours of April
3 in Afghanistan, Marine Lance
Cpl. Harry Lew crouched down
in the foxhole he'd been ordered
to dig for disciplinary reasons -
he'd repeatedly fallen asleep on
guard duty - placed the muzzle
of his gun in his mouth and pulled
the trigger.
Three Marines - Lew's squad
leader, a sergeant, and two of his
fellow lance corporals - have
been charged with wrongfully
humiliating and demeaning Lew.
The two lance corporals have also
been charged with assault, and
one was charged with cruelty and
A military Article 32 hearing
on whether the men should be
court-martialed on these charges
was held earlier this month at
Marine Corps Base Hawaii in
Kaneohe Bay.
In a case with mild echoes of
the 1992 Hollywood movie "A
Few Good Men," the hearing into
the 21-year-old's suicide sought to
determine whether Lew's fellow
Marines hazed him in the hours
leading up to his death. Testimony
was also given that the Marines
were trying to help Lew.
The commander of the Hawaii-
based 3rd Marine Regiment, Col.
Nathan Nastase, will determine
whether the three Marines will be
tried after he reviews the recom-
mendations of the officer who pre-
sided over the hearing.
The hearing depicted a squad
of Marines actively fighting on

the front lines while at the same
time dealing with Lew's problems.
Commanders said in retrospect
Lew may have been suffering from
depression or some other medical
Lew had fallen asleep several
times on watch duty, when his life
and the lives of his fellow Marines
depended on him being awake and
alert. His leaders tried various
approaches to keep him awake,
including taking him off patrols so
he could get more rest, according to
testimony at the hearing.
But on Lew's last night, those
efforts escalated into alleged
acts of violence and humiliation,
according to the charges heard.
The Marines are accused of punch-
ing and kicking him, making him
do push-ups and pouring sand in
his face.
Lew, the nephew of U.S. Rep.
Judy Chu of California, joined the
Marine Corps after graduating
from Santa Clara High School and
studying at Mission College in Cal-
ifornia. His first assignment was to
join the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines
at Kaneohe Bay.
In November, he deployed to
Afghanistan. Four months into his
tour, the Marine Corps sent Lew to
join a squad at Patrol Base Gowragi
- a remote outpost in Helmand
province the U.S. was establishing
to disrupt Taliban drug and weap-
ons trafficking.
Enemy forces engaged the base
on Lew's first day there, March 23.
That night, Lew fell asleep dur-
ing watch duty - the first of four
times he would do so in his 10days
at Gowragi.
A few days later, while the squad
was on its own ambush patrol, he
dozed off while on watch.
On April 2, the executive officer

of the regiment, a lieutenant colo-
nel, and the battalion executive
officer, a major, found Lewsleeping
on watch duty while they toured
the base at 11 a.m. Lew's head was
tilted back, his mouth was open,
and his eyes were closed, testified
Capt. Michael Regner, the Golf
Company commanding officer who
escorted the other officers.
The platoon's commander, 1st
Lt. Jameson Payne, testified that
removing Lew from the outpost
wasn't an option.
"There was no reserve of
Marines to replace a Marine who
was tired. Everyone was tired,"
Payne said at the Article 32.hear-
ing, which is similar to a civilian
grand jury proceeding.
Lew was found asleep on watch
again the night of April 2 after he
didn't respond to a radio check at
11:15 p.m.
According to a command inves-
tigation report, the squad's leader,
Sgt. Benjamin Johns, told Lew's
fellow lance corporals over the
radio that "peers should correct
. Johns woke up another Marine
who was due to relieve Lew at 1
a.m. and had him take over the job
early. Lew was ordered to dig a fox-
hole deep enough for him to stand
in, so he would stay awake while on
The Marines confronted Lew
about his falling asleep and cri-
tiqued his digging of the hole.
After 2 a.m. Lance Cpl. Charles
Orozco III told Lew to do push-
ups, crunches and planks. Orozco
also told Lew to hoist a sandbag
while exercising, and, according to
the command's investigative report
on the incident, stomped on Lew's
back and legs if Lew failed to do his
repetitions properly.

Venezuela President Hugo Chanez takes his cap off daring a welcoming ceremo-
ny for Bolivia President Evo Morales at the Miraflores presidential palace.
Hugo Chavez to
receive last round'
of chemotherapy

Chavez is
'confident' in
overcoming cancer
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)
- Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez headed back to Cuba
on Saturday night for a fourth
phase of chemotherapy that he
expects to be his last round of
treatment for cancer.
Supporters saw off Chavez
with songs and a prayer outside
the presidential palace before
he left for the airport along with
Bolivian President Evo Morales,
who was accompanying him to
the island.
Chavez told the crowd that he
is confident he is overcoming the
"I'm sure that this week we
will close the cycle of chemo-
therapy and we will be turning
the page," he told supporters,
standing at the doors of the pres-
idential palace.
"Chavez's cancer is now part
of this history," he added, liken-
ing it to the short-lived coup he
survived in 2002.
Chavez waved to the crowd

wearing the red beret and
fatigues from his years as an
army paratroop commander.
He said he expected to under-
go medical tests in Havana on
Saturday night and then resume
chemotherapy Sunday.
Chavez said he and Morales
both planned to meet with
Cuban President Raul Castro.
Later, a military band played
Venezuela's national anthem
at the, airport as Chavez and
Morales prepared to board their
flight to Havana. Chavez said
he would return to Venezuela
before next weekend.
Chavez underwent surgery in
Cuba in June to remove a tumor
from his pelvic region. Since
then, he has undergone three
rounds of chemotherapy treat-
ments, two of those in Cuba.
He has lost weight, and since
the beginning of August he has
appeared with his head shaved
after his hair began to fall out
due to chemotherapy.
The 57-year-old leader has
said that the treatment aims
to prevent any cancerous cells
from reappearing and that tests
have shown no signs of a recur-

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