News briefsCompiled from Times wires
Published June 17, 2006
Well, she didn't have sex with her students
A substitute teacher gave cocaine to two 14-year-old girls she met at a private school in Longs, S.C., and used the drugs with them, police said. Kim Pike, 31, was fired from Faith Christian Academy, where she worked for about two months. The students told school officials that Pike invited them to her house, where they shared cocaine in April. Pike was charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine and released on $20,000 bail.
For $1.9-million, this mask is yours
One of France's premier private collections of African art, which inspired such artists as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse and includes the above Ngil Fang mask from Gabon, is to be auctioned in Paris this weekend. The collection features works mostly from France's former colonies in West and Central Africa, but was kept out of public view for most of the 20th century. More than 500 pieces for sale are expected to fetch between $19-million and $25-million. The 18th century mask above is estimated at $1.9-million.
He's no Indiana Jones
Just outside Rome, archaeologists are checking out what they say is the oldest known frescoed burial chamber in Europe. Dating from around 690 B.C., the underground burial chamber is decorated with roaring lions and migratory birds, and belonged to an Etruscan warrior prince. Did they find it after much scholarly research? No, a guy on trial for trafficking in illegally excavated artifacts told them where it was, hoping to get some leniency from the court.
A HAUTE HEIST
Would Jesse James change his clothes?
A man in a baseball cap and polo shirt held up a Fort Worth, Texas, bank Tuesday, asking a teller for a deposit slip and returning with a note demanding money. He got an undisclosed amount. But, come on: a baseball cap and polo shirt? In Texas? So after the robbery, he walked to a nearby store and used his ill-gotten gains to buy a slick Western shirt and cowboy hat. He put them on, then made his getaway on a southbound bus, according to police, who were still searching for the suspect.
Susan Polk was convicted Friday of stabbing to death her millionaire psychotherapist husband, whom she had met as a 14-year-old girl in treatment. The jury deliberated for four days before finding Polk guilty in the 2002 stabbing of Felix Polk, 70, at their home near San Francisco.
A judge ordered Andrea Yates to leave a Texas psychiatric hospital and report to jail for the start of her second murder trial in the drownings of her five children. Jury selection starts next week. Her 2002 conviction was overturned last year when an appeals court said a prosecution witness' erroneous testimony may have swayed jurors.
THE WEEK AHEAD
WEDNESDAY: President Bush at U.S.-European Union summit in Vienna.