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Man dies after ride in Georgia theme park

By TIMES WIRES
Published July 29, 2006


AUSTELL, Ga. - A 45-year-old Alabama man died, likely of a heart attack, after losing consciousness at the end of the newest roller coaster ride at Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park.

The man was alert while riding the Goliath roller coaster, but was unconscious by the end of the ride, Six Flags spokeswoman Christy Poore said.

By the time firefighters arrived, he wasn't breathing, said Cobb County fire Lt. Dan Dupree. He said the man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

An autopsy showed Michael Corry of Birmingham, Ala., had a congenital heart problem, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

Goliath soars 200 feet over the park, lasting just over three minutes and reaching speeds of 70 mph. Poore said park workers reopened the ride after determining it was operating properly.

On Monday, a 52-year-old Florida man died after riding the Gwazi roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa. A medical examiner later said Thomas M. Welch suffered from high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.

A 12-year-old boy who died after riding Disney-MGM's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Walt Disney World in Orlando last month was also found to have heart problems.

At least 5 people shot, 1 fatally, at Jewish center

SEATTLE - At least five people were shot, one of them fatally, Friday afternoon at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and one person was arrested, authorities said.

Five or six people were wounded, Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said.

One person died, Fire Department spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said.

One wounded woman was shot in the abdomen and another woman was hit in the arm, according to news accounts. Information on the others wounded was not immediately available.

A SWAT team searched the federation building, looking for any other victims, anyone hiding or any other possible shooters, police spokesman Rich Pruitt said.

Pruitt said he had no information on a motive.

Police cordoned off several city blocks to investigate.

Jury convicts four in Aryan Brotherhood case

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A jury convicted four leaders of a white-supremacist prison gang Friday on charges they used murder and intimidation to protect their drug-dealing operations behind bars.

Barry "The Baron" Mills, Tyler "The Hulk" Bingham, Edgar "The Snail" Hevle and Christopher Overton Gibson were the first defendants to stand trial in the federal racketeering case aimed at dismantling the Aryan Brotherhood.

They all were convicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law. Mills and Bingham are eligible for the death penalty.

The defendants were charged in an indictment detailing 32 murders and attempted murders involving members of the Aryan Brotherhood.

Elsewhere...

PRIEST ACCUSED: In Bridgeport, Conn., a priest who resigned from a church in an affluent community misspent up to $1.4-million in parishioner donations to lead a life of luxury with another man, according to a church-directed investigation. The Rev. Michael Jude Fay spent church money on limousines, top hotels, jewelry, Italian clothing and a Florida condominium, auditors found.

COLLEGE DRINKING: Despite the anti-alcohol warnings and campaigns targeting college campuses, students still find ways to drink and they've developed ways to drink safely, researchers say. While 80 percent of students drink, fewer than 13 percent say they have been injured after drinking, according to a study by the National Social Norms Resource Center.

[Last modified July 29, 2006, 02:25:44]


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