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By TIMES WIRES
Published October 7, 2006


School threats earn 6 years in prison

A 15-year-old New Jersey boy prosecutors described as the mastermind of a plot to shoot up a suburban school was sentenced Friday - to six years, though he never got his hands on a gun. Judge David G. Eynon scolded Edwin DeLeon over the threats made in April. DeLeon and three other teens pleaded guilty in the scheme to shoot fellow students and teachers. Authorities said they planned to open fire at Winslow Township High School in Camden County.

And the winner is ... a complex mix

Tapas - the Spanish finger-food that is delighting palates around the world - have a complex new champion: a delicacy of roast peppers, pickled eggplant, horse mackerel and dried leeks. Pablo Vicari, 31, beat out 73 other chefs Wednesday in Valladolid and won $7,600. "It tastes like heaven," he said Friday. Last year's winner was lamb's tail stewed with goat's milk and a tough thistlelike vegetable called borage.

Back from the deep, bound for museum

Once a feared symbol of Nazi military power, the single-engine, dive-bomber Stuka plane continues to fascinate. Greek military divers Friday raised the wreckage of one from the sea off the eastern island of Rhodes, the air force said. The plane was shot down in 1943 and will be displayed at the air force museum near Athens, a spokesman said. He said part of the plane's tail section appeared to be missing.

UPDATE

Tainted spinach toll reaches three

An elderly woman in Nebraska who died in late August was infected with E. coli after eating fresh spinach, bringing to three the number of people who have perished in a nationwide outbreak of the bacteria, health officials said Friday. Ruby Trautz, 84, ate spinach contaminated with the same strain of E. coli that has sickened at least 190 other people around the country, state health officials said. Health officials in Idaho and Wisconsin had already confirmed the deaths of a 2-year-old boy and an elderly woman.

Former JonBenet suspect walks free

After two months behind bars in Colorado and California, John Mark Karr reclaimed freedom when a judge dismissed misdemeanor child pornography charges against the former JonBenet Ramsey slaying suspect. Karr, 41, did not comment to reporters as he left jail in Santa Rosa, Calif., flanked by his attorneys and rode off in a sport utility vehicle.