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Fumble for map leads to bus crash; 32 hurt

Published March 15, 2007



A chartered bus carrying hotel employees rolled into a highway ditch Wednesday, injuring 32 people, after the driver reached for a map, authorities said. The driver took a wrong turn onto U.S. 49 and headed south instead of north toward Jackson, said Staff Sgt. James Snyder of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The driver realized his mistake about five miles after making the turn. "That's when the driver actually reached down to look at the map and dropped it, according to his own statements," Snyder said. "He reached over to get it and lost control of the bus." No charges were expected, Snyder said. The bus was taking Jamaican immigrants who worked for a hotel chain from Tallahassee to Jackson, Snyder said. None of their injuries were considered life-threatening, Snyder said.


Coast Guard drops patrol-boat deal

The Coast Guard on Wednesday canceled a troubled $600-million patrol boat program, saying the service could manage the effort more efficiently than Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, two of the nation's largest defense contractors. Concerns emerged last year about the design of the vessel. By managing the work itself and rebidding the development work, Coast Guard officials estimated they would save enough money to buy an extra ship and address a patrol boat shortage by getting ships built faster.


Educators accused of selling alcohol

An assistant high school principal and his wife, a middle school teacher, are accused of holding a keg party where students paid $5 to drink, prosecutor Jerry Peace said Wednesday. John and Mary Clark turned themselves in to police and were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Peace said. One of the students who attended the party last year at the couple's lake house told a parent, who went to authorities, Peace said. John Clark, 54, and Mary Clark, 52, were booked Wednesday afternoon. They have been placed on paid administrative leave, said Bennie Bennett, Newberry County schools superintendent.


Canadian wins Templeton Prize

A Canadian philosopher who believes spirituality is an essential part of the study of philosophy and the social sciences has won the $1.5-million Templeton Prize for advancement and research of spiritual matters. The recipient, Charles Taylor, 75, is a professor of law and philosophy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and professor emeritus at McGill University in Montreal. Taylor, a Roman Catholic who said in an interview that he was heavily influenced by Vatican II documents he read as a young man in Quebec, is studying how spirituality influences those who commit random violence and whether traditionally spiritual motivations like a sense of purpose could be a factor.

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