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Gas leak feared at airport; 11 are treated

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 18, 2007



A security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport was evacuated around 11 a.m. Saturday as authorities investigated a possible gas leak, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Pasquale DiFulco said.

Eleven people received medical treatment, fire department spokesman John Brown said. Most of them were Transportation Security Administration workers, DiFulco said.

Delays were limited to three outbound flights, DiFulco said.

Utility workers weren't able to detect natural gas or carbon monoxide, and the odor was still being investigated. The checkpoint reopened around 1:30 p.m.


Martha Stewart's mother, 93, dies

Martha Kostyra, whose daughter Martha Stewart credits her with teaching her many domestic tricks and techniques, has died at a hospital near her home in Weston. She was 93.

Stewart announced her mother's death Saturday on her blog.

Mrs. Kostyra, a retired teacher, died Friday of undisclosed causes, according to a notice published Saturday in local newspapers. Edward Kostyra, Mrs. Kostyra's husband and Stewart's father, died in 1979.


Rep. Jefferson: Federal prosecutors on Friday accused Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., of soliciting bribes in two alleged schemes that had not been previously disclosed. They will not result in new charges, prosecutors said, but they plan to present them during Jefferson's federal bribery trial as evidence. A spokesman for Jefferson declined to comment Friday night.

Missing wife: Former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden said he analyzed Kathleen Savio's remains at the request of her relatives and concluded she died after a struggle, not in an accident as was previously ruled. Her husband, Drew Peterson, 53, is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth and current wife, Stacy, who was last seen Oct. 28.

California fires: A volunteer firefighter who fought a wildfire last month was imprisoned after it surfaced that he pleaded guilty years ago to setting several fires. Steven Santos Robles Jr. violated parole by failing to report joining a department, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday.

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