National digest 4/24/02

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Son claims his mom stabbed him at cemetery

MAYFIELD, Ky. -- A woman has been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of her 12-year-old son in a rural cemetery.

Authorities said Pamela Lynn Bailey took the boy to the cemetery near Mayfield late Monday and stabbed him three times. But the boy was able to run away and fled to a nearby house, state police Trooper Barry Meadows said.

Bailey, 37, of Mayfield, was arrested Tuesday at a gas station in Nortonville, about 70 miles from Mayfield in western Kentucky, Meadows said.

White House's Fleischer engaged to secretary

WASHINGTON -- Love is in the air at the White House: Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer is getting married.

Fleischer, 41, became engaged Sunday to Rebecca Davis, 26, an employee of the White House Office of Management and Budget. The two have dated for about a year.

Fleischer confirmed the engagement Tuesday but said no wedding date has been set.

Beryllium use a threat to dental lab workers

WASHINGTON -- Government regulators warned dental labs Tuesday that technicians who work on crowns and bridges may be inhaling dust that contains hazardous levels of the toxic metal beryllium.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the hazard bulletin after several dental lab technicians were diagnosed with chronic beryllium disease, a debilitating and often fatal lung disease.

The warning was aimed only at workers, not dental patients.

Man who hammered Liberty Bell gets jail time

PHILADELPHIA -- A self-described wanderer who pulled a hammer from a backpack and pounded on the Liberty Bell last year was sentenced Tuesday to nine months behind bars.

Mitchell A. Guilliatt, 28, was also given five years' probation and ordered to repay the $7,093 cost of repairing the gouge marks he made in the symbol of liberty.

-- From wire reports

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