Across the Southeast

Health of sextuplets closely monitored


ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - A newborn boy was in critical condition Monday and three of his five newborn siblings were in serious condition as doctors closely monitored the state's first sets of sextuplets.

The five boys and one girl were born Saturday night to Karoline and Ben Byler more than two months early. The babies weighed between 2 and 3 pounds each.

The babies will likely remain in the hospital through November. Doctors said their birth weights were normal for their stage of development.

Cuban exile auctions revolutionary's hair

MIAMI - A former CIA operative and Cuban exile plans to auction what he says is a lock of Che Guevara's hair, snipped before the Argentinian revolutionary and friend of Fidel Castro was buried in 1967.

Gustavo Villoldo, 71, was involved in Guevara's capture in the jungles of Bolivia, according to unclassified U.S. records and other documents. He plans to auction the hair and other items kept in a scrapbook since the joint CIA-Bolivian army mission 40 years ago.

"It's time for me to put the past behind and pass these on to someone else," said Mr. Villoldo, also a veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

The scrapbook also holds a map used to track down Guevara, photos of his body, intercepted messages between Guevara and his rebels and a set of Guevara's fingerprints taken before his burial.

It's hard to predict how much the collection will net at auction because there is nothing comparable on the market, said Tom Slater, the director of the Americana department at Heritage Auctions of Dallas, which will put the collection on the block Oct. 25-26.

Dead catfish wash up after long drought

RALEIGH, N.C. - State environmental officials found up to 2,000 dead catfish near the mouth of the Neuse River on Monday, and they believe the drought conditions might have caused the fish to go belly up.

The fish, found in Upper Broad Creek near New Bern, likely died from excess exposure to salt water, said Susan Massengale, a spokeswoman with the state Division of Water Quality. Officials believe the saline water, aided by wind and low river levels, mixed into normally fresh water habitats.

The Neuse River originates in North Carolina's piedmont and empties into Pamlico Sound near New Bern on the central North Carolina coast. Ms. Massengale said the dead fish don't pose any health risks, but officials are looking to see whether the problem is happening elsewhere.

- Associated Press