Originally created 08/12/02

Across the southeast



Gasoline tanker crash threatens overpass

ORLANDO, Fla. - A gasoline tank truck overturned Sunday and struck a retaining wall on an overpass, bursting into flames and hurling chunks of concrete into the path of traffic below, the Highway Patrol said. Two people were killed and five were injured.

The heat of the fire damaged the 30-foot-high overpass, and engineers were concerned that it was in danger of collapsing, said Highway Patrol Lt. Eddie Herrell.

The truck rolled over and struck the retaining wall on a curving toll road ramp that leads onto Interstate 4.

A mile-long stretch of Interstate 4 in both directions was closed, and Lt. Herrell said the ramp would remain closed indefinitely.

Travel industry urges national tourism group

ORLANDO, Fla. -The United States is losing tourism dollars by inadequately marketing itself overseas, says a top industry official who is pushing for a national tourism agency.

Setting up a tourism marketing corporation would go a long way toward restoring the industry worldwide, William Norman, the head of the Travel Industry Association, says in a speech planned for today.

The United States is the only major industrialized nation in the world whose government doesn't directly spend money on marketing tourism abroad.

Paper finds 9 youths said to be missing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Using law enforcement profiles, public records and interviews with relatives, a newspaper found nine children who had been declared missing by Florida's embattled child welfare agency.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel examined 24 cases involving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County children primarily younger than 4 whose profiles were available through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Although the paper did not have access to detailed Department of Children & Families files, it found more than one-third of the children in four weeks, it reported Sunday.

The state's child welfare agency has been under intense scrutiny since officials acknowledged in April that it had lost track of 5-year-old Rilya Wilson, who has been missing since January 2001.

Sit-in photographer dies of pneumonia

GREENSBORO, N.C. -Jack Moebes, a photographer who shot the picture of the 1960 Woolworth's sit-in that hangs in the Smithsonian, has died. He was 91.

Mr. Moebes, a native of Decatur, Ga., who died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia, worked for three decades at The Greensboro Record and Greensboro Daily News.

He took the first pictures of four North Carolina A&T University freshmen who sat at the segregated Woolworth's lunch counter and refused to leave until they were served. Their demonstration added to the movement that helped change racist practices across the South.