Originally created 09/08/02

Across the southeast



Miss America backs woman who resigned

PHILADELPHIA -Rebekah Revels smiled patiently for photographers as she adorned her plum pants suit with a $19,200 pearl-and-diamond necklace at Tiffany's on Saturday.

Ms. Revels, 24, who is suing to regain the title of Miss North Carolina, joined 51 other Miss America contestants - including Misty Dawn Clymer, the runner-up named to replace her.

The current Miss America blamed the situation on Ms. Revels' ex-boyfriend, who allegedly took topless photos and threatened to distribute them.

"It is unfortunate that this young man held this against Rebekah," Miss America Katie Harman said Saturday.

Two malaria cases puzzle health officials

STERLING, Va. -Two Virginia teenagers have contracted malaria, a rarity because neither traveled abroad, health officials said.

Loudoun County health officials are trying to figure out how the 15-year-old boy and 19-year-old woman contracted the disease last month. Both are receiving antibiotics and are recovering.

Of the estimated 1,200 cases of the mosquito-borne disease in the United States each year, most are found among immigrants from countries where malaria is common.

29 workers accused of lying to airports

MIAMI -Twenty-nine people were arrested on federal charges of lying or offering false papers to get jobs at three South Florida airports.

Friday's arrests included workers from the West Palm Beach, Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports.

Those taken into custody gave false names or Social Security numbers, lied about their criminal records or attached false documents.

Suspect's birthday limits judge's options

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -A judge hearing the case of a teenager accused of killing an 8-year-old boy nearly three years ago has one less option in determining if or where he'll be tried.

The homicide suspect, who was 15 at the time of the slaying of Justin Marlow Lewter, turned 18 on Sept. 1. That means he can no longer be tried as a juvenile.

Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Lisa Bell must order that the teenager be tried as an adult in Superior Court or dismiss the murder charge. Judge Bell's decision could come this week.