Originally created 10/15/02

Across the southeast



Truck rams vehicles, injuring nine motorists

ENFIELD, N.C. -A truck slammed into a slow-moving line of cars in a construction zone Monday on Interstate 95, injuring nine people, six of them critically, police said.

Sheriff's Lt. Joe Williams said seven other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Investigators said the truck was going 70 mph when it plowed into a line of vehicles that had slowed to 5 mph to 10 mph. One car became wedged under the truck; the roof of another vehicle was ripped off, Lt. Williams said.

The accident occurred at about noon near Enfield, about 30 miles south of the Virginia line. I-95 was closed, backing up traffic for miles.

Astronauts complete spacewalk assignment

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -Making the third and final spacewalk of their mission, shuttle Atlantis' astronauts finished installing a $390 million girder on the international space station Monday.

"We're over the hill," spacewalker David Wolf said midway through the 250-mile-high construction job. "I mean, over the hill on the station."

"No comment," his partner, Piers Sellers, jokingly replied. Both men are in their mid- to late 40s.

They arrived with the 14-ton girder aboard space shuttle Atlantis last week.

Atlantis and its crew will leave the space station Wednesday and return to Earth on Friday. The three station residents have another month to go before coming home.

Arbitration stands in beauty queen case

RALEIGH, N.C. -A judge refused Monday to amend his order sending the Miss North Carolina case to arbitration and suggested that a beauty queen's lawyer arbitrate, appeal or settle the case.

Rebekah Revels, who won the crown in June but resigned in July after the Miss America pageant received an e-mail indicating there were nude photos of her, wants a jury to hear her lawsuit against the state pageant alleging breach of contract.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Narley Cashwell ruled last week that the case should go to arbitration because that's what her contract with the Miss North Carolina Organization required. Last month, he ruled that Ms. Revels had a valid contract, giving the state two Miss North Carolinas - Ms. Revels and Misty Clymer, the first runner-up, who signed a contract with the state pageant after Ms. Revels resigned but before she challenged the pageant.

Ms. Revels' attorney, Barry Nakell, returned to court Monday, asking Judge Cashwell to reconsider his decision. Mr. Nakell said the judge erred in his decision, but Judge Cashwell said otherwise.