Originally created 05/17/03

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More charges filed against bus driver

COLUMBIA -A Gilbert school bus driver accused of fondling young girls as they rode to school faces additional sexual abuse charges, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says.

Roy Haskell Price Jr., 64, was charged Friday with one count of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and two counts of committing or attempting to commit a lewd act upon a child under 14.

He was arrested last week on similar charges that he sexually assaulted or fondled four female pupils, ages 7 to 11, while driving a school bus on a route in the Gilbert community. Mr. Price transports pupils who are in kindergarten through fourth grade, Sheriff Metts said. Investigators say he offered candy and gifts, such as wooden jewelry boxes, to lure girls.

King march organizers expect 5,000 to join

GREENVILLE -Organizers say they expect about 5,000 people to turn out today for a rally and march to protest Greenville County's lack of a holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a Greenville native, and Kweisi Mfume, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, also plan to attend the march.

Mysterious illness threatens zoo koala

COLUMBIA -Veterinarians think a mysterious gastrointestinal disease has made one of two koalas at Riverbanks Zoo gravely ill.

The creatures have complex digestive tracts, and when something goes wrong it's a serious problem, said Riverbanks' chief veterinarian, Dr. Keith Benson.

The 4-year-old male is too weak to sleep in a natural position on a tree limb, so the zoo staff has built a makeshift koala crib. Staff members have slept on the floor beside the crib for a week.

Finding could lead to better anthrax vaccine

COLUMBIA -A discovery by a team of researchers could improve detection of and vaccines against the most deadly form of anthrax.

Researchers found a carbohydrate that is a component of the spore of Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium responsible for anthrax.

By targeting a protein that surrounds each anthrax spore, an improved vaccine might disable the spores before they find a home in a victim's lungs.


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