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Published: Thu, July 19, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



-- A teen-ager who died while at a boot camp for problem youngsters was forced to stand in sweltering heat as punishment for wanting to go home, then taken to a motel where he vomited mud and drowned, according to a court document.

The autopsy for Anthony Haynes, 14, hasn't been released, but the document, released Wednesday to The Associated Press, cited preliminary results showing he was dehydrated and died from drowning.

Haynes was attending a boot camp run by America's Buffalo Soldiers Re-enactors Association outside Phoenix.

Campers told investigators that supervisors began beating them two days after the five-week camp started June 25, according to the affidavit the sheriff's office submitted for a search warrant of the camp founder's home and property. The campers said they were whipped, kicked, stomped on and forced to put mud in their mouths.

On July 1, campers were asked whether they wanted to go home. Anthony and others who said yes were made to stand in the sun as punishment for being "quitters," the affidavit said. Temperatures reached 114 degrees that day.

Anthony began hallucinating and refused to drink water, the document said. When he became nonresponsive, camp supervisors took him to a motel and left him in the tub with the shower running. They returned to find Anthony with his face in the water.

Cool weather bringsCalifornia energy glut

SAN FRANCISCO -- Unseasonably cool weather has turned the California power crisis on its head, with recent energy shortages giving way to a glut that's prompted the state to sell excess power at a loss.

In some cases, traders say, energy bought at an average of $138 per megawatt is being sold for as little as $1 per megawatt.

State officials acknowledged selling excess power over the past week, but disputed the prices. They said the sales are a blip during a long, hot summer and blackouts are still possible if the mercury soars.

"This is unusual, but it was anticipated, it is typical in the power buying operation," said Oscar Hidalgo, a spokesman for the Department of Water Resources, which is in charge of buying power for three financially ailing utilities. "It's better than doing nothing with surplus power."

The agency has spent the past few months arming the state with long-term energy contracts while weaning itself away from buying high-priced power on the last-minute electricity market.

Senate Democrats hopeto overturn Bush policy

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats hoping to overturn President Bush's ban on U.S. aid for groups that advocate abortion rights abroad were presenting witnesses today to make a case that the policy will lead to "misery and death."

The Bush policy "is restricting family planning, not abortions," Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said in a statement prepared for the hearing. Boxer has introduced legislation to overturn the policy.

Democrats have been critical of the policy since Bush issued it during his first week in office.

GOP leaders have accused foreign organizations of shifting money around to fund abortion efforts. The Bush policy prohibits $425 million in U.S. aid for global population assistance from going to groups that counsel women about abortion.

"Many foreign organizations are being forced to either limit their services or simply close their doors to women across the world," Boxer said. "This will cause women and families increased misery and death."

Dracula theme park

BUCHAREST, Romania -- German investors and the Romanian government are planning to develop Dracula Land, a "terror" theme park in Transylvania that officials hope will boost the country's ailing tourism industry.

Westernstadt Pullman City, a German company that operates a Wild West in America theme park in Germany, is likely to design, build and operate Dracula Land, Romania's Tourism Minister Dan Matei Agathon said Wednesday.

Plans call for the park to be built in the medieval city of Sighisoara -- the hometown of the 15th century prince Vlad the Impaler, who inspired novelist Bram Stoker's "Dracula."

Vlad earned his nickname because of his penchant for impaling captured Turks and other enemies on stakes. His birthplace in the city is now a restaurant.

The park, to be privately funded, will cost about $15.62 million, with another $19 million needed for infrastructure improvements. Some of the money will be used to restore the city's 15th century fortress and ramparts.

Associated Press




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