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Firefighters remove train cars from tunnel



Published: Sun, July 22, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Firefighters removetrain cars from tunnel

BALTIMORE -- Firefighters made progress Saturday against a smoky railroad tunnel fire that had crippled the city, removing several train cars including one that had leaked a powerful acid.

And after postponing three games because of the fire, the Baltimore Orioles announced Saturday that they were returning to nearby Camden Yards for an evening game against the Anaheim Angels.

"It's certainly a much, much brighter picture than it was yesterday," Fire Department spokesman Hector Torres said.

The CSX freight train carrying hydrochloric acid and other hazardous materials derailed inside the tunnel and caught fire Wednesday, closing several city blocks, blocking highways, and disrupting Internet service across the country by burning fiber optic cables.

Firefighters were forced to enter the tunnel, blocked by tangled rail cars, six at a time through a manhole in the street. The fire's temperature rose to nearly 1,500 degrees and metal on the train's cars glowed orange.

Condit's brother nabbedon parole violation

DANIA BEACH, Fla. -- Darrell Wayne Condit, the younger brother of U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, was arrested early Saturday in Florida on a probation violation.

The sheriff's deputies escorted Condit, in handcuffs, from the sheriff's office headquarters to the Broward County Jail at 9 a.m. Saturday, nearly six hours after an off-duty officer spotted him trying to check into a motel in Dania Beach.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cheryl Stopnick said her department was contacted by the FBI earlier last week to be on the lookout for Condit. The FBI wanted to question Darrell Condit about the disappearance of Chandra Levy, the intern who has been connected with his older brother.

Darrell Condit was last arrested in Florida in November 1996 and charged with driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana, sheriff's office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Tuesday.

Fla. Bar clears Rodham

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Hugh Rodham did not violate ethics rules by lobbying his brother-in-law, then-President Clinton, for clemency for two clients convicted of felonies, the Florida Bar has ruled.

The former president and his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, denied knowledge of Hugh Rodham's financial dealings in the two cases, and he bowed to their demand that he return the $400,000 he was paid.

The bar's grievance committee found insufficient evidence to file a complaint against Rodham with the Florida Supreme Court, saying Rodham did not violate ethics rules in the cases of Carlos Vignali and Almon Glenn Braswell. Both were eventually granted pardons.

There was no comment Saturday from the 50-year-old Rodham.

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