2 on motorcycle hurt
MECCA -- A motorcyclist and his passenger were seriously injured after being thrown from their bike onto the rocky embankment of the Mosquito Lake causeway, Ohio State Highway Patrol reports say.
Jerry Brown, 46, of East Market Street, Warren, was driving the 1977 Triumph motorcycle east on the state Route 88 causeway shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday when it veered into the guardrail, sending rider and passenger flying, said Brett Godfrey, a trooper at OSHP's Warren post.
Brown and his passenger, Terri Davis, 42, same address, were transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where Brown remains in critical condition.
Hospital personnel would not release information about Davis' condition.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident, Godfrey said.
Birds to stay at marina
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- Boaters at Presque Isle Marina are being asked to swallow hard and put up with the purple martins. At least until conservationists and can figure out if plans to renovate and beautify the marina by burying overhead power lines would eliminate what's become a key roosting area for the birds -- the largest of the North American swallows.
Marina members, saying bird droppings mess up the marina, hoped to bury the power lines, which would also improve the marina's appearance.
Two islands in Presque Isle Bay are part of a massive "heat sink," Hill said, a sheltered sleeping area where temperatures tend to be 10 to 20 degrees warmer than they are inland. As a result, up to 100,000 purple martins roost there each night in July and August and tend to congregate on the wires.
James R. Hill, founder of the Purple Martin Conservation Association, who is affiliated with Edinboro University, said British television has recorded the birds several times at their Presque Isle habitat and other educational programs have been taped there.
Despite the problems with bird droppings, some boaters have welcomed the birds because of a myth that they eat mosquitoes.
The birds eat 100 million insects per day at Presque Isle, Hill said, including dragonflies, moths, butterflies and various kinds of flies -- but not mosquitoes.
Hill said the boaters shouldn't fight Mother Nature because if the overhead wires are removed, the birds will most likely begin roosting on boat masts.
Cause of death
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia State College softball player from Pennsylvania died when Adrenalin was inadvertently injected into a vein during routine shoulder surgery, The Charleston Gazette reported Saturday.
Heather Allen of Uniontown, Pa., died of cardiac failure Aug. 14 as she was being prepped for arthroscopic surgery at Thomas Memorial Hospital to remove a cyst from her right shoulder.
The all-conference shortstop was to begin her senior year this fall in Institute.
Adrenalin, also called epinephrine, was supposed to be injected into Allen's joints, Kaplan said. This epinephrine would have caused the joint area to expand, making room for an arthroscopic instrument that would survey the shoulder area.
Instead, some of the epinephrine hit a nearby vein, dangerously accelerating Allen's heart rate. Her heart soon stopped.
In 1998, seven people nationwide died because of epinephrine, according the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics.