Mom, 2 sons improve after airport sign fell
A woman and two of her sons were improving Sunday after being seriously injured when a flight information billboard fell on them at an airport.
A third son was killed Friday when the electronic board, weighing at least 300 pounds, fell from a wall at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The boys’ mother, Heather Bresette, had broken ankles and a crushed pelvis. She had surgeries over the weekend, but she was still in intensive care and unconscious, University Hospital spokeswoman Nicole Wyatt said.
“She does not know that her baby is dead,” the family’s priest, the Rev. Don Farnan, said.
Luke Bresette, 10, was killed. His brother, 5-year-old Tyler, suffered a concussion. His 8-year-old brother, Sam, had a broken leg and nose. Tyler was let out of a children’s hospital Sunday.
Facility owner: Men’s parachutes not deployed
Two Icelandic skydivers who died during weekend jumps at a popular southwest Florida camp did not deploy their main parachutes, the co-owner of the facility said Sunday.
Deputies found the bodies of the skydiving instructor and a student Saturday after the two didn’t return from a jump with a group, setting off an hours-long air and ground search around the Zephyrhills facility, about 30 miles northeast of Tampa. Pasco County sheriff’s authorities identified the victims as 41-year-old instructor Orvar Arnarson and 25-year-old student Andrimar Pordarson of Iceland. The men jumped separately.
The fact that the men didn’t deploy their main parachutes could mean that they lost altitude awareness and didn’t know where they were during the dive, which is unusual, said T.K. Hayes, co-owner of Skydive City.
Transplant guidelines too late for rabies victim
Experts say a Maryland man who died last month of rabies might have been spared under transplant recommendations that hadn’t yet been published when he got a kidney from an infected donor in 2011.
The guidance from the federally funded United Network for Organ Sharing came out in June, nine months after organs from the Florida donor went to four patients. The guidelines urge caution when considering donors with encephalitis, a brain inflammation that is one symptom of rabies. The Florida donor suffered from the condition.
The only other known U.S. case of rabies transmission through a transplant occurred in 2004 in Texas. Four organ recipients died, and the case helped stir the creation of a UNOS panel dedicated to reducing disease transmission through transplants.
Ex-Pakistani president returns home; few care
Former President Pervez Musharraf returned home Sunday hoping to make a political comeback despite Taliban death threats and looming arrest warrants. But judging by the lackluster crowd at the airport to greet him, his biggest challenge could be his waning popularity.
Musharraf, a four-star general who was chief of the army, took power in a 1999 coup and his military-led regime steered the country for nearly a decade until he was forced to step down in 2008 as president. Confronted with mounting criticism and widespread protests after he tried to dismiss a popular chief justice, he left facing impeachment by the newly elected parliament.
Police: No sign of 3rd party in tycoon’s death
There was no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in the death of Boris Berezovsky, the self-exiled Russian tycoon who went from Kremlin kingmaker to fiery critic, British police said Sunday.
With an investigation under way, police are treating the death of Berezovsky — who fled to Britain in the early 2000s after a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin — as unexplained. But the former oligarch survived assassination attempts and had faced financial difficulties, prompting speculation as to whether his death was part of a conspiracy — or suicide.
Police said Sunday it would be wrong to speculate on Berezovsky’s cause of death pending the results of an autopsy, but said they had no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved.
Saplings from Anne Frank’s tree take root
Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the U.S. as part of a project to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.
The tree, one of the Jewish teenager’s only connections to nature while she hid with her family, was diseased and rotted through the trunk when wind and heavy rain toppled it in August 2010. But saplings grown from its seeds will be planted in April, when the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will put the first one in the ground.
The 11 U.S. locations, which also include a park memorializing 9/11 victims in New York City, an Arkansas high school that was the heart of the desegregation battle and Holocaust centers in Michigan and Washington state were chosen by The Anne Frank Center USA from 34 applicants.