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Regional News: Olympic Bomber Tries to Cash In; Tracking Cemetery Vandals

By: AP
By: AP
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The man who set off a bomb at a Birmingham abortion clinic in 1998 has published an autobiography from prison. Eric Rudolph published the book with help from his brother. In it, he explains his motive in that bombing and another at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. Prosecutors say they will try to seize any of Rudolph's profits from the book.

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) -- A sheriff in eastern Alabama is targeting vandals by placing hidden cameras in rural cemeteries. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones launched the cemetery camera project working with the county's Cemetery Preservation Commission. Jones says vandals have been smashing slabs and headstones at historic grave sites that are more than a century old.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A group of scientists left Florida for a 20-day expedition into the habits and patterns of the Great White Shark.
A 126-foot ship named the MV OCEARCH left Jacksonville Friday. The expedition will allow scientists to study and tag Great White Sharks weighing more than 2,000 lbs.
Once the researchers wrangle a shark on board, they have 15 minutes to perform a health check on the shark and to attach a satellite tracking device. That device will send signals for up to two years, every time the shark surfaces.
Last fall, researchers aboard the ship examined and tagged a 16 1/2-foot Great White and dubbed it "Mary Lee," while off the coast of Cape Cod.
Scientists from the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota are among the researchers aboard the ship.

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- More than 60 years after he was held captive during the Korean War, a former soldier has been given a Prisoner of War Medal. Eighty-year-old Gordon Petro cried as he accepted the medal. Petro says he didn't know the medal existed until staff at a Florida hotel learned about his military service and contacted Congressman Bill Posey.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A pilot's quick thinking helped avert disaster when his plane stalled near Clearwater. Anthony Marsh says a nearby bridge and highway were too crowded with traffic for a landing, so he aimed for Tampa Bay. He was able to kick out the windshield and swim away.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new PBS documentary is shining a light on a civil rights leader some say has been overshadowed by such icons as Martin Luther King Jr. Those who knew Whitney Young Jr. say he was able to penetrate corporate boardrooms dominated by whites, and worked with the Oval Office through three administrations. They say that was critical to the civil rights movement.


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