A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, April 9, 2007.
The New Zealand Police has reported that a three-year-old boy choked to death on Saturday afternoon, due to what they believe was a piece of candy at his birthday party.
The parents did call New Zealand’s emergency number, 1-1-1, after their son alerted his parents to the fact that he was choking. The paramedics were unable to revive the Napier boy when they arrived at the scene.
The case has been referred to a coroner.
- Nzpa. “Three year old dies after choking on candy” — Fairfax New Zealand, April 9, 2007
- “Three-year-old birthday boy chokes to death” — New Zealand Herald, April 9, 2007
Relatively unknown golfer Zach Johnson won the 71st Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Johnson shot 3-under-par 69 in Sunday’s fourth round, to win by 2 strokes over Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, and Rory Sabbattini.
Johnson won a purse worth US$1,305,000 and a lifetime qualification to the Masters Tournament, held annually at the Augusta National Golf Club.
- Press Release: Vartan Kupelian. “Johnson Proves His Mettle In Masters Victory” — The Masters Tournament, April 9, 2007
- Gene Wojciechowski. “Johnson beats Tiger at his own game” — ESPN.com, April 9, 2007
- “A strange week ends with a green jacket for Johnson” — CBS Sportsline, April 8, 2007
A couple living in New York City have decided to take a taxi all the way to Arizona. Betty and Bob Matas are retiring and leaving the city for good. What started as joke, has become reality, in part to spare their cats from traveling in a jetliner cargo-hold. They have negotiated a US$3,000 flat fee instead of the metered rate, which was estimated at US$5,000.
- “New York couple taking cab to Arizona retirement” — CNN, April 8, 2007
- “New York City Couple Hails Cab to Arizona” — Fox News, April 8, 2007
A vocational nurse working for Dr. John Capriotti, a plastic surgeon, was accused of setting the fire that wounded several and killed three people in Houston, Texas on March 28. She was allegedly trying to cover up the fact that she hadn’t completed the paperwork for an upcoming audit.
The fire began in Dr. Capriotti’s office on the fifth floor and quickly spread to the sixth. Arson investigators from the Houston Fire Department, the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had been working to determine the source of the fire.
- Anne Marie Kilday. “Bond set at $330,000 for nurse in fatal fire” — Houston Chronicle, April 8, 2007
- Associated Press. “Woman afraid of losing job confesses to fatal fire” — The Dallas Morning News, April 8, 2007
- Kimberly Pina. “Area fire departments evaluate high-rise strategy” — Houston Chronicle, April 6, 2007
- Joe Stinebaker. “3 dead in Houston office building fire” — Lexington Herald-Leader, March 29, 2007
Iran announced that it has started industrial scale production of nuclear fuel involving hundreds of centrifuges. The announcement comes as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reasserts his nation’s nuclear rights in the face of two rounds of sanctions by the UN Security Council, which is seeking a halt to such work.
The United States denounced the declaration, saying it showed Iran was defying the international community.
- Parisa Hafezi. “Iran announces “industrial” nuclear fuel work” — Reuters, April 9, 2007
- Marc Wolfensberger and Patrick Donahue. “Iran Says Nuclear Enrichment Reaches Industrial Scale” — Bloomberg L.P., April 9, 2007
- “President: Iran to generate nuclear power on schedule” — Islamic Republic News Agency, April 9, 2007