Minister dies in crash
Minister of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security George Saitoti was killed yesterday alongside a junior minister and four others after a police helicopter crashed near Nairobi, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said. “It is unfortunate that we have lost honorable Professor Saitoti, assistant minister [Joshua] Orwa Ojode,” Musyoka told journalists. Orwa Ojode was assistant minister for internal security. The helicopter took off from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport and crashed at about 8:30am in the Ngong hills near Nairobi.
Health tests good: Chavez
President Hugo Chavez, whose health is in the spotlight ahead of a re-election bid, said on Saturday that tests taken after cancer radiation treatment in Cuba went very well. Last month, Chavez sought treatment in Cuba after the cancer that he had been suffering since last year recurred. He told reporters at the presidential palace that the tests were initially scheduled for the middle of this month, but he “took the decision to take them ahead of time” to show the results before today, when he formally registers to run for re-election for a third consecutive term on Oct. 7.
Prosthetic leg returned
A fisherman was surprised when he hauled up a prosthetic leg from the Gulf of Mexico and even more surprised when he was able to find its owner. The leg is emblazoned with the logo from the University of Kentucky and the school’s wildcat mascot. Fisherman Matt Willingham said he contacted the manufacturer about finding the leg’s owner. WKYT-TV in Lexington reported that it belonged to Fred Robinson, who played on the school’s football team in the 1980s and had lost his leg in a work accident five years ago. Robinson, who now lives in Florida, said he lost the prosthetic while swimming at the end of last month.
Pastor choked daughter
A police report said a teenage daughter of Atlanta-area megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar told authorities her father choked and punched her after an argument. The report said Dollar claims he tried to restrain his daughter, wrestled her to the floor and spanked her after she became disrespectful. The father and daughter argued early on Friday over whether she could go to a party. The 15-year-old told a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy that she went into the kitchen and her father came in and asked why she was crying. She said when she said she did not want to talk, her father choked her, threw her to the ground and hit her, according to the report. Her 19-year-old sister corroborated most of that account. Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children.
Guitarist Pete Cosey dies
Pete Cosey, an innovative guitarist who brought his distinctive distorted sound to recordings with Miles Davis, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, died, his daughter said. He was 68. Mariama Cosey says her father died on May 30 of complications from surgery in Chicago. Pete Cosey was born in Chicago and later moved to Arizona, where, according to a Chicago Tribune article, he started to develop his unique sound. In the 1960s, Cosey was a member of the studio band at Chess Records in Chicago, where he played with Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Cosey also played on many of Davis’ boundary-pushing recordings in the 1970s.