NEWPORT NEWS, Va.
Cannibalism evidence found
Archaeologists and forensic scientists working with human remains recovered at Jamestown last summer reported Wednesday that their follow-up studies have turned up gruesome evidence of cannibalism that took place during the Starving Time of 1609-10.
Analyzing the skull of a 14-year-old girl found in a refuse pit filled with butchered horse and dog bones, they discovered multiple evidence of sharp cuts and chopping blows aimed at the cranium, cheeks and mandible.
The location and number of the marks are consistent with the flesh and brain being removed, probably for consumption.
Of about 300 English settlers living at James Fort in the winter of 1608, only about 60 survived to the spring.
Woman found after 11 years
A central Pennsylvania woman who mysteriously disappeared after dropping off her children for school 11 years ago has surfaced in Florida, telling police she traveled there on a whim with homeless hitchhikers, slept under bridges and survived by scavenging food and panhandling, authorities said Wednesday.
Brenda Heist, 53, had been declared legally dead, Lititz Borough Police Det. John Schofield said. The detective said he met with her in Florida on Monday and she expressed shame and apologized for what she did to her family.
Heist was going through an amicable divorce in 2002 when she was turned down for housing assistance, which led her to despair.
Her ex-husband, Lee Heist, was looked at as a suspect in her disappearance and supposed death, but cooperated with investigators, took a polygraph and was eventually cleared.
Collapse victims buried
Dozens of Bangladeshi garment workers, their bodies too battered or decomposed to be identified, were buried in a mass funeral Wednesday, a week after the eight-story building they worked in toppled down, killing at least 410 people and injuring thousands.
Hundreds attended the traditional Muslim funeral and many more looked on from the roofs of nearby buildings as the bodies, rotting in the spring heat, were brought to the graveyard on the back of flatbed trucks.
Five garment factories were housed in the illegally constructed Rana Plaza building that collapsed April 24, five months after a fire killed 112 people at another clothing factory.
President’s plunge unreported
Seeing the president slam face-first into the ground after falling from a speeding horse would be a shock to any nation. In authoritarian Turkmenistan, many residents didn’t even get the chance.
President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov apparently wasn’t seriously injured Sunday when his horse stumbled and he pitched into the dirt track at the hippodrome on the outskirts of the capital, Ashgabat.
Thousands of people were in the stands for the race but state television’s video of the race cut off just before the fall and the extensive written reports on the event didn’t mention the plunge.
All domestic media in Turkmenistan is either state-run or under heavy government supervision.