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People pay their respects at the scene of a crash in Ohio that left three teenagersdead. PEGGY TURBETT / Plain Dealer
People pay their respects at the scene of a crash in Ohio that left three teenagersdead. PEGGY TURBETT / Plain Dealer
Posted: June 04, 2012

3 Ohio teens die, 2 hurt in crash

CINCINNATI - A car carrying five teenagers went airborne as it sped over railroad tracks in Ohio early Sunday and crashed, killing two passengers and the driver, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Two others were hospitalized.

The driver was a senior football player whose Brunswick High School graduation was scheduled Sunday afternoon.

The 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling at a high speed just after midnight when the driver lost control, troopers said. The car went airborne, left the right side of the roadway, swerved across the left side of the road, hit a ditch and tree, then flipped over onto the roadway, according to troopers.

The driver, Jeffrey Chaya, 18, and two passengers, Blake Bartchak, 17, and Lexi Poerner, 16, were killed, the patrol said. Kevin Fox, 18, thrown from the car into a ditch, was in critical condition at Cleveland Metro Health Medical Center, troopers said. The fifth person in the car, Julia Romito, 17, was taken to Southwest General Hospital, which wouldn't release information on her. - AP

N.M. fire tamed, evacuation to end

Residents and business owners will be allowed to return to the small privately run ghost town of Mogollon on Monday as fire crews battling the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history continued to make progress.

The town was evacuated on May 26 as extreme wind fueled the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire, now at 377 square miles.

The Catron County Sheriff's Office decided to lift the evacuation order on Monday because crews were able to build some containment lines on the fire's western flank, Tara Ross, a spokeswoman for crews fighting the fire, said Sunday. The ghost town will open to the public again on Wednesday. - AP

College freshman at 9, doctor at 21

CHICAGO - A 21-year-old Chicago man who began college at age 9 and medical school three years later is about to become the youngest student ever awarded an M.D. by the University of Chicago.

Sho Yano, who was reading at age 2, writing at 3 and composing music at 5, will graduate this week from the Pritzker School of Medicine, where he also received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology.

Yano earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola University in three years, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. Some schools refused admittance; officials worried the rigors of medical school would hinder his ability to have a normal adolescence.

Yano, an accomplished pianist who has a black belt in tae kwon do, told the paper he hopes his graduation will silence those who questioned his developmental aptitude when he entered medical school. He is preparing for his residency in pediatric neurology. - AP


The Obama administration has granted visas to two senior officials from Zimbabwe to attend a meeting of an international body charged with monitoring and preventing the sale of blood diamonds, despite human-rights concerns and financial sanctions against the pair. The State Department said Sunday that Zimbabwe's attorney general and minister of mines would be part of the country's delegation to the U.S.-hosted meeting of the Kimberley Process that begins on Monday.

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