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WASHINGTONSEATTLE — A seventh person died yesterday of injuries from a Washington state oil refinery blast. A nursing supervisor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said Matt Gumbel had been in the hospital’s intensive care unit with serious burns. Gumbel had undergone skin graft surgery a few hours before his death. The explosive fire at the
US Navy to name ship after MurthaJOHNSTOWN — The Navy will name its next amphibious ship after late representative John Murtha of Pennsylvania. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus made the announcement last week at the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport. Murtha, a former Marine, represented the Johnstown area for more than 35 years. He died in February at 77. The ship will be a 10th San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport vessel. It will transport 700 Marines and their equipment.
Ex-youth jail official sentenced for abuseODESSA — A former Texas youth jail administrator has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage inmate. Jurors spent more than an hour deliberating Friday before handing down the sentence for Ray Edward Brookins. He was convicted Thursday of abusing the then-18-year-old inmate at the Texas Youth Commission’s West Texas State School in 2004. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum 20-year sentence.
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