ORLANDO - More than 2,000 people watched killer whales perform yesterday at SeaWorld for the first time since one of the orcas dragged a trainer to her death underwater in front of horrified spectators three days ago. The audience seemed thrilled, applauding and cheering as the whales zipped around their tank and splashed spectators during the show. Several SeaWorld employees wept as a photo montage was shown in memory of their co-worker, Dawn Brancheau, the 40-year-old veteran trainer who was killed Wednesday.
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Student dies, 7 hurt in car crash in Va.PHILADELPHIA - A van carrying a Temple University dance team to a competition in North Carolina crashed in southern Virginia early yesterday, killing one student and injuring seven others. Kammini Ragoopath, 21, of Lansdale, Pa., died after the van veered off Interstate 85 and hit a guardrail in Dinwiddie County, State Police said. Fatima Pervaiz, 20, whose hometown was not available, suffered serious injuries and was flown to a Richmond hospital. The driver and five other passengers were taken to a Petersburg hospital with minor injuries.
Linder won’t run for Congress againATLANTA - US Representative John Linder announced yesterday that he will retire from Congress after 18 years. The Republican from Gwinnett County made the announcement at the dedication of a new county GOP headquarters. Linder was one of former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s top aides and a fiscal conservative.
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