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Kidnapped girl found unharmed

Published Sep. 10, 2005

A 6-year-old girl whose family left New York after the terrorist attacks was found safe at a mall Friday, a day after she was abducted while playing in her front yard in New Jersey.

Anna Cardelfe was dropped off about 10 miles from her home, apparently after the kidnapper heeded a tearful plea for her return from the girl's father, authorities said. Security workers recognized her and called police. She was reunited with her family and brought home.

"They were hugging their child, and their child was hugging them," prosecutor Robert Honecker said. The scene "brought tears to the eyes of veteran detectives."

Honecker said Anna was in good spirits and unharmed. He would not elaborate on what the girl told authorities.

Police continued to hunt for the girl's kidnapper. They released a sketch of a suspect and were investigating whether more than one person was involved.


WASHINGTON _ Louis Rich Inc. has recalled about 11,800 pounds of turkey and ham lunch meat distributed nationwide because it may be contaminated by a bacteria that can cause serious illness.

The meat may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea, according to federal inspectors. It can kill young children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

The products being recalled are:

"Louis Rich 95% Fat Free Turkey Ham Cured Turkey Thigh Meat" in 8 oz. packages. A date code of "EA NOV 10 P-2310" is marked on the upper right corner of each package.

"Louis Rich 50% Less Fat Smoked Chopped Turkey Ham Cured Turkey Thigh Meat Chopped & Formed" in 8 oz. packages. A date code of "EA OCT 31T P-2310" is also on the upper right corner of each package.

The meat should be discarded.

DETROIT _ General Motors Corp. said Friday it is recalling 86,312 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy sport utility vehicles for a problem that could cause the gear shift lever to suddenly move out of park.

This latest recall involves all 4-wheel drive TrailBlazers and Envoys built between Jan. 16 and Aug. 24.

Also . . .

GEORGIA ADMISSIONS: A court ruling declaring the University of Georgia's admissions policy unconstitutional because it considers race will not be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Board of Regents said Friday.

Instead, the university will focus on recruitment efforts to increase the number of black students, the regents said.

COMMISSIONERS WILL LEAVE: New York City's police and fire commissioners _ whose departments suffered heavy losses in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack _ will not seek reappointment when the new mayor takes office.

Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik called his decision to leave "bittersweet."

Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen told the New York Times that he will not seek reappointment.

RABBI TRIAL: _ The day after they declared themselves at a standstill, jurors considering murder-for-hire charges against Rabbi Fred Neulander resumed deliberations Friday.

Jurors sent Superior Court Judge Linda G. Baxter a second note Friday asking for more time to deliberate. Even before that, she had said she planned to tell the jury to continue its work, citing the length and complexity of the trial.

ROCKEFELLER TREE: New York got an 81-foot dose of good cheer Friday, as one of the city's grandest holiday traditions _ a towering Christmas tree _ arrived at Rockefeller Center.

The 8-ton tree was harnessed to a giant crane, which lifted it onto its perch overlooking the center's ice skating rink.