- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 3, 2002

ALABAMA
Al-Amin arraignedon assault charges
MONTGOMERY A former militant civil rights leader serving a life sentence without parole for killing a deputy sheriff in Atlanta was arraigned on charges stemming from his arrest more than two years ago in Lowndes County.
Jamil Al-Amin, the former Black Panther Party leader known as H. Rap Brown in the 1960s, wore chains on his legs when he appeared briefly in federal court in Montgomery on Tuesday. He was arraigned on charges that he fired shots at federal marshals when they attempted to arrest him in White Hall in Lowndes County.
Al-Amin was convicted earlier this year of murder in the fatal shooting in Atlanta of Deputy Sheriff Richard Kinchen and of assault in the wounding of Deputy Aldranon English.

LOUISIANA
Ex-governor ordered to begin prison term
BATON ROUGE Former Gov. Edwin Edwards was ordered yesterday to report to prison by Oct. 21 to serve 10 years for extorting riverboat casino applicants during and after his fourth term.
In a written order, U.S. District Judge Frank Polozola also told Edwards' son, Stephen, and Baton Rouge businessman Bobby Johnson to report to prison by the same date for their roles in the scam.
The convictions were upheld by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which refused to allow the men to remain free on bond until the U.S. Supreme Court decided whether to hear their appeals.

ARIZONA
Goats frolicat 4-H fair
FLAGSTAFF The Goats Galore 4-H Club kept busy at the 2002 Coconino County Fair.
"Besides the kids showing and caring for their goats at the fair, we were at the Centennial Booth for two days doing demonstrations and educating the public on the versatility and fun of dairy goats," said Holly Stone, the Goat Project leader.
"The kids and parents in our group have a great enthusiasm for their goats and we were able to show the public hands-on demonstrations with our animals.

FLORIDA
Alligator catchernabbed for poaching
DAYTONA BEACH A tourist who captured a live alligator at a putt-putt golf course was himself nabbed in a hotel parking lot, clutching the alligator and holding its mouth closed.
Derrick Dale Cooper, 22, of North Carolina, was charged with animal poaching and petty theft after using a noose to catch a 3-foot-long alligator Monday at the Congo River golf park, police said.
The putt-putt course was the scene of a similar incident last year when a pair of tourists were arrested for taking a gator to their hotel pool.

HAWAII
Residents call Englishtheir second language
HONOLULU About one-fourth of the state's residents consider English their second language.
According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures, Hawaii ranks fifth in the nation in percentage of non-English speakers, behind California, New Mexico, Texas and New York.
Pacific Island languages top the list of non-English languages spoken by residents, followed by Tagalog, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Korean.

IDAHO
Custody battle focuseson gay relationship
IDAHO FALLS Theron McGriff's two young daughters sometimes draw pictures of their family: Mom, Dad and Dad's partner.
But the family picture has become clouded by a custody battle that has reached the Idaho Supreme Court from this heavily Mormon community. The case has gained national attention and will likely set the precedent for homosexual custody cases in Idaho.
The case centers on Theron McGriff's desire to live with the man he loves. His ex-wife, Shawn, believes their children shouldn't be allowed to visit their father if he lives with his male lover, fearing backlash in the conservative town.

ILLINOIS
Chicago City Councilseeks slavery records
CHICAGO The City Council voted unanimously yesterday to require companies that do business with the city to disclose past ties to slavery, a measure lawmakers say could help descendants of slaves win reparations.
In a 44-0 vote, the council approved the ordinance requiring disclosure from companies that held or issued insurance policies covering slaves.
"I believe people would like to know if a corporation they're contemplating doing business with has its roots in trading in human cargo," said Alderman Dorothy Tillman, who proposed the measure.
The proposal initially targeted only insurance companies.

IOWA
Poll finds supportfalling for Iraq attack
DES MOINES A new Iowa Poll shows Iowa's support for an attack on Iraq is slipping.
The survey by the Des Moines Register shows 51 percent of 805 likely voters favor U.S. military action to oust Saddam Hussein, while 32 percent are opposed. Seventeen percent say they are not sure.
Support for an attack was stronger in an Iowa Poll taken in December, when 66 percent of likely voters favored military action.

MASSACHUSETTS
Store owner paysto settle complaints
SPRINGFIELD The owner of 28 Dunkin' Donuts stores in the greater Springfield area will pay $150,000 to settle charges that he broke state child-labor laws.
Attorney General Tom Reilly said about 150 teenagers were forced to work long hours, were required to pay fines for not wearing uniforms correctly and also had tips stolen by their employer.

MONTANA
Company takes overYellowstone stores
WEST YELLOWSTONE A Buffalo, N.Y.-based company is taking over the historic chain of stores in Yellowstone National Park owned by a local family for 87 years. Delaware North Parks Services won the 15-year contract over Hamilton Stores Inc.
Delaware North also operates concessions in Yosemite National Park, the Kennedy Space Center and Niagara Falls State Park.

NEW YORK
Gunman opens firein housing complex
NEW YORK A former police officer, shooting from his apartment window, wounded a preschool teacher taking children to a playground during a three-hour spree in a sprawling housing complex.
Brian Berrigan, 33, was found sitting at a table inside his fourth-floor apartment at Stuyvesant Town, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
Bullets crashed through windows and into parked cars, grazing the shoulder of the 22-year-old teacher, whose name was not released.

NORTH CAROLINA
Governor to spendmillions on drought
KANNAPOLIS Gov. Michael F. Easley announced plans to spend $20 million during the coming year to help cities endure the ongoing drought.
Mr. Easley said the state needs to help cities make sure they have enough water. He wants to spend the money on interconnections between water systems and other measures.

OHIO
Historians seek remnantsof defunct steel producer
CLEVELAND Historians trying to preserve remnants of the defunct LTV Corp. are asking former steel mill workers to donate or loan photographs, work records and other items.
The Western Reserve Historical Society also will ask International Steel Group, the buyer of LTV steel-making operations, for small pieces of machinery.
At one time, LTV was the nation's third-largest integrated steelmaker.

OREGON
Hunter wearing blackmistaken for bear
HOOD RIVER A Gresham hunter, who was fatally shot by another hunter early Sunday, was wearing all black clothing and a black backpack and was mistaken for a bear, investigators told the Oregonian on Monday.
Clyde W. Shumway, 58, died after being struck by a single round fired from a .300-caliber Magnum rifle by James F. Glenn, 49, of Odell.
Hood River County Sheriff Joe Wampler said Monday that the shooting occurred at first light between 6:30 and 7 a.m. in a clear-cut area about 2,700 feet from Cooper Spur Road.
"I'll stick my neck out and say that if Mr. Shumway had been wearing orange blaze clothing, it might have saved his life," Sheriff Wampler said. "But that doesn't totally let the shooter off the hook."

PENNSYLVANIA
Goat capturedduring roundup
MONACA A 20-pound goat on the lam for more than two weeks was captured during a weekend roundup.
"We had all the neighbors going 'Baaaa' in the woods if you can imagine that," said Center Township Police Chief Barry Kramer. "I was finally able to get close enough to get the net over it."
The animal believed to be a domestic pygmy goat was being put up temporarily at Chief Kramer's house until the chief locates the owner or finds it a new home.
Chief Kramer was trying to track down the owner of the gray and white goat by means of a metal Ohio Department of Agriculture tag in its ear.

RHODE ISLAND
Reeve makes casefor stem-cell research
SOUTH KINGSTOWN Christopher Reeve yesterday urged Rhode Island to pass legislation that would allow scientists in the state free rein in experimenting with stem cells, which hold the promise of curing a multitude of diseases and disorders, including Mr. Reeve's own paralysis.
Speaking to an audience of more than 1,000 at the University of Rhode Island a crowd that filled three lecture halls and spilled into the corridors Mr. Reeve said that with presidential support lacking and some in Congress adamantly opposed, the states must take the lead in stem-cell research, the Providence Journal reports.

SOUTH DAKOTA
Manure-avoiding keyon Black Hills trails
CUSTER The six-mile round-trip hike to Harney Peak was a nearly perfect outdoor experience Monday for Paul and Marcia Thomasson of Sioux Falls.
Except for the horse manure.
"There was quite a bit of it along the trail," Mrs. Thomasson said as she and her husband pulled their leashed golden retrievers, Osti and Sampson, to a halt along the trail.
Still, they won't push the point too far. As dog owners who like to take their canine pals with them on public recreation ground, they fear an attack on horses could boomerang into restrictions of dogs.

TENNESSEE
Man molested childrenat fair, police say
NASHVILLE A man befriended neighborhood children and their parents, then worked at the Tennessee State Fair to get free passes and took children there to abuse one of them, police said.
Metro officers have arrested Charles Dewayne Wray, 27, who they say admitted raping a 5-year-old at the fair on both Friday and Saturday.
Mr. Wray is in jail, charged with two counts of child rape and one count of aggravated sexual battery.
Police said a witness saw Mr. Wray with his hand in the child's pants late Saturday while the two were at a firetruck exhibit at the fair's Kid's Town section.
When arrested the same night, he was with five girls ranging in age from 5 to 10, the Nashville Tennesseean reported.

UTAH
Tour bus crashes;five persons dead
NEPHI A bus carrying sightseers on a fall foliage tour overturned on a remote forest road yesterday, killing five and injuring 20, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
The bus' brakes apparently failed as the vehicle turned a corner in Juab County, about 70 miles south of Salt Lake City, said highway patrol spokesman Chris Kramer.
Mr. Kramer said five passengers were confirmed dead and another 20 were injured, some seriously.

VERMONT
Ham radio buffstune in during crises
BURLINGTON After last year's terrorist attacks brought down the World Trade Center towers, amateur radio operators like Mitch Stern wanted to help and they knew exactly how they could be of use.
The towers' destruction had knocked out the local phone system and officials put out a call for amateur radio operators to patch together a communications network.
"My wife wouldn't let me go, but I know one radio operator who went," Mr. Stern told the Free Press."
The vital role played by operators of amateur radio also known as ham radio in post-September 11 New York made government officials realize the importance of the resource.

WEST VIRGINIA
Fund establishedin memory of pilot
CHARLESTON Friends and members of West Virginia's flying community have established a memorial fund for a Charleston pilot who died in an August plane crash, the Daily Mail reports.
The Ed Pinney Memorial Fund was set up in memory of Eddy Pinney, who piloted the private plane for Charleston law firm Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler.
The plane crashed Aug. 16 in Sanderson, just 12 miles east of its destination at Yeager Airport. Mr. Pinney was the only person on board.

WYOMING
Enzi seeks cemeteryat capital for vets
CHEYENNE Wyoming's capital city may be one step closer to having a national veterans cemetery, the Tribune-Eagle reports.
On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Michael B. Enzi introduced legislation that would give the state's veterans in this area the chance to be buried near their families.
If passed, the bill would direct the secretary of Veteran's Affairs to establish a national cemetery in Cheyenne.
Mr. Enzi said more than 53,000 veterans in Wyoming have only one option for burial services in the state: the Wyoming State Cemetery in Casper.
From wire dispatches and staff reports
WISCONSIN
Filter cancelsRellim Tour
MADISON Filter has dropped out of the Rellim Tour because the rock band's lead singer has checked himself into a rehabilitation center, the tour's promoter said.
Clear Channel Entertainment said Tuesday there are no plans to reschedule the canceled shows, but the band hopes to be back on the road early next year.
"I want to apologize to all my friends and fans for having to cancel these upcoming shows, but right now I'm concerned about my health and want to get back into the best physical and mental condition to go back on the road next year," singer Richard Patrick said in a statement.

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