- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 13, 2003

GEORGIA
Governor proposes flag vote
ATLANTA Gov. Sonny Perdue yesterday proposed a referendum for next year to let Georgians vote on the design of their state flag.
The Republican governor said he wants the vote to be held the same day as the state's presidential primary in March 2004.
Voters would have a yes-or-no vote on the current flag a design pushed through by Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes in 2001 and would also be asked to choose between two earlier state flags, including the 1956 design with its large Confederate battle emblem.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People immediately threatened an economic boycott of Georgia.

NEBRASKA
Missing newspaper carrier found dead
GERING Police discovered the body of a missing 15-year-old newspaper carrier in an abandoned house yesterday, and later arrested a Gering man suspected of killing her.
The body of Heather Guerrero was found by her uncle and another family member, Scotts Bluff County prosecutor Doug Warner said.
Jeffrey A. Hessler, 24, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping, rape and weapons counts, prosecutors said. A Nebraska State Patrol investigator and a Scottsbluff police detective recovered a gun when they made the arrest.

HAWAII
Dogs will search for MIAs in Vietnam
HONOLULU The military will use two mainland police dogs for the first time in the search for the remains of missing American servicemen from the Vietnam War, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports.
The dogs and their handlers members of the Rhode Island state troopers' K-9 corps will spend 35 days in southern Vietnam, Lt. Col. Jerr Ohara said.

IDAHO
T. Rex 'Sue' makes a big entrance
IDAHO FALLS A Tyrannosaurus rex fossil nicknamed "Sue" has been trucked to museums from coast to coast, but nowhere has she had the kind of reception as in this wind-swept community.
When Sue rolled into town her pieces in 27 crates aboard three semi-trucks she had a six-police-car escort. Idaho Falls television stations interrupted midmorning broadcasts, and spectators gathered, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
The exhibit opens Tuesday. The fossil, 42 feet long and 13 feet high, is the largest and most complete T. Rex ever discovered.

INDIANA
City ends probe of fire department
INDIANAPOLIS Four months after completing a workplace-harassment probe of the Indianapolis Fire Department, the city released some of its findings Tuesday.
City officials say that bad deeds would go unpunished because most reports of trouble were too old or too vague to verify.
City officials continue to keep most memos and correspondence collected during the investigation secret, citing Indiana law that protects information used to make decisions, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Public Safety Director Robert Turner said the report has spurred changes within the fire department.
For example, firefighters now are required to go through diversity counseling.

MASSACHUSETTS
Study finds new drugs fight hypertension
BOSTON Newer, more expensive drugs are more effective than diuretic drugs at fighting high blood pressure, Australian researchers reported yesterday, just two months after a massive North American study reached the opposite conclusion.
The latest research, published in today's New England Journal of Medicine, found that using blood pressure drugs known as ACE inhibitors leads to fewer heart attacks and deaths, at least among men, than older, cheaper diuretics do.

NEW MEXICO
Air Force drone crashes at monument
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE An Air Force drone crashed on White Sands National Monument, officials said.
The unmanned QF-4 target drone was making a final approach to Holloman Air Force Base when it crashed on the national monument about 12 miles south of Holloman.
The monument was evacuated before the drone's launch.

NEW YORK
Court approves ban of peace march at U.N.
NEW YORK A federal appeals court agreed yesterday that the city did not violate the First Amendment when it banned anti-war demonstrators from marching near the United Nations this weekend.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it could find no errors in a judge's ruling this week that found the city acted legally when it permitted a rally for 100,000 people or more, but barred a march planned for Saturday.


NORTH CAROLINA
Soldiers warned against ID theft
CHARLOTTE A county official warned military personnel preparing for potential war deployments to be careful about giving away too much personal information.
Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds official Judy Gibson said service members who fill out power of attorney forms may be candidates for identity theft by disclosing too much information in public documents.

OHIO
State executes man who killed coed
LUCASVILLE A man convicted of stabbing and strangling a college student 14 years ago was executed by injection yesterday.
Richard E. Fox, 47, who had confessed to the killing, was put to death at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in the state's sixth execution since it resumed the procedure in 1999.
Fox was convicted of killing Leslie Keckler, 18, of Bowling Green, on Sept. 26, 1989, after luring her to a fake job interview.
Her body was discovered four days later in a ditch near the northwest Ohio city.

OREGON
Eugene raises fine for pot possession
EUGENE The City Council has voted to more than double the city's marijuana-possession fine from $100 to $250.
The fine affects people caught with less than 1 ounce of the illegal drug.
Eugene Municipal Judge Wayne Allen told the Oregonian he pushed for the change to get people into a substance-abuse diversion program.
The program, offered by the University of Oregon, costs $100. Offenders will have the option of taking the class or paying the fine.
The fine increase goes into effect March 12.


PENNSYLVANIA
Officials debate selling city's name
PHILADELPHIA City officials are considering whether to allow companies to use the city's name to market products.
Supporters say the strategy could earn millions of dollars for the city.
Mayor John Street's administration says it plans to hire a firm to research whether Philadelphia should sell its name to companies.
Under such a proposal, Pepsi could bill itself as the city's official drink or Nike could sponsor recreational facilities.

RHODE ISLAND
School design wins national recognition
NEWPORT The city's new middle school will be on display in April when the National School Boards Association holds its annual conference in San Francisco.
The Thompson Middle School will be part of the conference's exhibit on school architecture. It will be used as an example of a facility that combines renovation and new construction.
About 75 percent of Thompson is newly built. The renovated Townsend Building, constructed for $18,000 more than 100 years ago, represents the remaining 25 percent.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Oath not needed to serve on jury
COLUMBIA South Carolinians don't have to swear an oath to God to serve on a jury, the state Supreme Court ruled.
The justices said a lower court judge was wrong to dismiss a juror who said he could not agree with the phrase "so help you God." The justices say a state law dating to the 1700s allows for alternative statements.

TEXAS
Woman drops suit against DNA lab
HOUSTON An Alaska woman's lawsuit against the Houston DNA lab that sent her dead father's leg to her has been dismissed at her request, the Houston Chronicle reports.
LaMara Lane filed a lawsuit Jan. 27 in federal court in Galveston seeking $1 million in damages from Identigene.
A leg of Miss Lane's father, who was buried in North Dakota after his death in 2000, was exhumed for a paternity test that Identigene conducted.
After completing the test, the Houston lab mailed the leg to Miss Lane as instructed by the North Dakota judge who ordered the paternity test.

UTAH
Beer tax rise brews in Legislature
SALT LAKE CITY A Senate committee on Tuesday approved a proposed tax increase that would raise the price of beer by about 6 cents per six-pack, a move lawmakers hope would funnel about $2.5 million a year into city and county law enforcement for drunken-driving costs.
The Legislature, struggling to balance the budget last year, raided the fund created by the 1983 beer taxes that raises about $10 million a year, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

VERMONT
Lawmakers eye reorganization
MONTPELIER A bill that would consolidate Vermont's 60 supervisory unions into 15 organized along county lines is the latest attempt to find savings in organizational efficiency.
The bill, sponsored by nearly three dozen mostly Republican representatives led by state Rep. Sylvia Kennedy would have each county serve as supervisory union, with the exception of Chittenden County, which would be divided into two such unions.

WASHINGTON
Man accused in bomb plot
SEATTLE A man charged with trying to blow up a motel with a pipe bomb also plotted to have the federal prosecutor handling his case killed, authorities charge.
Prosecutors said in court documents that Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Miyake was pulled off Evert Linnell Eoff's case this month because Mr. Eoff reputedly wanted to have him murdered. Mr. Miyake was replaced by two other prosecutors.
Mr. Eoff and Robert A. Stanard, both of Port Angeles, were arrested during a traffic stop in Sequim on Nov. 13, 2001, the Peninsula Daily News reported.


WEST VIRGINIA
Seniors demand share of lottery pie
WILLIAMSON Williamson seniors who fear that a loss of lottery funding would be detrimental to their programs traveled to Charleston yesterday to participate in a senior rally.
The purpose of the rally is to advocate for 33⅓ percent of the lottery proceeds, the Williamson Daily News reports.
These funds would be used to continue nutrition programs for the elderly, expand prescription management services, provide non-Medicaid in-home care, transportation and matching and startup funds in the bureau of senior services.

WISCONSIN
FBI asked to probe police complaint
MILWAUKEE Police Chief Arthur Jones asked the FBI to investigate whether an officer seen on videotape roughing up a man in custody used excessive force.
Chief Jones said he wants the FBI to determine whether Officer Robert Henry violated any federal civil rights laws.
Chief Jones fired Officer Henry in September, but the fire and police commission reinstated him last week.

WYOMING
U.S. offer plan for Mormon trekkers
CASPER Federal officials are proposing a plan to handle the growing number of people retracing the Mormon pioneer handcart trail.
The plan was prompted by a special recreation application from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to allow 7,500 handcart trekkers on public lands north of the Sweetwater River.

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