- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 10, 2004

GEORGIA

Landmark diner awaits reprieve

ATLANTA — A landmark restaurant that was a popular meeting place for black leaders in Atlanta during the civil rights era may be saved from the wrecking ball.

Clark Atlanta University, which owns Paschal’s Restaurant, is negotiating the restaurant’s sale to Trammell Crow Co., a commercial real estate firm. The deal would include the surrounding complex, which houses a nightclub, a hotel and a parking lot.

Officials with Trammell Crow and the school have declined comment. But Atlanta City Council member Ivory Lee Young Jr. said he will hold a press conference this morning at the old Paschal’s building to announce plans for the development.

NEW YORK

Day care workers go on strike

NEW YORK — Child care workers who look after as many as 50,000 youngsters walked off the job yesterday in New York’s second major strike this week by unions trying to pressure the city for a raise.

The day care workers, who are employed by centers that serve many poor families and are partially subsidized by the city, have not had a contract in more than four years and have not gotten a raise in 31/2 years.

More than 1,500 people, including workers from District Council 1707, marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to call for a retroactive 9 percent increase over 27 months. The scheduled three-day strike left about 350 large day care centers closed or short-staffed.

FLORIDA

Van flips, killing migrant workers

PORT ST. LUCIE — A crowded van carrying 11 persons rolled over on a highway, killing two migrant workers and injuring two others, authorities said.

The van, meant to carry seven passengers, was traveling to North Carolina on Tuesday night when it flipped, said Lt. Tim Frith of the Florida Highway Patrol.

HAWAII

Guam panel backs $125 million payout

HONOLULU — A federal government commission recommended yesterday that $125 million in compensation be paid to residents of Guam who suffered during the Japanese occupation of the U.S. territory in World War II.

The five-member Guam War Claims Review Commission recommended lump-sum payments of $12,000 to each resident who suffered injury, internment, forced labor or forced march during the 1941-44 occupation, and $25,000 payments to survivors of residents who died during the occupation.

Madeleine Bordallo, Guam’s nonvoting representative in the U.S. House, plans to introduce legislation to implement the recommendations of the review commission, her office said.

IOWA

Man fuels car with concoction

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man has found a way to avoid paying higher gasoline prices. Damon Toal-Rossi uses a combination of vegetable oil, methanol and soda lye to start his Volkswagen.

The concoction costs him less than 50 cents a gallon. Mr. Toal-Rossi, a programmer at the University of Iowa, found the recipe for biodiesel on the Internet.

LOUISIANA

Court lifts stay in bombing case

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE — A military appeals court has cleared the way for an Air Force fighter pilot’s court-martial in the accidental bombing of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002.

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces lifted a stay Monday in the case of Maj. Harry Schmidt, who is charged with dereliction of duty for dropping a 500-pound, laser-guided bomb that killed four Canadians and wounded eight.

The judge in the case is expected this week to set a date for Maj. Schmidt’s court-martial, said an Air Force statement released Tuesday.

The stay was imposed in February after Maj. Schmidt’s attorney sought classified materials relating to the mission. The appeals court found that the defense had received limited but sufficient access to the materials, the Air Force said.

MISSOURI

Lost ring returns on anniversary

PECULIAR — Ann Cummings got a surprise gift for her 50th wedding anniversary: the engagement ring she lost 45 years ago. But exactly how it resurfaced remained a mystery.

When she lost the ring, she scoured her home and even consulted a radio psychic, who told her it was under a tree in the yard. “I made my husband buy me a metal detector,” said Mrs. Cummings, 69, who dug holes all over the yard in search of the ring.

Mrs. Cummings said she often thought about the lost ring, especially as she prepared for her anniversary party.

As the couple’s daughter, Theresa Earhart, opened greeting cards left at Saturday’s party, she “came across a plain white envelope, folded.” She found a ring inside. Her mother doesn’t know who left it, and she says she doesn’t care.

TENNESSEE

Thief steals eatery’s memories

NASHVILLE — When Britain’s Princess Anne attended Nashville’s annual Steeplechase event in 1998, she wanted to celebrate her horse’s victory with some real Southern cooking.

She found the fried chicken, country ham, biscuits and red-eye gravy at the Loveless Cafe, and left behind an autographed picture to hang on the wall alongside signed photos of other celebrities who had dined at the little roadside restaurant since 1951.

Now that picture is gone, stolen along with those of more than 60 other celebrities and even the establishment’s “Loveless Cafe” sign.

They disappeared during a remodeling, said owner Tom Morales.

PENNSYLVANIA

Man gets stuck rescuing duck

DOYLESTOWN — A duck stuck in muck was rescued by a 73-year-old man in hip waders who then became stuck himself and had to be extracted by emergency personnel.

Because of low water levels, the pond that ensnared the duckling had turned into a muddy quagmire. When Walt Lutz heard a mother duck frantically quacking near the pond on his property last week, he decided the duckling needed rescuing.

Mr. Lutz, a retired account executive for Honeywell, pulled on his hip boots, grabbed a shovel and waded through the muck to free the duckling. But soon Mr. Lutz also found himself stuck in the thigh-deep muck.

Using 10-inch-wide planks, police and ambulance personnel formed a frame around Mr. Lutz, attached a belt to him and pulled him out.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Governor rejects pill legislation

CONCORD — Gov. Craig Benson vetoed legislation that would have allowed women to buy emergency contraception without a prescription after unprotected sex.

Last year, Mr. Benson, a Republican, signed a law requiring that a girl younger than 18 notify a parent before an abortion. A federal judge ruled that legislation unconstitutional a few weeks before it was to take effect.

NORTH DAKOTA

Man jailed for child neglect

FARGO — A judge sentenced David Stoffel to five months in jail for keeping his children in an apartment filled with garbage, urine and rotten food. Stoffel, 42, pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of child neglect.

He also was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse against his wife.

NEW MEXICO

Doctors will stop price-fixing actions

ROSWELL — A physicians group agreed to halt practices that the Federal Trade Commission said were tantamount to price-fixing. The Southeastern New Mexico Physicians, which signed the FTC agreement, is made up of 68 doctors.

The FTC said the doctors’ actions significantly increased the cost of health care in southeastern New Mexico.

TEXAS

TV reporter dies by electrocution

HEARNE — A television reporter covering a gas well explosion apparently was electrocuted Tuesday when his station’s van came into contact with high-voltage wiring, the station said.

Matt Moore, an employee of KBTX in Bryan-College Station, was setting up for a live shot in Hearne when he was killed.

The explosion he was covering in nearby Franklin, about 100 miles northeast of Austin, injured eight persons, but the well was capped quickly and the fire extinguished, officials said.

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