- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 20, 2007

COLORADO

Fast-growing wildfire forces evacuation

NEW CASTLE — White and yellow smoke billowed into the western Colorado sky yesterday as firefighters battled three wildfires likely sparked by lightning that have burned more than 1,800 acres and forced evacuations of 90 homes.

One fire was burning in steep terrain dotted with rural subdivisions between New Castle and Glenwood Springs, about 160 miles west of Denver. The blaze had grown to 800 acres and containment was listed at zero percent, fire officials said.

No structures had burned, but one firefighter suffered a hand injury, said Suzanne Silverthorn, a spokeswoman for fire commanders.

FLORIDA

Anna Nicole case judge to resign next month

MIAMI — Larry Seidlin, the wisecracking judge who presided in the dispute over Anna Nicole Smith’s remains and was lampooned for his sobbing announcement of the verdict, will resign next month, a court spokesman said yesterday.

The circuit judge’s letter to Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican, says, “It is now time for me to devote more of my daily life to my own young family and to pursue the many opportunities that have been offered to me outside the judicial system and I have disregarded until now.”

Judge Seidlin gave no specifics on his plans after his July 31 resignation, though rumors have swirled for months that he was considering a deal for a television court show.

GEORGIA

Congressional race appears set for runoff

ATLANTA — The race to replace late U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood on Capitol Hill appears headed to a runoff.

The early favorite, former state Sen. Jim Whitehead, a Republican, led the crowded field of 10 candidates in yesterday’s special election. But he was unable to crack the 50 percent mark needed to claim the seat. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Whitehead had 39 percent of the vote.

Jockeying to challenge him on July 17 are Democrat James Marlow, an Internet businessman from Lincolnton, and Republican Paul Broun, a doctor from Athens. With ballots still being counted, the race for second place was too close to call.

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