- The Washington Times - Friday, June 22, 2007

CALIFORNIA

Munchkins get star on Walk of Fame

HOLLYWOOD — This year’s inductees to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame will include “The Munchkins” from the 1939 motion picture classic “The Wizard of Oz,” the Walk of Fame committee announced Wednesday.

Ted Bulthaup, owner of the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge, Ill., has been campaigning for the honor on behalf of his friends, six of the surviving Munchkins, for more than two years.

Mr. Bulthaup called upon his friends in the film community to join the cause, and enlisted the help of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ted Turner, Hugh Hefner, Leonard Maltin and Harvey Weinstein. The Little People of America joined the campaign, along with Roger Baum, grandson of L. Frank Baum, author of the Oz books.

FLORIDA

Bad weather delays shuttle landing

CAPE CANAVERAL — Bad weather forced NASA yesterday to delay bringing the Space Shuttle Atlantis back to Earth at least until today, the space agency said.

Touchdown at the Kennedy Space Center in central Florida had been targeted for two opportunities yesterday afternoon, but thick cloud cover and rain showers prompted NASA managers to call off both possible landing attempts.

Flight directors decided not to staff the shuttle’s backup landing site at Edwards Air Force Base in California yesterday, but both sites will be available for today’s landing opportunities. Today’s first opportunity will be at Kennedy Space Center at 2:18 p.m., NASA managers said.

ILLINOIS

Shooting suspect ends standoff

ARCOLA — A man who was wanted in a shooting that wounded a sheriff’s deputy and who later took five hostages in a bank surrendered late yesterday, authorities said.

The standoff, which occurred after a 100-mph chase through Illinois farm country, ended peacefully about 7 p.m., Arcola Police Chief Mike Phillip said. The suspect released four hostages unharmed throughout the hourslong standoff at the First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, and came out withthe last one.

Earlier in the day, Chief Deputy Tommy Martin pulled over a stolen van with two men inside. He was shot in the face and torso as he walked up to the vehicle, police said. The injured deputy was able to radio in what happened and tell authorities where the van had been stopped.

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