- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 30, 2008

Matthews may be mulling Senate bid

HARRISBURG, Pa. | A Pennsylvania Democratic Party leader says MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews may be considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reports Mr. Matthews met with state party leaders last week in Washington to discuss a possible bid to unseat Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.

Party official Mary Isenhour says she left the meeting thinking Mr. Matthews hadn’t made up his mind. The 62-year-old Mr. Matthews ran unsuccessfully for a Pennsylvania congressional seat in 1974.

There was no immediate comment from Mr. Matthews on Saturday. A representative of MSNBC did not immediately return a call.

Unborn baby found in sewer plant

DETROIT | Investigators in Detroit say they have little to go on in the case of a human fetus found in a municipal wastewater treatment plant.

The baby, estimated at 3 to 4 months of development, was found Friday in the sewer system intake of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department facility.

Detroit police spokesman James Tate told the Detroit News on Saturday there is no indication where the fetus came from. The plant takes in wastewater from Detroit plus 76 other communities in the surrounding region.

Mr. Tate said investigators are not even sure if a crime occurred. He said the fetus could have been the result of a miscarriage.

‘Under God’ pastor dies at 97

ALEXANDRIA, Pa. | A church official says the clergyman credited with helping to push Congress to insert the phrase “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance has died. The Rev. George M. Docherty was 97.

Nancy Taylor, historian for the Huntingdon Presbyterian Church, says Mr. Docherty died on Thanksgiving at his home in Alexandria, with his wife, Sue, by his side.

Mr. Docherty delivered a sermon in 1952 at Washington’s New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, just blocks from the White House, saying the pledge should acknowledge God.

On Feb. 7, 1954, he delivered it again after learning that President Eisenhower would be at the church. Congress inserted the words a few months later.

Cincinnati now has a real WKRP

CINCINNATI | WKRP is back on the air in Cincinnati — but this time it’s for real.

A low-power TV station has changed its call letters to WKRP, the same as the fictional radio station in the 1970s hit series “WKRP in Cincinnati.”

The station changed its call letters to promote its new digital TV signal. It formerly went by WBQC-TV.

General Manager Elliott Block says the new call letters give the station recognition because so many people remember the television situation comedy, which starred Tim Reid, Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson and others. It ran on CBS from 1978 to 1982.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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