- - Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ARIZONA

Ballot measures eyed on immigration

PHOENIX — Initial filings have been made proposing two separate ballot measures on Arizona’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration, but there’s no immediate indication that either has enough backing to reach the ballot.

A referendum filing Wednesday proposes a public vote on keeping or repealing the law. An initiative filing Tuesday proposes repealing most of the law, changing one part and temporarily prohibiting legislators from enacting new laws related to immigration status.

Qualifying the referendum for the Nov. 2 ballot requires filing at least 76,682 voter signatures by July 28, while qualifying the initiative requires filing 153,365 voter signatures by July 1.

CALIFORNIA

TV pioneer Linkletter dies at 97 in L.A.

LOS ANGELES — Art Linkletter, who hosted the popular TV shows “People Are Funny” and “House Party” in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 97.

His son-in-law Art Hershey said Mr. Linkletter died Wednesday at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles.

Art Linkletter’s House Party,” one of television’s longest-running variety shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and was seen on CBS-TV from 1952 to 1969.

Though it had many features, the best-known was the daily interviews with schoolchildren.

Mr. Linkletter collected sayings from the children into “Kids Say The Darndest Things,” and it sold in the millions. The book “70 Years of Best-Sellers 1895-1965” ranked “Kids Say the Darndest Things” as the 15th-biggest seller among nonfiction books in that period.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Boy, 13, wins geography bee

An eighth-grader from Florida has won the National Geographic Bee.

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