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Bobbi Parker is charged with helping Randolph Franklin Dial escape from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in 1994. Jurors began deliberating Monday and resumed Tuesday.

Prosecutors contend that Mrs. Parker fell in love with Dial and helped him escape from the prison her husband ran. Defense attorneys say Dial kidnapped Mrs. Parker and threatened to harm her family if she tried to escape.

The two were found living on a Texas ranch in 2005.

Mrs. Parker faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Dial died in prison in 2007.


Ex-housing official sues newspapers for libel

PHILADELPHIA | A former housing authority chief who was fired after allegations surfaced that he used public money to settle sexual harassment complaints has filed a libel suit against the city’s two largest daily newspapers, accusing them of “abusive muckraking attacks” designed to sell newspapers.

Former city housing Director Carl Greene’s lawsuit charges that the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News published 246 articles about him in a one-year period, amounting to an “onslaught” of negative coverage that damaged his reputation.

The coverage began with news last year that Mr. Greene’s mortgage was in arrears and continued through reports that the agency was using $900,000 in taxpayer money to secretly settle four sexual-harassment lawsuits filed against him.

“Because these abusive muckraking attacks on Mr. Greene have continued, and accelerated, to such a malicious and inflammatory level, Mr. Greene’s reputation as a housing authority administrator has forever been destroyed,” the suit says.

Mr. Greene, once deemed a public housing wunderkind, was fired from the $350,000-a-year job with the Philadelphia Housing Authority late last year.


Southern Baptists mull changing their name

NASHVILLE — The Southern Baptist Convention is considering changing its name.

SBC President Bryant Wright said Monday that he’s appointing a task force to study the idea. Mr. Wright says the name is too regional and creates challenges as the denomination tries to grow.

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