- The Washington Times - Monday, February 5, 2001

'Fast Eddie' Parker dies in Texas

SAN ANTONIO Pool player "Fast Eddie" Parker, said to have inspired the 1961 movie "The Hustler," died Friday of a heart attack while appearing at a billiards tournament in southern Texas, his wife said yesterday.
Peg Parker said her husband, 69, collapsed during the U.S. Classic Billiards Eight-Ball Showdown in South Padre Island, Texas, and died despite attempts by paramedics to save his life.
"He was a great person and a great husband and I loved him very much," Mrs. Parker said. The two, who lived in a San Antonio suburb, were married 50 years and had two children.
Actor Paul Newman played "Fast Eddie" Felson, a Parkerlike character, in "The Hustler," which was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two. Mr. Newman reprised the character in the 1986 film "The Color of Money."

99 illegal aliens found in truck trailer

Ninety-nine illegal immigrants who paid $1,000 each to be transported to Houston were found hiding in the trailer of an 18-wheeler at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, Scripps Howard News Service reports.
"Traditionally, we see more undocumented aliens this time of the year," said J.D. Cabral, a Border Patrol supervisor. "A lot of undocumented aliens will go back home around the holidays to be with their families because they have worked all year. After the New Year, they will go back north to earn more money."
The truck driver, a 36-year-old McAllen, Texas, man, was arrested and transported to a jail in McAllen.
When he stopped at the checkpoint, the driver told agents he was carrying electric motor parts. Agents became suspicious after the driver became visibly nervous during a routine inspection of the truck, Mr. Cabral said.

Jennifer Lopez reigns over music, film worlds

LOS ANGELES Jennifer Lopez extended her reign atop the movie and music world as her romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner" racked up a second consecutive weekend in the lead at North American box offices.
According to studio estimates issued yesterday, the film pulled in about $11.0 million, taking its 10-day total to $28.2 million, about equal to its production budget. Miss Lopez's sophomore album, "J.Lo," debuted at No. 1 on the pop charts in the United States, Canada and Germany last week.
This weekend's top 10 contained two new releases, the slasher picture "Valentine" at No. 2 and the romantic comedy "Head Over Heels" at No. 7.

Minor earthquake shakes New York

HORNELL, N.Y. A mild earthquake shook residents of upstate New York Saturday, but there were no reports of injuries or damage.
The earthquake measured 2.9 on the Richter scale and hit an area about 75 miles southeast of Buffalo, according to the National Earthquake Information Center.
Homeowner William Walfe told television station WETM the tremors were enough to shake his home, but there was no serious structural damage.
The quake struck at 3:15 p.m., hours after a 2.5 to 2.8 magnitude earthquake shook southern Connecticut, in the shoreline town of Guilford, with no serious damage.

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