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Court backs museum on Howdy Doody

HARTFORD, Conn. The original Howdy Doody puppet belongs with the Detroit Institute of Arts no strings attached, a federal judge ruled.
The ruling, dated Tuesday and issued publicly yesterday, settles a dispute between the museum and the family of Howdy Doody's puppeteer, Rufus Rose, over who owns the 1950s television star.
The Detroit Institute of Arts claimed that Mr. Rose, who died in 1975, promised to give the original Howdy Doody to the museum. The Rose family argued that no such promise was ever made and that the grinning, freckle-faced puppet they have may not even be the original.
Several copies of Howdy Doody were made, including a stunt "Double Doody." The puppet in question, estimated to be worth $50,000, is being stored in a bank vault in Rhode Island.

Bush to continue radio broadcasts

Don't touch that dial! President Bush will continue the tradition of hitting the radio waves every Saturday, 10:06 a.m. sharp, and capturing Sunday headlines.
The president's weekly radio address a descendant of Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats that was resurrected by Richard M. Nixon and perfected by Ronald Reagan now belongs to Mr. Bush, and he plans to take full advantage of the unfiltered six or seven minutes each Saturday.
"Another helpful way to talk to the American people," is how White House press secretary Ari Fleischer described the free broadcast by many stations nationwide.
Under "equal time" broadcast rules, Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle and House Democratic leader Richard A. Gephardt will take over the rebuttal time slot at 11:06 a.m.

Georgia Senate panel votes to alter flag

ATLANTA A bill to redesign radically the Georgia flag moved closer to passage yesterday when a Senate panel voted to move it to the full Senate.

The legislation drastically shrinks the Confederate symbol that dominates the current flag.

The committee split along party lines, with three Democrats approving the measure and three Republicans voting against it. The chairman broke the tie.

The Senate, which is split 32-24 in favor of Democrats, is likely to vote Tuesday. The House approved the bill last Tuesday.

Senate Republican leader Eric Johnson of Savannah said his caucus is taking no official position and that party senators are "free to vote their conscience."

The proposed design has a state seal against a blue field. At the bottom would be "Georgia's history" and replicas of five flags that have flown over Georgia, including the current one.

Catholic college bars ex-nun from teaching

PITTSBURGH A former Roman Catholic nun has been barred from teaching Catholic theology at Duquesne University after being ordained as an Episcopal priestess.
John E. Murray Jr., president of the Roman Catholic university, said yesterday that Moni McIntyre was removed from the classroom because of her "public repudiation of Catholic doctrine," which holds that women cannot be priests.
Mr. Murray said she may be offered a different position in the university.

Man saws off hand, shoots nails into head

BETHLEHEM, Pa. A construction worker accidentally cut off his hand with a power saw and then shot himself in the head with a nail gun several times, apparently hoping to end his pain, police said.
William Bartron, 25, had at least a dozen 1-inch nails protruding from his scalp, police said. He underwent surgery to reattach the hand and was hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday, said his employer, Greg Soltis.
Mr. Bartron severed his hand Tuesday while using a miter saw in the basement of another man's home, police said.
After finding Mr. Bartron, the man called 911. Mr. Soltis arrived a short time later.

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