- The Washington Times - Friday, March 2, 2001

Liddy suit dismissal to be appealed

BALTIMORE A former Democratic National Committee secretary who sued convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy for defamation is appealing a federal judge's dismissal of her $5.1 million lawsuit.

The appeal was filed yesterday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond by an attorney for Ida "Maxie" Wells.

She sued Mr. Liddy now a conservative radio commentator for repeatedly claiming that the purpose of the 1972 break-in at the DNC office was to remove photographs linking the fiance of former White House counsel John Dean to a call-girl ring.

The judge declared a mistrial, dismissing the case for the second time in three years, after a jury deadlocked Feb. 1.

Offensive words purged from town place names

PIERRE, S.D. A new state law will require 39 South Dakota towns to be renamed to remove the words "Squaw" or "Negro" because the words are offensive.

Among the names deemed by the bill to be "offensive and insulting to all of South Dakota's people, history, and heritage," were Squaw Lake, to be renamed Serenity Lake, and Negro Gulch, to become Last Chance Gulch.

Florida files civil-rights suit

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A bar owner in the north Florida town of Perry faces the possibility of tens of thousands of dollars in fines after being accused of refusing to serve a black customer in a front area.

Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth filed a lawsuit Wednesday against owner David Holton and his wife, Diane.

The lawsuit accuses the couple and a bartender of violating the civil rights of Maryland Delegate Talmadge Branch, who said he was told Feb. 3 he would have to drink in the back of the bar with other "coloreds."

Mr. Butterworth said he plans to seek the maximum penalty $10,000 per incident.

Two space shuttles on way to Florida

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. NASA sent two of its space shuttles back to Florida from California's Mojave Desert yesterday, each of them traveling piggyback atop its own specially modified Boeing 747.

Columbia, which just underwent a 17-month overhaul, left first. Atlantis followed a half-hour later.

Atlantis landed Feb. 20 at Edwards after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. NASA prefers to land its shuttles at the place where they are launched, Cape Canaveral, Fla., but bad weather there forced Atlantis to go to California.

Both shuttles are expected to arrive in Florida today.

Tennessee unfurls state flag squabble

NASHVILLE, Tenn. At the urging of a Methodist youth group, a state legislator has proposed to make the words "In God We Trust" part of the Tennessee state flag, Scripps Howard News Service reports.

At the urging of an atheist activist, however, the same legislator, Rep. John Mark Windle, postponed a scheduled subcommittee vote on the bill so critics of the measure can speak against it.

Carletta Sims of Church Hill, Tenn., state director of American Atheists Inc., said atheist spokesmen will be on hand to urge the bill's defeat.

FDA approves Alzheimer's drug

Alzheimer's sufferers are about to get a fourth medication option to help slow the worsening of the devastating brain disease.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Reminyl, a drug derived from daffodil bulbs, late Wednesday.

Manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceutica said the twice-a-day pills will be available by prescription in May.

Reminyl, known chemically as galantamine, works like the nation's three other Alzheimer's medications. It modestly slows cognitive decline by inhibiting the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical vital for nerve cells to communicate. The longer acetylcholine remains in the brain, the longer those cells can call up memories.

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