- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2002

Inventor's ashes to become Frisbees
The California inventor who made the plastic Frisbee fly straight and true, "Steady" Ed Headrick, has died at age 78, his family said.
His eldest son, Ken Headrick, told the online edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel that his father's ashes will be molded into commemorative Frisbees to be distributed to family and friends, with remaining discs to be sold.
Ed Headrick, who had high blood pressure, died at his home in La Selva Beach of complications from two strokes he had in July that left him paralyzed on his left side, the Sentinel said.
Doctors let him return to his home just south of San Francisco on Aug. 6 after they determined that his condition would continue to deteriorate.

Pageant winner may keep her money
FAYETTEVILLE The winner of this year's Miss North Carolina pageant will be allowed to keep $12,000 in scholarship money, even though she has resigned her title.
Pageant officials initially told Rebekah Revels that she would forfeit the money, but she was notified in a letter later that she could keep it.
Miss Revels, who competed in the Miss North Carolina pageant after winning the Miss Fayetteville crown, resigned July 23. Afterward, she said a former boyfriend had contacted the Miss America Organization, saying he had nude photos of her.
Miss Revels said he took the pictures while she was changing clothes, and that they showed her nude from the waist up.

Three are arrested in meth-lab bust
TUSCALOOSA Narcotics investigators arrested three persons after seizing a methamphetamine lab in a local motel room this week, the Tuscaloosa News reports.
Following up on a tip, investigators went to the room at the Bel-Air Motel on University Boulevard East and found materials used to make methamphetamine.
The occupants, Larry Chris Quimby, 32, of Brent; Stephen Matthew Smalley, 24, of Brent; and Meredith Alane Hollingsworth, 20, of Tuscaloosa, were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance.

Woman charged in animal cruelty
STERLING A woman has been charged with nine criminal counts of animal cruelty for keeping dozens of underfed, filthy dogs, reports the Anchorage Daily News. Troopers seized the dogs from Caroline Boughton last fall.
The misdemeanor charges were based on evidence that dogs either were found dead, in need of prompt medical care or had to be put down, according to court documents.
Alaska state troopers found 66 dogs under Boughton's care in a yard last November. A couple of bouvier carcasses were found tangled in tethers, and two terriers stored in wooden boxes had died and were partially eaten by another dog.

Council mulls pros, cons of skate park
JACKSONVILLE An extreme sport will literally land on both feet as plans for a dedication ceremony on Aug. 15 get under way at 6 p.m. for the city's newly installed skateboard park, the Patriot reports.
Since the park's inception, scores of Jacksonville youth congregate each day to interact with the equipment and their peers. Last week, a father took his 6-year-old son to the park. A teen-age skateboarder not only watched but also attempted to teach the youngster the fundamentals of the extreme sport.

Meeting's negative vibe prompts call to shaman
TELLURIDE A Town Council known for nasty squabbling called in a shaman to rid its meeting hall of bad vibes.
Christopher Beaver conducted a "smudging ceremony" in the Telluride Town Council chambers earlier this summer after he declared the basement room full of negative even violent energy.
Members of the council say they've been in agreement more lately, but they're reluctant to attribute that to the ceremony, which included burning imported menthol. But they say it opened their minds.
"I'm not saying there is a connection," said Mayor John Steel, a 67-year-old, cowboy-hat-wearing lawyer. "What it really did maybe was to focus people's minds on trying to seek higher ground."

Brandywine Bridge gets $2 million fix-up
WILMINGTON State officials are planning a $2 million makeover of the Interstate 95 bridge over the Brandywine River that will make the crossing into a city gateway.
They plan to add synthetic stone, ornamental lighting and the initial "W" inset into pole pedestals. The cosmetic changes are part of a $9 million project to replace aging concrete barriers and bridge-approach slabs and repaint the bridge's steel beams.

Lawyer faces suspension for insults
CHICAGO A lawyer with a habit of hurling insults at his opposition faces a monthlong suspension for his language.
Marvin Gerstein, a 62-year-old worker's compensation lawyer, contends his letters labeling opposing lawyers and officials "idiot" or "babycakes" are protected by First Amendment free-speech rights. But a state legal disciplinary panel recommended a suspension for Mr. Gerstein.
The Illinois Supreme Court will decide whether to affirm the suspension.
Mr. Gerstein's attorney, Robert Webber, said his client is considered a "colorful character" and should not be penalized for becoming emotional during trials.

Cows ruin garden before show
RHODES Rogue cows have trampled the stars of a garden tour.
The tour, scheduled for Aug. 21, was canceled after the cows got into the garden and ruined the plants at one of Iowa State University's farms, near the central Iowa town of Rhodes.
"There's nothing there to show anymore," said Dennis Shannon, the manager of ISU's Research and Development Farms.
Mr. Shannon said Tuesday he didn't know how many cows were involved or how they got in the garden.

Citations numerous for underage drinking
LEAVENWORTH Pat Kitchens said he had imagined there was an underage drinking problem in Leavenworth. But the local police lieutenant told the Times he has been surprised by the number of arrests and citations made during a series of operations aimed at enforcing underage drinking laws.
From July 2001 through July 2002, the Leavenworth police conducted 56 operations at local establishments that sell alcohol. Police conducted surveillance operations of businesses and would also send a person under 21 into stores to attempt to purchase liquor.
On 33 occasions, police cited or arrested store clerks for furnishing alcohol to minors.

Court: Video game no link to shooting
PADUCAH A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a $33 million lawsuit that blamed video game makers, a pornographic Web site and a movie studio for a deadly 1997 school shooting spree.
"We find that it is simply too far a leap from shooting characters on a video screen (an activity undertaken by millions) to shooting people in a classroom (an activity undertaken by a handful, at most)," Judge Danny Boggs said in a ruling Tuesday by the three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
The lawsuit claimed the entertainment companies exposed gunman Michael Carneal to violent and sexual images. On Dec. 1, 1997, Carneal, then 14, walked into Heath High School near Paducah and opened fire, killing three students. He is serving a life sentence.

Police have warrant in killing of activist
NEW ORLEANS Investigators were searching Tuesday night for a suspect in the shooting death of the Rev. J.T. Hill, a well-known community activist who was gunned down at his charter bus company late Sunday.
Police said they had an arrest warrant but provided no other details.
Mr. Hill, 55, was killed during an apparent robbery Sunday night at his company's garage in the 3000 block of Jackson Avenue. Police said they think four men approached him outside the business, but as of Tuesday, a warrant had been issued for only one person.

Citizens vote to reopen Town Hall
LEBANON Residents voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to reopen Town Hall and fund local ambulance service.
Voters approved all six referendums allowing town government to reopen today and to fully funded the Lebanon Volunteer Rescue Squad, which should soon have a local ambulance.
According to Town Clerk Laura Bragg, 1,339 ballots were cast, including 87 absentee ballots, which is 250 or 23 percent more than the 1,083 voters who participated in the June 11 referendum that virtually shut down municipal government.
The vote clears the way for residents to use Town Hall to register motor vehicles and pay taxes and fees such as marriage licenses.

Chinese girl, 12, to seek asylum in U.S.
AMHERST A 12-year-old Chinese girl who disappeared after arriving in San Francisco with a tour group and reappeared with relatives in Amherst will seek asylum in the United States, her attorney says.
Yukun Jia arrived in Amherst on Aug. 1 and joined her father. Their reunion was part of a family plan that went amiss because Yukun's mother was unable to leave China as planned and is in hiding, attorney Shen-Shin Lu said.
Yukun's mother, Hong Jia, and her husband hoped to seek asylum on the grounds that Mrs. Jia was forced to have two abortions under China's "one child" population-control policy, Mr. Lu said.

State official accused of sex harassment
CONCORD Fish and Game Executive Director Wayne E. Vetter's career is in jeopardy.
Several sources close to the Executive Council's continuing investigation of accusations of sexual harassment said yesterday that unless Mr. Vetter agrees to resign, the council is expected to hold a removal hearing, something that has not occurred in this state for a quarter-century.
On July 17, the attorney general's office completed its own probe of allegations by two female employees against Mr. Vetter. One had charged that he had for years sexually harassed her, engaged in inappropriate physical contact, and allowed unacceptable behavior in the workplace.

Missing boater rescued after 19 hours
ATLANTIC CITY A man survived for 19 hours in the Atlantic Ocean by clinging to a cooler after his 22-foot fishing boat sank, taking his life jacket and cell phone with it.
Warren Steiner, 43, of Lanoka Harbor, was found late Tuesday morning by another boater as he floated with the cooler. His family had reported him missing the day before.
He was in good condition at Brick Hospital Tuesday afternoon, Coast Guard spokesman Patrick Montgomery said.
Mr. Steiner was fishing northeast of Barnegat Inlet on Monday when the boat sank. The Coast Guard searched unsuccessfully for 14 hours Monday and Tuesday before Mr. Steiner was found by the passing boater, William Filce.

Lab will help find contaminated food
LAS CRUCES A new laboratory at New Mexico State University could help find more efficient ways to check for contamination.
Salmonella, listeria, E. coli and staphylococcus aureus could be detected by technologies being evaluated at the lab, said Willis Fedio, the lab's lead scientist.
Congress appropriated $1.5 million to fund the lab, at which scientists will evaluate test kits and biological sensors that check for contaminants.

Officials request WTC site designs
NEW YORK Following widespread criticism of the preliminary proposals for redeveloping the World Trade Center site, architects from around the world were invited yesterday to submit new designs.
"We are looking for excitement, creativity, energy," said Roland Betts, a board member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the city-state agency in charge of redeveloping the site.
The planning stage was extended for up to three months, meaning a redevelopment plan won't be completed until early 2003. The development corporation said it would choose up to five design teams, and will be narrowed to three by the end of the year.

Fourth of July money draws legal questions
BISMARCK County support for the Fourth of July Spectacular of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra may lead to some legal fireworks.
Burleigh County State's Attorney Richard Riha has asked for state officials' opinion on the legality of the County Commission's $5,000 contribution to the event last month.
Mr. Riha said the state Constitution requires that taxpayer money be used only for internal improvements or support of the poor, or for an authorized county industry.

Money approved to protect Deadwood
PIERRE The federal government will provide up to $500,000 for Black Hills Forest rehabilitation work to keep runoff and sediment from washing into Deadwood.
A June forest fire burned vegetation and changed the soil composition so it doesn't absorb water, Gov. Bill Janklow said. Last week, up to a foot of mud closed some streets after a brief downpour.

State executes Mexican for murder
HUNTSVILLE A man convicted of killing a Dallas police officer in 1988 was executed yesterday despite protests that putting him to death violated international law.
Speaking English and Spanish, Javier Suarez Medina apologized for the crime, asked forgiveness from the relatives of the slain police officer and thanked the people of Mexico for their support in his case. As the lethal injection was administered, he began singing the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Mexico tried to stop the execution, arguing that Suarez was not told he could call its consul after his arrest, violating a 1963 treaty the United States has signed. Dallas authorities have said Suarez gave conflicting information about his birth, identifying both Mexico and Texas.
Mexican media reports yesterday said President Vicente Fox was reconsidering a planned meeting with President Bush later this month. The Mexican government had no comment after the execution.

'That language guy' a Guinness prospect
PROVO John Henry Jorgensen gives new meaning to the word multilingual, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
The Brigham Young University senior can say "multilingual" in 15 languages American Sign Language, Arabic, Arabic Sign Language, Eastern and Western Armenian, English, French, Georgian, German, Italian, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Syriac and Turkish.
Mr. Jorgensen, a linguistics major is known on campus as "that language guy." The polyglot phenom is fluent in all 15 tongues.

Jail guards find lawyer, defendant having sex
SEATTLE A judge yesterday removed a veteran lawyer from a murder case after she reportedly was seen having sexual relations with the defendant in a jail visiting room.
Jail guards said they discovered Theresa Olson having sexual relations with Sebastian Burns, who is facing trial in the slayings of a couple and their daughter.
Jail officials on Tuesday barred Miss Olson from the jail and filed a formal grievance with the state bar because of supposed "inappropriate physical contact" with a prisoner.

Raw sewage released; beaches shut
MILWAUKEE Monday night's and Tuesday's rainstorms led to more than 13 hours of raw sewage dumping, as well as the release of 35 million gallons of partially treated sewage into local streams and Lake Michigan, local sewer officials told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Bradford, McKinley and South Shore Park beaches had swimming advisories posted Tuesday because of the storms and likely will remain closed until the weekend, a Milwaukee Health Department official said.
With heavy storms, the department assumes sewer overflows and polluted runoff will contribute to high E. coli levels at the beaches.

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