- The Washington Times - Monday, August 19, 2002

CALIFORNIA
Heston touched by outpouring
LOS ANGELES Charlton Heston said he was overwhelmed by the concern including calls from President Bush and former first lady Nancy Reagan after his announcement that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease.
The Oscar winner received a telephone call from Mr. Bush last week. "He wished me well and was proud of what I had done for my country," the actor told the Los Angeles Times. "Which is, perhaps, overstating it a little."

ALABAMA
Shark attacks woman in Gulf
MOBILE A shark attacked a local woman Saturday as she swam around a boat parked in the Gulf of Mexico, 65 miles south of Mobile, the Coast Guard told the Register.
Kimberly McClain, 29, sustained injuries to both arms and her right leg, said Fa'iq El-Amin, a spokesman with the Coast Guard's New Orleans district office.
Miss McClain was listed in serious condition at the University of South Alabama medical center late Saturday, a nursing supervisor said. The patient's records indicate she is from Mobile.

ALASKA
Fisherman shoots, kills grizzly
ANCHORAGE A fisherman shot and killed a sow grizzly as she charged him in the early morning darkness Saturday on the banks of the Russian River, the Daily News reports.
The bear surprised Garen Brenner and two friends about 2:30 a.m. as they packed up their gear at one of the Kenai Peninsula's most popular fishing spots, said Larry Lewis, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife technician on the peninsula.
Mr. Brenner heard his friend yell, "Bear, bear," and looked down river to see the sow a few yards down the bank eyeing the friend. The bear lost interest in Mr. Brenner's friend after he backed into the water and threw his shotgun at her.
But then she turned, looked up at Mr. Brenner and lunged, said Mr. Lewis, who interviewed the three men.

ARIZONA
Stripper charged in tycoon's murder
TEMPE The woman accused of luring an auto-glass pitchman to his death in a Tempe motel room is said to be a good-natured stripper with a heart devoted to her family and a weakness for muscular, blond, tough guys, the Republic reports.
It might have been one of those boyfriends who teamed with Brandi Lynn Hungerford, 25, in a robbery plot that left Empire Auto Glass founder Rick Chance dead with a single gunshot wound to the throat, police said.
Her friends can't believe she could have been the one who pulled the trigger. Miss Hungerford, in jail in Tacoma, Wash., was charged Friday with first-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy after Tempe investigators said she made incriminating statements.

CONNECTICUT
EBay fills gaps in local history
HARTFORD From the sepia-toned postcard of Main Street to ice cream containers from a long-defunct local dairy, Southington town historian Chris Fortier's new additions to the local historical society collection are coming cheaply, the Hartford Courant reports.
Mr. Fortier and other historians have found EBay's Internet garage sales ideal for filling gaps in local history. With antiques and collectibles dispersed across the country, the online auction site has become a central marketplace for municipal and state preservationists.
The thrill, Mr. Fortier said, comes from finding "something that if it were selling in Southington, it'd be $200, but because somebody in Kentucky is selling, it's $2."

DELAWARE
New bridge planned for inlet route
State transportation officials say they hope to start building a bridge across the Indian River Inlet sometime in 2005.
The Delaware Department of Transportation has budgeted $2 million this year for design work on a replacement to the span on Delaware 1. Earlier this year, Transportation Secretary Nathan Hayward III told lawmakers that he thought a new bridge was a better long-term solution to underwater-erosion problems that force the state to monitor the bridge constantly.
The bridge links the towns of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach on the north side of the inlet with the towns of Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island to the south.
DelDOT figures show that about 16,000 to 18,000 cars cross the bridge every day.

FLORIDA
Democrats decry child-agency pick
WEST PALM BEACH Gov. Jeb Bush's nominee for child welfare chief drew criticism Saturday from the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other Democrats, who said the man should be fired for ties to an essay that promoted spanking and was demeaning to women.
The Democrats said Mr. Bush's appointment of Jerry Regier brought new embarrassment to the Department of Children and Families, which has been under fire since the discovery in April that a 5-year-old girl in state care had been missing for more than a year without her absence being noticed by child welfare workers.
"The selection of Mr. Regier, a man with controversial out-of-time views, to take over a scandal-wracked Department of Children and Families disappoints but unfortunately does not surprise those of us who have followed the travails of this agency," said state Rep. Lois Frankel, the House Democratic leader.

KANSAS
Polka festival draws 'family' of dancers
People from around the United States enjoyed a weekend of dancing in Great Bend as the 16th annual Polka Days celebration kicked off Friday night at the Holiday Inn. The festivities continued through the weekend with more nonstop dancing.
The Polka Lovers Klub of America, Kansas chapter, sponsors the event, setting up and decorating the convention center. "Everyone's just one big family," said Kansas PoLKofA member LeRoy Wilhelm.
Volunteers also laid down the 60-by-80-foot dance floor. They began the task at 3 p.m. on Thursday, finishing on Friday after about 10 hours. The club first organized in Minnesota in 1973 to promote Polka music and dancing.

KENTUCKY
Gunman seizes LexTran bus
Lexington police officers arrested a man accused of taking over a LexTran bus Saturday night, the Herald-Leader reported.
The bus came to a stop on North Broadway, where officers caught up with it. There were no injuries. The suspect was not identified, and police said they did not know his motive.
A Lexington bus driver used the button on his microphone receiver, allowing his supervisors to hear that a gunman had taken over his vehicle.
No shots were fired and none of the seven passengers was injured. The bus was heading downtown from the Russell Cave Road area when the incident occurred.

MAINE
Lobster salad wins gold at cook-off
AUGUSTA Fresh Maine lobster salad with yellow pear tomato and seared pearl onion won the gold medal at the governor's annual lobster cook-off.
The recipe is an original creation of Charles Butler, chef at the Waterfront Restaurant in Camden, who took home the top prize of $1,000 on Thursday.
"It was really kind of a light dish," said Mr. Butler, who also won top honors in 2000. "I really wanted someone to put it in their mouth and have them really taste the lobster."
Lobster salad was the theme of the eighth annual Great Taste of Maine Lobster Governor's Tasting and Culinary Competition.

MICHIGAN
Mild twister hits; undetected by radar
ROCKFORD If this happens again, maybe the street should be renamed Sunshine Drive.
A small tornado that touched down last week near Whirlwind Street uprooted trees, damaged several buildings and tipped over a delivery truck.
The National Weather Service confirmed that a twister packing winds estimated at 70 mph caused the damage, the Grand Rapids Press reported Thursday.
The tornado was ranked as an F-0, the least-powerful category of twisters on a scale that goes up to F-5, said Bob Dukesherer, a weather service meteorologist. In an F-5 tornado, winds can reach up to 318 mph.
The tornado that struck about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday near the intersection of Whirlwind Street and Summit Avenue was so weak that Doppler radar failed to detect it.


MISSISSIPPI
Man charged in moonshine raid
MERIDIAN A Lauderdale County man is free on bond after being arrested Friday on charges of operating a 16-barrel moonshine still.
Authorities said James W. Koonce, 60, was cooking the moonshine when local deputies and Mississippi Alcohol Beverage Control agents arrived at his home off Mississippi 19.
Mr. Koonce was charged with possession of an illicit distiller and non-tax-paid whiskey, known as moonshine. He posted an $11,000 bond and was released late Friday.
"We found Koonce cooking when we served him a warrant at 8:50 a.m.," said Rusty Hanna, the local Alcoholic Beverage Control enforcement officer in charge. "This was a large operation. Most distillers average 10 barrels or less."
Officers seized 100 gallons of moonshine in the back of Mr. Koonce's pickup truck and 1,488 empty, gallon jugs in a shed in the back yard.

NEBRASKA
School opening clears congestion
LINCOLN Lincoln Southeast High School seniors Cara Grant, Makayla Klein and Nikki Burbach may be able to waltz down sophomore hall this year without elbows in their faces and crunched toes. And they're thinking they might not have to stop every few minutes to wait for congestion to clear.
With about 2,000 students last year, their high school was "really crowded," the students told the Journal-Star. "There were points where you just stopped because no one was moving," Nikki explained.
In a week, Lincoln Southwest High School will open, reducing the population at other schools in the city and beyond by about 1,200 students. Southeast will have about 400 fewer pupils compared with last fall; for the first time in about 10 years, enrollment there will be significantly below the 2,000 mark.

NEW YORK
Paper to run gay-union notices
NEW YORK The New York Times plans to begin publishing announcements of same-sex commitment ceremonies along with its wedding announcements.
The announcements of formal homosexual unions will begin next month in the paper's Sunday Styles section, Howell Raines, executive editor of the Times, said in its editions yesterday.
"In making this change, we acknowledge the newsworthiness of a growing and visible trend in society toward public celebrations of commitment by gay and lesbian couples, celebrations important to many of our readers, their families and their friends," Mr. Raines said.
"We recognize that the society remains divided about the legal and religious definition of marriage, and our news columns will remain impartial in that debate, reporting fully on all points of view," he said.

NORTH DAKOTA
Death-penalty foes write letters
BISMARCK Death penalty opponents are mounting a letter-writing campaign asking North Dakota U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley to spare Michael Gianakos.
Gianakos, 31, is accused of kidnapping AnnMarie Camp from her Fargo apartment and killing her at an abandoned Minnesota farm five years ago. Gianakos could face a death penalty under federal law, even though North Dakota has no state death penalty.
Cheryl Bergian, director of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, said the attorney for Gianakos, Richard Henderson, contacted her last week to help with the letter-writing campaign.
Miss Bergian says Mr. Henderson told her that "part of the decision on whether to ask for the death penalty involves whether there is community opposition to the death penalty in principle."

OKLAHOMA
Crash on I-40 kills 25 steers
Twenty-five steer were killed Saturday when a tractor-trailer rig overturned on Interstate 40 near downtown Oklahoma City.
The rig was carrying 94 steers from Hugo to Guymon when it overturned about 10:40 a.m. Traffic on westbound I-40 at the Fort Smith junction was reduced to one lane for several hours as the steers were corralled.
The driver and passenger in the rig suffered minor injuries; no one else was hurt.
"Traffic was pretty much at a standstill," said Mike Abernathy of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

OHIO
Gangs fight after festival
CINCINNATI Groups of youths fought and overturned tables while leaving the downtown Black Family Reunion festival. Eight persons were arrested, but the disturbances did not force the cancellation of any closing events yesterday at the three-day festival.
About 2,000 to 4,000 youths yelled obscenities and threw chairs during a Saturday night hip-hop concert at the festival in a riverfront park, police Capt. Greg Snider said yesterday.
Fighting escalated as smaller groups of up to 150 spilled into the downtown Fountain Square, about a 10-minute walk, dumping trash cans and tipping newspaper boxes, police said.

PENNSYLVANIA
Springsteen, Bon Jovi sue bar
PITTSBURGH "The Boss" doesn't hit town on tour until December, but a lawsuit filed on behalf of Bruce Springsteen and rocker Jon Bon Jovi already has arrived in federal court.
The rockers, both members of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, are suing a local bar for playing their music without a license.
The lawsuit, filed Friday by the ASCAP on behalf of the two artists and Universal-Polygram International Publishing Inc., says RPM's in Bridgeville is not allowed to play music by ASCAP members without paying an annual $2,818 fee.
The lawsuit says RPM's continues to play "Born in the U.S.A." by Mr. Springsteen and "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Bed of Roses" by Mr. Bon Jovi, despite being warned repeatedly not to do so.

RHODE ISLAND
Accusations target local politician
PROVIDENCE A former Statehouse employee was quoted on a local radio talk show on Thursday as saying that she would have been "very successful" had she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against House Speaker John Harwood, the Pawtucket Times reported.
After saying she was "tortured and tormented" daily at work, Wendy Collins reportedly told WHJJ's John DePetro that she accepted a settlement of $75,000 and a new job at Rhode Island College.
A press release from WHJJ stated that Miss Collins received the money and her new job "in exchange for signing a confidentiality agreement."
Mr. Harwood, a Pawtucket Democrat, could not be reached on Thursday to respond to the accusations.

WASHINGTON
Conscience keeps couple from windfall
KIRKLAND When Rob and Agnieszka Girling first found $5,000, they thought about all the things they could spend it on. But that didn't last long.
"We knew we couldn't live with ourselves if we tried to keep the money. We would just feel awful and disgusted at our own lack of discipline," said Rob Girling, a software designer at Microsoft Corp.
He found the money yesterday while hiding in a bedroom closet playing hide-and-seek with his daughter. He noticed a bank envelope taped above the door and opened it to find 100 $50 bills.
The Girlings walked two blocks down the street to where the previous owners now live and presented Duke and Svetlana Young with the cash. The Girlings bought the house last year from the Youngs, who had built it.
"They went above and beyond what the average person would have done," Duke Young said.

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