- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Actress Hepburn gives town a gift
OLD SAYBROOK Katharine Hepburn has given a gift to her town a portrait of her that had hung over the fireplace in her New York City apartment.
The oil painting, which is being framed in a Hartford gallery, will be installed in the archives building of the town's historical society.
"It's an outstanding work of art," said Judy Ramirez, the museum chairman. "The artist caught her expressions wonderfully even the little thing she does with her mouth. It's so lifelike."
The town learned of the gift over the summer when Miss Hepburn's New York accountant, Erik Hanson, called and said that the four-time Oscar winner wanted to give the oil painting to the town.
The portrait, which shows Miss Hepburn dressed casually in khakis and a black turtleneck, was painted by an old friend, Myfanwy Pavelic.

Flat tires abound after screws spill on roadway
LEBANON JUNCTION Scores of cars and trucks got flat tires yesterday along a 15-mile stretch of highway after an estimated 50,000 screws were spilled onto the pavement. Police said no accidents or injuries were reported.
There was no witness to identify the source of the inch-long screws spilled along Interstate 65, said State Police spokesman Steve Pavey.
"A box may have burst on a truck and they rolled out the back, but we don't know for sure," he said. "There was no box or anything."
The interstate was shut down in both directions for a while as state crews used sweepers to clean the northbound lanes.

Cops say woman lost $19,000 in 'witches' scam
DECATUR Police said an Athens woman lost $19,000 in savings when people posing as witches promised to cleanse the cash of "bad mojo" and then disappeared with it as she bought candles and clothing for a ceremony.
Officers said 38-year-old Maria Hernandez Patino was approached inside an Athens store Friday and told that the money would grow once cleansed. Police said that the suspects apparently preyed on the Hispanic woman's religious beliefs as she went to a Decatur apartment with them and the money.
Miss Patino was asked to buy red clothing and candles for the cleansing ceremony, and when she came back 30 minutes later, police said, the purported witches had left with the money.

Food drive leads to pig smooch
JACKSONVILLE Jacksonville Junior High School's canned food drive had a good incentive to feed a considerable number of needy people but an added motivator didn't hurt the effort, reports the Patriot.
The team that collected the most food would get to see the principal for their grade kiss a pig in front of the entire school, and the principals did not let the students down.
Besides the winning team's grade principal smooching a swine, the entire school was issued a separate challenge. If the students could collect at least two cans per student, amounting to more than 1,272 cans, the main principal, Brenda Allen, would also have to join in the kissing festivities.
In the end, all three principals decided to do the dirty deed.

Future trash man has birthday at dump
LOS ANGELES When Michael Wong-Sasso grows up, he wants to be a trash collector. So, naturally, he wanted to have his seventh birthday party at the local dump.
About 40 children and their parents gathered over the weekend at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill to celebrate Michael's birthday.
"I like the big trucks," he said. "I like putting trash where it belongs. I like making the world cleaner."
For safety and sanitary reasons, the party was held in a small valley on the landfill's outskirts, away from bulldozers and strange smells. The partygoers were surrounded by scores of potted trees, which are used to landscape the landfill.
The children fashioned flour-dough animals from recycled materials, such as cardboard and colored paper, and frolicked on a big pile of "clean" dirt.

New air tower opens at Miami
MIAMI After six years of planning, construction and reconstruction, air traffic controllers finally have moved into Miami International Airport's new $24.9 million control tower.
The 333-foot-high tower opened Sunday, 18 months late and about $5 million over the budget.
It was supposed to have opened in September 2000, but the Federal Aviation Administration agreed to rebuild it because controllers complained that heavy support columns would block their views of some runways.
The columns had been built to support heavy radar equipment on the roof and to withstand hurricane winds of more than 155 mph.

Study: Babies, moms recover from colic
CHICAGO Mothers of colicky babies, take heart: New research bolsters evidence that the incessant crying usually stops by about 3 months of age and has no lasting effects on your sanity.
The good news "should provide some relief to parents who find themselves caring for a colicky infant," said Canadian researchers who studied 547 mothers and babies.
Based on the reports, 131 of the babies at age 6 weeks had colic, which was defined as inconsolable crying for three or more hours a day at least three days a week.

Officers vote to unionize
INDIANAPOLIS Nearly 1,000 state troopers, excise police and state conservation officers voted to unionize and will ask for their first bargaining session before Christmas.
The officers will comprise Local 1041, the Indiana Professional Law Enforcement Association, officials said.
They'll be represented by an international police union affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

Beer delivery truck smacks into bridge
DAVENPORT Ice-cold beer was flowing in a Davenport neighborhood, but it was on a city street and heading for the city's storm sewers, police said.
A beer delivery truck driver was ticketed after his trailer smacked into a low-clearance bridge last week.
The accident ripped off the top of the Budweiser truck's trailer, collapsing the trailer and spilling beer onto the street.
The driver, from Dubuque, was ticketed for disobeying a traffic sign that warns of the 11-foot bridge, police said.
It's the ninth time that a truck has struck the bridge since Jan. 2001, authorities said.

Legal firm dissolves as lawyers leave
BOSTON Hill & Barlow, a prominent law firm that defended anarchists Nicola Sacco and Batolomeo Vanzetti and gave rise to three Massachusetts governors, has voted to dissolve because its real estate lawyers are leaving for better opportunities.
The firm, founded in 1895, decided over the weekend to close down within 60 to 90 days, according to managing director Charles Dougherty. The firm has 130 lawyers.
Hill & Barlow defended Sacco and Vanzetti in the 1920s, and nurtured the careers of future Govs. Endicott Peabody, Michael S. Dukakis and William F. Weld.

Judge seeks to hasten jogger-attack appeal
NEW YORK A judge has asked prosecutors whether they would object to him ruling a month earlier on whether to vacate the convictions of five men who went to prison for a 1989 attack on a Central Park jogger.
Justice Charles Tejada, granting a defense request yesterday, ordered prosecutors to explain why he should not void the verdicts Jan. 6. Judge Tejada had said he would issue a decision Feb. 6.
The District Attorney's Office did not return a telephone call yesterday seeking comment. Last week, prosecutors asked the judge to throw out the convictions because of the confession of a man, jailed for another rape, who said he alone attacked the jogger.
The five men, who were arrested as teens, have completed their jail terms. The statute of limitations means that the man who said he committed the attack cannot be prosecuted for it. Most of the convicted teens confessed to the attack, and several joked about it at the time.

Springsteen concert warms thousands
CHARLOTTE An appearance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band warmed thousands of Charlotte residents, who had spent four days without heat and light after an ice storm.
Mr. Springsteen, touring for his album "The Rising," brought his show to the Charlotte Coliseum Sunday night, telling a near-sellout crowd that he was glad they had made it despite the recent woes from the storm.
As fans cheered for a third encore, Mr. Springsteen teased them, joking with guitarist Steve Van Zandt that he thought they should send fans home to their cold, dark houses while he and the band returned to their luxury hotel.
Mr. Springsteen eventually relented, and he and the band played two more songs, closing with "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."

Ad campaign targets underage drinking
COLUMBUS Ohio's newest effort to curb underage drinking is an advertising campaign using 1980s pop-culture references.
Signs posted at places where liquor is sold will say, for instance, "If you don't know who shot J.R., prepare to be carded." Other variations include, "If you've never done the moonwalk ," or "If you think a turntable is a piece of furniture "
Officials hope that the signs will cause minors to think twice before trying to buy alcohol.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety says one of every four Ohio liquor stores or bars that state agents visited this year was cited for alcohol sale to minors.

Soldier pleads guilty in secret-bunker case
HARRISBURG A soldier has pleaded guilty to trying to sell newspaper photographs of a top-secret bunker where U.S. government leaders would be taken in the event of a nuclear attack.
Army Spc. Maurice D. Threats, 22, of Cascade, Md., pleaded guilty Friday to bribery.
He admitted trying to sell photos of the Alternate Joint Communications Center to the weekly City Paper, prosecutor Dennis Pfannenschmidt said.
Threats was a security guard at the military center, which is inside a hollowed-out granite mountain near the Pennsylvania-Maryland line. It was designed during the Cold War to withstand a nuclear attack.

Former columnist dies after stroke
ORANGEBURG Former newspaper columnist Joyce Milkie, died Saturday from a stroke. She was 81.
For more than 30 years, Mrs. Milkie was a fixture at the (Orangeburg) Times and Democrat, moving from writing women's features in the 1960s to general assignments to a twice weekly column in the 1980s.
She was named Newspaper Woman of the Year for 1972-73 by the South Carolina Newspaper Association.
Born in Houlton, Maine, she trained as a nurse in the 1930s.

Sentencing today for slain man's widow
MANCHESTER A family ripped apart by the slaying of its winery owner patriarch returns to court today to find out the 74-year-old widow's sentence for her role in the killing.
The daughters of Joe Howard Marlow want different outcomes for their mother, Louise Marlow. Becky Stevens of Crossville wants her jailed, saying, "She didn't pull the trigger but she hired to have it done."
Her younger sister, Julia Henson of Hillsboro, wants their well-to-do mother sentenced to probation and allowed to remain free. Mrs. Henson testified that her father once tried to strangle her mother with a telephone cord.
Marlow is trying to avoid a prison sentence on her plea of no contest to reckless homicide in the Feb. 5, 2000, shooting of her husband outside their home.

Convicted murderer avoids death penalty
EL PASO A man whose older brother asked him to kill his pregnant wife avoided the death penalty after a jury convicted him of murder rather than capital murder.
Rodney Reister, 26, was found guilty Saturday in the slaying of his sister-in-law, Fort Bliss Army Capt. Lynn Reister. The punishment phase was scheduled to begin yesterday. He faces up to 99 years of prison.
Former Fort Bliss Sgt. Roger Reister, 28, was sentenced last year to life in prison for asking his younger brother and two Army soldiers to kill the 30-year-old pregnant woman. She was found in her home with her throat slashed in May 2001.
Rodney Reister told prosecutors that his brother offered him $1,000 followed by more money from Lynn Reister's $250,000 life-insurance policy in exchange for killing her.

Anti-crime tactic revives Bigfoot legend
CENTRALIA When the late Ray Wallace strapped big, wooden feet to his boots in 1958, it wasn't intended as a prank to revive the legend of Bigfoot, a former logger said.
They were supposed to scare thieves away, 71-year-old John Auman said last week.
Mr. Wallace left the giant footprints around construction equipment parked in the woods to scare away vandals who had been targeting the vehicles, Mr. Auman said. The tactic worked but then the tale took on a life of its own.
Mr. Auman said Mr. Wallace's innovative crime-control efforts brought tourists to the dying California town of Eureka.
Some credit the fake footprints with reviving the legend of a Bigfoot a giant hairy ape-man wandering the woods of the Pacific Northwest. Local residents were skeptical, but after media accounts drew national attention, Mr. Wallace kept his role to himself.

Man trapped in car burns paper to stay alive
CHARLESTON A man trapped for nearly a week in his car after it plunged into a ravine survived in the freezing cold by burning paper, melting snow for water and eating packets of fast-food sauce, rescuers say.
Robert Ward, 32, suffered a broken hip in the Dec. 2 crash and could not get out of the car. He was found Sunday by his friend Terry Likens, captain of the fire department where Mr. Ward is a volunteer emergency medical technician.
"I don't think he would have made it through the night," Mr. Likens said. "He told us when we found him, he said he was getting ready to go to sleep for the last time. He had just about given up."
Mr. Ward was in serious condition after surgery Sunday at a hospital in Huntington.

Inmates buy toys for children
MADISON The Madison Police Department got some help from an unexpected source after asking listeners of a local radio station to donate teddy bears for children.
Some inmates at the Fox Lake Correctional Institution heard Officer Larry Kamholz's request on WNWC and decided to help.
The inmates donated $626 of their wages and bought the police department 2,000 surplus teddy bears with the help of Middleton toy marketer US JHI Corp. Officers give the teddy bears to children to console them at crime or accident scenes.

Supremacist church moves to Riverton
RIVERTON The white supremacist World Church of the Creator has moved its world headquarters to Riverton, a central Wyoming city on an American Indian reservation.
The move was announced online last week by the leader of the group, the Rev. Matt Hale of East Peoria, Ill.
Mr. Hale said the group's move from Illinois means that Wyoming residents will begin to see more leaflets and literature, more demonstrations and more recruiting. He said he would not say why the church was moving.

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