- The Washington Times - Monday, November 25, 2002

CALIFORNIA
Ann Landers fans bid for mementos

SAN FRANCISCO Ann Landers' desk, antique furniture and letters from presidents went on the auction block yesterday, along with her combat boots.
Miss Landers, whose real name was Esther "Eppie" Lederer, died of multiple myeloma on June 22 at age 83. For four decades she had delivered advice on topics ranging from finances to broken hearts.
Her daughter, Margo Howard, said she had no place to store all the treasures her mother had collected in her 16-room Chicago apartment. She said the proceeds would go to the estate and to support multiple myeloma research.

FLORIDA
Endeavour approaches space station

CAPE CANAVERAL Space shuttle Endeavour chased after the International Space Station yesterday, bringing a relief crew for its three inhabitants, who have been aboard the space station for almost six months.
"We're on our way," said the shuttle's skipper, James Wetherbee.
The 250-mile-high linkup will occur this afternoon.

ARKANSAS
Prisons to free some to relieve crowding
LITTLE ROCK More people than ever are in the Arkansas state prison system, and the state Board of Correction called an emergency meeting for tomorrow to free some of the inmates.
Counting the 1,200 prisoners being held for the state in county jails, Arkansas had 13,089 inmates as of Friday morning, said Correction Department spokeswoman Dina Tyler.
Miss Tyler said she expects the board to vote to allow inmates who are set for parole to leave prison up to 90 days early, a decision that will free about 600 inmates and open up the needed beds in a state prison.

DELAWARE
County executive stands by aide
WILMINGTON New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon said he had "full confidence" in his top aide, Chief Administrative Officer Sherry L. Freebery, even after authorities found a stolen gun in her home.
The FBI found a revolver stolen from a Delaware State Police evidence locker about 10 years ago during a search of her home Nov. 6.
In a brief written statement, Mr. Gordon, a Democrat, called her a "hard-working and brilliant administrator."

KENTUCKY
Nursing home linked to scandal fights closure
LOUISVILLE Attorneys for the nursing home whose owner had an affair with Democratic Gov. Paul E. Patton go to court today to defend the facility against state efforts to close it.
Attorney Fred R. Simon said he would call employees of Birchtree Healthcare and relatives of the home's residents to testify about the quality of its care. He also hoped to have results of a private inspection.
The state's Cabinet for Health Services has compiled a thick dossier on accusations of deficiencies in the nursing home. Birchtree owner Tina Conner says the Cabinet and its inspectors retaliated against her for ending a two-year affair with Mr. Patton by hounding the nursing home into bankruptcy.

MAINE
GOP sues to get disputed votes counted
Republicans filed a lawsuit yesterday demanding that disputed votes be counted in an election for a state Senate seat, the outcome of which will determine control of the chamber.
At last count, Democrat Christopher Hall led Republican opponent Leslie Fossel by nine votes, widening his unofficial Election Day lead of two votes.
But Republicans say 63 disputed ballots would put Mr. Fossel ahead, and they asked Cumberland County Superior Court to intervene before today's scheduled resumption of the recount, which was halted last week. A hearing is scheduled for today.
At stake is which party gains a majority in the 35-member Senate, split at 17 seats for each.

MASSACHUSETTS
Muslim groups want Dershowitz punished
BOSTON A group of Muslim lawyers has asked the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers to punish Alan Dershowitz because of the Harvard Law School professor's proposal to raze Palestinian villages in response to attacks on Israelis.
The Washington-based Muslim Legal Defense and Education Fund says Mr. Dershowitz broke the rules of his profession by advocating for a policy that would violate international law.
Mr. Dershowitz, who helped defend O.J. Simpson, proposed in March that Israel circulate a list of locations that would be demolished if Palestinians carried out further attacks.

MICHIGAN
Couple drown trying to save dog
DETROIT A couple drowned in the Detroit River in a failed attempt to save a dog that fell into the water, police said yesterday.
The man and woman were with their dogs at Lakeland Park on Saturday when one of the dogs jumped into the river, said police spokesman Thaxon Hill.
It was not clear whether the man or the woman jumped in after the dog. The other person drowned trying to save the first, Mr. Hill said.

MINNESOTA
11-year-old killed by stray bullet
MINNEAPOLIS An 11-year-old girl, playing at her family's computer with her 6-year-old sister, was struck and killed by a bullet that came through the window of their home.
The incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in a neighborhood in south Minneapolis. The girl, whose name authorities did not release, died a short time later at Hennepin County Medical Center.
NEBRASKA
University to eliminate 164 jobs on campus
LINCOLN Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced $7.5 million in third-round cuts at the University of Nebraska, eliminating 164 jobs on the main campus, to deal with state funding reductions.
He said job security is lower today than in the past and that given the funding reductions to higher education across the country, jobs aren't secure anywhere.

NEW YORK
Maintenance workers die on subway tracks
NEW YORK Officials were reviewing safety procedures for maintenance work on the city's subway tracks yesterday after two workers were struck and killed by trains.
Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Roger Toussaint said the union has complained repeatedly about inadequate warning procedures for track workers about oncoming trains. On Saturday he demanded an emergency meeting with New York City Transit officials about the deaths.
Signal maintainer Joy Antony was struck and killed Thursday about 200 feet from a station on Manhattan's Upper West Side while checking the box that controls the signal lights, authorities said.
On Friday night, 57-year-old Kurien Baby who washed, cleaned and replaced lights on the platform was struck and killed in a Lower Manhattan tunnel.

OHIO
Picasso, Pollock works left to art institute
DAYTON Works by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock are included in a multimillion-dollar collection of 23 modernist and abstract paintings left to the Dayton Art Institute.
The late Dayton industrialist and philanthropist Jesse Philips left his art collection, worth millions of dollars, to the institute before he died in 1994 at age 80, museum officials said.

OKLAHOMA
Keating gets briefcase back after 13 years
OKLAHOMA CITY It has taken 13 years, but Gov. Frank Keating finally has his briefcase back.
He lost it on a United Airlines flight from Washington to Tulsa in September 1989. At the time, Mr. Keating was general counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
On Nov. 15, the governor's office received the briefcase in the mail from San Francisco, where it was found on a shelf in a security office. It was in good shape but had been popped open to check for contents.

TENNESSEE
Graceland to support Elvis impersonators
MEMPHIS Elvis impersonators can continue swiveling their hips and quivering their lips after Graceland reversed its decision to sever its support of festivals featuring clones of the King.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, the business arm of the multimillion-dollar Presley estate, decided in October to no longer associate with festivals using Elvis impersonators.
But the estate gave back its backing after receiving about 30 letters from festival organizers and fans who were all shook up.
"From reading these, we said, 'Let's forget about the hassles. This is something, frankly, we need to support,'" said Jack Soden, chief executive officer of the company.

UTAH
Fossil exposed as a fraud
SALT LAKE CITY Over the course of three years, the Early Cretaceous-era fossil was smuggled out of China; sold in a Tucson, Ariz., motel room; studied in Blanding, Utah; written about in National Geographic as the missing link between dinosaurs and birds; returned to China; and ultimately exposed as a fraud.
The collection of small, fossilized bones frozen in stone was poised to rewrite paleontological history but instead will be enshrined forever in the annals of sloppy science.
This week the journal Nature put what may be the finishing touches on the series of events that probably left many wishing they had never seen the fossil.

WEST VIRGINIA
Ski season set to open
West Virginia's ski season is ready for business after a storm dumped as much as 8 inches of snow in the state's mountains.
Snowshoe Mountain resort plans to open Wednesday, almost a month ahead of its Dec. 23 opening last year. The state's other resorts Winterplace, Canaan Valley and Timberline Four Seasons are likely to follow soon, officials say.
"Mother Nature and Father Time didn't go to the Bahamas this fall," said Joe Stevens, a Snowshoe spokesman. "We've got great snow, and we're ready for our traditional Thanksgiving week opening."


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