- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Expert testifies in monument trial
MONTGOMERY Thomas Jefferson would not be offended by the 5,300-pound monument to the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building, despite claims it illegally promotes the Judeo-Christian faith, an expert on religion testified yesterday.
Michael Novak, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, said Jefferson, James Madison and other Founders of the United States often acknowledged God in their writings and their actions.
Mr. Novak's testimony came as the trial of a lawsuit challenging the Ten Commandments monument moved into its second week. The black granite was moved into the court building on the night of July 31, 2001, by Chief Justice Roy Moore, who says it is the "moral foundation" of American law.

Man cashes in penny crate
HOMEWOOD A penny for your thoughts? How about more than 26,000 pennies?
Many people have penny jars, but Mark Horowitz had a penny crate. He's been hoarding the Abe Lincolns since he was 3 or 50 years' worth.
But now Mr. Horowitz and his wife are trying to simplify their lifestyle. With their children in college, Mr. Horowitz decided to put those penny pieces back into circulation.
He called his bank in the Homewood area to warn them a lot of spare change was heading their way. Coin-counting machines handled the hard work last week.
When it was all tallied, the 53-year-old author-historian had 26,461 pennies. When you do the math, that's $264.61.

1 dead, 2 missing in boat fire
JUNEAU A 180-foot fishing vessel exploded and caught fire hundreds of miles off Alaska, fatally injuring at least one crew member and leaving two persons missing, the Coast Guard said. Five persons were injured.
The cause of the blast had not been determined. Conditions in the Bering Sea were not especially severe for the area but were still difficult for rescue operations with wind of 30 to 40 knots and seas of 10 to 15 feet.
A mayday from the Galaxy, based in Seattle, was received Sunday by the Coast Guard station on St. Paul Island, about 750 miles southwest of Anchorage, said Coast Guard Chief Roger W. Wetherell in Juneau.

Rocker promises scary Halloween
PHOENIX Alice Cooper promises to make Halloween even scarier this year.
The rock veteran who for many years gave concert performances featuring guillotines lopping off heads and infant dolls gushing blood has opened his latest haunted house attraction.
"Alice Cooper's Nightmare: The Breakdown," which opened Oct. 2 and runs through Nov. 2, is the sequel to 2001's "Alice Cooper's Nightmare," the Phoenix shock rocker's first foray into the haunted house business. Cooper executives first came to house director Steve Kopelman three years ago to create the attraction.
This year, the effects are better, Mr. Kopelman said, with lifelike props, high-tech robots and computer movement systems staffed by the same company used by major theme parks.

Marchers raise millions for AIDS fight
WEST HOLLYWOOD An estimated 25,000 walkers on Sunday took to the streets of Los Angeles' bustling homosexual heartland to raise and estimated $2.5 million for the fight against AIDS, organizers said.
The huge march through the West Hollywood area of the United States' second-largest metropolis was aimed at raising cash to find health and community services for 10,000 people in southern California with AIDS and HIV.
The walkers were given a star-studded sendoff by a clutch of Hollywood stars including actor Eric McCormack, who stars in the hit homosexual-themed television comedy "Will and Grace."

Funeral held for abused infant
BRIGHTON A 9-week-old boy was laid to rest yesterday, with a pastor saying he hopes some good can come from the death of the infant who reportedly was abused because he pulled out his pacifier.
"It's too early to tell what good might come from this," pastor David DeBord told a gathering of about 50 family and friends at a funeral service. "Maybe his death might expose a hole in the safety net that needs repairing."
Tanner Dowler's paternal grandparents, Woody and Lea Dowler, have said that before Tanner's birth, they wrote letters to county social services warning that the boy's parents needed parenting classes.
Tanner died Oct. 12 after suffering burns to his feet and face, two broken arms and a severe brain injury. His parents brought him to a hospital Oct. 3 and were arrested the same day.

Beach safety an issue with guards gone
SUSSEX COUNTY In recent years mild weather and 68-degree ocean temperatures have kept tourists and local swimmers lingering on Delaware's beaches long after the traditional summer season ends and the lifeguards leave.
To some people, that trend raises a question of safety, reports the Wilmington News-Journal.
If the state and resort towns are spending money to attract people to the area well past Labor Day, shouldn't the lifeguards stick around?
Local officials, mindful of the cost and the difficulty of finding qualified lifeguards, aren't so sure that's a good idea.
Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper questions how towns would pay for the additional staff because parking meters come down in mid-September.

Columba Bush gives anti-drug speech
MIAMI Columba Bush, wife of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, urged a group of middle school girls to resist the lure of drugs, drawing on her own experience in helping her daughter battle addiction.
The weekend rally at South Miami Middle School was part of a national campaign Soy Unica! Soy Latina! to prevent drug abuse among Hispanic girls.
It was one of the few times Columba Bush has spoken publicly about her daughter Noelle's struggle with drugs.
Noelle Bush, 25, was sentenced to 10 days in jail last week after she reportedly was found with a piece of crack cocaine in her shoe while at the Orlando treatment. She had been there since February.

Pastor stages mock whipping
ATLANTA A pastor used his last sermon before heading to jail to encourage his flock to continue whipping disobedient children.
The Rev. Arthur Allen Jr., convicted of cruelty to children, took off his belt and waved it behind a 14-year-old boy as part of a mock whipping at the House of Prayer.
Allen, 70, and four church members were found guilty Thursday of aggravated assault and cruelty to children for whipping two boys in front of the congregation in February 2001.
"I can't maintain discipline in my home by just hand-spanking our children," Allen told his congregation of about 130.
Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. sentenced the defendants to prison sentences ranging from 20 to 90 days. They must also pay fines, serve probation and attend parenting classes.

Fireman finishes Ironman triathlon
KAILUA-KONA His race number said it all: 343, the number of firefighters who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Firefighter Larry Parker, of Ladder Co. 129 in New York City, said 343 sets of wings carried him through the grueling Ironman Triathlon World Championship.
"There were some rough spots, and they carried me," said Mr. Parker, 39, of Amityville, N.Y., after finishing the 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile marathon in 10 hours and 17 minutes on Saturday.
Tim DeBoom, 31, of Lyons, Colo., won the triathlon by completing it in 8 hours, 29 minutes and 56 seconds.

Plane lands in field; couple not injured
BOISE Plans for eating breakfast in Jerome went awry for a Boise couple when their plane's engine sputtered out shortly after takeoff Sunday morning.
Gene and Gail Daniels escaped injury when Gene made an emergency landing in a field west of Grand View about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Mr. Daniels got his pilot's license Oct. 12, his 46th birthday. He was flying a single-engine Piper Tomahawk to have Sunday breakfast with his parents.
The couple took off from the Nampa Municipal Airport about 8:30 a.m. "We were flying over the Snake River, and the engine blew a rod," Mr. Daniels said.

Pumpkin-launcher blasts the competition
NOBLESVILLE Jim Bristoe is getting a charge out of his pumpkin cannon.
Mr. Bristoe figures his 30-foot-long, 2-ton contraption could fire the orange orbs up to five miles if they stayed intact. On Saturday, he entered his launcher in the Pumpkin Propulsion Contest, where the cannon far outclassed the competition.
So Mr. Bristoe, a 42-year-old electrician and mechanic, stepped aside and let the lesser rivals compete for top honors Saturday.
"I actually bowed out of the money race and let the guys with the catapults compete," Mr. Bristoe said. "I only shot at 20 pounds of pressure and a 10-degree angle, and still cleared their whole range."
Mr. Bristoe's yet to fire the cannon at full power, although a pumpkin fired in a demonstration last week went through the rear of a Pontiac.

Activists protest police cameras
PORTLAND Activists and civil libertarians say snapping cameras and whirring camcorders at demonstrations intimidate people who disagree with the government and should be regulated by the state.
Activists also say collecting information on tape or film reminds them of government excesses during the 1960s, when demonstrators opposed to the war in Vietnam were sometimes harassed by authorities.
The issue arises from a raucous demonstration in Portland in opposition to the United States waging a war against Iraq. City police made a videotape of the event. A week later, a state police trooper snapped pictures as demonstrators protested House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt's appearance at a rally in Lewiston.

Athlete: Priest admitted abuse
BOSTON The highest-ranking Boston Archdiocese official implicated in the sex scandal admitted molesting three boys more than 20 years ago, a former Boston Bruins hockey player said in sworn testimony filed yesterday.
The athlete, Chris Nilan, is a friend of the priest, Monsignor Frederick J. Ryan, who was vice chancellor under then-Boston Cardinal Humberto Medeiros.
Father Ryan sexually abused David Carney and two others, and maintained a sexual relationship with one of the two others up until three years ago, Mr. Nilan said in June when questioned in a lawsuit brought by Mr. Carney against Father Ryan and the archdiocese.
Mr. Nilan, 44, a friend of the three who claim to be victims, said he confronted Father Ryan after accusations surfaced earlier this year.

Area's first snow packs a punch
BROWERVILLE The Upper Midwest's first significant snowstorm of the season dropped as much as 10 inches on Minnesota, delaying yesterday's school openings.
Snow also fell in Michigan and across northern Wisconsin, where dozens of motorists slid into ditches during the morning commute.
Snowplow crews had to go to work early yesterday in parts of Minnesota.
Schools in Browerville, 115 miles northwest of Minneapolis, opened two hours late because of the 10 inches of snow on roads. Temperatures were expected to rise into the mid-30s.
The storm struck Sunday along the Minnesota-North Dakota state line and moved across Minnesota.

Police officers take on new role
EPSOM The town's police officers are now taking turns teaching as well.
Each Thursday, the Concord Monitor reports, a police officer makes a 15-minute presentation in each of Epsom Central School's three second-grade classes on various life lessons, including firearms safety, respect and to how to dial 911. The officers rotate the teaching shifts along with their work shifts.
"The kids give you high fives," said Epsom Police Chief Henry Farrin Jr., who proposed the class to school officials last year.
Officers use lesson plans created by the Learning for Life division of the Daniel Webster Council. Teachers often jump in to assist the officers, who had only one formal training session, when they need help engaging the class.

Rabbi goes on trial for second time
FREEHOLD A rabbi accused of having his wife killed so he could carry on an affair went on trial again yesterday, a year after the jury at his first trial deadlocked.
Rabbi Fred Neulander is charged with having his wife, Carol, bludgeoned to death in their suburban Philadelphia home in 1994.
Prosecutor James Lynch said Mr. Neulander hired two men to killl her so he could continue an affair with former Philadelphia radio host Elaine Soncini.
The two confessed to the killing and pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter.

More time given for jogger probe
NEW YORK A judge yesterday gave prosecutors six more weeks to finish their investigation of whether the wrong men went to prison for one of New York's most infamous crimes, the 1989 rape of a woman jogger in Central Park.
Lawyers for five black men convicted and imprisoned for the rape of the white investment banker went to court in a bid to have the convictions thrown out after new information surfaced in January in the racially charged case.
"It is clear that the people would need a significant amount of time given the nature of the case and the voluminous information," Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Charles Tejada said.
A convicted rapist, Matias Reyes, 31, told authorities in January that he alone attacked the woman who became known as the "Central Park jogger" on April 19, 1989.

Actor urges campaign debate
ASHEVILLE Robert Redford wants more debate on the issues in North Carolina's Senate race.
"What I think the people deserve and are not getting, whether it's the state of North Carolina or pretty much anywhere else in the country, we are entitled to forthright and forthcoming information and I think we are entitled to a debate on a particular issue," the actor said in an interview with the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Mr. Redford was reacting to an Oct. 13 column by the newspaper urging Democratic candidate Erskine Bowles and Republican Elizabeth Dole to schedule a debate to discuss issues of particular interest to residents of North Carolina's mountains.
Mrs. Dole has not accepted the newspaper's invitation, but Mr. Bowles has agreed.
Mr. Redford is in the Asheville area to shoot his latest movie, "The Clearing."

Gang-rape trial gets under way
DUNCAN High school football is king in this rural prairie town, so when five stars of the hometown team were charged with gang-raping a 14-year-old girl outside the stadium, it seemed like everybody's business.
Now that the first trial in the case is under way, supporters of the boys say have been treated unfairly because of their race. Others say they are getting off too easy because of their athletic prowess.
"I really don't know how these boys are going to get a fair trial in Stephens County," said the pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, where two of the boys are members. "I think a lot of people jumped to conclusions that they were guilty right away. It caused a lot of tension among the people, among the students at school."

Protester faces federal charges
A Bremerton nun and disarmament activist arrested recently for trespassing on a Colorado nuclear missile facility now faces federal charges.
Jackie Hudson, a Dominican nun and member of Ground Zero for Non-Violent Action, has been charged with depredation of federal property, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Miss Hudson and two other nuns were arrested Oct. 6 after breaking a lock and cutting through a fence of a nuclear-missile silo facility in Colorado.
They then took hammers and pounded on a ground level cover that conceals the missile, pounded on the rails that help move the cover when the missile is deployed, painted a cross on the tracks using a jar of their own blood, said a liturgy, prayed, and sang before being arrested.

Charities reject Hooters' money
JANESVILLE Hooters' money isn't good enough for some charities.
When a Hooters opened in Janesville, the restaurant wanted to donate the proceeds to a nonprofit group. But the YWCA said no thanks, as did SpotLight on Kids, a children's theater group, and ECHO, a church-sponsored food pantry.
"I had to choose between taking the money and offending some of our longtime donors," YWCA Executive Director Marge Hilgart said.

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