- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 29, 2002

CALIFORNIA
Robert Blake's attorney resigns
LOS ANGELES Harland Braun, the lawyer who has represented Robert Blake since his wife was fatally shot last year, announced his resignation yesterday, saying he objected to the actor's decision to grant a jailhouse interview to ABC.
Mr. Braun said he had met with Mr. Blake and expressed his opposition to an interview with Diane Sawyer.
"He insists on doing an interview on camera with Diane Sawyer," Mr. Braun said. "I think it's insane for a person charged with a crime to go on camera to answer questions about the case. No lawyer in the country would allow a defendant to do this."
Mr. Braun said the ABC interview was set for Friday. But the interview request was being reviewed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Such requests are usually denied for security and logistics reasons, spokesman Darren Harris said.

NORTH CAROLINA
Revels to compete for Miss World title
LUMBERTON Rebekah Revels, the North Carolina beauty queen who resigned amid a topless-photo scandal, has been selected to represent the United States in the Miss World pageant.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to represent my state and my country in Miss World the most glamorous and prestigious pageant in the world," Miss Revels said during the weekend.
Miss Revels, 24, won the Miss North Carolina title in June but resigned after the Miss America pageant received an e-mail message indicating there were nude photos of her. Miss Revels told pageant officials that the e-mail came from a former boyfriend.
After Miss Revels resigned, she sought to reclaim her crown after the Miss North Carolina Organization had signed a contract with the first runner-up. Miss Revels lost her court battle and was unable to compete in the Miss America pageant.
Her selection by the Miss World pageant will allow her to compete Dec. 7 in Nigeria against 119 women from around the world.

ALASKA
Group won't endorse gubernatorial candidate
ANCHORAGE The Alaska Federation of Natives decided not to endorse a gubernatorial candidate.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer got strong support at the AFN convention. But Sen. Frank H. Murkowski, the GOP's nominee, also has numerous native supporters.
Some delegates feared that endorsing one candidate would put the federation in a no-win situation.

ARKANSAS
State doesn't want endangered panthers
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas game officials say the state isn't suitable for a federal program to expand the habitat of the endangered Florida panther.
Biologists from seven Southern states organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study 14 areas where the panthers could be relocated. The sites are where big cats, commonly known as southeastern cougars, mountain lions or pumas, once thrived.
Arkansas is the only one of the states to show resistance.
"The commission doesn't have any interest in re-introducing cougars into Arkansas right now," said Blake Sasse, non-game mammal program coordinator with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. "We have the resources to accommodate them, but culturally it's not appropriate for Arkansas right now."

DELAWARE
Agency to study parking problems
DOVER The Downtown Dover Development Corporation is going to address one of the main concerns of merchants by looking into the city's parking problems.
The agency is beginning a study that will examine parking spaces, city growth, security and parking fines. It has has not yet hired a firm to conduct the study.
The owner of the Loockerman Deli, Dan Mujica, said the study is a good idea because he thinks there are not enough parking spaces on Loockerman Street.

FLORIDA
Woman, dog spend night in ditch
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH A 71-year-old woman and her golden retriever were trapped in a ditch in her back yard for nearly 24 hours before a neighbor found them Sunday night.
Naomi C. Hardesty and her dog, Shadow, were dehydrated but did not appear to be seriously injured, officials said.
Miss Hardesty and Shadow were walking in their back yard Saturday night about 11 p.m. when Miss Hardesty fell feet-first into a 4-foot-deep ditch, and Shadow followed, Pinellas County sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said.
The ditch, about 2 feet wide, was the result of repairs being done to Miss Hardesty's seawall. Miss Hardesty and the dog remained stuck in the ditch through the night and all day Sunday, Miss Pasha told the St. Petersburg Times.
A firefighter was bitten on the hand by the dog during the rescue.

GEORGIA
Life sentence upheld in school killing
ATLANTA Georgia's Supreme Court yesterday upheld the murder conviction and life sentence imposed on a school bully who killed a 13-year-old classmate with a blow to the back of the head in 1998.
In a unanimous ruling, the state's highest court rejected defense arguments that the jury that convicted Jonathan Miller in 1999 may have been prejudiced by exposure to news coverage of the Columbine High School massacre just weeks before Miller's trial.
"We have reviewed the evidence of record concerning the actual pretrial publicity in this matter and it was not inherently prejudicial," Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Sears said in a written opinion.
Josh Belluardo died from a severed artery in his brain on Nov. 4, 1998, two days after Miller, now 19, punched Josh after the two boys got off their school bus in a suburb north of Atlanta. Prosecutors in Cherokee County indicted Miller for felony murder and tried him in adult court.

KANSAS
Coach killed in bus crash
SHARON SPRINGS A bus carrying the Kansas School for the Deaf high school football team crashed, killing an assistant coach and injuring several students and adults.
There were 34 players, coaches and cheerleaders aboard the bus Sunday morning when it missed a curve, went down a grassy embankment and landed upside down at the bottom of a ravine, the Highway Patrol said.
Six to eight volunteers from the community who knew sign language came to help translate for the injured students, said Jay Plank, administrator at Logan County Hospital in Oakley. Twenty-one persons were taken to the hospital.
The Kansas State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Lory R. Kuschmider, 52, of Olathe, the Kansas City suburb where the school is located.


KENTUCKY
Community stops mine from opening
PIKEVILLE A tiny eastern Kentucky community has won its fight to keep a coal mine from opening next door.
Kentucky's Cabinet for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection ruled yesterday that Clintwood Elkhorn Mining Co. would not be allowed to open near the 50 homes that make up the community of Lick Creek.
Lick Creek residents had staved off advances by the mining company two years ago by getting state regulators to rule that the land isn't suitable for mining.


LOUISIANA
ACLU: Parade permit not needed
NEW IBERIA One person should not need a parade permit to picket a business, a civil rights group says in a federal lawsuit on behalf of a man who waged a protest against a Kmart store.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana represents Ernest L. McGee, who says police threatened to arrest him for failing to get the $5 permit unless he stopped picketing a Kmart in September 2001.
The ACLU wants the court to overturn the parade permit parts of New Iberia's city code as unconstitutional.
Police Chief Robert Feller said he could not comment because he had not been served with the lawsuit, which was filed yesterday. Other city officials did not return a call for comment.
Mr. McGee was protesting Kmart's decision to temporarily stop selling guns and ammunition after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

MAINE
Deer to be checked for wasting disease
BANGOR State wildlife officials are preparing to analyze hundreds of deer killed in this year's hunt to determine if the herd has been inflicted with chronic wasting disease.
The highly contagious brain illness is affecting white-tailed deer in mainly Western states.
Deer hunting season with firearms begins Saturday for Maine residents and Nov. 4 for nonresidents.
MASSACHUSETTS
Official knew Bishop troubled, charge says
BOSTON The man who is now the bishop of New York's Brooklyn Diocese knew the Rev. Paul Shanley endorsed sex between men and boys when he promoted Father Shanley two decades ago to head a Boston-area parish, according to a sworn statement made public yesterday.
At the time, Thomas V. Daily was chancellor, vicar general and auxiliary bishop in the Boston Archdiocese. Bishop Daily promoted Father Shanley to administrator and acting pastor at St. Jean's parish in Newton.
Father Shanley, 71, is one of the priests at the center of the sex scandal engulfing the archdiocese.

MICHIGAN
Democrats courting absentee voters
LANSING The Michigan Democratic Party is courting absentee voters.
It sent brochures to hundreds of thousands of households this month featuring the names of Democratic candidates alongside an absentee voter registration form.
Nearly 20 percent of the vote in 10 of Michigan's largest cities came from absentee voters in the 1998 and 2000 general elections.

MINNESOTA
Hunter shot by frisky dog
BROOKLYN PARK Pheasant season took an ugly turn for Michael Murray last weekend when he was shot by Sonny, his year-old English setter pup.
Mr. Murray, 42, was hunting near the North Dakota border on the first day of the season. He said he was lining up a photo of the seven birds his hunting party shot in the first hour.
A loaded 12-gauge shotgun lay on the ground near the frisky dog.
"He stepped on the gun and it went off," Mr. Murray said. "At first I didn't know what happened. I got that blinding flash of pain and I sat down. "

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Crowd gathers for snowmobile drags
GILFORD More than 1,000 spectators turned out to watch the Fifth Annual Grass Drags at Laconia Airport this weekend and got to see some of the top snowmobile competitors from all over the Northeast reach speeds of more than 110 mph as they battled for $10,000 in prize money, reports the Manchester Union Leader.
John Decato of Loudon posted the fastest time in the early going as he reached 111 mph in one of the Pro Stock 1000 heats. Right behind him at 110 miles an hour was another racer in the pro stock series, John Schneider of Yorktown, N.Y.
Both said they expected to top those speeds later in the day.

NEW JERSEY
Elderly couple, sons found dead
WOODBRIDGE An elderly couple and their two sons were found dead in their home yesterday, possibly from carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities said.
The four may have been dead since Thursday, the day they failed to turn up at a family event in Pennsylvania, relatives told police. The bodies were discovered after relatives sent someone to the house to check on them.
The furnace at the family's two-story, stone-fronted house appeared to be faulty and the chimney was blocked, Woodbridge Mayor Frank Pelzman said.

NEW YORK
Amish buggy crash kills two children
LEON A horse pulling an Amish buggy apparently got spooked, sending the buggy into a pond and drowning two children. In central Pennsylvania, a van hit a horse and buggy, injuring seven family members.
The Miller family two parents and seven children were traveling in the town of Leon, about 40 miles south of Buffalo, on Sunday. Their horse apparently was spooked and the buggy went off the roadway and into a pond.
Twelve-year-old Jacob and 4-month-old Veronica drowned, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said. Six of the other seven family members were examined and released.
At Holtwood, Pa., a van plowed into a horse and buggy on a two-lane bridge over the Susquehanna River Sunday, critically injuring six members of an Amish family, and seriously injuring a seventh.

NORTH DAKOTA
Universities see jump in foreign students
GRAND FORKS Despite tighter visa restrictions, the state's two largest universities report an increase in the number of foreign exchange students.
North Dakota State University has 460 foreign students on campus this year, about 100 more than last year.

OKLAHOMA
Court clears hurdle for Nichols trial
OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma's highest court ruled yesterday the attorney representing Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols must be paid more than a year's back pay, clearing the way for the stalled proceedings to continue.
In a unanimous decision, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court ruled that Brian Hermanson, who has represented Nichols since 160 state counts of capital murder were filed against the defendant in 1999, be paid nearly $500,000 in back pay after a county court cut off funding for the Nichols defense last year.
The state's supreme court held an unusual session last week to decide if Oklahoma can afford to try Nichols.

OREGON
Fly fisherman catches salmon
MEDFORD Grant Martinsen's fish tale is a whopper.
The accidental fisherman reeled in a chinook salmon that weighed 71 pounds, a full 8 pounds more than the record for fly-fishers.
A longtime fly-fisher of trout and steelhead but a rookie at salmon, Mr. Martinsen drove to the lower Rogue River last week for a day of fishing cohos only because a hunting partner was too sick to hunt chukars as planned.
Since cohos generally weigh up to 15 pounds, Mr. Martinsen used an 8-weight rod, small flies and a net suitable for cohos. Then, after spying a few chinook, he tied on a chinook fly and started casting for the bigger fish. Ten minutes later, he felt a strike.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Tourist industry expects usual influx
MYRTLE BEACH Despite a sluggish economy and weak exchange rate for the Canadian dollar, hotel and business owners on the Grand Strand say they expect the usual number of visitors from Canada and the Northeast this winter.
Many visitors say they like Myrtle Beach because it's cheaper than some other Southern destinations.

UTAH
Park suspends shuttle-bus system
SPRINGDALE Starting yesterday, visitors can use their own cars to drive into Zion National Park. The park is ending mandatory bus rides for the winter.
The system was introduced four years ago to reduce traffic during the park's busiest periods.
The shuttle buses, which carry about 2.35 million riders a season, will return in April.

WISCONSIN
Actor has advice for educators
MADISON Edward James Olmos, who earned an Academy Award nomination as an inspirational math teacher in 1988's "Stand and Deliver," has plenty of advice for real-life educators.
He told teachers attending the Wisconsin Education Association Council convention last week that U.S. history classes focus almost exclusively on contributions of Europeans, with little about blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other minorities.
Mr. Olmos, 55, warned of dire consequences unless the educational system addresses the self-worth of Latino students.
More than half of children under age 5 have Latino surnames.

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