- The Washington Times - Monday, September 23, 2002

ILLINOIS
Mom in taped beating admits wrongdoing
TINLEY PARK A woman caught on videotape in the act of beating her child in a department store parking lot said yesterday that "I just lost my temper."
Madelyne Gorman Toogood, 25, told reporters yesterday she hit her 4-year-old daughter, Martha, in the head and back and pulled her hair but did not punch her.
"Martha didn't deserve what she got," Mrs. Toogood said. Martha was placed in foster care when her mother turned herself in to authorities on felony battery charges.

CALIFORNIA
Davis signs stem-cell bill
SACRAMENTO Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation yesterday to allow embryonic-stem-cell research in the state, a direct challenge to federal limits on the research.
Mr. Davis has said the legislation is essential to keep California at the forefront of medical research. He was joined at the ceremony by actor Christopher Reeve, who has become a medical research activist since he was paralyzed in a horse riding accident seven years ago.

ALABAMA
Michigan challenges Hyundai plant plan
BIRMINGHAM Michigan is trying to block Montgomery's $1 billion Hyundai automotive plant by raising questions about its environmental permitting.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality filed comments Thursday in Hyundai's application for air permits from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
Michigan, which tried unsuccessfully to recruit the Hyundai plant, claims it is losing jobs and money because Alabama is not enforcing Environmental Protection Agency standards as stringently as it does.
Alabama Gov. Donald Siegelman told the Birmingham News "there is not a chance in the world" Michigan will stop the construction of the Hyundai plant.
"I detect just a wee bit of jealousy from the folks in Michigan," he said. "They're beginning to feel the pinch from Alabama's success in the automotive industry."

ALASKA
Man hopes to return orphaned cubs to wild
ANCHORAGE Why rescue orphaned bear cubs, if only to keep them captive or kill them for lack of a home, asks Mike Miller, managing director of Big Game Alaska Wildlife Center. He is working on a project to nurture rescued cubs so they can be released into the wild.
"We just want to successfully give these cubs a second chance to grow up wild," Mr. Miller said.
The key to his idea, Mr. Miller said, is to confine orphaned bear cubs in a large, remote area, which he figures can be done fairly cheaply with an electric fence.
He is testing part of his vision by enclosing 18 acres with an electric fence for bears housed at the Big Game Alaska wildlife center. Mr. Miller plans to rotate the center's two black bears with its grizzlies in the new enclosure. He believes it will be the largest in North America for captive bears and will cost about $75,000.

COLORADO
Vandals strike symbolic shelter
BOULDER Swastikas were drawn on a temporary wooden shelter built on the University of Colorado campus to celebrate the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot.
"My first response was shock and terrible sadness," said Joshua Fallik, an art teacher who reported the vandalism Saturday.
The Sukkot holiday began Friday and is slated to last for a week. The wooden shelter, or sukkah, was built by a Jewish student group and by Lubavitch of Boulder.

FLORIDA
Detained students join Miami hospital
DAVIE Three medical students who were detained as terror suspects on a Florida highway are now being welcomed by the Miami hospital that turned them away after the incident, an American-Islamic relations activist said.
An agreement was reached last week to let the men study at Larkin Community Hospital, where they had been headed when they were pulled over by police Sept. 13 and detained for 18 hours while robots and bomb-sniffing dogs searched their cars.
The search was sparked by complaints from a woman who said she heard the men making alarming comments in a Georgia restaurant. All three men denied any wrongdoing and were released by police without charges.

GEORGIA
Immigrants bring poverty to area
ATLANTA As Hispanics pour into metro Atlanta, poverty is coming with them.
Census figures show poverty among the region's fastest-growing ethnic group increased nearly fivefold in the 1990s, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
In Coweta County, for example, the Hispanic population went from a few hundred in 1990 to nearly 3,000 a decade later, and almost all of the increase in people living in poverty was among them, the census numbers show.
A decade ago, the census listed 656 poor Hispanics in Gwinnett County and 2,921 in neighboring DeKalb County. Today, the counties have almost an equal number of Hispanic poor, with close to 11,000 each.

HAWAII
Voters pick governor candidates
HONOLULU Voters all but ensured Hawaii will have its first woman governor, choosing Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono by a razor-thin margin to carry the Democratic banner against Republican Linda Lingle in November.
Mrs. Hirono won the Democratic nomination with 76,685 votes, or 41 percent, followed by state Rep. Ed Case with 74,082 votes, or 40 percent. Mrs. Lingle easily won the Republican primary against former legislator John Carroll, taking 89 percent of the vote.
In Saturday's primary the voters also re-elected Democrat Rep. Patsy T. Mink to run for her 13th term, giving her 73 percent of the vote. Mrs. Mink, 74, has been hospitalized for treatment of viral pneumonia and hasn't spoken publicly in more than three weeks.

LOUISIANA
Police talk man down from bridge
NEW ORLEANS Eastbound lanes of the Huey P. Long Bridge were closed for more than an hour Saturday night as law enforcement officers talked a man out of jumping from the bridge into the Mississippi River.
Traffic was stopped at about 7 p.m. while officers persuaded the man not to jump, State Police Sgt. Staty Lewis told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Officers took the man into custody at about 8 p.m., and the bridge was reopened at 8:27 p.m.

MAINE
Paper columnist dies at 94
PORTLAND J. Frances , who for 32 years wrote the popular Clearing House column in the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, died Friday. She was 94.
Referring to herself as Ye Ed, Miss Hapgood used the daily column to help people help each other with the big and small problems of daily life.
"She lived for it. She loved the people; everybody that sent her a note or a letter, she responded to," said David Small, her nephew.
Miss Hapgood was hired as a society reporter at the Press Herald in 1946. She retired from the newspaper in 1985.

MASSACHUSETTS
Victim group fights church subpoena
WORCESTER A support group for victims of Roman Catholic priest sex abuse has vowed to fight a subpoena by the Diocese of Worcester seeking names and correspondence of victims.
Diocese attorneys subpoenaed the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) earlier this month while defending the diocese in a lawsuit. Five women claimed in the lawsuit that the diocese failed to protect them from the Rev. Robert E. Kelley, who was convicted of rape and admitted to molesting 50 to 100 girls while at St. Cecilia's two decades ago.
The diocese is asking SNAP for information about the five plaintiffs, including correspondence and dates they participated in support group events, as well as the names of everyone who has said they were abused by Father Kelley.
Wendy Murphy, attorney for Philip A. Saviano, the New England director of the group, will file a motion to quash the subpoena.

MINNESOTA
Former professor dies after fall
FALCON HEIGHTS Robert Robinson, a former University of Minnesota professor who helped develop sunflowers as a crop, died Sept. 13 after a fall in his home. He was 82.
Mr. Robinson taught agronomy and plant genetics at the university from 1948 until he retired in 1986, helping to develop sunflowers as a commercial crop in the state.
He is also credited with developing the Alden variety of canarygrass now grown on 150,000 acres in Canada, and for creating more interest in grains like buckwheat, grain sorghum and millet.

NEVADA
Actor Martinez dies at age 82
LAS VEGAS Tony Martinez, a stage actor who became known for his television work in the 1950s, has died. He was 82.
Mr. Martinez died Monday of natural causes at a Las Vegas hospital, said his wife, Myra.
For television viewers, Mr. Martinez is best remembered for his role playing Mexican farmhand Pepino Garcia in "The Real McCoys" from 1957 to 1963.
"He was just a natural, and he had this enormous sense of comedy timing," said Kathleen Nolan, "The Real McCoys" star.
Mr. Martinez, who was born in Puerto Rico in 1920, later played Sancho Panza in 2,245 performances of "Man of La Mancha."

NEW JERSEY
Pepper spray training hospitalizes guards
SEA GIRT Twenty-three state Department of Corrections recruits were taken to hospitals last week complaining of respiratory problems after being exposed to pepper spray during training.
Two state police instructors were testing pepper spray they planned to use in separate trooper training at the state police academy while 107 corrections recruits trained 150 to 200 yards away, said spokesman Lt. Al Della Fave.
Several minutes later, some recruits began to complain they were having trouble breathing.

NEW YORK
University cancels ground zero course
NEW YORK New York University has canceled a course about rebuilding ground zero, where the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists, because of concern about publicity the class might generate.
The course, called Ground Zero Lab, was canceled after its organizers were asked by David Finney, the dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, to guarantee it would not attract media attention, the New York Times reported yesterday.
The organizers said they could not make the guarantee. The course was to focus on the politics, finance, design and culture involved in redevelopment in Lower Manhattan, where the Twin Towers collapsed after the September 11 attacks.

NORTH CAROLINA
DNA test backlog delays rape arrest
RALEIGH A rape suspect was free for six months before his arrest because of a backlog of DNA analysis cases at the state crime lab.
It was six months before the DNA test was conducted in the Durham rape case. The suspect was arrested within hours of the test.
Evidence from the break-in and rape in west Durham was submitted March 14 to the State Bureau of Investigation lab. That evidence wasn't entered into a statewide database of convicted felons and other offenders until last week.
SBI officials said Friday the results matched the DNA of convicted rapist Lawrence Edward Hawes. Within hours, Durham police arrested Hawes and charged him in the March rape and burglary. Hawes had been paroled June 3, 2001, after serving prison time for two 1988 rapes.

OREGON
Anti-tax activist under fire in lawsuit
PORTLAND A former house painter who became one of the most powerful political influences on the Oregon tax system by taking initiatives directly to the voters is in court to answer questions about his own corporate finances.
A former aide to tax activist Bill Sizemore says she saw flagrant violations of accounting and tax-reporting practices, including a constant flow of money between Mr. Sizemore's tax-exempt Oregon Taxpayers United Education Foundation prohibited from engaging in political activity and his political I&R; Petition Services.
Mr. Sizemore is two weeks into the trial of a fraud and racketeering lawsuit filed against him by the state's two largest teachers' unions, which say they spent millions of dollars fighting measures that never should have made it onto the ballot.

PENNSYLVANIA
Trial begins today in race-riot killing
YORK Residents have worked for 33 years to build bridges between blacks and whites, ever since the city was paralyzed for 10 days by race riots that left a young black woman and white rookie police officer dead.
The truth of what happened then has remained elusive, but today it could begin to take shape as jury selection begins in the murder trial of three men accused in the fatal shooting of Lillie Belle Allen. One of the men is the city's former mayor, Charlie Robertson.
Prosecutors say Mr. Robertson, a young police officer at the time, gave ammunition to white gangs that ambushed a car in which Miss Allen, 27, was riding with relatives. The other two men are accused of taking part in the ambush.
Miss Allen's shooting remained unsolved until late 1999, when prosecutors say new information surfaced and investigators reopened the case. Since then, 10 white men have been charged in her killing.
Two black men await trial in the killing of the white rookie officer, 22-year-old Henry Schaad.

SOUTH DAKOTA
Measure would allow jury nullification
PIERRE A measure on the South Dakota ballot this November would allow defendants to tell juries they can disregard a law if they don't like it a prospect that has the legal profession aghast.
Amendment A would let people accused of crimes argue that a law should not apply to their circumstances or that it has no merit. The practice is known as jury nullification.
The proposed amendment to the state constitution was put on the ballot after supporters gathered more than 34,000 signatures. Opponents say the measure would cripple the legal system.

TENNESSEE
Vanderbilt angers women's group
NASHVILLE The United Daughters of the Confederacy are livid over Vanderbilt University's decision to remove the word "Confederate" from the name of a dormitory built with UDC donations and may take the university to court.
The university announced last week that Confederate Memorial Hall will be called Memorial Hall. Michael Schoenfeld, Vanderbilt's vice chancellor for public affairs, told the Nashville Tennesseean that university officials made the decision earlier this month.
Vanderbilt officials did not consult the UDC, which contributed $50,000 during the Great Depression to help the former George Peabody College for Teachers build the $150,000 dormitory. Peabody and Vanderbilt merged in 1979.
Ava Eaton, Tennessee UDC chairman, said the group is exploring its options, including a lawsuit. She said some members who are alumnae have said they will "never give another dime" to Vanderbilt. "We're all appalled," Mrs. Eaton said.

WASHINGTON
Family finds luck on Friday the 13th
EVERETT Don't tell John Fischer and Debra Perry that having their first baby delivered on Friday the 13th is bad luck. They think it might be fortuitous.
By entering the world Sept. 13 at Providence Everett Medical Center, their son Austin got the same birthday as his grandmother, Betty Griffiths, 80.
The next day, though, it was not so clear how the family's luck was going. When the family made a five-minute stop at a store while heading home, their car was stolen. Inside were the child's baby seat and a newly rented video, plus about $800 worth of Mr. Fischer's welding equipment in the trunk.
On Sept. 16, police found the car in nearby Silver Lake with nothing missing.
Austin's mother said there was a reason for the family's good fortune.
"I think having him on the 13th is very lucky," she said. "After all, how many people get everything back when their car's stolen?"

WEST VIRGINIA
Huge asbestos trial to begin in state
CHARLESTON A massive asbestos trial against some of the world's largest companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Honeywell International, begins in West Virginia this week, even as the case is being challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court comprises the cases of 8,000 people who say they were exposed to asbestos. But about half of the 259 defendants have appealed to the high court, saying plaintiffs' cases are so dissimilar that consolidating them infringes on their constitutional rights.


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