- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 14, 2003

Woman claims she is Thurmond’s daughter

LOS ANGELES — A 78-year-old retired schoolteacher is coming forward after years of silence to claim she is the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, her attorney said yesterday.

Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who lives in Los Angeles, had long been rumored to be the daughter of the one-time segregationist, who died June 26 at the age of 100.

Mrs. Williams told The Washington Post that Mr. Thurmond privately acknowledged her as his daughter and had provided financial support since 1941.

Dealey Plaza shooting is ruled suicide

DALLAS — A postal worker found shot to death in Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 40 years ago, committed suicide, authorities said yesterday.

Richard E. Clem, 50, shot himself in the mouth before daylight Friday on the “X” in Dealey Plaza that is the unofficial marker of where Kennedy was fatally shot Nov. 22, 1963, the Dallas County Medical Examiner said.

Mr. Clem was from Dallas and had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years.

Colorado prison guard accused of ordering hit

PUEBLO, Colo. — A state prison guard was jailed yesterday, accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband so she could get a life insurance payout and continue an affair with an inmate.

Pamela J. Dickens, 47, was arrested Friday after a six-month investigation by the Department of Corrections. Officials had received a tip that she was having the affair and trying to get her husband, also a prison guard, killed.

ACLU sues school over homosexual club

DENVER — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Friday against a Colorado Springs high school for refusing to recognize a club that includes homosexuals.

The lawsuit said the school repeatedly has refused to recognize the Palmer High Gay-Straight Alliance. As a result, the group may not meet on school property on the same terms as other groups, cannot post club information at the school and is omitted from the school’s yearbook.

Palmer Principal Karin Reynolds said it was the school district’s decision not to recognize the group.

TV evangelist objects to ad campaigns

LOS ANGELES — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, whose weekly “Hour of Power” evangelist show airs nationwide, is objecting to TV ads that use Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to hawk a new line of hamburgers.

The ads are for a line of five sandwiches called “The Six Dollar Burger,” sold by Carl’s Jr. restaurants in 14 Western states. They feature Mr. Hefner, 77, in his signature silk pajamas holding a bulging sandwich.

The tag line of the campaign is: “Because some guys don’t like the same thing night after night.”

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