- The Washington Times - Friday, December 5, 2003

More shootings added to highway probe

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two more shootings have occurred along an interstate highway since a woman was killed on the freeway last month, bringing the number of cases under investigation to 14, authorities said yesterday.

A car and a house were hit in the latest shootings, Franklin County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Martin said. On Sunday morning, a woman heard a thud as she drove on Interstate 270 and noticed a bullet hole when she got home, Deputy Martin said. She notified police on Tuesday.

In the other shooting, Emma Sader found a bullet hole in the front of her house about a quarter-mile from the highway and a bullet on her living room floor, the deputy said. Ms. Sader made the discovery Monday, she said.

Housing chief to quit for Senate run

President Bush’s Housing and Urban Development secretary, Mel Martinez, will resign in order to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Florida, Republicans said yesterday. “He’s definitely running,” said a senior Republican strategist in Washington.

Mr. Martinez, a Cuban American, will be seeking the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Democrat Bob Graham next year. He is expected to announce his resignation as early as next week.

Mr. Martinez is entering the race at the apparent encouragement of the White House.

Talk that Florida Republican Rep. Katherine Harris might enter the race for the open seat rang alarm bells among some Republicans in the state and in Washington, because she became a lightning rod for Democratic anger over the 2000 presidential election recount battle when she was Florida’s secretary of state.

Iowa stations won’t air Sharpton SNL gig

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton will host this weekend’s broadcast of “Saturday Night Live,” but viewers in Iowa won’t get to see it.

All four NBC television affiliates in the state announced they won’t carry the show because Mr. Sharpton is one of nine candidates seeking the Democratic nomination. The selection process begins with the Iowa caucuses Jan. 19.

Tim Gardner, director of creative services at WHO-TV in Des Moines said station lawyers decided that airing the 90-minute show would trigger federal “equal time” provisions — meaning the stations would have to offer an equal amount of air time to each of the other presidential candidates.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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