- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 1, 2003

MICHIGAN
Man gets closer to finding wife
CEDAR SPRINGS Steve Horowitz's quest for a wife is no secret.
For the past few months, it has been advertised on a large, portable sign reading "wife wanted" in front of his home.
After hearing from about 60 women and going out with three, Mr. Horowitz says all he is looking for now is a second date with one. So the sign has come down.
Mr. Horowitz, 53, said he was so taken with one woman after their lunch date that he presented her with a video of his friends' testimonials on his behalf.

TENNESSEE
Restaurateur to resurrect fried-chicken chain
NASHVILLE A restaurateur is trying to resurrect a fried chicken chain that bore the name of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson decades ago.
"I don't want the name to die, or the idea," said E.W. Mayo, 83, who owns one of the original restaurants. "The time has come to expand, to open more not just in Nashville, but across the country."
Mahalia Jackson's fried-chicken stores opened in the 1960s, the black counterpart to Southern fried-chicken restaurants that bore the name of Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl in white neighborhoods.
All the Minnie Pearl outlets have closed, but the Mahalia Jackson concept remained alive with one location in Nashville, just a few blocks from historically black Fisk University and Tennessee State University.
Now the owner hopes to put a Mahalia Jackson's fried-chicken store on every street corner.

ALABAMA
Ex-chief remembered for integration work
BIRMINGHAM When LeRoy Stover went to work as Birmingham's first black police officer, the reception was hostile.
But he found some support from police Chief Jamie Moore.
"Chief Moore, to ensure my safety, assigned some senior officers to escort me to roll call to make sure no harm came to me" from the other police officers, he said.
Mr. Moore died last week at age 96. He had served as police chief from 1956 until 1972. Part of that time was when Birmingham's government vigorously enforced segregation.

ARIZONA
Diana Ross faces drunken-driving charges
PHOENIX Singer and actress Diana Ross was cited for investigation of drunken driving Monday in southern Arizona, police said.
Miss Ross, who rose to fame as a member of the Supremes, had a blood alcohol level of 0.20 more than twice the legal limit when the vehicle she was driving was stopped at 12:30 a.m. in Tucson, said Sgt. Judy Altieri, a police spokeswoman.

CALIFORNIA
Court says panel violates Constitution
SACRAMENTO The powerful commission that helps regulate development along the state's 1,100-mile coastline is unconstitutional because most of its voting members are appointed by the Legislature, an appeals court ruled.
Monday's ruling could at least temporarily bar the California Coastal Commission from issuing building permits or ruling on offshore oil leases.
The power to appoint and remove commission members gave the Legislature the authority to declare the law and also to control its execution, in violation of the Constitution's separation of powers clause, the 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled.

CONNECTICUT
Shays' 'Mother Superior' calls it a career
STAMFORD At times, Jeanne McDonagh's job is like a crossword puzzle: Everything and everyone has a place, she just has to find it.
Not after today.
Miss McDonagh, 82, is retiring as staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, or as she called herself "Mother Superior" of Mr. Shays' Stamford government.

DELAWARE
Anti-gun program begins new phase
WILMINGTON A new phase of "Operation Disarm," a campaign to curb gun violence, will begin this year.
Officials said $175,000 will be spent to encourage probationers, ex-convicts and teenagers to avoid guns.
Since September 2001, the campaign has resulted in more than three times as many gun indictments in federal court than in the two preceding years.

IOWA
Proposal to restrict coffee-selling falters
IOWA CITY A proposed ordinance to restrict coffee sold here isn't gathering much support.
Under the plan, only coffee brewed from organic, fair-trade or shade-grown beans would be sold.
Nearly 2,700 residents must sign a petition for the issue to go to the City Council and voters. So far, only a few dozen signatures have been collected.

KANSAS
City's killings lowest since '91
KANSAS CITY Kansas City is on track to have its smallest number of killings in almost a dozen years.
A preliminary police report shows 42 killings in the city this year, 16 fewer than in 2001. That also would tie the city's lowest total since 1991.

MAINE
Government to fine migrants' employer
PORTLAND The government said Monday it is fining a forestry service $17,000 for failing to ensure the safety of 14 migrant workers who died in a van crash.
The Labor Department also said it has begun working to revoke the license of Evergreen Forestry Services as a farm-labor contractor.
The migrant workers were killed Sept. 12 when their company van skidded off a bridge in the wilderness of northern Maine. They were driving to a site where they were to trim and clear brush.
One person survived the crash.

MASSACHUSETTS
Priest pleads guilty in child-rape case
SALEM A Roman Catholic priest was sentenced Monday to 12 to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping an altar boy in the 1980s and early '90s.
The Rev. Ronald H. Paquin, 60, was charged in May. He also has been named as a defendant in numerous lawsuits accusing him of molesting other boys.

NEBRASKA
Building company to have 13th floor
OMAHA Union Pacific is not braking for superstition when it comes to its new 19-story downtown building.
Bob Turner, the company's vice president of corporate relations, said the building will have a 13th floor.
"As long as 13 comes after 12, we're going to call it 13," Mr. Turner said.
The new headquarters for the nation's largest railroad is scheduled for completion in 2004.

NEW YORK
Homicide rate plunges in Manhattan
NEW YORK The 82 persons slain in Manhattan during 2002 represented the fewest recorded killings in any year since the 19th century, a crime-watchdog group said yesterday.
The Citizens Crime Commission of New York, in its analysis of city archives and 2002 police statistics as of Dec. 29, said police drives to take illegal drugs and guns off the streets had made a major contribution to New York's steep declines in killings during the past decade.

PENNSYLVANIA
Malpractice-insurance bailout on table
PHILADELPHIA In a bid to keep disgruntled doctors from walking off the job today, Gov.-elect Ed Rendell announced a proposal to cut physician payments to a state malpractice-insurance fund by two-thirds.
The plan, released days before scores of doctors said they would stop work rather than continue to pay high insurance premiums, would cut physician contributions to the MCare fund by $220 million.
Instead, the state's health insurers would be forced to pay a one-time "special assessment" to finance the fund, which helps pay court damages to patients who have been injured by a doctor's negligence.

SOUTH CAROLINA
'Choose Life' plates ruled unconstitutional
COLUMBIA A federal court judge has ruled that South Carolina's anti-abortion license plates are unconstitutional.
The plates, which include the slogan "Choose Life," violate the First Amendment because they give anti-abortion advocates a forum to express their beliefs, while abortion-rights supports have no license plate of their own, Senior U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman ruled last week.
A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said the state plans to appeal the decision to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.


WASHINGTON
Pioneering justice dies at 60
MOUNT VERNON Barbara Durham, the only woman to serve as chief justice of the Washington state Supreme Court, has died. She was 60.
Justice Durham's husband, Dr. Charles Divelbiss, said she died Monday of a neurodegenerative disorder at a care facility in Mount Vernon.

WYOMING
Prehistoric turtle named for young discoverer
CHEYENNE One windy spring day in 2001, Joshua Slattery searched for a dinosaur bone along an isolated expanse of badlands near Rock River.
Mr. Slattery, 19 of Cheyenne, discovered the fossilized remains the best-preserved turtle of the Jurassic period in North America.
The find is also the discovery of a new species, and it's named Josh's turtle in honor of the man who found it.


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