- The Washington Times - Friday, January 10, 2003


Museum to house slavery artifacts

MOBILE A couple with more than 15,000 artifacts from slavery through the civil rights era chose Mobile as the site of a museum for their collection, saying they want it to stay in the South.

Jim and Mary Anne Petty of Gulfport, Miss., said they will form a nonprofit organization to raise money for the planned Middle Passage Museum.

Jim Petty, 44, said he became interested in history in college but that what he read seemed "whitewashed." Mr. Petty, who is white, said a black friend suggested he collect artifacts to better understand black history.

"So, it kind of became an obsession," he said.


Disappearing is easy in vast state

ANCHORAGE Eric Miller knows his brother went into the Chugach National Forest and disappeared. What he doesn't know is whether his brother wanted it that way.

Alaska's 586,000 square miles afford countless ways to get lost, by fate or design. It's easy to fall prey to the state's unforgiving terrain and severe weather or to start a new life in some isolated village.

Jim Miller, 39, left his Anchorage home Sept. 22 in the midst of personal problems, including pending heart surgery. His car was found about three weeks later in the parking lot of Resurrection Pass Trail, a popular hiking route in the national forest south of Anchorage.


Woman said to leave children home alone

PLACENTIA A woman is accused of leaving her children, ages 4 and 7, home alone for three weeks while she went to North Carolina to visit a man she had met over the Internet.

Janet Chen, 31, apparently left frozen food in the refrigerator and instructed the children to hide if strangers came to the apartment, authorities said.

Miss Chen was charged yesterday with child endangerment and held on $25,000 bail.

A neighbor who heard the 4-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl crying inside the apartment alerted police Monday.


Fire destroys newspaper offices

FAYETTEVILLE A fire destroyed the Fayette Daily News building early yesterday morning. No injuries were reported, and the cause was unknown.

Firefighters found the one-story wooden building in flames shortly before 6 a.m., Fayetteville fire Sgt. Bill Rieck said.

"It's a total loss," said Cindy Morley, the newspaper's managing editor. "Thank goodness nobody was there."

Publisher Chuck Morley, her husband, estimated the damage at more than $1 million.


Riverboats, casinos earn record revenue

DES MOINES Iowa's riverboats and casinos pulled in record revenue of $484.7 million over the past six months, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission said.

Balmy winter weather was believed to be partly responsible.

More than 9.8 million gamblers visited Iowa's 13 state-regulated casinos between July and December. They lost an average of $49 a visit.


Brothel case duo admits guilt

NEW ORLEANS Two men accused of hiring prostitutes from a high-priced brothel pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday in a deal that will cost them no more than six months in prison and $500 apiece in fines.

Oil business partners Ralph Wadleigh and Michael Reine had faced felony charges for reportedly lining up prostitutes for visitors to a yacht owned by White Sands Services LLC, according to court documents. Wadleigh and Reine instead pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and were set for sentencing on April 23, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said.

White Sands Services pleaded guilty to violating the White Slavery Trafficking Act and agreed to pay an $80,000 fine.


Number of hog farms at record low

BISMARCK The number of hog farms in North Dakota is at a record low, but some producers say there is reason to hope for a turnaround.

Dave Fredrickson, manager of Prairie Pork LLP in Crosby, says his company's production contracts extend into April, and prices have shown a steady increase.

"I'm real optimistic," Mr. Fredrickson said.

There are about 58.9 million hogs nationwide, a drop of about 1 percent in the past year, according to the Agriculture Department.


South's oldest daily celebrates anniversary

CHARLESTON The chronicle of a city tempered by time and history has, for two centuries now, been recorded in ink on paper. The Post and Courier, whose masthead proclaims it "The South's Oldest Daily Newspaper," celebrates its 200th birthday today.

The newspaper "has survived war, disaster, pestilence and, during the siege of Charleston, something approaching famine," writes Assistant Editor Charles Rowe in his new book "Pages of History: 200 Years of The Post and Courier."

During the past two centuries, the longest it ceased publication was nine days during the Civil War, when its offices and plant were moved across town to get out of the way of bombardment by Union guns.


County to auction commandments plaques

CHATTANOOGA County commissioners who lost a court fight over displaying the Ten Commandments on courthouse walls voted to pay their attorneys by selling the plaques to the highest bidder.

Commissioners decided Wednesday to seek bids of at least $2,000 for each of the plaques that a federal judge ordered removed.

The proceeds will be used to pay legal bills remaining from the commission's unsuccessful court fight against the American Civil Liberties Union, said Commissioner Curtis Adams, who voted for the sale.


Man pleads guilty to helping dump body

FORT WORTH A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping dump the body of a homeless man who was hit by a car and reportedly left lodged in the windshield until he died.

Clete Jackson, 27, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and sentenced to 10 years in prison. In September, Herbert Cleveland, 24, was indicted on the same charge and pleaded guilty. He got a nine-year sentence.

Both men have agreed to testify against Chante Mallard, 26, who was indicted in April on charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the death.


Students to vote for baby's name

SALT LAKE CITY Kennadi Roberts, 6, will get to vote for her new baby brother's name because she is a pupil at Hayden Peak Elementary, where her mom, Jodi Roberts, teaches third grade.

Jodi and Dave Roberts are having a baby. The couple know it is a boy, and the baby is expected later this month. Now they have to pick a name.

"I like nontraditional names, and my husband likes those that are more traditional," said Mrs. Roberts, 37, a third-grade teacher.


Astronomers look back in time, way back

SEATTLE Astronomers looking more than 13 billion light-years across the universe have captured images believed to be from 800 million years after the so-called "big bang," when all stars and galaxies were fresh and young.

Using a highly sensitive camera on the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers from the Arizona State University and the University of Arizona gathered very faint ultraviolet images, little more than red blurs, of stellar objects that were formed and shining when the universe was about seven times smaller than it is now.

"With the Hubble Telescope, we can now see back to the epoch when stars in young galaxies began to shine in significant numbers, concluding the cosmic dark ages about 13 billion years ago," said Haojing Yan, an Arizona State astronomer.


Plan offers doctors relief from insurance costs

CHARLESTON The governor of West Virginia, where two dozen surgeons have taken leaves of absence to protest the cost of malpractice insurance, announced a $20 million plan to help doctors afford high premiums.

"Every qualified doctor in West Virginia will be able to get insurance and will be able to remain in West Virginia," Mr. Wise said Wednesday in the annual State of the State address to a joint assembly of the Legislature.

Surgeons at four hospitals in far northwestern West Virginia have taken leaves to protest insurance costs.

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