- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 16, 2003

Coupon-clipper hopes to pick up new car
PORTSMOUTH A coupon-clipper looking to score a new car got the runaround when he presented a dealer with $41,400 worth of coupons.
Stay-at-home dad Chris Shields of Eliot, Maine, said he was perusing newspaper ads recently when he noticed a $200-off coupon from Toyota of Portsmouth.
Mr. Shields said nothing in the ad limited customers to one coupon, so he bought more than 200 copies of the Seacoast Newspaper carrying the ad and clipped away.
On Jan. 4, Mr. Shields packed up his coupons in a black briefcase and made his way to the dealership in hopes of picking up a silver 2002 Sequoia Limited worth about $42,000. He said he was rebuffed with a suggestion that he get a lawyer.
Mr. Shields said he has no plans to hire a lawyer but has contacted the state attorney general's consumer protection bureau. So has dealership owner Jim Boyle, who said he was told Mr. Shields' case "has no legs to it at all."

Retired TV newsman rescued from fire
JACKSON Retired television news veteran David Brinkley was rescued from his burning home by a persistent police officer who broke into the home through a window, authorities said.
Teton County Deputy Chad Sachse carried the bedridden Mr. Brinkley to safety early yesterday, said Teton County Fire Marshal Rusty Palmer. Mr. Brinkley, 82, and his caregiver were not injured.
Mr. Sachse went to check a security guard's report of a fire at the town-house complex and found flames shooting out of the chimney.
Mr. Palmer said the fire appeared to have been caused by faulty insulation around the fireplace. Damage to the town house was described as significant.
Mr. Brinkley retired in 1997 as host of ABC's "This Week" political round table. He appeared on NBC from 1956 to 1970 on the pioneering "Huntley-Brinkley Report."

Officials reveal plan to preserve march route
MONTGOMERY State and federal officials announced a plan to keep U.S. Highway 80, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, looking much as it did in 1965, when Martin Luther King led a civil rights march.
The plan includes easements for historic and scenic points along the route.

Woman, 84, charged in son-in-law's death
MURFREESBORO An 84-year-old woman fatally shot her son-in-law from 200 yards away in a family feud, prosecutors said.
"There's no self-defense," prosecutor Tom Cooper said.
Gertrude Raines was charged with second-degree murder. She remained in jail yesterday in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Charles Davis, 62, was shot with a .22-caliber rifle, authorities said. Mr. Davis' wife, who is Mrs. Raines' daughter, was standing next to her husband when he was shot Jan. 9. Mrs. Raines' home is adjacent to that of her daughter and son-in-law in rural Pike County.
Mr. Cooper said the shooting stemmed from a feud about land.

NASA plans to send rovers to Mars
PASADENA NASA is readying identical twin rovers for a mission to Mars, where the six-wheeled buggies will prospect for geologic evidence that the red planet was once wet enough to support life.
Engineers at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are scrambling to finish assembling and testing the two rovers for launch on separate rockets in May and June.
The $800 million double mission marks the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's second and most ambitious bid yet to roam the surface of Mars.
The rovers flat-topped buggies with bat-wing solar panels and a 5-foot-high mast will examine the rocks and soil for clues that water was once present on the surface of Mars.

Residents urged to aid charities
DENVER Colorado, the first state to put a box on state tax forms allowing taxpayers to devote a portion of their refund to charities, began a campaign yesterday to encourage more "checking" in these tough economic times.
The effort, three months before the day U.S. taxes are due, will include broadcast and print ads. It comes at a time when charitable organizations find more people asking for help and fewer with the resources to write checks.
Colorado's program began in 1977, when taxpayers could devote a portion of their refund to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, whose budget comes from fishing and hunting licenses. Since then the department has received $11 million used to help endangered species such as the lynx, which is being reintroduced in Colorado.

Work-related injuries drop in 2001
WETHERSFIELD Connecticut recorded fewer work-related illnesses and injuries in 2001 than in any other year the state has tracked those numbers, the state Labor Department said Tuesday.
An annual workplace survey showed 91,800 job-related illnesses and injuries in 2001, down 9.6 percent from 2000.

State to use Amber alert system
DOVER Delaware is joining 33 other states using the Amber alert system.
Under the plan, state police will relay information about abducted children as quickly as possible to radio and television stations so listeners and viewers can be on the lookout for the abductor and the child.
The Amber system was created in Texas in 1996 after the brutal murder of Amber Hagerman, 9.

Columbia cleared for launch today
CAPE CANAVERAL The National Aeronautics and Space Administration resolved a pair of safety concerns yesterday and cleared space shuttle Columbia for liftoff on a science mission featuring Israel's first astronaut.
The space agency kept the launch time, 10:39 a.m. today, a secret until yesterday morning, in keeping with post-September 11 security measures. This flight is surrounded by even more security than usual because of the presence of Ilan Ramon, a colonel in the Israeli air force.
About 300 Israelis are expected for today's launch, most of them guests of Col. Ramon.

Report says weight loss key after menopause
CHICAGO Postmenopausal women can shed "dangerous" intra-abdominal fat from regular cardiovascular workouts, a study released Tuesday said.
Researchers at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that 168 previously sedentary women who worked out for 45 minutes, five times a week, lost between 4.3 percent and 7.4 percent of their intra-abdominal fat over 12 months. The women's overall weight loss was modest, however.
Intra-abdominal fat is stored around the stomach, especially after menopause, and increases a woman's risk for diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and even cancer.

Officials want bingo parlors to donate
INDIANAPOLIS Bingo parlors will be required to make minimum donations to the organizations they support if state officials approve a Department of Revenue proposal.
Last year a grand jury found at least $3.5 million in bingo money was being skimmed from Marion County charities.

Commissioners cited for renovation delay
WICHITA Hours before retiring, Sedgwick County's chief judge cited the county commission for contempt of court because of the slow pace of courthouse renovations.
Judge Paul Buchanan ordered the commissioners to appear for a Jan. 24 hearing led by his successor.

Artificial heart maker plans layoffs
DANVERS Abiomed, the company that manufactured the first self-contained artificial heart, is laying off 21 workers and will have outsiders make most electronic components to cut costs.
"The challenges ahead are changing, and our resource requirements are evolving," chief executive Dr. David Lederman said.
Abiomed makes and sells a heart pump, and gained worldwide attention for its trial of the AbioCor, a self-contained, implantable replacement heart. The experimental device was implanted in an eighth recipient last week after a nine-month hiatus, when shares of the company sagged.

Security guard shot inside closing store
DETROIT A Kmart security guard was shot yesterday by an employee accused of shoplifting as the suspect tried to take his gun, police said.
Police were called to the store, among the 326 stores the company is closing, about 7:30 a.m. Store security had a suspected shoplifter, who worked at the store, in custody, Officer Bernadette Najor said.
While security was transferring custody of the employee to police, the handcuffs were removed and the employee "became very combative and wanted to fight," Officer Najor said.
The man tried to take the officer's gun, and it went off while still in the holster, striking the guard in the hand, she said. The guard was listed in stable condition at Sinai-Grace Hospital.
The man was in police custody yesterday afternoon but had not yet been charged.

Police say man killed girlfriend
NEW YORK They met at a fan festival for the campy vampire soap opera "Dark Shadows," police say, and during the next year Richard Jenkins sent his new girlfriend $95,000 she said she desperately needed.
But when a private investigator discovered the woman may have been scamming him, Mr. Jenkins grabbed a flight from Oregon, took her to see the sights in New York and fatally shot her in a Times Square hotel room, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
After the shooting, police say Mr. Jenkins, 48, took the .38-caliber pistol to the reception desk, placed it in front of the startled clerk and said he had just shot his girlfriend. He was held on suspicion of second-degree murder.
Police found the body of Elizabeth Forman, 45, early Tuesday in the couple's room at the Doubletree Guest Suites.

Billionaire donating millions to ACLU
CLEVELAND Billionaire insurance executive and philanthropist Peter B. Lewis is donating $8 million to the national American Civil Liberties Union.
The contribution, announced yesterday, is the largest the organization has received from an individual, ACLU officials said.
Mr. Lewis, an ACLU member since 1972, previously was the organization's most generous giver in 2001 when he gave $7 million.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has listed Mr. Lewis among the country's most generous givers, ranking him in the top 10 for 2001.

Ship owners to pay for wreckage removal
EUGENE The owners of a cargo ship that ran aground four years ago off the Oregon coast agreed to pay the state $25 million for removal of the wreckage, state officials said.
The New Carissa ran aground Feb. 4, 1999. The ship broke in half and leaked about 70,000 gallons of fuel oil along the coast.

Cop pleads no contest in death of superior
PROVIDENCE A police officer pleaded no contest yesterday to accidentally killing a superior during a training exercise with a rifle he did not realize was loaded.
Under the plea bargain, Joseph Warzycha, 28, will not go to prison but must resign from the East Providence Police Department and can never work in law enforcement again. Warzycha pleaded to involuntary manslaughter.
Maj. Alister McGregor was shot in 2001 during a mock hostage situation on a school bus. Investigators said Warzycha brought an unchecked rifle to the exercise and used it in his role of a sniper.

'Porn czar' falls to budget ax
SALT LAKE CITY The only state official in the United States whose sole job was to root out obscenity, is going to be a thing of the past as tough economic times cut into the state's budget.
"It's a difficult decision we had to make. She's worked very hard over two years," Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said yesterday about Paula Houston, Utah's obscenity and pornography complaints ombudsman, or "porn czar."
She was appointed two years ago and quickly thrust into the national spotlight, often becoming the target of political cartoonists' jabbing locally and nationally.
Utah is the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormon Church is formally called. The church is known for encouraging members to avoid liquor and smoking.
The former West Valley City prosecutor leaves her job in April.

Powerball winner gets money, forms foundation
CHARLESTON Andrew "Jack" Whittaker, winner of the largest lottery jackpot in history, accepted a $103 million chunk of his winnings yesterday and announced plans to start a charitable foundation.
With his wife, Jewell, at his side, Mr. Whittaker accepted the final installment of his $170.5 million prize from the West Virginia Lottery Commission.
Mr. Whittaker won the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot Christmas Day.
He chose to take the cash option, which entitled him to a lower lump-sum payment rather than 30 payments over 29 years.
West Virginia's luckiest resident said he would use $10.3 million of his prize money to start the Jack Whittaker Foundation Inc., which seeks to help charities operated by the Church of God.

Alderman charged with extortion, fraud
MILWAUKEE An alderman has been indicted on five counts of extortion and mail fraud as part of an expanding federal investigation into corruption at City Hall.
The charges were part of an indictment made public Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic.
Paul Henningsen, 56, is the second alderman to face charges as part of the probe. Rosa Cameron resigned as alderman and pleaded guilty in November to felony charges accusing her of funneling federal grant money to her election fund. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 14.
In a statement, Mr. Henningsen said he had not seen the indictment and could not comment. His attorney, Dennis Coffey, said he expects "the public will come to understand that Mr. Henningsen did not violate federal law."
Mr. Biskupic said Mr. Henningsen solicited money from three members of Revitalize Milwaukee, a group that needed approval from a zoning board Mr. Henningsen headed for a housing project for handicapped people.

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