- The Washington Times - Friday, January 17, 2003

CALIFORNIA
Singer wants 'defamatory' movie scenes deleted
LOS ANGELES Jackson Browne is demanding that the TBS Superstation not rebroadcast "America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story" until scenes are deleted that the rock star says defame him.
The movie, which premiered on the cable station Sunday, showed Mr. Kennedy rescuing Daryl Hannah after Mr. Browne supposedly beat her. The actress is the former girlfriend of both Mr. Browne, 54, and Mr. Kennedy, who died in a plane crash in 1999 at 38.
"Mr. Browne has never assaulted Daryl Hannah," the singer-songwriter's publicist, Michael Jensen, said Wednesday. "Ms. Hannah never filed a police report claiming such an assault and Mr. Browne was never arrested for or charged with such an assault."
Mr. Browne's attorney, Lawrence Iser, demanded Tuesday that TBS halt future broadcasts of the movie until "false and defamatory" scenes are removed.

GEORGIA
Judge orders arrest of singer Bobby Brown
ATLANTA A Georgia judge issued a warrant for the arrest of rhythm and blues artist Bobby Brown for violating his bond.
DeKalb County State Court Judge Wayne M. Purdom issued the warrant after Mr. Brown performed at the American Music Awards Monday in Los Angeles.
Mr. Brown, 33, the husband of singer Whitney Houston, could face fines and jail time as a result of failing to report. He had been ordered not to leave Georgia and to report to DeKalb authorities each week until his trial under terms of bond set in November.
Mr. Brown faced trial on 1996 misdemeanor charges in DeKalb County that included reportedly driving under the influence of alcohol, no proof of insurance, failure to maintain a lane and speeding.

COLORADO
Birthday girl gets unpleasant 'presents'
DENVER An 11-year-old girl who had been promised a "special birthday present" from some of her classmates told police she was the victim of an attempted poisoning.
The girl, a fifth-grader in Denver, said she found pills floating in her water bottle and soda on three separate occasions. Two of the times, she noticed other items, including glue, chalk and lead in her drinks, according to a Denver police report.
The student, who was not identified by police, did not drink the beverages and did not become ill. But she told investigators that several of her classmates taunted her, saying she was going to die of poisoning, the report says, according to the Rocky Mountain News.

IDAHO
City wants cows out of town
LEWISTON The small city of Bovill wants former Mayor Lloyd Hall to either get rid of his cattle or provide proper fencing. Mr. Hall faces five misdemeanor cow-at-large charges.
His herd of about 20 cows often migrates into town, where they graze in residents' gardens and knock over satellite dishes.
Open range surrounds the Latah County town of 300.

KENTUCKY
Parents sue over lack of budget for schools
FRANKFORT Schoolchildren and parents from eight southern Kentucky school districts sued the General Assembly and Gov. Paul E. Patton yesterday over the government's failure to enact a budget.
Mr. Patton has been running the state under his own spending plan since July because the Senate and House failed to pass a biennial budget last year. The chambers deadlocked over use of public money and spending limits in gubernatorial campaigns.
The lawsuit filed yesterday says the General Assembly has a constitutional duty to properly fund public schools and "has denied the plaintiff children a fundamental right by its failure to enact a budget." Aides to the governor were studying the complaint yesterday and had not responded.

MAINE
Eight persons killed in snowmobile accidents
PORTLAND Maine's snowmobile industry is anticipating a banner winter, but the season has already been marred by a string of fatalities.
Eight persons were killed in snowmobile accidents in just two weeks. Maine's record for snowmobile deaths in a season is 12, a figure reached twice in the 1990s and again during last year's mild winter.
"There is no common thread to these fatalities," said Mark Latti of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

MINNESOTA
Adult store draws ire of churchgoers
STEWARTVILLE An adult-entertainment store's sign offering a "clergy discount" has drawn the wrath of its churchgoing neighbors.
The double-sided sign stands outside Pure Pleasure in view of people entering and leaving Midwest Baptist Church.
"This sign shows me that he's not only thumbing his nose at the laws of the township, he's thumbing his nose at the laws of God," said the Rev. Joseph Grimaldi, who heads the church. "I just hope I'm not too close when the lightning strikes."

MONTANA
Horses pay visit to owner in hospital
BILLINGS If you're in the hospital, family and friends might bring you flowers and cards, or maybe a box of chocolates.
But this is Montana. Colie Shields' fiance brought her horses.
Miss Shields and Carl Jones live near North Park and board a pair of horses behind the old Midland Packing plant, just across the highway from Coulson Park. Miss Shields was recovering from a bout of pneumonia in the intensive-care unit of St. Vincent Healthcare Wednesday morning, and she was missing her horses.
So Mr. Jones saddled up their gray thoroughbred mare and led their year-old filly, half-Arabian and half-thoroughbred, to St. Vincent.
They drew more than a few stares as they made their way up the sidewalk on North 27th Street. "[Colie] hollered from the window and the horses put their ears up," Mr. Jones told the Gazette. "They heard her. Horses ain't stupid."

MISSISSIPPI
Judge: Publishers aren't violating litter law
NATCHEZ Two publishers aren't violating the city's littering law when they drop off their free newspapers at homes, a judge has decided.
The ordinance bans the distribution of advertising handbills. The publishers of Miss-Lou Magazine and Miss-Lou Buyer's Guide countered that the ordinance violated the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press.
In his ruling, Municipal Judge John Tipton described the ordinance, as applied to newspapers, as "vague" and "ambiguous."

NEW JERSEY
Animal-rights group cancels ad campaign
NEWARK An animal-rights group canceled an ad campaign targeting the Environmental Protection Agency because the administrator's pet dog has died.
The Scottish terrier, Coors, was to be pictured on billboards by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to protest the agency's use of animals to test the toxicity of certain chemicals.
PETA canceled the campaign after EPA Administrator Christie Whitman notified the Norfolk-based group that Coors had been euthanized because she was suffering from cancer and was not responding to treatment.

NEW MEXICO
Convicted sex offender unable to settle
LAS NUTRIAS A convicted sex offender has been chased, punched, followed by police, filmed from television helicopters and harassed by protesters since his release from prison four months ago.
David Siebers, 45, has been run out of Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky, and has moved to several locations in New Mexico, state officials said.
In Albuquerque, Siebers has been followed by reporters and police. He stayed in different places outside the city for several weeks, and moved to rural Las Nutrias last week after two persons let him park his trailer on their land, 50 miles south of Albuquerque.

NORTH DAKOTA
Man returns stolen brushes
BISMARCK The North Dakota Heritage Center has had a brush with the past.
A pair of 3-inch oiling brushes from a World War I German machine gun display disappeared in 1962. Forty years later, the center has received a box in the mail containing the brushes and an apology.
The writer said he was visiting his brother in Bismarck when he took the brushes, and recently found them in a shoe box in his garage. The brushes were mailed from Minnesota.
Jenny Yearous, curator of collections for the State Historical Society of North Dakota, said the brushes would help the Heritage Center better interpret the artifact.

WISCONSIN
Teenager convicted in fatal mob beating
MILWAUKEE A 17-year-old boy, one of several juveniles and adults charged in the fatal mob beating of a man, was convicted of an aggravated-battery charge in the attack.
Jemeral Andrews, who was originally charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the attack on Charlie Young Jr., pleaded no contest to the reduced charge Monday after agreeing to testify against co-defendants.
Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Mark Williams said he agreed to reduce the charge because the only evidence linking Andrews to the Sept. 29 beating were co-defendants' statements.


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