- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2003

Christo art project gets go-ahead
NEW YORK City leaders on Wednesday gave the artist Christo the go-ahead to install 16-foot-tall gates of billowing saffron-colored cloth along miles of Central Park walkways for two weeks in 2005.
The artist, best known for wrapping silver fabric around the German Reichstag in 1995 and opening 3,100 brightly colored umbrellas across valleys in Japan and California in 1991, first sought approval for the Central Park display more than two decades ago.
Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, will fund the project and give the city $3 million.
They plan to hang synthetic woven cloth from 7,500 gates along 23 miles of pedestrian walkways in the park in February 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced.

Active police officer retiring at 86
MILWAUKEE One of the oldest active police officers in the country is retiring after more than 60 years on the force.
"I woke up one morning at 4 a.m. and it just seemed as though God was standing there and telling me, 'It's about time, Andy,'" said Lt. Andrew Anewenter, 86.
Lt. Anewenter, whose last day is March 14, said he figured he would have to learn a whole new procedure in November when the department gets a new chief and he is tired of all the paperwork and 10-hour days.
The great-grandfather made the decision last week and turned in his paperwork Monday. He was invited to the command staff meeting Wednesday, where they presented him with a plaque and praised him for his many years on the job.

Students discover giant fossil
FAYETTEVILLE University of Arkansas students unearthed the world's largest fossil of the squidlike, straight-shelled cephalopod at a city intersection as cars and trucks zipped by.
Freshman Sarah Kee and senior Kevin Morgan made the discovery while digging along a drainage ditch for ammonoid fossils, a spiral-shelled subclass of cephalopods. A cephalopod is a marine mollusk that has a distinct head with suckers attached, highly developed eyes and varying numbers of arms.
After Miss Kee noticed a bulge in the shale, the students dug farther and found a calcite shell fossil almost 9 feet long and nearly 325 million years old. The students had found another subclass of cephalopod, called a nautiloid.
Walt Manger, a university geology professor who has written extensively on cephalopods, and the students said Wednesday that they will move the fossil from its black shale bed and transport it to the university, where they can examine the shell and theorize why the creature was so large.

Wardens arrest 11 in bear-poaching probe
BAKERSFIELD State Fish and Game Department wardens arrested 11 persons in a bear-poaching investigation, breaking up three rings of hunters they say illegally killed the animals for profit.
The arrests of hunters and guides Wednesday came after a yearlong probe sparked by a hunter's tip, department spokesman Steve Martarano said.
Another person was being sought.
Seven of the arrested were held in the Kern County Jail, with bail ranging from $35,000 to $75,000. They face felony charges related to poaching, including the pursuit and hunting of bear and illegal killing of deer.

1,000 more state workers to be laid off
HARTFORD Gov. John G. Rowland said 1,000 more pink slips will be mailed out this week to state employees.
The state already has laid off 2,800 workers since December in the face of a current budget deficit of approximately $650 million.
The new fiscal year, which begins in July, is about $1.5 billion in the red.

County permits pro-life protest
GOSHEN A month after rejecting an anti-war rally at the county courthouse, the Elkhart County commissioners approved a pro-life protest at the same spot.
The rally was held within hours of the approval. In December, the commissioners rejected anti-war activists' request to rally against war with Iraq, saying there wasn't enough time to prepare for it.

Toddler left in bus amid frigid weather
MINNEAPOLIS An 18-month-old boy was recovering in the hospital yesterday after being left behind in a school bus for more than three hours as temperatures hovered below zero, authorities said.
Antonio Jackson was listed in good condition at Children's Hospital.
The boy, dressed in a snowsuit, was "somewhat responsive" when he was found shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, police Lt. Kevin Stoll said. Firefighters had to break the door of the parked bus to rescue him.
Lt. Stoll said the boy's mother apparently called and left a message about 6:30 p.m. at an early-childhood care center, saying the boy had not been dropped off at home. A staff member received the message later and notified co-workers, Lt. Stoll said. After a brief search, they found the boy on the locked bus and called 911.

Legislator wants to adapt cowboy law
HELENA An 1895 law credited with ending cowboy gunfights ought to be adapted to crack down on drunken drivers, says Rep. Christopher Harris, Gallatin Gateway Democrat.
The law required the winner of a duel to pay the debts of the man he killed or crippled and to support his family.
His bill is one of several drunken-driving bills before the legislature.

'Wedding Capital' invites couples
LINCOLN Gettin' hitched? The residents of Central City want you to tie the knot in their town.
The small, south-central Nebraska farming town is reaching out to the betrothed in hopes that they will choose Central City for their wedding.
The town is even working on a Web site (www.nebraskaweddingcapital.com) and sending out free wedding-planning kits to couples preparing to take the plunge.
The town is sponsoring a bridal fair in the fall and has convinced Gov. Mike Johanns to sign a proclamation Wednesday declaring Central City the "Wedding Capital of Nebraska."
"We were looking for a special niche," said Kay Wimmer of the local Chamber of Commerce.

City overrides ban on flying flag
HENDERSON The Henderson City Council passed an ordinance overriding a local homeowners' association that restricted the display of the U.S. flag.
The association had prohibited any type of banner from being flown at houses in the neighborhood. But angry residents took their fight to the City Council.
Henderson's new ordinance says homeowners can fly the flag on their property.

'Moneyline' host's wife arrested at airport
NEWARK The wife of CNN "Moneyline" host Lou Dobbs was arrested Wednesday at an airport security checkpoint after a loaded gun was reported to have been found in her handbag.
Debi Dobbs, 49, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and released on her own recognizance after the incident at Newark Liberty International Airport, authorities said.
She did not tell officers why she had the gun, said Allen Morrison, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.
Mrs. Dobbs, whose husband hosts the nightly business show, lives in Sussex and was at the airport to board a flight to Florida, authorities said.

Driver charged with vehicular homicide
ABIQUIU A county driver who had been hired despite two drunken-driving convictions got into a fatal accident after dropping off his last passenger and admitted that he had been drinking, authorities said.
Alan Martinez, who was hired to drive senior citizens on errands, told police he drank four beers and two shots of whiskey at a friend's house after work Tuesday, investigators said.
Later, while driving the Rio Arriba County van, he collided with a car on U.S. 84 in northern New Mexico, killing Martin M. Trujillo, 49, of Abiquiu.
Mr. Martinez, 34, was charged with vehicular homicide and driving on a revoked license.

Boy, 8, named honorary fire chief
BROWNSVILLE An 8-year-old boy was named an honorary fire chief for leading his 96-year-old great-grandmother to safety after a fire broke out in her house.
Austin Serra was watching television last week when a fire started in the kitchen. He said his great-grandmother, Irene P. Gonzalez, had wanted to try to put the fire out with glasses of water. Mrs. Gonzalez was reluctant to leave, so Austin insisted.
"There was too much smoke," Austin said in a story published yesterday in the Brownsville Herald. "She didn't listen, so I just took her hand and took her outside."
The fire did not spread, and there was no major damage.
In additional to his new title, Austin was given a firefighter's badge for his bravery before his third-grade class Wednesday.

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