- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 8, 2003

NEW YORK
Malcolm X papers go to New York library
NEW YORK A collection of Malcolm X's papers that had been the subject of an ownership dispute has been placed on long-term loan with the New York Public Library, officials said yesterday.
The slain black leader's family members, who will own the documents, approved their placement in the library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The announcement comes 10 months after a lawsuit prevented the collection from going on the auction block.
"We don't mind sharing Malcolm. We're proud of Malcolm," his eldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz, said at a news conference.
The collection includes handwritten speeches and journals kept during Malcolm X's travels to Africa and the Middle East in 1964, a year before his assassination.

RHODE ISLAND
Freed dissident moves in with daughter
PAWTUCKET A Chinese democracy activist who was freed from a Chinese prison under U.S. pressure has moved into a new home with the daughter he had not seen in more than 20 years.
Xu Wenli, 59, and his wife, He Xintong, moved into an apartment with their 30-year-old daughter, Xu Jin, a sculptor and art teacher.
"The surroundings, the house, it feels like a fairy tale," he said in an interview translated by his daughter.
The dissident had been imprisoned several times for his pro-democracy activities, most recently after he and other activists tried to set up the opposition China Democracy Party. He was released last month on medical parole, for treatment of hepatitis, following pressure from the U.S. government.

ARKANSAS
Tax-ducking judge quits, gets pension
LITTLE ROCK A judge convicted of registering a motor home in another state to avoid paying sales taxes has quit the bench, after serving just long enough to qualify for a pension.
District Judge Rodney P. Owens was convicted in July but continued fighting the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission's efforts to remove him until after the first of the year, when he qualified for a pension. He had been on the bench 10 years. He still plans to appeal his conviction and $10,000 fine, said Drew Miller, one of Mr. Owens' attorneys.
Mr. Owens, whose law license was suspended, had not heard any cases since his arrest in December 2001.

CONNECTICUT
Lawmakers bar gambling houses
HARTFORD Connecticut legislators voted to block the expansion of Indian gambling in the state by repealing a law that permits churches and civic groups to raise money with casino-type games.
Connecticut already has two of the world's largest casinos Foxwoods Resort Casino, operated by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, and the Mohegan Sun, run by the Mohegans.
The House voted 83-59 Monday in favor of repealing the law, and the Senate approved the measure on a 25-10 vote an hour later. Republican Gov. John G. Rowland has said he will sign the legislation but expects it will be challenged in court.

DELAWARE
DuPont celebrates lab's 100th anniversary
WILMINGTON DuPont is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Experimental Station in North Wilmington.
Nylon, Lycra, Spandex and other materials were developed at the research center.
Although DuPont now has 75 research and development facilities worldwide, the Experimental Station is still considered its primary location for research.

FLORIDA
Tutu: U.S. should not attack Iraq alone
JACKSONVILLE Archbishop Desmond Tutu said yesterday that the United States should not go to war against Iraq without the backing of the international community.
Arriving yesterday to spend a semester as a visiting scholar-in-residence at the University of North Florida, Mr. Tutu pointed to his own battle against apartheid in South Africa, for which he won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize.

ILLINOIS
Study: Obesity shortens life span
CHICAGO Obesity can take years off your life, and the younger you are the more years you stand to lose, researchers said yesterday.
In the second such study in the space of a day, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore compiled data from several U.S. mortality studies covering the past three decades and concluded an obese 20-year-old white man would lose 13 years of life.
"Our results confirm that obesity is a major public health problem that appears to lessen life expectancy markedly, especially among individuals in younger age groups," study author Kevin Fontaine wrote in this week's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

KENTUCKY
Animal rights group to protest KFC methods
LOUISVILLE An animal rights group said Monday it will start international protests against KFC after failing to negotiate changes in the way the fast-food giant raises and slaughters chickens.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it wants KFC, owned by Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc., to abandon practices such as stunning and slitting the throats of chickens and instead use gas to kill them more humanely.
The group, which has waged successful campaigns against the McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's chains, said that more than two years of negotiations with Yum Brands has produced little progress.

MAINE
Bishop urges welcome for Somalis
LEWISTON Bishop Joseph Gerry, head of the state's Roman Catholic diocese, urged parishioners to welcome Somali immigrants.
In bulletins sent to worshippers, Bishop Gerry said the newcomers enrich communities. Since February 2001, about 1,100 Somalis have moved to this largely white, Catholic city of 36,000.
A white-supremacist group plans to hold a rally in Lewiston this weekend.

NEBRASKA
Rooster available to be adopted
LINCOLN Available to a good home in the countryside: a rooster named Ralphie.
Officials say Ralphie escaped about three weeks ago and was living on the streets of Lincoln until an animal-control officer nabbed him on Dec. 18.
The rooster has since been spending his time in a cage at the Capitol Humane Society. Because his owner hasn't stepped forward, he is available to be adopted for a $5 fee, said Donna Bode, an agency spokeswoman.
Ralphie now spends most of his time in the Humane Society's "sick cat" room. Miss Bode said the cats don't seem to mind.

NEVADA
Officials survey disputed land
RENO The Bureau of Land Management conducted an aerial survey over the Nevada ranching operation of two sisters in an ongoing dispute over grazing and tribal treaty rights.
The survey Monday could lead to another bureau roundup of livestock owned by Mary and Carrie Dann, members of the Western Shoshone tribe who have been at odds with the federal agency for decades over use of the land they insist belongs to the tribe under a 140-year-old treaty.
The federal government disputes that claim and argues that the horses and cattle are causing damage by overgrazing land to which other ranchers are entitled.

NEW MEXICO
Graffiti vandal turns over car
ALBUQUERQUE There'll be no more fun, fun, fun for one of Albuquerque's biggest graffiti vandals now that the mayor's taken his T-bird away.
Noah Aime, blamed by city officials for graffiti at 250 sites across New Mexico's largest city, handed over his keys and title to his 1987 Ford Thunderbird to Mayor Martin Chavez during a news conference Monday.
Mr. Aime also gave the mayor a check for $1,500 and will make monthly payments for a year as part of a restitution agreement with the city. Mr. Aime agreed to pay a total of $4,500 plus the car.

PENNSYLVANIA
Coal-mine fire forces evacuation
EIGHTY-FOUR A fire at a coal mine forced the evacuation of dozens of miners, and crews worked through the night to put it out, officials said yesterday.
The fire at the 84 Mine was discovered about 9:30 a.m. Monday when carbon monoxide detectors sounded, Consol Energy Inc. spokesman Tom Hoffman said. Consol owns the mine about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh.
Eighty-four miners were evacuated without incident and no injuries were reported. The union mine employs about 500.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Store clerks nab armed robber
ANDERSON Three store clerks and a paint can were enough to stop an armed robber last weekend.
A Florida man, armed with a gun, walked into the Family Dollar store at a shopping center Saturday and told two workers to give him the cash in their registers.
They complied, and the robber ordered them to lock the door. But then a third clerk in the back charged the thief and hit him in the head with a paint can, according to an Anderson County Sheriff's Office report.
The burglar was stunned and another employee tackled him and held him down until police got there.
Richard James Foster, 57, has been charged with armed robbery, police said.

WASHINGTON
Phone books scented with apple fragrance
WENATCHEE That sweet smell in Wenatchee might have been kicked up by someone who let his fingers do the walking.
The 2003 phone books distributed by Hagadone Directories in north-central Washington are scented with an apple fragrance.
The phone book, which will be distributed over a three-week period beginning Saturday, has a gatefold section on the front cover that releases an apple aroma when opened. The inside flap lists dates and times for events during the Apple Blossom Festival coming up in the spring.
Jim Hail, co-owner and president of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho-based Hagadone Directories, said he came up with the scented phone book idea as a way to mark the company's decade-long presence in the area.

WEST VIRGINIA
War may cause shortage of troopers
CHARLESTON When a Tennessee man sped through all three toll booths on the West Virginia Turnpike, he drove more than 75 miles before any state troopers were available to pursue him.
The delay demonstrates the severe shortage of troopers in West Virginia's State Police force. It's a shortfall that could get much worse if 51 troopers who also are Army, Coast Guard and National Guard reservists get called for duty in a war against Iraq, State Police Superintendent Howard Hill said Monday.
Law enforcement agencies nationwide may also feel the squeeze. "The effects of a [reservist] call-up would be devastating," Mr. Hill said.


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