- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 3, 2003


Couple still happy after 80 years

MOUNT PLEASANT — Roy Bauman didn’t think much of it when he gave two girls a ride home decades ago. But he has been married to one of them for the past 80 years.

Mr. Bauman, 102, met his wife Minerva, 96, when he gave her and a friend a ride into the small Kansas mining town where they lived.

The couple married Oct. 5, 1922, after Mrs. Bauman’s mother had made them wait about a year and a half, until her daughter turned 16.

The couple had some advice for people getting married. “Be honest with each other, that’s the biggest thing,” Mrs. Bauman said in a recent interview. “Don’t do too much fighting, that’ll ruin any marriage,” Mr. Bauman added.


Picasso print, left on subway platform, is returned

NEW YORK — A framer who absent-mindedly left two works of art on a subway platform — including an original Picasso print — was reunited with his lost property Monday.

William Bailey, 63, breathed a sigh of relief as he took back the works belonging to a client — a Picasso rendering of two male figures and a $6,500 recreation of the painter’s “Guernica” by Henri Matisse’s great-granddaughter, Sophie Matisse.

They were returned by sidewalk book vendor Paul Abi Boutrous.

“I’m feeling great. I’m feeling ecstatic,” Mr. Bailey said. “It was like a Hitchcock movie.”

Abi Boutrous, who received a $1,000 reward, said he was given the portfolio by two homeless men who found it on the platform and, not realizing what it held, decided they had no use for it.


Researchers say less dill in pickles

FAYETTEVILLE — If you’ve noticed your pickles have less and less dill flavoring, you’re not alone.

Researchers at the University of Arkansas’ food science department say they’ve spotted a downward trend in one of America’s favorite garnishes. Pickle makers, they said, aren’t using as much dill as they used to.

Evaluating the nation’s pickle producers’ products is the task of the university’s pickle research program, founded in 1978 and funded by grants from Pickle Packers International, a trade group of the pickled-vegetable industry.

The scientists measure the amount and type of dill contained in the products of about 90 percent of the country’s pickle producers. They rate the pickles’ dill content, flavor, texture and color and provide confidential reports on how each company stacks up.


Firms sued over use of contaminated blood

SAN FRANCISCO — Several hemophiliacs filed a lawsuit against Bayer Corp. and other companies, claiming they exposed patients to HIV and hepatitis C by selling medicine made with blood from sick, high-risk donors.

The lawsuit say the companies continued distributing the blood-clotting product in Asia and Latin America in 1984 and 1985, even after they stopped selling it in the United States because of the known risk of HIV and hepatitis transmission.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, seeks class-action status on behalf of thousands of foreign hemophiliacs who received the product, said lawyer Robert Nelson.


Father graduates from children’s school

PUEBLO — Gene Smith has become the 12th member of his family to graduate from Central High School. The other 11 were his children.

Mr. Smith, who dropped out of high school to join the Navy at 17 and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, received an honorary diploma from the school Saturday.

After his World War II service, Mr. Smith returned home and joined the Pueblo Fire Department. He was a firefighter for 32 years and captain of the rescue squad for 10 years.

All 11 of his children graduated from Central and Mr. Smith is proud to finish the tradition. Mr. Smith’s diploma is part of a 5-year-old program at Central that awards honorary diplomas to those students who left school to enter the war, said Central Principal Jim Manzanares.


Civil rights lawyer dies at 80

NEWTOWN — Burke Marshall, a Justice Department lawyer for two U.S. presidents who was a key figure in the government’s efforts to desegregate the South, died Monday from a bone-marrow disorder. He was 80.

He also had been a faculty member of Yale University Law School for more than 30 years.

Mr. Marshall was an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s civil rights division in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He played an important role in the civil rights struggle during the tumultuous 1960s, and helped enforce the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark case that desegregated schools.

He also played key roles in the 1961 government ban on segregation in interstate travel, the desegregation of the University of Mississippi in 1962 and the adoption of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned discrimination in public accommodations.


Court rejects life for habitual offender

WILMINGTON — The Delaware Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for a habitual criminal sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of forgery.

In a ruling released Monday, the court said the life sentence given to Chris A. Crosby of Wilmington under Delaware’s habitual-offender law was “grossly disproportionate to the severity of his offense” and violated his constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

Delaware’s habitual-offender law requires a life sentence for career criminals convicted of a third violent felony, such as rape, arson or assault. It also gives judges discretion to order life sentences for a career criminal convicted of a fourth felony, even a nonviolent one.


Four pit bulls maul meter reader

PORT ST. JOHN — Four pit bulls attacked a power company worker yesterday, tearing off the 56-year-old woman’s ear and part of her scalp.

The woman, a 20-year employee with Florida Power & Light Co., was taken to a hospital for surgery. Company spokesman Sandy Sanderson said the woman’s injuries were critical but not life-threatening. Her identity was not released.

The woman was approaching a fenced-in back yard to read a meter when the dogs jumped the fence and attacked, but the worker was able to escape and run to her vehicle. A neighbor called authorities.

Capt. David Polomski of Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement said one dog was captured and the others were being sought.


Rainy May breaks 80-year-old record

ATLANTA — The metro Atlanta area broke an 80-year-old record for rainfall in May. The Atlanta area received 9.94 inches of rain last month, breaking the previous record of 9.89 inches set in 1923, the National Weather Service said. Normal rainfall for May in the Atlanta area is 3.95 inches.


Experiments may find use for old tires

INDIANAPOLIS — A school experiment could help reuse the roughly 6 million old tires discarded in Indiana each year. A $90,000 state grant is paying to grind thousands of worn tires into crumb-size rubber bits to be sprinkled on athletic fields to make softer playing surfaces that still allow grass to grow. Coaches say the rubbery fields offer a safer place to practice sports.


Bikers are invited to church service

RUSSELL — Even Hell’s Angels are invited to this church service.

The Ashland Plaza Church of the Nazarene has invited area motorcyclists to this Sunday’s service for Biker Sunday. The day includes a worship service, lunch and an afternoon procession through Russell and Flatwoods, said Homer Rose, a member of the congregation and an event organizer.

“It’s just another way we can reach out to the community. So many people own motorcycles, and many of them don’t attend church,” said Rev. Rob Hale, pastor of the church.


Islamic school graduates first secondary students

FRIDLEY — Three high school students became the first to graduate from an Islamic school in Minnesota. Al-Amal School began nine years ago in Fridley with about 35 elementary-school children.

The school now enrolls 307 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.


Court strikes down video-games law

ST. LOUIS — A federal appeals court yesterday struck down as unconstitutional a St. Louis County law limiting children’s access to violent video games.

The ordinance, passed by the St. Louis County Council in 2000, requires children under 17 to have parental consent before they can buy violent or sexually explicit video games or play similar arcade games.

The ordinance was never implemented pending the outcome of a legal challenge brought by a video-game industry group against the restrictions on violent games.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ordinance violates the First Amendment with regard to violent videos.


Undocumented grads may not get scholarships

LAS VEGAS — Nevada will begin asking Millennium Scholarship qualifiers if they are U.S. citizens and might bar undocumented high school graduates from receiving state funds to attend in-state colleges.

More than 7,000 Nevada high school graduates with A and B averages are expected to qualify for up to $10,000 in college aid.


Airport, sheriff agree on security contract

MANCHESTER — Manchester Airport and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department agreed on a two-year contract to provide airport security. The agreement provides pay raises for more than 20 sheriff’s deputies patrolling the airport July 1. The sheriff’s concern about being allowed to release public-safety information was also resolved.


Devil’s Highway gets name change

SANTA FE — The Devil’s Highway is no more.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has changed the number of U.S. 666 to U.S. 491, the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department announced Monday.

Transportation officials from three states applied for a name change to the highway, which runs 194 miles from Gallup north through southwestern Colorado and west to Monticello, Utah.

In the Bible, the Book of Revelations says 666 is the “number of the beast,” usually interpreted as Satan or the Antichrist.


Court decision looms in protection case

COLUMBUS — Despite having an order of protection filed against her ex-husband, Betty Lucas invited him to a birthday party held for one of their children.

The party soon disintegrated into fighting and police were called. But in an unexpected twist, both adults were charged with violating the protection order — her ex-husband for attending and Mrs. Lucas for inviting him.

Now Mrs. Lucas’ appeal has landed on the docket of the Ohio Supreme Court, which must decide if a person who seeks a court’s protection can be charged with violating his own request.

Domestic-violence groups have sided with Mrs. Lucas and say abusive people — not their victims — must be held responsible for violating protective orders.


Day care owner faces breast-feeding charge

STIGLER — A woman was charged with breast-feeding someone else’s baby at a day care center without the parents’ knowledge.

Prosecutors charged Shannon Denney, 32, with outraging public decency and public morals, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

Mrs. Denney, whose own child attended the day care center, apparently decided to help out one day in late November or early December by breast-feeding a 3-month-old girl, authorities said.

“The baby was crying and they were feeding it a bottle and that didn’t stop it,” prosecutor Ron Boyer said.

The mother found out months later when a rumor circulated around the town of 2,500, he said.


Man late for flight held in bomb threat

MEDFORD — A man running late for his flight to Phoenix called in a phony bomb threat Monday in hopes that the plane would be delayed long enough for him to get on board, police said.

America West clerks at the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport became suspicious and notified police after the man came to their desk asking about Flight 6262, which by then was on its way back to the airport because of the threat, said Medford Police Lt. Mike Moran.

The man was held on outstanding, unrelated criminal charges and being questioned by the FBI, Lt. Moran said.


Drivers get chaperones in construction area

ARMAGH — Although they aren’t going to the prom, officials say these motorists need chaperones. After two tractor-trailer crashes in less than a week, state transportation officials have taken the unusual step of providing motorists with chaperones through complicated construction areas in western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh-based contractor Dick Corp., which is widening U.S. Route 22 from two to four lanes, will escort drivers through a 1-mile road project near East Wheatfield Township.


Conjoined twins celebrate birthday

DALLAS — Egyptian twin brothers joined at the crown of their heads celebrated their second birthday on Monday with cake, cookies, toys and music in their hospital room.

Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim, born in a remote village in Egypt, arrived in the United States last June for evaluation.

Their father, who arrived from Egypt last fall, attended the party, along with caregivers and friends from the community, according to North Texas Hospital for Children at Medical City Dallas.

The twins are undergoing a tissue-expansion procedure to prepare them for separation surgery.


12 arrested outside law enforcement seminar

SEATTLE — Police using pepper spray arrested 12 persons at a march and rally by activists protesting an annual seminar of a group decried by critics as a virtual “secret police.”

Arrests were made Monday night for assault, property damage, obstructing and reckless burning, police Officer Deanna Nollette said. Nobody required first aid, she said.

The 400 or so protesters, who had obtained a permit, held a rally and then marched to the hotel where the five-day Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit seminar began Monday. The LEIU is a coalition of about 250 local and federal law enforcement agencies.


Teens rescue man strapped in wheelchair

RACINE — Three teenagers rescued a man who fell into a rushing river while strapped into his electric wheelchair.

Pedro Cruz, 50, and Karin Mendez-Cruz were taking their dogs for a walk at Island Park when Mr. Cruz tried to turn his electric wheelchair around Monday. It tipped over, pulling him down the bank into the Root River.

Michael Rieckhoff, 19; Tyler Gustin, 19; and William Paulson, 18, were working at a park pavilion when they heard Mrs. Mendez-Cruz scream. The three teens ran over, leaped into the river and held his head above the water until they were able to get him out of the chair, Mrs. Mendez-Cruz said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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