- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 18, 2004


Courtney Love arrested … again

NEW YORK — A few hours after a loopy “Late Show” appearance in which she lifted her shirt to expose her breasts at least six times, rocker Courtney Love was arrested early yesterday, reportedly for throwing a microphone stand and striking a man in the head.

The 24-year-old man was taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said. They were charging Miss Love with reckless endangerment and third-degree assault after the 2:30 a.m. incident at the Plaid nightclub.

Miss Love, who is facing felony drug charges in California, repeatedly lifted her olive shirt on David Letterman’s CBS talk show.


Billy Graham home to be moved

CHARLOTTE — The childhood home of the Rev. Billy Graham will be moved to the new North Carolina headquarters of his evangelistic association and will be opened to visitors.

Plans are under way to relocate the farmhouse from Fort Mill, S.C., to the site of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which is leaving its offices in Minneapolis.

The Graham family lived in the house from around 1929 to 1982. It was acquired by a developer, then moved to the property of Praise the Lord founder Jim Bakker, as an attraction for his religious/entertainment complex.


Adult-film directorrecords antiporn spot

LOS ANGELES — A veteran director of adult films has made a public service announcement for a Christian antiporn campaign that warns parents to bar children from watching his productions.

James DiGiorgio filmed the spot for XXXchurch.com, which was founded by Corona youth pastors Craig Gross of Fireproof Ministries and Mike Foster of Crossroads Christian Church. The two think that mainstream ministries are not doing enough to fight pornography.

The pastors have been criticized by some of their fellow Christians, who feel their ministry works too closely with pornographers.


REO firetruck to get a face-lift

WINDSOR — The Windsor-Severance Fire Protection District unveiled its reclaimed REO firetruck — a piece of the community’s history that has been missing since 1941.

Now, the fire district is rounding up private donations for restoration costs and a museum to house the Speedwagon, which was discovered in a Denver field. The district is nearly one-third of the way to its goal.

Last year, retired Denver firefighter Danny Jean realized that the firetruck he had purchased and planned to restore originally belonged to Windsor.

The REO Speedwagon was purchased from Mr. Jean for $1,500 and will take nearly $20,000 to restore. It will be housed in a museum to be built in downtown Windsor.


Shelter counselor convicted of neglect

FORT LAUDERDALE — A youth shelter counselor who photographed a teenager’s suicide attempt was convicted of neglect for not helping the boy, who died later but had been breathing when the counselor snapped photos of him.

Sandra Trotter, who was convicted yesterday, testified that she took the photos to show Anthony Dumas’ position as he hung unconscious from a belt, for “whatever purpose they could be used for.” The boy, 15, lapsed into a coma after his June 2000 suicide attempt and died four months later.

She said she did try to loosen the belt, ran out of the room to try to find a knife or scissors and shepherded other teens from the room.

Prosecutor Dennis Siegel said police responded to the center in three minutes, so Miss Trotter could not have done all the things she said she had done before officers arrived. He also told jurors that all Miss Trotter had to do was lift the 110-pound boy to relieve the pressure on his neck.

Miss Trotter, 41, could receive anything from probation to five years in prison when she is sentenced March 27.


Claritin not harmful during pregnancy

ATLANTA — The widely used allergy drug Claritin does not cause genital birth defects in boys when taken by their mothers during early pregnancy, according to a government study released yesterday.

In a nationwide study, mothers who took Claritin were no more likely than other women to have boys with hypospadias, a defect in which the urethra opening is along the shaft of the penis, instead of at the tip.

A pregnant woman still should discuss with her doctor whether to take Claritin or any other medication, said Jennita Reefhuish, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who led the study.


Commuter train kills 13-year-old girl

VILLA PARK — A train struck and killed a 13-year-old girl on her way to school, the third fatal accident involving a child and a Chicago-area commuter train in less than a month.

Alyssa Gonzalez was hit Wednesday morning as she walked to Jefferson Middle School, which is located next to the tracks, officials said.

The accident occurred as the train rounded a curve, said Judy Pardonnet, a spokeswoman for the Metro rail system. The engineer sounded a horn and used an emergency brake but was unable to stop in time, she said.


Collie, Vietnam vet forge friendship

FARMINGTON — Perhaps it’s no surprise that the wounded collie-shepherd and the disabled Vietnam veteran who rescued him forged a fast friendship. They share a common bond: Each suffered injuries from a bullet to the head.

Elwin Churchill found the dog wounded and bleeding along a road and took him to the hospital. He named him Patterson, after veterinarian Dr. Robert Patterson, who performed emergency surgery last week.

The vet found Patterson while driving into town last week with his son. A bullet entered on the right side of the dog’s mouth, shattering several teeth and the jaw and tearing the tongue before exiting the throat. Police are investigating.


Bail bondsman admits to bribing judges

NEW ORLEANS — A bail bondsman pleaded guilty yesterday to bribing at least two judges in suburban New Orleans with cash, meals and booze so they would steer business his way.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Louis Marcotte III will be sentenced to no more than five years and 11 months in prison in exchange for assisting prosecutors, who are investigating corruption at the Jefferson Parish courthouse.

Prosecutors say Mr. Marcotte also paid for judges’ hotel rooms at casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


Attempt to fire two professors creates stir

JACKSON — The University of Southern Mississippi’s president is attempting to fire two tenured professors, which led the State College Board yesterday to ask the attorney general to monitor the dispute.

University President Shelby Thames says privacy concerns prevent him from saying why he wants to fire sociology professor Frank Glamser and English professor Gary Stringer. The move prompted protests at the Hattiesburg school and a no-confidence vote last week by the college’s Faculty Senate.

The two teachers were suspended by Mr. Thames earlier this month. They were locked out of their offices and told that they would be dismissed. They have requested a closed hearing, but Mr. Thames wants an open hearing. No date has been set.


Three boys arrested in plot to shoot child

FORSYTH — Two 8-year-old boys and a 11-year-old schoolmate were arrested after they buried a loaded handgun in a playground sandbox and plotted to shoot and stab a third-grade girl during recess, authorities said yesterday.

Sheriff Tim Fulton said the boys intended to harm the young girl because she had teased two of them.

The plot included a .22-caliber revolver, a knife and a box of bullets that were hidden on the playground, authorities said.

The boys, whose names were not released, apparently brought the weapons to school Wednesday morning, prosecutor Michael Hayworth said.


Officials probe mail-in ballots from dead

SAN ANTONIO — Election officials in South Texas are investigating requests for mail-in ballots from 41 deceased persons.

The applications were submitted to the Bexar County election office in San Antonio to vote in the primary last week, the San Antonio Express-News reported yesterday.

A computer detected that the requests were from deceased residents and the ballots were never mailed out.

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