- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 13, 2004


Confederate widow has heart attack

ENTERPRISE — The last living widow of a Civil War veteran suffered a heart attack and is unable to talk, her caretaker said yesterday.

Alberta Martin, 97, has been in Enterprise Medical Center since suffering the heart attack last Friday. She can open her eyes, but can’t talk, said Dr. Ken Chancey.

“The prognosis is not good,” he said, “but Mrs. Martin is a fighter.”

Mrs. Martin was a 21-year-old widow with a young son when she married 82-year-old William Jasper Martin, who had been a private in the Confederate Army, in 1927. He died in 1932.


Police arrest 20 at riot site

ST. PETERSBURG — About 100 police were sent to break up an unruly crowd that set a car ablaze and injured at least five persons in a neighborhood where riots had broken out eight years ago after a black motorist was killed by a police officer.

The crowd gathered Wednesday night, hours after attorneys for the family of TyRon Lewis wrapped up their lawsuit against the city in the 1996 shooting.

Twenty persons were arrested, including nine juveniles. Two juveniles and an adult were facing charges. They are accused of shooting at a police officer, who was not hit.

Associated Press

Alberta Martin, 97, the oldest living widow of a Civil War veteran, suffered a heart attack last week and can’t talk.


USS Jimmy Carter goes into water

GROTON — The nuclear submarine Jimmy Carter was put in the water yesterday, six days earlier than planned and one day after a portion of a wall in its construction dry dock collapsed.

Electric Boat said it moved up the “float-off” of the submarine in response to the Wednesday accident, in which a portion of an interior wall of the dock buckled.

The submarine and workers were never in danger, Electric Boat said.

Neil Ruenzel, spokesman for Electric Boat, said the submarine’s christening will go forward as scheduled on June 5.


Investigated mayor commits suicide

UNION POINT — The mayor of this small town apparently committed suicide yesterday morning, just hours before a grand jury was to hear fraud charges against him that could have sent him to prison for life.

Mayor Ben Stewart called the Union Point police chief at 4:30 a.m. “and told him to come get him. He was going to take his life,” Greene County Sheriff Chris Houston said.

By the time officers arrived, Mr. Stewart had shot himself in the head with a .38-caliber handgun, but was still alive, Sheriff Houston said. He was taken to a local hospital and transferred to Athens Regional Medical Center, where he died.

A grand jury had been scheduled to hear a 197-count indictment yesterday that accused Mr. Stewart of racketeering and defrauding hundreds of people of about $38 million, prosecutor Fred Bright said.


Veggie spread wins NASA contest

AMES — Astronauts no longer have an excuse for not eating their vegetables.

A team of Penn State University students has designed a vegetable spread for space travelers.

The product earned the students first place in a space product development contest sponsored by the NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center at Iowa State University.

Vegateez is a three-layer vegetable spread designed for space travel. Contest officials said it is shelf-stable, easy to prepare and convenient to eat. It is made from minimally processed spinach, chard, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and radishes and combined with spices.

The Penn State team will present Vegateez to NASA scientists in November.


Highway named after war hero

WHITESVILLE — A soldier in the Vietnam War who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously will receive more recognition today when friends, family and veterans gather to dedicate a section of Highway 54 recently renamed Pfc. David “Paulie” Nash Highway.

The effort to rename the road was started by two Vietnam veterans, Larry and Wayne Rhodes, cousins who went to the same grade school as Mr. Nash in Whitesville. They said they felt that people needed to hear Mr. Nash’s story.

In 1968, the 20-year-old rolled onto an exploding grenade in South Vietnam, sacrificing his life to save three comrades.


Emma, Jacob are top baby names

LINCOLN — Nebraska parents like the names Emma and Jacob. The two proved to be the most popular baby names listed on birth certificates filed with the Nebraska Health and Human Services System last year.

For Jacob, it marks the 10th year as No. 1; 2003 saw 231 new Jacobs. Emma was a repeat winner, with 205 babies so named.


National Guard helps town get water

HANOVER — A nearby town and the National Guard are helping Hanover get water after its storage tank dried up.

Bayard has been providing water for the 122 homes that depend on Hanover’s two wells. The National Guard brought a tanker and will stay as long as needed, Guard spokesman Tom Koch said.


Subject of ‘Radio’ will get a statue

ANDERSON — First they made a major motion picture about his life. Now, an artist wants to make a bronze statue of him.

James Robert “Radio” Kennedy will be depicted in a life-size statue on the T.L. Hanna High School campus, where his story has inspired many over the years, school officials said Wednesday.

Mr. Kennedy has become a celebrity. He signs autographs, poses for pictures and attended a premiere with Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays the title character in “Radio.”

Mr. Kennedy befriended T.L. Hanna High School football coach Harold Jones nearly 30 years ago when he was hanging around practices, imitating the players. He eventually became part of the team and the school, taking special education classes for decades and helping in the school cafeteria during lunchtime.

Artist Andy Davis of the Atlanta area said his goal will be to complete the sculpture by October. The statue will represent Mr. Kennedy standing as he waves with one hand and holds a radio in the other, Mr. Davis said. “Radio” got his nickname because he liked to carry around a transistor radio.


Jury will hear bomber’s beliefs

McALESTER — A judge decided yesterday that jurors at the murder trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols will be allowed to hear evidence about the antigovernment writings and views of executed bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Judge Steven Taylor rejected a prosecution motion to limit defense attorneys’ questioning of at least six witnesses about McVeigh’s political beliefs and the antigovernment literature he gave them.

The defense said evidence that McVeigh distributed antigovernment literature would help explain how some of it was found in Nichols’ home in Herington, Kan., after the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing.

The witnesses include McVeigh’s cousin, Kyle Kraus, who testified at McVeigh’s 1997 federal trial that McVeigh gave him a copy of “The Turner Diaries,” a racist novel that begins with a truck bombing of FBI headquarters as part of a war against the government.


Editor charged with kidnapping

WILMINGTON — The editor of a small daily newspaper was arrested early yesterday and charged with kidnapping a woman, police said.

Jeff Hibbs, 46, editor of the Wilmington News Journal, was accused of forcing his way into the woman’s car Wednesday afternoon and ordering her to drive to a cemetery, police said.

The woman, who was not identified, later told police that Mr. Hibbs prevented her from getting out of the car several times, but eventually she broke free.


Fishermen protest federal regulations

PROVIDENCE — Angry fishermen, fish dealers and suppliers protested federal regulations that they say will jeopardize their jobs.

Fishermen and fish dealers filled the sidewalk in front of the Biltmore Hotel before a meeting of the regulatory National Marine Fisheries Service. They say the regulations are too restrictive, and unfairly limit when and where they can fish.


Rice compares terrorists to Klan

NASHVILLE — Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that terrorists today are driven by the same hatred that inspired former Klansmen to bomb a church in 1963 in her hometown of Birmingham, Ala.

President Bush’s national security adviser spoke to about 10,000 people — including a small group of protesters — at Vanderbilt University’s Senior Class Day.

The bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham killed four girls, including her friend, 11-year-old Denise McNair, and was meant to instill fear, she said.

“Those terrorists failed because of the poverty of their visions — a vision of hate, inequality. … And they failed because of the courage and sacrifice of all who suffered and struggled for civil rights.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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