- The Washington Times - Friday, May 27, 2005

Actor Albert, 99, dies of pneumonia

LOS ANGELES — Eddie Albert, the actor best known as the constantly befuddled city slicker-turned-farmer in television’s “Green Acres,” has died. He was 99.

Mr. Albert, who appeared in movies and television for more than 50 years, died of pneumonia Thursday at his home in the Pacific Palisades area, in the presence of his longtime caregivers and son Edward, family friend Dick Guttman said yesterday. Mr. Albert also had Alzheimer’s disease.

He achieved his greatest fame on “Green Acres” as Oliver Douglas, a New York lawyer who settles in a farm town with his glamorous wife, played by Eva Gabor, and finds himself perplexed by the antics of a host of rural residents, including a pig named Arnold Ziffel.

Mr. Albert was nominated for Academy Awards as supporting actor in “Roman Holiday” (1953) and “The Heartbreak Kid” (1972).

Romney vetoes stem-cell bill

BOSTON — Gov. Mitt Romney vetoed a bill yesterday to expand stem-cell experiments in Massachusetts because it would allow the cloning of human embryos — a practice he has called morally wrong.

However, the Democratic-controlled legislature passed the bill by a large enough margin to override his veto when lawmakers take up the measure again next week.

Mr. Romney, a Republican, supports research using either adult stem-cells or cells extracted from leftover frozen embryos from fertility clinics.

Senator placed under house arrest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — State Sen. John Ford was placed under house arrest yesterday after prosecutors played a video of the lawmaker watching an undercover agent count out $10,000 and an audiotape of him threatening potential witnesses.

The tapes were played at a bond hearing a day after Mr. Ford was charged as part of a two-year FBI sting operation nicknamed “Tennessee Waltz.” He is charged along with four other current and former state lawmakers with taking payoffs, but he alone is accused of threatening to kill witnesses.

U.S. Magistrate Diane Vescovo set bond at $20,000 and ordered Mr. Ford to remain under house arrest until his trial.

The other defendants were released Thursday without posting bond.

State Senate passes reparations bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state Senate voted to formally apologize for the deportation of thousands of Mexican Americans under a Great Depression-era program designed to create jobs for citizens.

Senators passed the measure 27-5 Thursday and sent it to the state Assembly for consideration.

About 2 million Hispanics, including 400,000 Californians, were sent to Mexico between 1929 and 1944 under the Hoover administration program, which was designed to free up jobs for U.S. citizens, said state Sen. Joe Dunn, the bill’s author.

Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a separate bill, also sponsored by Mr. Dunn, to create a fund to pay reparations to surviving deportees who file claims.

Suspect continues standoff on crane

ATLANTA — A homicide suspect remained perched on an 18-story construction crane for a third day yesterday , holding police at bay and causing a spectacle in the heart of the city’s entertainment district.

A plea from his sister, offers of food and a plan to have him jump onto air bags hadn’t resolved the standoff.

The man, identified as Carl Edward Roland, got onto the crane about 5 p.m. Wednesday and told police he was thinking of killing himself by jumping, police spokesman Sgt. John Quigley said.

Mr. Roland is wanted by the Pinellas County, Fla., sheriff’s department in the death of ex-girlfriend Jennifer L. Gonzalez, 36. Her body was found Tuesday in a pond behind the apartment complex where she lived.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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