- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2005

ARIZONA

Rebates to cushion property-tax spike

TUCSON — The city started distributing a tax rebate this month aimed at protecting low-income downtown residents near a redevelopment district from property tax spikes.

Long-term residents are concerned that they would be priced out of their homes by rising taxes, because the Rio Nuevo redevelopment projects would fuel property value increases. More than 3,400 homeowners are eligible for an average of $100 per household.

ARKANSAS

‘Cookie’ wins sandwich contest

LITTLE ROCK — Ed “Cookie” Jarvis is the big cheese when it comes to grilled cheese.

Mr. Jarvis, of Nesconset, N.Y., won the grilled-cheese-eating championship at the Arkansas State Fair Saturday, stuffing down 19 sandwiches in the 10-minute race.

For his big appetite and swallowing skills, Mr. Jarvis won $1,000. He will join other first-place winners in competing for the world championship title at a time and place to be determined.

CALIFORNIA

Comic Louis Nye

dead at 92

LOS ANGELES — Comedian Louis Nye, who created a national catchphrase belting out “Hi, ho, Steverino” as one of the players on Steve Allen’s groundbreaking 1950s TV show, has died. He was 92.

Mr. Nye died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with lung cancer, his son, Peter Nye, told the Associated Press yesterday.

Mr. Nye had worked regularly until just a couple of years ago, his son said. He had a recurring role from 2000 to 2002 in the HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the last role in a decades-long career of second-banana and character roles on television.

A master of voices and accents, he could go from being droll one moment to prissy the next. He also could switch effortlessly from comically evil Nazis to bumbling Russians.

“He has a great business card from that time that lists something like 15 accents that he could do,” his son recalled with a chuckle.

On “The Steve Allen Show,” which ran from 1956 to 1961 under various names, he quickly endeared himself to audiences as Gordon Hathaway, the effete, country-club snob who would welcome Mr. Allen’s arrival with the “Hi, ho, Steverino” salutation.

GEORGIA

Chemical devices found on campus

ATLANTA — Students evacuated two Georgia Tech dorms yesterday after a janitor found a chemical-filled bottle on a campus courtyard and the bottle exploded. At least two more bottles were found and detonated by police.

Suspects could be charged with making terroristic threats and face federal charges, said police spokeswoman Sylvia Abernathy. “Police are taking this seriously,” she said.

The janitor was picking up trash in the courtyard when he pulled out the bottle from bushes. The bottle exploded, and the janitor was taken to a medical clinic for evaluation but suffered no serious injuries.

IDAHO

Resort owner shelves memorial

BOISE — Resort owner Duane Hagadone has shelved a plan he introduced a year ago to build a $20 million memorial garden downtown.

Mr. Hagadone had proposed closing two blocks of the town’s main street to install a 3.4-acre garden that would honor his parents. Some merchants objected, fearing that closing the street would harm business.

NEBRASKA

Error prices gas at 29 cents a gallon

LINCOLN — One gas station manager’s mistake paid off for drivers who were in the right place at the right time.

For 30 to 45 minutes Friday, three of the Kabredlo’s convenience store’s four pumps sold premium unleaded gas for 29 cents a gallon. Gas hasn’t been that cheap since 1955, AAA Nebraska reported.

Until the mistake was caught, lines formed at the store as news of the cheap fuel spread, said Max Wolfe, who was doing landscaping for Kabredlo’s.

Mr. Wolfe and his co-workers took time to fill up. “I was on E, and I filled my tank up for $4,” Mr. Wolfe said. “It made my day.”

On average, Lincoln gas stations are charging $2.93 a gallon for gas, AAA said.

OHIO

Angry soccer fandrives into crowd

ELMWOOD PLACE — Police were searching yesterday for a man who drove his car into a crowd of people on a sidewalk, killing one and injuring five, after getting into a fight about a soccer match.

Rey Serrano, 19, of Elmwood Place, is suspected of driving his Lincoln Town Car into the crowd Sunday, striking six men and hitting a utility pole before fleeing, police said.

Authorities in the Cincinnati suburb said the suspect might have run down the men in retaliation for a confrontation about a soccer match between Mexico and Guatemala. Mexico won 5-2 in Saturday night’s World Cup qualifying game.

OREGON

Robber hits stand, but pays for coffee

MEDFORD — Police are looking for a man who, just after robbing a coffee stand, paid for his cup of java with some of the money he had just stolen.

Police said the man rode his bicycle to the stand just before 7 a.m. on Thursday and ordered a coffee. He then told the employee that he had a gun and demanded money.

The attendant handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. But before the man left, he paid for the coffee with the money just handed to him. The coffee shop attendant was not injured.

RHODE ISLAND

Libraries ease rules on computer content

PROVIDENCE — The state’s public libraries eased restrictions on the computer content available to Internet users, the local affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union said.

Under the new policy, adult patrons receive computerized notices that alert them of their right to ask a librarian to turn off Internet-blocking software. The software was revised to block most sexual and adult content but not nudity.

TENNESSEE

Killer of parents gets prison for life

CHATTANOOGA — A man who said he was heeding a directive from God when he fatally shot his parents and then used a chainsaw to dismember his mother’s body pleaded guilty yesterday in a deal that sent him to prison for life with no parole.

Philip Badowski, 23, entered the plea to first-degree murder at a hearing where his attorney had asked a judge to suppress evidence in the December slayings of the suspect’s parents, Chester Badowski Jr., 47, and Christine Badowski, 46.

Badowski told Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Doug Meyer that he killed his parents and understood that he was giving up his right to a trial. Badowski had been found competent to stand trial in a state psychiatric evaluation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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