- The Washington Times - Monday, November 6, 2006

DELAWARE

Man ordered to wear ‘sex offender’ T-shirt

WILMINGTON — A sex offender with a history of exposing himself has been ordered by a judge to wear a T-shirt proclaiming “I am a registered sex offender.”

Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden also sentenced Russell Teeter, 69, to two months in jail Friday for repeatedly exposing himself at his Newark-area business to a 10-year-old girl.

Judge Jurden handed down the unusual sentence at the suggestion of Deputy Attorney General Donald Roberts, who noted that Teeter has more than 10 convictions dating to 1976 and has been treated for being a compulsive exhibitionist.

Teeter will have to wear the shirt for almost two years once he gets out of jail and returns to his horticulture business.

GEORGIA

King children criticize proposed museum site

ATLANTA — Two of Martin Luther King’s children say a proposed civil rights museum should be near their father’s grave, not in the city’s tourism hub.

The 2.5-acre site that Coca-Cola Co. offered two weeks ago for the museum is near the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center and the future World of Coca-Cola Museum. Some city leaders say the civil rights museum should be less than two miles away, near Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Mr. King preached, and the King Center, where he and his wife, Coretta Scott King, are buried.

“I would hope that we as a community and a city, if we were going to erect a civil rights museum, it would be in the King historic district,” Martin Luther King III told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His sister, Bernice King, noted that the district contains her father’s birth home and other significant civil rights landmarks.

MISSISSIPPI

Ex-Klansman Bowers dies in prison

JACKSON — Former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Samuel H. Bowers, who was serving a life sentence for the 1966 bombing death of a civil rights leader, died yesterday in a state penitentiary, officials said. He was 82.

He died of cardiopulmonary arrest, said Tara Booth, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Bowers was convicted in August 1998 of ordering the assassination of Vernon Dahmer, a civil rights activist during Mississippi’s fight over racial equality.

“He was supposed to stay there until he died. I guess he fulfilled that,” widow Ellie Dahmer, told the Associated Press yesterday. “He lived a lot longer than Vernon Dahmer did.”

Vernon Dahmer died at 58 after being firebombed outside his home.

NEW JERSEY

Mower used to cut racial slur

EDGEWATER PARK — Police arrested a man for using a lawn mower to cut a racial slur in the grass in an open field.

Dennis E. Westphal, 19, turned himself in to police Thursday, a day after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest, according to a statement from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police were alerted to the incident on Aug. 31, when a resident called them, said Jack Smith, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. Mr. Westphal was charged with bias intimidation and harassment and released on his own recognizance pending a court hearing Nov. 15.

NEW YORK

Weightlifter expelled from gym for noise

ALBANY — Some gyms forbid hogging machines or wearing flip-flops. At one gym, grunting is grounds for expulsion.

Albert Argibay of Beacon, N.Y., was escorted by police officers from a gym last week for grunting, which is against Planet Fitness’ rules for maintaining a non-intimidating atmosphere.

“Perhaps I grunted, perhaps I didn’t. It’s open to interpretation,” said Mr. Argibay, a 40-year-old corrections officer. He said he had his headset on when lifting 500 pounds on a squat machine at the gym.

There is at least one expulsion every two weeks across the locations, said Mike Grondahl, chief executive officer of Planet Fitness. He said grunting and dropping weights are the most common offenses.

TEXAS

Trial due in suit over refinery blast

HOUSTON — For Eva Rowe, refusing to settle her lawsuit against BP PLC for the deaths of her parents in last year’s deadly Texas City refinery explosion has not been about getting a better offer.

“Because if I take their money and go away, I will not be able to make a difference. My parents’ deaths will be in vain,” said Miss Rowe, 22, who is seeking $1.6 billion in damages.

Miss Rowe’s civil lawsuit against the oil company is the last one involving fatalities from the March 2005 blast that killed 15 persons and injured more than 170. The rest of the lawsuits have been settled out of court.

Jury selection is set to begin Thursday in Galveston, and the trial is expected to last at least a month.

VERMONT

Dentist buys back Halloween candy

WILLISTON — Taking a radical approach toward preventive dentistry, an orthodontist is conducting a Halloween candy buyback.

Dan Ryan is paying $1 per pound to children and donating a matching amount to a food bank. He said his goal is to promote a healthy Halloween and contribute to the community.

“Halloween is a fun holiday for kids of all ages, but too much candy can contribute to tooth decay,” he said.

Dr. Ryan is urging his patients to eat soft candies, such as peanut butter cups, and brush their teeth soon after eating them.

WASHINGTON

Woman unaware of pregnancy gives birth

BELLEVUE — Amanda Brisendine attributed the 30 pounds she gained in the past year to an abandoned smoking habit and rich food. So when she went to the hospital with sharp stomach pain, she wasn’t expecting to leave with a newborn son.

“I don’t know how I didn’t know. I just didn’t know,” the 26-year-old Renton woman said last week from her bed at Overlake Medical Center’s Birthing Center, where she delivered 7-pound, 5-ounce Alexander Joseph Britt by Caesarean section.

Dr. George Macones, chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Washington University in St. Louis, said he has seen about a dozen cases in his nearly 20-year career in which a woman didn’t know she was pregnant until delivery.

The pregnancy isn’t always obvious when a woman is overweight or has spotting or bleeding during the pregnancy and mistakes it for menstruation, said Dr. Macones, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.

From wire dispatches and staff report

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