- The Washington Times - Monday, April 23, 2007

GEORGIA

Students attend first integrated prom

ASHBURN — For the first time, the faces of students at the Turner County High School prom were both white and black.

Each year, the school’s white students had raised money for their own unofficial prom, and black students did the same, an annual ritual that divided the southern Georgia peanut-farming county anew each spring.

That all changed Saturday as horse-drawn carriages and stretch limousines carried young couples around the downtown streets to a single prom.

At the start of the school year, Turner County’s four senior class officers had told principal Chad Stone they wanted an official prom, and they wanted everyone invited. Mr. Stone spent $5,000 of his discretionary fund to put together the first school-sponsored prom. Another $5,000 came from supporters after news stories about the plan spread across the nation.

“Tonight, it’s a fresh start,” said James Hall, the black senior class president.

MISSOURI

Grandmother makes emergency landing

NEW MELLE — A grandmother of five was flying her small plane cross-country when the engine quit in midair and she was forced to make an emergency landing in a muddy field.

Emma Hanner, 78, was flying her two-seater plane home to Denver from Lexington, N.C., when the propeller stopped suddenly west of St. Louis.

There was plenty of open space below.

As the plane hit the ground, one wheel dipped into an irrigation ditch and buckled underneath the plane. That bent the plane’s nose down and spun it around, she said, jolting her forward with her face hitting the steering yoke. A cut below her nose was her only injury.

NEBRASKA

Piggy bank snatched from deli counter

LINCOLN — This little piggy had $600. Its rightful owner now has none.

A pink ceramic piggy bank filled with quarters, dollar coins and some bills was stolen from the counter of the Smokehouse Deli, the owner reported Friday.

The 8-inch tall pig weighed about 30 pounds and was filled about halfway with change, owner Beth Borgmann said Saturday.

Lincoln police had no suspects and think the pig was stolen sometime Wednesday evening or early Thursday, Capt. Genelle Moore said.

“It was just my personal loose change,” Miss Borgmann said. “That was my vacation money.”

She had planned to visit the Bay Islands of Honduras, where she has a house, she said.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Retiree an ace at child’s play

MANCHESTER — A burly 64-year-old retiree who resembles Santa Claus will be going mano a mano with other contestants in a national title bout — in Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Ray Scott won the New Hampshire title by advancing through eight rounds of tournaments at Manchester bars and pubs. With his white beard and spectacles, fans cheered “Go Santa Go” during the New Hampshire finals earlier this month.

Next month, Mr. Scott heads to Las Vegas to compete in the USA Rock, Paper Scissors League’s national competition. If he makes the right move, he wins the $50,000 grand prize. The competition will be broadcast on ESPN.

NEW JERSEY

Ex-governor’s wife tells her story

TRENTON — The wife of former Gov. James E. McGreevey describes him in her upcoming memoir as self-absorbed and controlling and says that, among other demands, he insisted she move out of the governor’s mansion before his official resignation.

The descriptions appear in Dina Matos McGreevey’s book “Silent Partner: A Memoir of My Marriage,” scheduled to hit bookstores May 1. A copy of the book was obtained by the New York Daily News.

Mrs. McGreevey wrote that her husband offered only an indifferent apology days after he appeared on national television in August 2004 and announced he would resign, saying: “I am a gay American.”

Before that appearance, she wrote that Mr. McGreevey told her to compose herself, saying, “You have to be Jackie Kennedy today,” and repeatedly told her what to say and how to act in the aftermath of his admission. Mrs. McGreevey also said her husband told her if she stayed at the governor’s mansion until the last minute it would make her “look like white trash.”

“Silent Partner” is Mrs. McGreevey’s response to the former governor’s autobiography, “The Confession,” which was published in September. The couple are separated and embroiled in a nasty custody battle over their daughter, Jacqueline.

NEW YORK

Authorities nab wandering gator

HUNTINGTON — Humans weren’t the only species basking in the Northeast’s warm weekend weather, as police helped capture a small alligator sunbathing by a small pond in this Long Island town.

It was a startling sight on Saturday in a community just 35 miles from Manhattan. The American alligator is native to the South and it is against New York law to own one, said Ray Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

The SPCA is looking for whomever may have released the alligator. That person could face animal-cruelty charges, Mr. Gross said.

NORTH CAROLINA

Clerk’s accident yields lottery win

CONOVER — A store clerk’s slip-up at the cash register has paid off big time.

Wayburn Allen on Tuesday accidentally rang up two duplicate Powerball tickets for a customer in this western North Carolina town. At the end of the day, after she was unable to sell the second ticket, Miss Allen paid for it herself.

The next day, Miss Allen returned to the store and found the ticket matched all five numbers — earning her a $200,000 jackpot.

When she went to Raleigh to claim her prize, she met the customer who purchased the original ticket. The customer also will receive a $200,000 jackpot. Miss Allen hadn’t decided how she will spend her money.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Accused rapist maintains innocence

DARLINGTON — A convicted sex offender insisted on the witness stand yesterday that he was telling the truth and denied raping two teenage girls in an underground room he built behind his home.

During an hour of often contentious cross-examination, Kenneth Glenn Hinson reiterated what he told the jury Saturday — that sex he had with two then 17-year-old girls in March 2006 was consensual and that he hid from police for four days because he thought they wanted him on drug charges.

The two girls have testified that Hinson, 48, took them from a bedroom in their Darlington County home while they slept and dragged them to a secret underground room. Prosecutors say he bound them with duct tape, raped them and left them to die because the room had no air supply. The girls managed to free themselves and escape, prosecutors said.

UTAH

Hospital discharges former conjoined twin

SALT LAKE CITY — A former conjoined twin has been discharged from a hospital less than three weeks after receiving a kidney from her mother, a hospital spokeswoman said.

“She went home today in good condition,” spokeswoman Bonnie Midget said Saturday.

Maliyah Herrin’s mother, Erin Herrin, donated her right kidney to the 5-year-old in a seven-hour operation on April 3.

Born fused at the torso, Maliyah and her sister, Kendra, were separated in August. While surgeons divided some of their shared organs, Kendra kept their one functioning kidney. Maliyah had dialysis treatments until doctors determined she was ready for the transplant.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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