Cash’s son visits legend’s roots
DYESS — The son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash has returned to the country legend’s boyhood home to look for traces of his father and pick some cotton.
John Carter Cash has been in northeastern Arkansas since Tuesday. The 37-year-old said it’s part of a personal venture to understand his father and Dyess, the town the Cash family called home.
“My father talked about the cotton farm, and the flood, many times,” Mr. Cash said. “He not only talked about it, it inspired him to write about it as well. His Arkansas roots were always a part of who he was, and he was proud of that. When I visit the places he walked and played, it brings to life many stories he told me about living here.”
Total lunar eclipse visible tomorrow
DENVER — The Earth’s shadow will creep across the moon’s surface early tomorrow, slowly eclipsing it and turning it to shades of orange and red.
The total lunar eclipse, the second this year, will be visible in North and South America, especially in the West. People in the Pacific islands, eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand will be also able to view it if skies are clear.
People in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, who had the best view of the last total lunar eclipse in March, won’t see this one because the moon will have set when the eclipse begins at 4:51 a.m. It will take an hour to reach full eclipse stage.
An eclipse occurs when Earth passes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s light. It’s rare because the moon is usually either above or below the plane of Earth’s orbit.
Runners charged in bioterror scare
NEW HAVEN — Two persons who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face felony charges.
The sprinkled powder forced hundreds to evacuate an IKEA furniture store Thursday.
New Haven ophthalmologist Daniel Salchow, 36, and his sister, Dorothee, 31, who is visiting from Hamburg, Germany, were both charged with first-degree breach of peace, a felony.
The siblings set off the scare while organizing a run for a local chapter of the Hash House Harriers, a worldwide group that bills itself as a “drinking club with a running problem.”
Winning lottery ticket sold in state
RICHMOND — There was one winning ticket for the $314.3 million Powerball lottery prize, and it was sold in this city on the Indiana-Ohio state line, lottery officials said yesterday.
Lottery officials won’t know who holds that ticket until someone comes forward, said Mark Sirkin, a spokesman for the Hoosier Lottery.
“We don’t how many people — if it’s one person, or a hundred persons — is the winner. We have no idea. Whoever it is, they’re wealthy,” Mr. Sirkin said.
The ticket bearing the winning numbers — 2, 8, 23, 29, 35 and the Powerball: 19 — were drawn Saturday night and sold at a Speedway convenience store.
The Richmond store will receive $100,000 from the lottery for selling the ticket.
Woman fined for throwing grapes
DETROIT — An activist who pelted school board members with grapes during a raucous vote to close 34 city schools was fined $250 for disturbing the peace.
Agnes Hitchcock, leader of the Call ‘Em Out Coalition, said she will not be disruptive at future board meetings. Miss Hitchcock said the case, which ended with her conviction and sentence Thursday, gave her a chance to speak about mismanagement in the school district.
“It was worth the risk in order to be able to talk about these things in court,” she told the Detroit Free Press.
The grapes Miss Hitchcock threw April 4 beaned at least one board member before police led her out of the auditorium. The board voted 6-5 to close schools because of a budget deficit and declining enrollment.
Chancellor to halt university donation
RENO — The chancellor of the University of Nevada at Reno says he and his family will no longer consider donating $3 million to the school after a regent’s negative comments in his job performance evaluation.
John Rogers said he had talked to UNR President Milton Glick earlier this summer about making the donation to help build a new math and science center, but the talks ended after a regent questioned his integrity.
“Nobody is going to call me a crook. … So we are not going forward with talks about this donation,” Mr. Rogers said.
In his June 22 written evaluation, regent Ron Knecht wrote that Mr. Rogers’ claims of being “totally honest and known for his integrity” were false, and that “he is known primarily as a self-absorbed, self-indulgent bully and tyrant, given to rashly going off at little or no provocation.”
Mr. Rogers, who resigned for a day earlier this year after a dispute with a different regent, said Friday that he would stay until his contract is up June 30, 2009.
Hospital says Graham still improving
ASHEVILLE — The Rev. Billy Graham remains hospitalized in fair condition, but officials say he continues to recover and hasn’t suffered any intestinal bleeding since Wednesday.
A statement issued by Mission Health and Hospitals in Asheville says Mr. Graham’s appetite is excellent and he resumed a normal diet at lunch yesterday after watching a church service on TV. A hospital spokeswoman says the 88-year-old evangelist also visited with family, and his walks today included the longest one he’s taken since being hospitalized more than a week ago.
Hospital officials say Mr. Graham continues to undergo physical therapy to build strength and condition him for going home, although there has been no date set for his discharge.
Cat endures moving adventure
GREEN BAY — Annie the cat loves to roam, but she got a bit more traveling experience than she bargained for last month. She sneaked into the back of a truck — bound for Virginia.
After traveling 1,000 miles, the 10-year-old calico roamed in the woods in Roanoke for 18 days before being caught.
Annie had hopped into the truck that owner Ann Roskam’s neighbors Michael and Christina Blackley were using late last month to move from New Franken, near Green Bay, to Roanoke.
It took them three days to get there, and temperatures in the truck were sweltering. Mr. Blackley’s father, Chip Grubb, helped unload it.
“We’re carrying boxes, and suddenly we see something jump from one box to another,” Mr. Grubb said.
Annie wore an identification tag, but a deer spooked her and she ran off. Mr. Grubb said he “felt awful” and put up posters and drove around searching for her. Annie finally showed up at a neighbor’s house, and arrangements were made for a flight home. She arrived Friday.
From wire dispatches and staff reports