- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 24, 2007

Anna Nicole funeral not before Tuesday

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Anna Nicole Smith’s funeral will not take place before Tuesday, the court-appointed attorney for the model’s baby daughter said yesterday.

Richard C. Milstein said he was working as quickly as possible on the funeral details for the former Playboy centerfold, who died in a Florida hotel Feb. 8 at age 39.

Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin ruled Thursday to let Mr. Milstein decide where to bury Mrs. Smith. Mr. Milstein agreed with Mrs. Smith’s longtime companion, Howard K. Stern, to bury her in the Bahamas next to her son.

Mrs. Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, filed an emergency motion Friday asking Judge Seidlin to reconsider his decision. It was not known when the judge would rule on the emergency motion.

ACLU challenges visa rules

NEW YORK — A civil rights group asked a judge Friday to find it unconstitutional for the federal government to exclude a prominent Muslim scholar or anyone else from the United States on the grounds that they may have endorsed or espoused terrorism.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the papers attacking the policy in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The group said schools and organizations who want to invite scholars and others into the United States are concerned about what is known as the ideological exclusion provision.

It said an entry in the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual says that the provision is directed at those who have voiced “irresponsible expressions of opinion.”

The group said the provision violates the First Amendment.

Rebekah Carmichael, a spokeswoman for government lawyers, said she had no comment Friday.

Snow closes major highways

DENVER — A large, fast-moving snowstorm closed sections of major highways in the Plains yesterday and threatened to dump more than a foot of snow on the Upper Midwest.

Interstate 70, a major cross-country route, was closed for about 200 miles in both directions from just east of Denver to Colby, Kan., because of blowing snow and slippery pavement, said Colorado and Kansas highway officials.

As the massive system moved through the region, fierce winds tossed cars into trees, destroyed businesses and yanked mobile homes off the ground in southern Arkansas. Several tornadoes were reported and at least 27 persons were injured.

Teacher assaulted after taking IPod

PHILADELPHIA — A high school teacher was assaulted by two students and hospitalized with broken vertebrae after he took an IPod away from one of them during class, officials said.

Frank Burd, 60, was in a hallway at Germantown High School shortly after 11 a.m. when he was confronted by the 17-year-old who brought the IPod to class, officials said Friday.

A 15-year-old student joined the confrontation and either punched or helped trip Mr. Burd, who fell and hit his head, said Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the Philadelphia School District.

Mr. Burd was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center with two broken bones in his neck, said Paul Vallas, the district’s chief executive officer.

Parents unaware of parade rules

TUCSON, Ariz. — The parents of a 5-year-old girl killed in a rodeo parade were never told there were age limits for children allowed to ride in the event, the child’s grandmother said.

Brielle Boisvert’s parents, Tom and Linda Donnell Boisvert, are upset at implications that they may have knowingly violated parade rules that forbid children younger than 8 from riding a horse in the event, Cindy Boisvert said Friday.

She was the youngest of the couple’s four children.

Brielle was on a horse riding with three older girls as part of the Sonoita Rodeo Royalty entry in the Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo Parade on Thursday.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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