- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 24, 2007

Breaux considers run for governor

BATON ROUGE, La. — Former U.S. Sen. John B. Breaux said he will run for Louisiana governor if the state attorney general determines he meets the legal requirements to enter the race.

The former senator, a Democrat, is considered a strong possible contender in the Oct. 20 primary, and other potential Democratic candidates are waiting in the wings, saying they won’t run if Mr. Breaux does. Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, a Democrat, announced last week she won’t seek a second term, leaving the position wide open.

Mr. Breaux said he would give up his lobbying job in Washington and begin campaigning if the state attorney general determines he meets residency requirements to run.

“I could stay here and live a very good life, but this is my last opportunity to be helpful to our state through public service,” Mr. Breaux told the Associated Press on Friday.

City OKs firing transgender manager

LARGO, Fla. — City commissioners early yesterday finalized the firing of a city manager who is seeking a sex-change operation, despite pleas from dozens of impassioned supporters to save his job.

After a six-hour hearing, the commissioners decided to fire 48-year-old Steve Stanton after his announcement that he planned a new life as a woman. The move followed a 5-2 vote by the commission last month to suspend him with pay.

Commissioners contended Mr. Stanton was being fired because they lost confidence in him, not because he wants to be a woman.

“I think we’re pretty well convinced,” Commissioner Gay Gentry said. “You have to believe us, you have to trust us, it is not about transgenderism.”

Mr. Stanton has not decided whether he will sue over the firing.

Tornadoes destroy dozens of homes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At least 13 tornadoes swept along the New Mexico-Texas state line, destroying homes and other buildings and injuring several people, two of them critically, authorities said.

The worst damage from Friday’s storms was in the towns of Logan and Clovis, which are about 80 miles apart, police said.

Clovis had a narrow path of damage about 3 miles long, where several motor homes were destroyed, three schools were damaged and businesses lost windows, police Lt. James Schoeffel said yesterday.

One of the tornadoes destroyed about two dozen mobile homes and campers in Logan, state police said.

Five persons from the Clovis area remained hospitalized yesterday morning, two of them in critical condition, Lt. Schoeffel said. In Logan, three persons were taken to a hospital, while others were treated at a local clinic, state police Sgt. Andrew Tingwall said.

State OKs enhanced licenses

High-security driver’s licenses designed to allow U.S. citizens to return from Canada without a passport could be adopted elsewhere if Washington state’s experiment works, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said.

The pilot project, signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire and formally approved by Mr. Chertoff on Friday, calls for Washington to begin issuing new “enhanced” driver’s licenses in January.

They will look much like conventional driver’s licenses, but will be loaded with proof of citizenship and other information that can be easily scanned at the border.

Radio frequency ID chips and other advanced security features also would make the enhanced licenses less vulnerable to forgery. At about $40, they also would be less expensive than a $97 passport.

Mr. Chertoff praised the enhanced driver’s license project, and said he expects other border states to follow Washington’s lead.

Couple accused of trying to sell child

OWENSBORO, Ky. — A couple are charged with trying to sell a 15-month-old girl for $3,000 and a sport utility vehicle.

Charles G. Hope Jr., 32, and Amber M. Revlett, 26, both of Owensboro, planned to use the money to pay off his fines for previous criminal charges, said Daviess County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Thompson. They were arrested Friday.

Lt. Thompson said it seemed to start out Wednesday as a joke between the couple and two women, but it became apparent that Mr. Hope and Miss Revlett weren’t kidding.

Lt. Thompson said Miss Revlett’s three children were placed in the custody of child protective services. Selling a child for adoption is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Mouse disappears with man’s dentures

WATERVILLE, Maine — Never underestimate a mouse’s determination.

There’s a mouse in Bill Exner’s house that he says he has captured three times. Each time, the mouse escaped, and the last time the rodent made off with his lower dentures.

Mr. Exner, 68, said he and his wife, Shirley, scoured his bedroom after the dentures disappeared from his night stand.

They found a small opening in a wall where they suspected the mouse was coming and going, and their daughter’s fiance, Eric Holt, stepped in to help.

They retrieved the dentures, and Mr. Holt suggested his future father-in-law boil them in peroxide and whatever else he could find to disinfect them.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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