- The Washington Times - Monday, December 29, 2008


Actress Savage dies at 87

LOS ANGELES | Ann Savage, who earned a cult following as a femme fatale in 1940s pulp-fiction movies such as “Detour,” has died at 87.

The actress died in her sleep at a nursing home on Christmas Day from complications following a series of strokes, said her manager, Kent Adamson.

Her Hollywood career had largely been over since the mid-1950s, but she had a resurgence over the past year with a starring role in Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin’s “My Winnipeg.”

Starting with her 1943 debut in the crime story “One Dangerous Night,” Miss Savage made more than 30 films through the 1950s, including Westerns (“Saddles and Sagebrush” and “Satan’s Cradle”), musicals (“Dancing in Manhattan” and “Ever Since Venus”) and war-time tales (“Passport to Suez” and “Two-Man Submarine”).

Miss Savage was best-known for director Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 B-movie “Detour,” in which she played a woman ruthlessly blackmailing a stranger, played by Tom Neal.

“It’s actually a showcase role,” Mr. Adamson said. “Neal and Savage really reversed the traditional male-female roles of the time. She’s vicious and predatory. She’s been called a harpy from hell, and in the film, too, she’s very sexually aggressive, and he’s very, very passive.”


Exonerated inmate faces new charges

CROWN POINT | A man exonerated by DNA evidence in a rape case after serving years in an Illinois prison now faces a murder charge in Indiana.

Jail records show that Marlon Pendleton, 51, has been in custody at Lake County Jail since Dec. 19, arrested on suspicion of killing his 45-year-old girlfriend. Her body was found at a Hammond, Ind., home where Mr. Pendleton was living.

Mr. Pendleton made headlines in 2006 when DNA evidence cleared him of a 1992 rape conviction. He had served eight years of a 10-year prison sentence. Since then, he’s been pardoned by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago for the suffering he endured during his time in jail.


Teen arrested in fatal cop shooting

OAK PARK | A teenager was arrested Sunday in the fatal shooting of a suburban Detroit police officer who had stopped him for driving without a license, police said.

The Detroit teenager surrendered to police a few hours after Oak Park Officer Mason Samborski was shot, police said. Murder charges were pending Sunday.

Officer Samborski, 28, stopped the 16-year-old driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee during the early morning. The officer put the teen in his squad car and drove him to a nearby apartment complex, apparently seeking an adult to take custody of him or someone who could establish his identity, Chief John McNeilance said.

A struggle occurred at the apartment and Officer Samborski was shot once, the chief said. He didn’t say whether the officer was shot with his own gun nor identify the teen. “It’s the worst possible thing that can happen in a police department,” Chief McNeilance said. “Obviously, our officers are devastated.”

Officer Samborski had been with the Oak Park police force for four years. He was married with one child.


Times Square hosts shred party

NEW YORK | Should auld acquaintance be forgot? Or maybe shredded?

In an event that organizers hope will become a New Year’s tradition, New Yorkers and tourists were invited to bring bad memories from 2008 to Times Square on Sunday and feed them to an industrial-strength shredder.

“This is the perfect way to move on from a bad year, from a bad experience,” said Kathryn Bonn, of New York City, who shredded a printout of her boyfriend’s e-mail breaking up with her.

The “Good Riddance Day” event, was sponsored by the Times Square Alliance, organizer of the New Year’s Eve ball-dropping celebration. Some participants wrote “the stock market” or “cancer” on a piece of paper and shredded it, while others shredded bags of bank statements and check stubs.

City resident Jay Ballesteros won a $250 prize for the most creative object to be shredded: a sock representing all the socks that emerge from the laundry without their mates. “I’m hoping to use the prize to buy some brand new socks,” he said.


Movie-talking leads to shooting

PHILADELPHIA | A man enraged by a noisy family sitting near him in a movie theater on Christmas night shot the father of the family in the arm, police said.

James Joseph Cialella, 29, of Philadelphia, faces six charges that include attempted murder and aggravated assault. He remained in custody Sunday.

Police said Mr. Cialella told the man’s family to be quiet, then threw popcorn at the man’s son. Television reports identified the victim as Woffard Lomax, reporting that he told police that Mr. Cialella was walking toward his family when he was shot.

Detectives called to the United Artists Riverview Stadium theater in South Philadelphia found Mr. Cialella carrying the weapon, a .38-caliber handgun, in his waistband, police said.


‘American Idol’ sues strip club

AUSTIN | A strip club is profiting off the fame of the “American Idol” TV series by holding “Stripper Idol” nights, the company behind “Idol” charges in a lawsuit.

FremantleMedia North America says in its U.S. District Court lawsuit that Palazio Men’s Club offers “Stripper Idol” contestants a chance at $500 each Thursday, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Details about the ongoing litigation were not reported.

Scott Stevenson, a manager at the strip club, claims the format used in the weekly competition is not the same as that of the popular Fox TV competition.

“It’s all the crowd. It’s the biggest cheers. There’s no judges,” he told the American-Statesman of how strippers compete for the weekly top prize.


Avalanche kills skier at resort

JACKSON | An avalanche has killed a skier at a Wyoming resort.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort spokeswoman Anna Olson says David Nodine, of Wilson, was skiing down an expert trail with a companion Saturday when an avalanche buried him under 8 feet of snow. The companion was not injured.

Ms. Olson said the ski patrol found Mr. Nodine, 31, within six minutes but could not revive him. He was pronounced dead at a clinic at the resort base.

The spokeswoman said the ski patrol had taken precautions to reduce avalanche danger in the area before opening it to the public. At least six people have died in avalanches this ski season in the United States.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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