- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mourners remember Paul Harvey

CHICAGO | The son of radio legend Paul Harvey used his father’s words for the eulogy Saturday at a public funeral in Chicago, where Mr. Harvey launched his national news and commentary show.

“A great tree has fallen,” said Paul Harvey Jr., quoting his father’s send-off for President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his death in 1945. “An empty place has opened up against the sky.”

The broadcaster, 90, died March 1 in Phoenix, where he had a winter home, less than a year after the death of his wife of nearly 68 years, Lynne Harvey. Their son recalled the couple’s long romance and his father’s start on radio - when his father first applied for a job, he was given a broom and told to sweep up.

Mr. Harvey’s newsroom colleagues, ABC Radio Networks executives and Doug Limerick, one of two broadcasters chosen to fill Mr. Harvey’s time slots, were among the 200 mourners at the Fourth Presbyterian Church.

“It was a dignified eulogy delivered in a ‘rest of the story’-type style,” said Bruce DuMont, founder and president of the Museum of Broadcast Communications. “It exemplified the dignity of Paul Harvey.”

Mrs. Bush recovers from heart surgery

HOUSTON | Former first lady Barbara Bush has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room at the Texas hospital where she underwent heart surgery.

The 83-year-old wife of former President George H.W. Bush had surgery Thursday to replace her aortic valve at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Hospital spokeswoman Gale Smith said the former first lady could remain in the hospital for as long as another week. She said Mrs. Bush was walking Saturday morning, was eating and in good spirits.

School janitor job has 700 applicants

MASSILON, Ohio | Evidence of the slumping economy is stacking up at an Ohio school, which has nearly 700 applications for one janitorial job.

Officials at Perry Local Schools near Canton in northeast Ohio said they’ve extended the deadline until Monday to accommodate the overwhelming response to the week-old posting.

The full-time position at Edison Junior High School pays $15 to $16 an hour, plus benefits. Superintendent John Richard said many applicants are laid-off workers with heart-wrenching stories about the tough economic times.

Donna Croston, 49, said she applied after losing jobs at two nearby factories that closed. She said her chances of being hired amid the hundreds of applicants are slim, but she’s hoping to get lucky.

Inmate caught trying to get back into jail

WOODBINE, Ga. | Authorities say they arrested an escaped jail inmate trying to sneak back into the lockup with cigarettes reportedly stolen from a nearby store.

Sheriff Tommy Gregory said Saturday that Harry Jackson, 25, had opened a door to the exercise yard and climbed the outer fence.

Deputies found a jail door unlocked early Saturday and were looking for the inmate. They spotted Jackson trying to come back in and found 14 packs of cigarettes they believe were stolen from a convenience store about a block away.

Jackson faces new charges of breaking out of jail and burglary. He was already in jail in Camden County in southeast Georgia on charges including possession of a controlled substance and violating probation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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