- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Toys trimmed to cut fat meals

SAN JOSE | A county in California’s Silicon Valley has decided to ban restaurants from giving away toys and other free items with high-calorie meals.

The ordinance, passed 3-2 Tuesday by Santa Clara County supervisors, is aimed at curbing childhood obesity. Opponents call it another example of too much government meddling in family affairs.

The ban covers unincorporated areas of the county — which means only about a dozen fast-food chains and several family-owned restaurants.

A restaurant would face fines up to $1,000 if it violates the ban.

Supervisors will conduct a final vote May 11. If it passes then, the ordinance would take effect 90 days later.


Post, etiquette expert, dies

NAPLES | Elizabeth Post, who wrote more than a dozen books on etiquette and was spokeswoman for the Emily Post Institute in Vermont, has died. She was 89.

Ms. Post’s daughter-in-law, Peggy Post, said she died Saturday in Naples.

Elizabeth Post became the spokeswoman for the Emily Post Institute in 1965 and for decades, wrote a column on manners and etiquette for Good Housekeeping magazine.

She was the granddaughter-in-law of the country’s foremost etiquette expert, Emily Post.

Elizabeth Post revised the manual “Emily Post’s Etiquette” five times, helping keep it current as social norms have changed since its original printing in 1922.


‘Rock war’ ends over river marker

FRANKFORT | A two-state legal battle over who owns a chunk of river rock is ending with a win for Kentucky over Ohio.

A federal judge has ordered a lawsuit stayed after the states reached a deal returning the 8-ton boulder to Kentucky from Ohio.

For generations, Indian Head Rock jutted out of the water on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. It served as a navigation marker for boaters and a surface for carvings of initials, names and a crude face.

An expedition of Ohioans moved the rock to Portsmouth, Ohio, three years ago. Kentucky has been fighting for its return since then in what some dubbed “our rock war.”

U.S. District Judge Henry R. Wilhoit Jr. on Friday ordered the legal proceedings stayed while the sides work out the logistics of moving the rock.


Crews may set fire to burn off oil

NEW ORLEANS | The Coast Guard said crews may set fires to burn off oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from a wrecked offshore drilling platform.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said the burn would be done far offshore and could happen as soon as Wednesday.

She said efforts have failed to shut off the flow nearly 5,000 feet below where the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank last week. Robot subs are working on it.

The oil would be trapped in special containment booms and set on fire. A similar burn off the coast of Newfoundland in 1993 eliminated 50 to 99 percent of captured oil.

The oil is about 20 miles off the coast of Venice, La., the closest it’s been to land. But it’s still not expected to reach the coast before Friday, if at all.


Man cites explosives, flight diverted

AUGUSTA | An American citizen on a flight from Paris to Atlanta claimed to have a fake passport and said he had explosives in his luggage, forcing federal air marshals to intervene and the plane to land in Maine, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The officials, who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, think the man’s passport was authentic.

There were 235 passengers and 13 crew aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 273, which landed safely just after at 3:30 p.m. at Bangor International Airport, Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott said.

Federal officials met the aircraft at the airport. The Transportation Security Administration said the passenger was being interviewed by law enforcement.

After the man was apprehended, flight attendants moved passengers forward to clear out space in the rear of the plane, a passenger told CNN.


Draft of bullying policy revealed

SOUTH HADLEY | The Massachusetts school district where authorities say a girl was driven to suicide by bullying has a draft of a new anti-bullying policy.

The draft made public Monday was drawn up by a 31-person task force appointed in February after Phoebe Prince, 15, hanged herself. Prosecutors say her death followed “relentless” bullying by fellow South Hadley students. Six students are facing charges in connection with her death.

The Springfield Republican reported that the draft specifically defines bullying, spells possible disciplinary actions and discusses strategies for protecting students and parental notification.

The task force is scheduled to meet several more times before finalizing the policy.


Scaring a girl costs teen $185

STEVENSVILLE | An 18-year-old apparently thought it would be funny to yell “I’m going to kidnap you” at a 7-year-old girl, but the joke cost him a $185 fine for disorderly conduct.

The girl told police April 15 that she heard the man yell the threat from a car as she walked on a sidewalk in Stevensville. She helped police in the small town south of Missoula create a sketch, and police Chief James Marble said Justin Stockdale turned himself in Monday after seeing his likeness on flyers distributed around town.

Mr. Stockdale pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, was fined $185 and given a 10-day suspended jail sentence.


At 6 pounds, foal may be smallest

BARNSTEAD | A diminutive horse born in New Hampshire could be the world record for lightweight foal.

The pinto stallion named Einstein weighed just 6 pounds and measured 14 inches high when he was born Friday in Barnstead, N.H. Those proportions fit a human baby just about right but are tiny for horse, even a miniature breed like Einstein.

Dr. Rachel Wagner, Einstein’s co-owner, said the Guinness Book of Records lists the smallest newborn horse as weighing 9 pounds.

Breeders say that unlike the current record holder, Thumbelina, Einstein shows no signs of dwarfism. He’s just a tiny horse.


Malcolm X assassin is freed on parole

NEW YORK | The only man to admit shooting Malcolm X has been freed on parole, 45 years after he helped assassinate the civil rights leader in New York City.

State Department of Correctional Services spokeswoman Linda Foglia said Thomas Hagan was freed Tuesday.

He spent two days a week at a Manhattan prison under a work-release program.

Hagan, 69, was the last man still serving time in the 1965 killing. He and two others were convicted of murder.

Hagan said he was one of three gunmen who shot Malcolm X at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom. But he said the two men who were convicted with him were not involved. They maintained their innocence and were paroled in the 1980s.


Judge: School must allow Ayers speech

CASPER | A federal judge has ruled that the University of Wyoming must allow 1960s radical William Ayers to speak on the school’s campus in Laramie.

U.S. District Judge William Downes issued the ruling Tuesday after a Monday court hearing.

The university cited threats of violence in not allowing Mr. Ayers to speak at a campus event planned for Wednesday. Judge Downes said such threats can’t be used as a reason to deny Mr. Ayers’ right to speak on campus.

Mr. Ayers plans to speak at UW on Wednesday at the invitation of a student.

Mr. Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He co-founded an anti-war group that took responsibility for a series of nonfatal bombings to protest U.S. foreign policies during the Vietnam War era.

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