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1, of of Tm relieved' Woman acquitted of using men's room at concert HOUSTON (AP) — A woman who said she was desperate when she went to the men's room at a country- western concert was found not guilty Friday of illegally using the rest room. Jurors deliberated for 23 minutes before acquitting Denise Wells of violating a city ordinance that prohibits prohibits people from, in a manner calculated calculated to cause a disturbance, using rest rooms intended for members of the opposite sex. She faced a maximum $200 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor. Wells, 33, and her lawyer and sister, sister, Valorie Wells Davenport, laughed and hugged each other when the verdict was read. "I'm relieved. I'm elated," Wells said. "The jurors told me, 'You had us all the way. 1 " Testimony in the trial, which began Thursday, ended earlier in the day. Wells testified that she saw the line outside the women's room at the July 7 concert by George Strait was so Denise Wells (left) hugs her sister, sister, Valorie Wells Davenport, after the verdict is read. long, "I felt I was in a situation where I had to be in a rest room. I took the only option I felt was available." The legal secretary said she covered covered her eyes and apologized to men in the rest room at The Summit. A loud remark she made about leaving the toilet seat up was "more of a nervous reaction than a cocky re: mark," she said. Wells was arrested and removed from the concert, for which she paid $125 to attend. "I was devastated," she testified. "I felt I was being harassed for doing something I felt I had no choice but to do. I entered the men's room to go to the bathroom and that's all." Earlier Friday, police officer Steven Andrews said he was not offended offended by Wells' presence in the men's room. "It didn't bother me one way or the ' other," said Andrews, a vice officer for nearly two decades who was involved involved in Wells' arrest. Two police officers have testified Wells left the stall in the men's room and announced: "There — I left the lid up just like y'all like it." The defense's case focused on the lack of adequate facilities for women at such public places as the Summit. Views (Continued from Page 1) events. Take, for example, Robert Eisner, a William R. Kenan professor of economics at Northwestern University. University. He calls astro-economics "garbage, "garbage, unequivocally." "Unless you have some theory about how stars relate to economic activity — and I'm not aware of any good one — it's inconceivable," Eisner Eisner said. "Of course, the stars will do no worse, on average will do about the same, and sometimes will do better on Wall Street than any speculating would." 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So, it's only natural that it take on financial applications, said Elizabeth Gauerke, who analyzes weather cycles cycles to predict events. "In the history of the world, money and the planets have always been tied up," she said. "The market is not predictable, but what planets do is. It's a simple formula that works for a lot of people." Plants (Continued from Page 1) their metabolic processes. In photosynthesis, green plants use sunlight to make carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water in the presence of chlorophyll. All fossil fuels — coal, oil and natural gas — originally captured their energy from the sun through photosynthesis. One of the first commercial spin- offs could be to engineer plants resistant resistant to herbicides, said Randall Hauptmann, director of the Plant and Molecular Biology Center at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. DeKalb. Many herbicides work through the photosynthetic process to kill weeds. Farmers could apply herbicide to kill weeds while not hurting crops, he said. In the long term, scientists could use the findings to explore ways of developing plants resistant to drought or low temperatures, Milaga said. "We want crop plants to perform to serve human needs, which wasn't the object of evolution,'' Maliga said. Three compartments in plant cells contain genes — the nucleus, chlor- oplasts and mitochondria. Scientists have introduced altered genes into the nucleus, and most biotechnological innovation to date comes from this method of transformation. transformation. Researchers have also introduced genetically altered material into the: chloroplasts of algae, but never before before into the chloroplasts of higher plants or into mitochondria. Milaga and two other scientists — Zora Svab and Peter Hajdukiewitz — worked on the two-year project under a grant from the New Jersey Science Initiative.