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Other news to note A-18 The Orlando Sentinel, Wednesday, January 1, 1992 T i v ! I Tennessee deputy chief 1 apparently kills himself I NASHVILLE, Tenn. The city's deputy police chief was J found shot to death early Tuesday : from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. John Ross, 48, Metro Nashville's No. 2 law enforcement officer, was found at the department's training academy, Assistant Chief Richard Ordway said. Ross apparently shot himself in the head, authorities said. Officers found a note, but Ordway did not disclose its contents. Ordway said Ross had been due to return to work Tuesday after taking time off to attend a daughter's wedding in Texas. Ross was named deputy police chief on Sept. 1, 1989, when Robert Kirchner became chief. Bingham's ex-husband denied claim to fortune LOUISVILLE, Ky. A judge upheld a prenuptial agreement between media heiress Sallie Bingham and her ex-husband in a ruling that denied the developer alimony from her vast fortune. Jefferson Circuit Judge Benjamin Shobe ruled that Bingham's ex-husband, Tim Peters, 47, surrendered any claim to Bingham's family fortune eight years ago when he signed the agreement. In his suit against Bingham, Peters alleged that the agreement was misleading and should be amended. Water bill still not fixed it's up to $22,032.22 DALLAS Brenda Ross laughed it off after mistakenly getting a water bill in November for $20,935.23. Water officials promised to fix the goof. But when Ross got her December bill on Christmas Eve, it was for $22,032.22. "I thought to myself, 'Golly, they must be crazy,' " said Ross, who lives in a duplex. Utility officials didn't correct the first error soon enough to avoid the second error, but they assured Ross the problem will be fixed in time for her January bill. "It's kind of embarrassing for us. We take great pains that this kind of thing doesn't happen," said King Moss, deputy director of customer relations at Dallas Water Utilities. Buchanan gets a spot on Rhode Island ballot PROVIDENCE, R.I. Columnist Patrick J. Buchanan is being given a spot on the Republican presidential primary ballot in Rhode Island for his conservative challenge to President Bush. Rhode Island Secretary of State Kathleen Connell had said earlier this month that she would not automatically provide a ballot spot to Republican presidential hopefuls unless they had the endorsement of party Chairman Robert J. Rendine. Rendine had recommended only Bush for the primary ballot. But Connell did an about-face Monday, declaring that Buchanan, a national political figure, deserved a spot on the ballot. Fire destroys restaurants, stores in N.Y. suburb NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. A fire destroyed at least six stores and restaurants Monday night in this New York City suburb, fire officials said. No injuries were immediately reported. The fire broke out about 9 p.m., said Lt. Diane Flynn of the New Rochelle Fire Department. Most of the stores and restaurants were closed when the fire started, officials said. Swiss nanny out on bail In murder, arson case VALHALLA, N.Y. A 20-year-old Swiss nanny charged with arson and murder in the death of a 3-month-old girl in her care was released Monday from the county jail in Valhalla into the arms of her parents after they posted her $350,000 bail. Olivia Riner smiled excitedly as she embraced first her father and then her mother, kissing them each twice. To ensure that she will not flee, Riner must wear an electronic ankle bracelet or monitoring device. Riner has been in custody since her arrest Dec. 3. Police say that on Dec. 2, she set three separate fires in the house of William and Denise Fischer in Thornwood, killing their only child, Kristie. The case has generated a storm of media attention in Switzerland, prompting strangers to contribute most of the $350,000 bail. K f f 11 n A rfvr VjL A Tit : f 1 I - i if Yifr:W ' r If ii is? iMj,Wl.l.i.&tv - """ 1 ASSOCIATED PRESS Moving company worker took an evicted tenant's boxes away in Milwaukee Monday. Milwaukee judge allows holiday evictions ASSOCIATED PRESS MILWAUKEE Any other year, Consuelo Owsley might have been making plans for New Year's Eve. This year, she was clutching her clothes as her home was being emptied. Milwaukee's informal Christmastime moratorium on evictions was halted this year after the American Civil Liberties Union complained that the practice violates the separation of church and state. For the 17-year-old Miss Owsley, her 1-year-old daughter, sister and mother, Monday's eviction for not paying rent spoiled the upcoming holiday. "I'm just going to grab all my clothes," said Ows ley, who picked up her daughter's shoes as a mover swept a dresser's contents into a cardboard box. "I don't know if I'll get them back." Landlords had long objected to the moratorium and asked the courts to stop it last Christmas, but the request was rejected. They had argued that there were no policies preventing the eviction of Jews during Passover or Muslims during Ramadan. This year, Wisconsin ACLU director Eunice Edgar wrote a letter to Milwaukee County Chief Judge Patrick J. Sheedy, arguing that the moratorium had the effect of promoting a religious celebration. Sheedy agreed and ordered an end to the practice. He said the county "would have no defense" if it were sued. L 3 Judge denies new trial for Indian in FBI shooting FARGO, N.D. A federal judge has dismissed Indian activist Leonard Peltier's move for a new trial in the deaths of two FBI agents on a South Dakota reservation in 1975. U.S. District Judge Paul Benson, who presided over Peltier's original trial, accepted Magistrate Karen Klein's recommendation that no new trial be granted. Peltier's attorneys argued that the government changed its case, first saying Peltier killed agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams, then later saying it could prove only that he aided and abetted in the shootings. Peltier, 46, has admitted being on the Pine Ridge Reservation on June 26, 1975, and shooting at the agents, but said he did so in self-defense. Peltier denies that he killed the two men. Judge takes on new role in state courtroom: Juror INDIANAPOLIS John Tinder is making the switch from judge to juror during a cocaine possession trial. Tinder, a U.S. District Court judge in Indianapolis, has been selected for jury duty in Marion Superior Court. "I gave Judge Tinder every chance to disqualify himself and even observed that he had a heavy calendar and a lot of his own work to do," said Judge Pro Tern David E. Cook, who is presiding over the case. "He said his workload was kind of slow over the holidays, and it was not a bar to his jury service. And the lawyers picked him," Cook said. Woman seriously injured by falling soda machine DES MOINES, Iowa A woman was seriously injured when a vending machine fell on her after she kicked it. Holly West, 19, was reported in serious condition with internal injuries Tuesday after surgery at Mercy Hospital Medical Center. West told rescuers that she kicked the soda machine when it wouldn't return her money Monday morning. A spokesman with Mid Continent Bottlers Inc., which owns the machine, said it weighs about 650 pounds when empty. A police report said there were shoe prints on the side of the machine. Fire damages marquee " of Las Vegas Strip hotel LAS VEGAS A brief but spectacular fire Monday caused an estimated $250,000 damage to a mar quee on the Las Vegas Strip. The fire destroyed one side of the $1.5 million sign in front of Ballys Hotel and Casino, leaving hotel officials worried that holiday business could drop because visitors would not be able to see who is performing in the showrooms. The fire knocked out electricity on the sign. Hotel officials planned to shine floodlights on the side that was not burned. Workers were changing lights on the sign when the fire broke out. The cause remained under investigation, Bruny said. Leslie Van Houten loses her eighth bid for parole i FRONTERA, Calif. Parole has been denied for the eighth time for ex-Manson family member Leslie Van Houten, who was con victed of murder in the 1969 deaths of Rosemary and Leno La-Bianca. Van Houten, 42, the youngest of Charles Manson's followers, was denied another parole hearing for two years, said Jim Dowling, spokesman for the state Board of Prison Terms. Van Hou-! ten has been a model prisoner ii her 22 years of incarceration, but the nature of the crime was so odious that she is "unsuitable for parole at this time," Dowling said. The LaBiancas were butchered Aug. 10, 1969, the night after actress Sharon Tate and four others were murdered by other members of the Man son family. LA. police arrest 44 in tense housing project LOS ANGELES Police trying to head off New Year's Eve gunfire arrested 66 people, most of them residents of a Watts housing-project where tensions are running high since an officer killed a-gang member. The arrests Monday were made on charges ranging from traffic offenses to a prison escape, Lt. Sergio Diaz said. Forty-four arrests were made at the Imperial Courts, where Henry Peco, 27, was slain Nov. 29. Police said he fired at them with an as-, sault rifle. The arrests were aimed at getting dangerous people off the streets. Iran puts cost of war with Iraq at $97.2 billion UNITED NATIONS - Iran says it suffered $97.2 billion in damage during the Iran-Iraq war and it wants international assistance, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday. Iran has spent about $13 billion rebuilding following the 1980-88 war but needs about $27 billion in foreign loans to finish the work, the report said. It suggested convening a meeting to discuss international efforts to help. The report came three weeks after U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar blamed Iraq for starting the war, which is thought to have killed more than 1 million people on both sides. That decision was long sought by Tehran and represented another step in Iran's attempt to reintegrate into the world community, along with its cooperation in winning the release of Western hostages in Lebanon. Iran is seeking better relations with the West to help its faltering economy. Released hostage wants to go back to Lebanon BELFAST, Northern Ireland Freed hostage Brian Keenan wants to return to Lebanon, the land where he was held in captivity for 4Vi years. "I hope to go back . . . probably due to a morbid fascination for the place," Keenan told the Irish News in an interview published Tuesday. "Possibly I'll return in April, although a lot of people will think I'm mad going there again." Keenan, 41, had been living in Beirut for four months and teaching at American University when he was kidnapped in 1986. He was freed in August 1990. Former Zambian leader says he will quit politics LUSAKA, Zambia Former President Kenneth Kaunda said ft, -Jf ASSOCIATED PRESS War's refuse Spent shells Tuesday littered a hillside overlooking a front-line position by the Afghan army near the village of Kulanger, Afghanistan, as troops scanned the territory. Daily fighting continues between the warring factions, even though the United States and the former Soviet Union have agreed to stop arming their clients the Muslim rebels and the Communist-style government by today. The civil war has been going on for 13 years. Tuesday he plans to quit politics and devote himself to promoting global peace. The 67-year-old nationalist said he would tell his United National Independence Party at a congress next month he was stepping down as party leader and leaving politics. Kaunda was defeated by trade unionist Frederick Chiluba in October in Zambia's first multiparty elections in 23 years. "I want to spend my time on what I am calling a peace foundation in global terms. My interest in peace is something which has been with me for a long time," Kaunda said. Astrologers predict wars, quakes, floods in 1992 MILAN, Italy Italian astrologers see bad omens for the new year and predict earthquakes, floods, wars and social upheaval. The astrologers, who held their annual meeting recently at the gambling resort of San Remo, predicted major earthquakes in Chi na and Mexico, renewed aggressiveness by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and major social, economic and political changes in the United States. Several astrologers predicted that the war would continue in Yugoslavia and that there would be growing problems for Russian President Boris Yeltsin with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Frate Indovino said Cuban strongman Fidel Castro is going to lose power in 1992. Group says 84 journalists killed in 1991, a record BRUSSELS, Belgium Two journalists were killed Monday, bringing to 84 the number of journalists killed this year on assignment or because of their work, the International Federation of Journalists said Tuesday. The Brussels-based IFJ said the toll was the highest on record. The latest deaths were in Colombia and Yugoslavia. Company limits telephone talks about implants In response to a warning from the Food and Drug Administration, the Dow Corning Wright Co. is limiting what operators may tell callers about silicone-gel breast implants on the company's hot line. Robert Grupp, a Dow spokesman, said Tuesday that operators answering calls at the Dow Implant Information Center are being told they should not enter into long conversations about the risks and benefits of the implants. Instead, they should offer to mail written material, he said. The action is being taken as a result of an FDA warning letter sent to Dow on Monday in which the company was charged with giving out misleading information about breast implants on its hot line. The letter said Dow was to take immediate corrective action and tell the FDA of its plans in writing by the end of the business day Thursday. Grupp said that before Dow received the FDA letter, the hot line operators were often on the telephone for up to 40 minutes with women who had received silicone-gel implants. California 1st, Arkansas last in job safety study California ranked first and Arkansas ranked last in preventing on-the-job hazards that kill as many as 80,000 American workers annually, ,a new study said. Florida came in 23rd. Following California with the best safety laws, enforcement and workers' compensation systems were New Jersey, Illinois, New York and Massachusetts, said the National Safe Workplace Institute, a private group based in Chicago. Other states with poor safety performances were Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas and North Dakota, the institute said in a report released Tuesday. Agency: Anti-bias law applies only to new cases The government's civil rights enforcement agency issued a policy directive Tuesday barring thousands of people from winning job bias cases under a new anti-discrimination law. The five-person Equal Employment Opportunities Commission voted unanimously Friday that the new law does nat apply to cases pending before Nov. 21, the day President Bush signed it after a two-year battle with Congress. The policy statement, made public Tuesday, said "the commission will not seek,, damages under the Civil Rights ; Act of 1991 for events occurring " before Nov. 21, 1991." As a result, " lawyers said, thousands of people who had job bias cases pending before that date will have to play -by old rules that made it more dif-' ficult for minorities to win dis- crimination cases. Bear listed as threatened, not endangered, species " The Fish and Wildlife Service ' says it is granting Drotection to the Louisiana black bear, but the agency is stopping short of listing I it as a species in danger of extinc- 1 tion. The decision will permit log- ging in the bear's habitat. Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defend- ers of Wildlife, said the decision created a loophole big enough to drive a logging truck through." Defenders of Wildlife and the Si- t erra Club Legal Defense Fund had filed a suit in U.S. District Court - in New Orleans asking that Fish and Wildlife be compelled to pro- vide protection for the bear under the Endangered Species Act. Agency officials said endangered ; status was not conferred because threats to the bear population would not place it in imminent 'I danger of extinction. COUNTESS MATHILDE MARA DE BNINSKI De Bninski, a Bavarian-born socialite and philanthropist, died Dec. ZZ in Bartlett, N.H. She was 96. She worked in films in Paris in the 1930s and received her title from her fifth husband, Count Victor Vitold Jean Maria Bnin-Bninski of Poland. WILLIAM "BEAVER" HARRIS Harris died Dec. 22 in New York of cancer. He was 55. Harris played drums with Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Horace Silver and others. He also was associated with progressive jazz musicians such as Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler, Thelonious Monk, Archie Shepp and Cecil Taylor. B LARRY JOSEPHS Larry Josephs, a writer who described his struggle with AIDS in two articles in The New York Times Magazine, died Sunday in New York of com- ' plications from the disease. He was 34. Josephs joined the Times as a news assistant in 1980. He ! worked as a reporter at The Miami Herald in 1983 , and returned to the Times in 1985. He learned he had AIDS in 1987 after he agreed to take an HIV test as part of a psychological study at Columbia University on the reaction of gay men to the AIDS epidemic. B EARL W. KINTNER Kintner, a former Federal Trade Commission chairman, died Saturday in Washington of congestive heart failure. He was 79. As FTC chairman from 1959 to 1961, Kintner was said to have revitalized the agency and made it an aggressive defender of consumer interests, taking action to halt false advertising of foods, drugs, cosmetics and therapeutic devices.

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