August 28, 2008

Nation & World

City hopes window

sells for $3 million

DULUTH, Minn. - The Duluth City Council has agreed to sell a Tiffany stained glass window that could bring the city up to $3 million.

The "Minnehaha" window is currently housed at the Depot in Duluth. Mayor Don Ness has favored selling it to help the city repair its budget deficit and build up its reserve fund.

The window, which is a portrait of an American Indian woman standing before Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, was donated to the city in 1902.

The council passed a resolution early Tuesday allowing the window to be sold. During a marathon council meeting, many spoke out against the sale, arguing that it's an important part of the city's history.

Firefighters find

firehouse ablaze

De QUEEN, Ark. - Firefighters were right on top of this blaze.

The De Queen fire station is closed on weekends, so when a call is received the firefighters go to the station to get their gear before heading out.

But when they gathered at the station Saturday to answer a call about a burning utility pole, they discovered they had another problem on their hands.

"One of the firemen called me and said the place was full of smoke. I thought he was joshing me. He said 'We've got a fire at the fire station,'" De Queen Fire Marshal Dennis Pruitt said.

Firefighters called a dispatcher to get the Southwestern Electric Power Co. to disconnect the station's electrical service.

Authorities say the blaze was started by lightning.

Charges dismissed

in dog vote case

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A judge has decided that a suburban Seattle woman who registered her Australian shepherd-terrier mix to vote has spent enough time in the legal doghouse.

Jane Balogh had been charged with making a false statement but entered into a plea agreement last year. A King County judge dismissed the charge Monday after Balogh showed that she had paid $240 in court costs and completed community service.

Balogh says she registered her dog Duncan to protest a loophole in the law that she says makes voter registration so easy a nonexistent person could be added to the voter rolls.

She says she made no secret of her action after the fact, telling a number of elected officials she had registered her dog.

Boy, 12, leads

police in car chase

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 12-year-old boy took his grandmother's car and led police on a chase at speeds up to 60 mph before swerving to avoid spikes in the road and crashing into a fence, police said.

The boy was treated for a small cut to the head then taken to Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center, where he remained in custody Tuesday, chief juvenile probation officer Homer Flores said.

Corpus Christi Police Capt. Todd Green said officials spotted the youngster in the car late Monday at a stop sign near his grandparents' home.

When an officer approached the boy, he sped away and the pursuit began, authorities said.

Authorities placed spikes in the road to stop him. While swerving to avoid them, he lost control of the car, struck a curb and ran into a chain-link fence, police said. He was stopped about a mile from his grandparents' house.


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