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Of Human Interest: News lite

By ELLEN BECK, United Press International   |   Jan. 6, 2003 at 4:30 AM
HANGMAN NOOSE, GRIM REAPER TIES DRAW REBUKE

Two prosecutors from the D.A.'s office in Jefferson Parish -- New Orleans -- are in trouble with their boss for wearing neckties depicting a hangman's noose and the Grim Reaper at a recent hearing in a capital murder case.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. has warned his attorneys not to wear the ties again and defense attorney Clive Stafford Smith accused Donnie Rowan and Cameron Mary of making light of the possibility his client, Lawrence Jacobs, could be executed if convicted.

Connick says the ties were not seen by prospective jurors and called the incident a joke "although a poor joke."

"People do those kinds of things. I saw one defense attorney wear a tie that said 'not guilty,'" he told the paper.


CHARITY WORKER SAVED BY AMBULANCE SHE DONATED

An ambulance that Shirley Johnson, a 61-year-old British charity worker, donated to Africa five years ago recently saved her life.

The Sun tabloid in London reports Johnson's company sent the ambulance to Kenya to help save others but during a recent mercy mission it transported her 80 miles to a hospital after she fell in her hotel and hit her head.

Johnson suffered a serious concussion and tissue damage to her brain and was treated in the emergency room at a Mombasa hospital.

Johnson runs a charity that sends medical supplies to Kenya's poverty-stricken areas. Her ambulance was used to take emergency medical supplies to Nairobi after 217 people were killed in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in 1998, the Sun reports.


TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT IN WAIKIKI

Folks around Waikiki got a close brush with a Boeing 747 over the weekend.

The jumbo jet reportedly flew close to a high-rise condo building en route to Honolulu International Airport.

The Hawaii Advertiser says the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating reports it was a China Airlines jet that roared by the 41-floor Century Center building.

An FAA spokesman said there were reports China Airlines Flight 17 flew very low over parts of the city and might have passed level with the 21st floor of the Century Center.


PJ PARTY AT GOVERNMENT CENTER

It could be a strange Monday at the government center in Loudoun County, Va., where the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is set to meet at 7:30 a.m.

The advocacy group Citizens for Property Rights of Loudoun planned to protest the early meeting by camping out overnight Sunday in the building lobby, with members dressed in their pajamas -- singing lullabies and ringing alarm clocks and bells.

The board usually meets at 9 a.m. and the group says by having such an early session supervisors are conducting "government in secret" to rush through what it calls a "punitive zoning ordinance."

"There will be one dozen citizens appearing and speaking before this board in their pajamas, ringing alarm clocks and singing lullabies since it is so early in the morning," Jim Clark, group vice-president, says in a statement.

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