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By United Press International  |  Dec. 23, 2004 at 6:00 AM
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Baby killer whale wows the crowd

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- San Diego's SeaWorld does know something about birthing babies -- and publicity -- as the cameras rolled to capture the arrival of the newest killer whale.

More than 300 employees and the cameras caught Tuesday's birth of the fifth orca born at the San Diego facility. It swam into life at about 6 foot long and 300 pounds.

"It sent a shiver up your spine. It was special," a SeaWorld spokesman told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Mother Kasatka, a killer whale in her late 20s who was among the last wild orcas captured near Iceland in the late 1970s, spent her time showing her offspring around the 2.5 million gallon Shamu Stadium.

The baby killer whale's gender and father are yet to be determined, zoo officials said.

Fight over seating at children's pageant

NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A grandmother and her son were led away in handcuffs after a scuffle over seating arrangements at a New York school Christmas pageant.

Venus Guerrieri, 59, and Charles Balducci, 29, were charged with misdemeanor assault at St. Clare's Church on Staten Island after they allegedly attacked Cathy Reid, who had tried to save a couple of seats by placing her purse on them, the New York Post reported.

When Balducci tried to take one of the seats, Reid "came over and started cursing. She called me a piece of crap," he said. "Yes, my mother grabbed her hair, but Reid is crazy."

Neither family was able to catch the pageant, which went on as scheduled.

Jamaican cops shoot-out with each other

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A shoot-out between two groups of police in Jamaica is under investigation by the Bureau of Special Investigation, the Jamaica Gleaner said Wednesday.

Three policemen and five civilians from the St. Catherine region reportedly traveled to a guest house in a rural town in the St. Mary district early Tuesday. The house was already under surveillance by St. Mary police for undisclosed reasons, the newspaper said.

The St. Mary police raided the house and a gun battle broke out between them and the visiting St. Catherine group, two of whom were wounded.

The newspaper said locals say the house was used as part of a gun and drug-running operation.

"The three policemen are all constables. We cannot release their names because they might have to face an identification parade," said acting Assistant Commissioner Granville Gause of the BSI.

Reclaimed Babe Ruth card now on eBay

WAUKEGAN, Ill., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A 1933 Babe Ruth baseball card whose Illinois owner had to sue police to recover it is now up for auction on the eBay Web site, the Waukegan News-Sun reported.

David Damos, the 51-year-old former owner of a collectibles shop said he wanted to put an end to the troublesome times the card created, and plans to divide the proceeds between two charities.

In 1996, he took the card to the suburban Lindenburg police department, saying he was suspicious it might have been stolen. Between then and last February, investigators could find no evidence it was in fact a "hot" card, and then announced it would be auctioned off as unclaimed property.

An outraged Damos sued, and won back the card.

He hopes the card will fetch about $2,000 when the sale closes Thursday, although by late Tuesday, the highest bid was $801.

He told the newspaper he will swallow his legal expenses and divide the entire sale price between a local hockey association and a Boys and Girls Club.

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