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Australian candidate disputes nude photos

MELBOURNE, March 17 (UPI) -- Australian politician Pauline Hanson says she is not the woman in nude photographs that were recently published in newspapers.


But the man who took the photos says be believes they depict Hanson, who is running for a seat in the Queensland parliament, the Melbourne Herald-Sun reported.

The newspaper said Hanson's family also denies the photographs are of the right-wing politician.

"My sisters have come out, my family has come out. It is not me. That's all I can say," she said. "The fact is, in 1975, I was married, living on the Gold Coast and I had my second child, Steven, on February 25, 1975."

The man who took the pictures, former Army commando Jack Johnson, said he was sure the woman he dated in the mid-1970s was Pauline Hanson, but he couldn't remember her last name.


"I believe it's you. If it's not, I am dead set sorry. But I still believe, in myself, it's you. But I can't prove that," he said. "I took them myself, they're real. In my heart of hearts, I believe it's Pauline Hanson."

He said he clearly remembered the name tag of the woman he met working in a Brisbane grocery store, noting that they had dated for about three weeks.

Hanson said she had never worked in a grocery store and didn't know anyone by the name of Jack Johnson.

Driver spends wedding night in slammer

HOUSTON, March 17 (UPI) -- A Houston man was arrested for drunken driving and spent the night in jail after he was pulled over following his own wedding reception, records show.

Harris County criminal records state that Billy Puckett, 26, had just left his wedding reception with his new bride when he was pulled over during a drunken driving crackdown by local law enforcement and the Harris County District Attorney's Office, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Puckett was charged Sunday with driving while intoxicated and was released after posting $500 bail.

Friends of the couple said the new bride was also detained by police but it was unclear whether she was charged with any crime, the Chronicle said.


Attorney Joe Gutheinz, who has been friends with Puckett for 10 years, told the Chronicle that while he believes drunken driving laws should be enforced, he thinks the police showed a lack of discretion by arresting Puckett.

"If it were a police officer and his new bride or a judge and his new bride, they would have put them in a taxi and sent them home," said Gutheinz, who teaches criminal justice courses and police science classes for Alvin Community College and the University of Phoenix Graduate Court system.

Prof: Seedings don't matter in NCAA odds

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., March 17 (UPI) -- An Illinois professor says those who want to win their NCAA basketball tournament office pool should ignore a team's seeding in later rounds.

Sheldon Jacobson, a professor of computer science and the director of the simulation and optimization laboratory at the University of Illinois in Champaign, says when the NCAA tournament gets down to the "Elite Eight," seeding is a statistically insignificant predictor of a team's chances of winning, the university said in a news release.

While seeding may figure into the odds in the first three rounds, Jacobson says each of the final eight teams' odds of winning are statistically no different than a coin flip, no matter how high or low the teams were initially ranked at the start of the tournament.


"The deeper you get into the tournament," Jacobson said in the release, "the less effective seeding is in predicting winners. A team's seeding can be thrown out the window. They really do not give you a good indication of who is going to win the games."

Jacobson and Illinois graduate student Douglas King have written an article on the topic to be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, school officials said.

Paper shortage cripples Ohio court

MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio, March 17 (UPI) -- An Ohio court says it won't accept new civil, small claims, criminal and traffic cases because it has run out of money for paper.

Judge Lee McClelland said the Morrow County Municipal Court that handles the cases has only enough paper left to print hearing notices and other documents for cases already pending, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported.

"Basically, unless they want to provide paper, we can't process anything," McClelland said.

A memo written by the judge was sent to officials with law enforcement and the local government explaining that the county has yet to pay its bills for basic supplies from November.

McClelland said several agencies have agreed to provide their own paper for filings.


"They're still going to issue tickets and the court is going to be open to take pleas," McClelland said.

Morrow County Sheriff Steven Brenneman said he received McClelland's memo but he doesn't understand how the court can refuse to accept legal charges.

"We are going to do our job and if we make arrests or issue citations, we're taking them to the court," Brenneman said to the Dispatch "Whether the court accepts them, I guess that's something they're going to have to deal with."

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