Originally created 01/14/02

Across the Southeast



Senate candidate buys childhood home

SALISBURY, N.C. - Elizabeth Dole bought the childhood home where her 100-year-old mother still lives, giving her residency in the state she wants to represent in the U.S. Senate.

Mrs. Dole had not lived in North Carolina for 40 years before taking title to the 712 S. Fulton St. property. A deed is dated Dec. 26, 2001.

Mrs. Dole used the address when she changed her voter registration last year from Kansas to North Carolina and had frequently stayed there during visits.

"Liddy didn't feel right about living there without taking over the ownership of the house because she'll be living in a large part of the house," said her brother John Hanford of Charlotte.

Mrs. Dole, who is seeking the Republican nomination to replace the retiring Jesse Helms in the Senate, bought the home for $350,000. The house was valued at $221,145 for tax purposes in 1999.

Magician offers home to wayward monkey

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Every good magician needs a partner. And every monkey needs a place to call home - especially an assault-prone primate in need of rehabilitation.

That's the rationale a Sevier County man hopes to use to persuade local officials to allow him to adopt a Japanese snow monkey.

"I just don't want to see this monkey put to sleep," Kevin Clark said.

Mickey made news Wednesday when he escaped and attacked a neighbor. A Knox County Sheriff's Department animal specialist took Mickey into custody after he bit Greg Hodges on the arm and back.

Mickey is now being held at a animal shelter while the state veterinarian's staff tries to find him a home.

Mr. Clark, a former Las Vegas magician, said Mickey could end up as an entertainer. He said he would contact officials this week to find out how to adopt Mickey.

Craft hits rescue boat, injuring 11 onboard

MIAMI - A pleasure boat carrying 53 people crashed into a U.S. Coast Guard vessel Saturday night, injuring 11, including two Coast Guard sailors who were thrown overboard.

The 65-foot Bayside Blaster slammed into a 24-foot Coast Guard rescue boat just before 9 p.m. Saturday among a group of small islands near the Port of Miami, Petty Officer Gene Smith said. Two sailors on the Coast Guard boat were ejected and swam to shore, he said.

The Coast Guard vessel took on water and was partially submerged.

Nine passengers on the pleasure boat had minor injuries.

The cause of the crash was being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Coast Guard.