Originally created 10/10/05

Across the region



Little Richard ends fight over concert fee

MACON, GA. - Little Richard, the self-proclaimed architect of rock 'n' roll, built some goodwill in his hometown Saturday when he donated to the city almost half of his concert fee to settle concerns over who is paying the tab for his show.

The concert, announced last week by Mayor Jack Ellis, riled business owners who said the event was called too late for them to help pay the singer's $75,000 fees. Little Richard told the almost 5,000 people attending the free concert that he will return $30,000 to the city.

Little Richard, a Macon native, has been used to give a famous face to this middle Georgia town of about 100,000 people. His picture appears on billboards, and a recording of his voice greets callers at the convention and visitor's bureau.

Riverbanks Zoo tallies another Bean award

COLUMBIA - Riverbanks Zoo has earned an award for getting leaf-tailed geckos to successfully mate.

It's not the first time Riverbanks has been recognized by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association for care and propagation of captive species.

Riverbanks received Edward H. Bean Awards for black howler monkeys in 1982 and for toucans in 1998.

In the 50 years the award has been given out, the only facilities that have won more Beans than Riverbanks are the Cincinnati Zoo, National Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium and Sea World San Diego.

About 200 march to recall slain Hispanics

TIFTON, GA. - A group of about 200 people carrying candles, flags and pieces of paper with names of the victims marched in Tifton on Saturday night to remember the six Hispanic men who were killed or injured in home invasions one week earlier.

The mostly Hispanic crowd donned white shirts with the visage of the Virgin Mary as they strolled from City Hall to Our Divine Saviour Catholic Church to the beat of a drummer.

"We wear the white for peace," the Rev. Alfonso Gutierrez told the crowd before the procession began.

Lowery sees obstacles to state voting rights

ATLANTA - More than 40 years after he marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in support of equal voting rights, the Rev. Joseph Lowery continued to rally crowds to vote - this time, during his 84th birthday celebration.

"We ain't going back," he told the nearly 800 people at a prayer breakfast Saturday at Georgia International Convention Center. "We've come too far."

The Rev. Lowery focused on what he sees as two major obstacles to voting rights - people's apathy and the new Georgia photo identification law.

"The problem in this state is not that people want to vote two or three times using somebody's identity," he said. "It's that we can't get them to vote at all."

The new law prohibits formerly accepted forms of identification, such as Social Security cards, birth certificates and utility bills, from being used to cast a ballot. Instead, it requires a photo identification, such as a driver's license.

Chipmunks might be cause of gutter attacks

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Few downspouts in a Greenville retirement village have been safe since three big dogs began attacking them.

Residents of Rolling Greenville Village think the dogs first tore off the downspouts when a chipmunk ran inside one last spring.

This kind of canine behavior isn't unusual, said Susan Bufano, of Speaks for Animals.

"Chipmunks are very easy to kill," she said. "They're the slowest rodents in the animal world."

The dogs appear in the middle of the night and have avoided attempts to catch and bait them with peanut butter or raw chicken.

They have caused thousands of dollars in damage tearing up gutters, Rolling Greenville Village resident Don McKinney said.

Panel seeks help to preserve artifacts

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Members of the Hunley Commission want workers helping tear down bridges over the Cooper River to lend their cranes to saving artifacts from three Civil War ships that were sunk by Confederates.

The artifacts, including a cannon discovered decades ago, could be helpful not just to display with the Hunley, but also to help figure out the best way to preserve the Confederate submarine.

"It's really the chance of a lifetime to get these pieces," said Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, the chairman of the Hunley Commission. "This cannon has been in the water about the same length of time as the Hunley. If it could be a guinea pig for our new treatment, that would be great."

The three ships, named the Charleston, Chicora and Palmetto State, kept Union soldiers from taking over the city.

But on Feb. 18, 1865, they were sunk to keep them from falling into the hands of Yankee forces.