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On the Light Side

December 29, 1987

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Marveling hospital workers prepared to send home a baby boy born weighing 14 pounds, 10 ounces, whose mother says he resembles ″a little football player.″

″He’s a moose,″ Dolores Natale, coordinator of the newborn nursery at Beth Israel Hospital, said of 2-foot-long infant Raymond Anthony Wegrzynek, who was to be discharged today with his mother.

Yolonda Wegrzynek of Linden gave birth to the boy by Caesarean section Dec. 23 following nearly six hours of labor. She had been due to give birth five days earlier.

Mrs. Wegrzynek, 33, said in a telephone interview Monday that she has given birth once before, to a 9-pound, 6-ounce boy four years ago. But she was shocked at her first sight of Raymond Anthony, she said.

″I was groggy but I couldn’t believe it,″ she said. ″He looks like a little football player.″

The infant is far from being a candidate for the record books, but officials in other hospitals agreed Raymond is unusual.

″That is extra, extra, large,″ said Tinell Walker, a registered nurse in the labor and delivery unit in the hospital at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Ms. Walker said the largest babies she has seen at her hospital are in the 10-pound range.


ATLANTA (AP) - Tourism and convention officials who wanted to make the city’s taxis look spiffy by having them all painted white may be seeing red after a man in black sided with the predictably opposed Yellow Cab.

Superior Court Judge John Langford issued a permanent injuction Monday against enforcement of the white-cab rule, which was part of a taxicab ordinance adopted last year by the City Council.

Almost as soon as the rule was adopted, opponents won a temporary injunction to keep taxis their natural colors. University Cab Co., which owns Yellow Cab, took the case to court.

Even the attorney who represented the city in the case acknowledged that the rule may not have been the best way to attack what tourism boosters had complained was shoddy taxi service.

″I think the city would be better served by addressing the substantive issues of the taxicab industry rather than fiddling with the color,″ said attorney Brian Spears. He said he did not know whether the city would appeal.

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