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On the Light Side

November 22, 1989

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The state Senate is forging a new coalition today: Two of its members are getting married.

The early evening marriage of Democrats Vi Simpson and William D. McCarty under the Statehouse rotunda will mark the first time two Indiana senators have been husband and wife.

″A new caucus is being formed in the Indiana state Senate; it is a special caucus of two,″ said Senate President Pro Tem Robert D. Garton, who sponsored a resolution Tuesday honoring the couple. ″I think we can take credit for bringing them together.″

Said Senate Minority Leader Dennis P. Neary: ″You’re making history.″

Simpson, 43, and McCarty, 46, are in their second terms and have been married before.

They have sat across the aisle from each other for five years. Neary said he offered to let the two sit side by side but that was rejected. ″Rather than having any family quarrels or fights, they will not be sitting together,″ said Neary.

McCarty will continue to maintain his home in Anderson and plans to run for re-election 1990. Simpson hasn’t decided about seeking re-election. Her term runs through 1992.

She works for an environmental consulting firm in Indianapolis and will keep her home in Ellettsville, 60 miles southwest of Anderson.

The two will take turns spending time at each other’s home, she said.

″It actually works reasonably well,″ said McCarty.


OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Promoter Ted Shupe was hoping to ham it up again with another porcine grappling extravaganza, but there just wasn’t enough interest in his proposed Utah State Pig Wrestling Championship.

So rather than root around for contestants, he has called the thing off.

His advertising for the event carried a Nov. 20 deadline for registration, and after checking his mail and returning about half a dozen phone calls, he announced Tuesday that no pork-pinning event would be held.

Shupe said he only had 10 teams signed up with entry fees paid. Eight to 10 others showed interest during the last few days, but he said he needed 40.

The contest, originally scheduled to start today at the Weber County Fairgrounds, would have pitted squads of five humans racing the clock to wrestle young pigs into barrels.

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