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Library Waives $4,000 Late Fee

October 3, 2002

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) _ Winthrop University officials say they won’t charge a man the estimated $4,088 late fee for a book checked out of the school’s library 56 years ago.

The book, ``The New Simms History of South Carolina,″ has been missing from the shelves at Winthrop University’s Dacus Library since 1946.

Alex McFadden returned the long lost book Tuesday. He said he hoped the library would add it to its archival collection.

``Books are very dear to me,″ said McFadden, a native of Rock Hill and president of the Valdosta, Ga., Friends of the Library. ``I thought this was interesting to discover.″

McFadden found the history book 14 years ago while cleaning his aunt’s house. It wasn’t until he took it off the shelf three weeks ago that he realized it belonged to Winthrop.

The book’s checkout slip had two names: Martha Holroyd, who was the first to borrow the book, and Elizabeth Leslie. McFadden believes Leslie, a former teacher, lent the book to his aunt, Kate Williams Murphy, also a teacher.

Library officials said McFadden did the right thing by bringing the book back.

``This will be another reminder for students to return the books,″ said Mark Herring, dean of library services.


LEBANON, Pa. (AP) _ A judge gave a potentially smelly sentence to a man who drove through farmland.

Lebanon County Judge Bradford Charles ordered 19-year-old Jason Theirwechter to do community service, preferably on a farm, and said he hopes one of Theirwechter’s chores is shoveling manure.

``I want him to see exactly what that farmer went through to grow those crops,″ said Charles. ``Someone else put his own sweat and blood into creating it and you destroyed it maliciously ... I want you to experience how difficult it is to grow crops for a living.″

Probation officers said they would try to accommodate Charles’ order.

Theirwechter pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, agricultural vandalism, criminal conspiracy and corruption of minors.

In addition to the community service, Charles sentenced him to 48 hours to 18 months in county prison, and said he must spend the first 45 days of parole under house arrest.

Police said they saw Theirwechter drive through the field Aug. 31, 2001.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Police said a radio station employee may face criminal charges for allegedly encouraging a 17-year-old boy to walk naked in public so he could win concert tickets.

Authorities are trying to determine whether charges should be filed against the teen or anyone at radio station KPWR-FM.

The teen was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of intentional and public exposure, police officer Jack Richter said. The boy’s name was not released because of his age.

``These stunts should be a matter of common sense and responsibility by the participants and the station itself,″ Richter said. ``In this case, however, the behavior was not only audacious but illegal.″

Police said the teen was encouraged by Joe Grande, who is known for getting people to perform what the station calls a ``dare of the day.″

Police said Grande was in the San Fernando Valley when he asked people to ``do something crazy″ to win tickets to a concert by the band P3.

``While at the location, Grande announced on live air that he wanted someone to remove all of their clothes and walk to all four corners of the intersection naked,″ Richter said.

The teen, who allegedly told station workers he was 18, offered to perform the stunt, police said. Police said they received complaints of a male exposing himself to a school bus and to families driving to school.

Station officials did not immediately return a call for comment left before business hours Thursday.


ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) _ Lake St. Clair’s boosters say it’s not just a good lake, but a great one.

Officials in suburban Detroit’s Macomb County want the U.S.-Canadian border lake reclassified as the sixth Great Lake, and hope the initiative won’t go the way of the 1998 drive to classify New England’s Lake Champlain as a Great Lake.

Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario make up the Great Lakes. A series of rivers connect them, and the St. Lawrence River joins them to the Atlantic.

Nestled between Huron and Erie, Lake St. Clair is part of the Great Lakes water system. Upstream, the St. Clair River joins it with Lake Huron, and downstream, the Detroit River connects it to Lake Erie.

With 420 miles of shoreline in Michigan and Ontario, it is a big draw for anglers and pleasure boaters. It carries a steady flow of freighter traffic.

Great Lakes status could bring federal funding to the perpetually polluted lake.

Still, it is one-seventh the size of Lake Ontario, smallest of the Great Lakes.

The nine-member Great Lakes Commission is expected to consider a resolution to bestow Great Lakes status on Lake St. Clair at its meeting in Cleveland on Oct. 14-15.


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