Traveler's rifle fires at airport ticket counter

Saturday, November 24, 2001

GRAPEVINE, Texas -- A deer hunter's rifle accidentally went off at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on Friday as the owner tried to show a ticket agent that the weapon was not loaded. No one was hurt.

The bullet went through a window and landed in a planter.

Airport spokeswoman Tina Sharp said the incident happened as the gun's owner was checking luggage at a Delta ticket counter for an elk-hunting trip.

No charges were filed against the man. He and his wife were allowed to board a later flight. Airport operations were not interrupted.

Wisconson man may get jail for making babies

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court affirmed a ban Friday preventing a father of nine who owes child support from having more children unless he proves he will support all his offspring.

David Oakley claimed the court overlooked significant facts in his case when it decided in July to uphold the ruling by Manitowoc County Circuit Judge Fred Hazlewood. The Supreme Court refused Friday to reconsider its decision.

Oakley was sentenced to three years in prison on one count of failing to pay $25,000 in child support. On two other counts of failing to pay child support, the judge delayed an eight-year prison sentence in favor of five years of probation.

The judge said Oakley will go to prison if he has any more children while on probation.

American Indian is first entering Oklahoma race

OKLAHOMA CITY -- State Sen. Enoch Kelly Haney, an American Indian sculptor whose warrior statue will crown the state Capitol, announced Friday he is running for governor.

Haney, a Seminole and Muscogee Indian whose family followed the Trail of Tears forced migration to Oklahoma seven generations ago, is the first full-blood Indian to run for governor, campaign officials said.

"Oklahoma has the potential to become a worldwide destination for business, education and culture," Haney said, standing on the steps of the Capitol.

Haney is the third Democrat to enter the race to replace Gov. Frank Keating next year. The others are Sen. Brad Henry of Shawnee and businessman Vince Orza. Keating cannot run again because of term limits.

Confederate memorial park goes commercial

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- An indoor playground with mazes, trampolines and 40-foot slides opened Friday at Stone Mountain Park in a defeat for those who complained the Confederate memorial was becoming too commercialized.

The Great Barn, a playhouse designed to look like a 19th century barn, is the first stage in a redevelopment plan by Silver Dollar City Inc., which leased the park from the state in 1998.

Stone Mountain is sort of the Mount Rushmore of the Confederacy. The mountain is carved with the images of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

For decades, the state had run the 3,200-acre park, which is Georgia's top tourist draw and already includes a simulated antebellum mansion, a petting zoo and other attractions. But the park had not added a tourist attraction in 25 years.

Thanksgiving dinner for 92 at Normal residence

NORMAL, Ill. -- Many people have company for Thanksgiving, but probably not many can match Mary Jean Kraft.

Kraft, who lives in a big farmhouse near Normal, had 92 guests for Thanksgiving dinner.

Kraft's Thanksgiving tradition began about 30 years ago when she started inviting her sisters and brother. Families grew -- she and her two sisters have 24 children and 49 grandchildren -- friends joined in and soon it became a big dinner.

A really big dinner.

"It is crazy," Kraft said. "But family is a blessing. We have to be thankful that we can all get together and enjoy one another. It's just wonderful."

Kraft said she had several turkey breasts and hams, dressing and 25 pounds of potatoes. The guests pitched in with salads and desserts.

--From wire reports

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