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WhiteBoardness - 5/20/96

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 20 May 96 18:53:04 -0700
To: Fun_People
Subject: WhiteBoardness - 5/20/96

Excerpted-from: WhiteBoard News for Monday, May 20, 1996

Lake Oswego, Oregon:

The weekend's hottest garage sale was thrown by a man who soon will be
cooling his heels in prison.

John Hunter's "Going to Jail Sale" had buyers lined up early Friday outside
his small wood-frame house in this affluent suburb of Portland.

Hunter's 3 1/2-inch classified advertisement in The Oregonian, subtitled
"All must go before I go," included a long list of electronic equipment,
bikes and furniture, and signed off by asking anybody with advice about jail
to call.

The advertisement caught the eye of a Portland radio station staff member
who arranged for it to be read over the air.  Customers drawn by the free
publicity went elbow to elbow, pawing through music CDs, videos, computer
games, stereos, VCRs and car speakers.

His browsers included Lake Oswego Police officers who stopped by to check
serial numbers.

Mary Sullivan of the state's Sheridan Federal Prison, where Hunter is to
report June 3, said he was convicted of lying to a federal grand jury.  He
is scheduled for release in 1998.

"I've never been so convinced of being right in my life.  The thing that
would stop me at this is being burned at the stake.  I don't like burning
to death."

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who was again found innocent of assisted-suicide charges
at a trial in Michigan.

Tucson, Arizona:

An asteroid about a third of a mile in diameter will whiz past the Earth at
roughly 12:48 PM Monday, scientists say.

The object, the largest ever passing so close, will miss the Earth by about
279,000 miles -- a close call in astronomical terms.

There is no chance of an actual collision.  Since the asteroid was detected,
astronomers at several observatories have carefully monitored its position
and precisely calculated its four-year orbit around the sun.

It will come closer to Earth than all but five other objects ever detected,
but will not come as close as the moon, which is 240,000 miles from Earth.

The object, called 1996 JA-1, is traveling through space at about 10 miles
per second, or about 36,000 miles per hour, and will cross a distance about
18 times the width of the full moon in one hour.

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