Flash Gordon Left Me The Keys

The TEST OF ALL MOTHERS

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

 
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Your Days Are Numbered
 
Ga. Waffle House Hosts Funeral for Patron

The place Lawrence "Tuna" Clark called his "office" - the Waffle House on Highway 129 - became the site of his funeral as waitresses, cooks and customers remembered the good deeds the longtime regular did for them.

Clark, who died June 6 after a long illness, ate at the restaurant at least once a day and befriended many of the restaurant's employees, who called him "the Waffle House taxi service" because he drove them to work when they had no transportation.

"We wouldn't have jobs without him. Where would our kids be without him?" asked Belinda Cole, who attended Thursday's funeral.

Clark's jacket was slung over his favorite chair, and black coffee, milk and cigarettes sat side by side on the counter, the way he always placed them.

The 67-year-old bachelor's ashes were placed on the hood of a Chevrolet parked in his favorite parking space. Large boards displaying family photos were covered with funeral wreaths and loose flowers.

Clark's niece Joyce Bicksler said that in his last days, he told her he wanted to be memorialized at the restaurant.

"He wanted people to remember him as he was. He didn't want to be in a casket," Bicksler said. "He wanted to be here."

Waitress Terri Treadaway said Clark drove her to the Waffle House every day for three months when her car was broken.

He was known for ordering scrambled eggs on lightly toasted bread, but he would eat just about anything on the menu.

Clark also was known at several other Waffle Houses, in part because he continued to help employees after they got transferred or moved.

"You could go from Braselton to the South Carolina line, and people in Waffle House will know him," Treadaway said.

Waffle House Vice President Pat Warner said Thursday's restaurant funeral was the first he had heard of.

 
Cigarrete Boat Hatfields, McCoys Sign Truce

A pen and ink sealed the end of Appalachia's most infamous bloody feud instead of a shotgun and bullets.

Descendants of the Hatfield and McCoy families gathered Saturday in Pikeville to sign the truce, making a largely symbolic and official end to a feud that had claimed at least a dozen lives from the two mountain families.

"We ask by God's grace and love that we be forever remembered as those that bound together the hearts of two families to form a family of freedom in America," says the truce, signed by more than 60 descendants.

Reo Hatfield of Waynesboro, Va., came up with the idea as a proclamation of peace.

The broader message it sends to the world, he said, is that when national security is at risk, Americans put their differences aside and stand united. If these two feuding families can come together, anyone can, he said.

"We're not saying you don't have to fight because sometimes you do have to fight," Hatfield said. "But you don't have to fight forever."

The more than a century of feuding between the McCoys of Kentucky and Hatfields of West Virginia is believed to have its origins in a dispute over a pig. A court battle over timber rights escalated the tension in the 1870s, and by 1888, as many as a dozen lives were lost.

Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton and West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise also signed proclamations declaring June 14 Hatfield and McCoy Reconciliation Day.

Ron McCoy, a founder of Hatfield-McCoy Festival, now in its fourth year, said the families haven't decided what to do with the signed proclamations.

"The Hatfields and McCoys symbolize violence and feuding and fighting," he said, "but by signing this, hopefully people will realize that's not the final chapter."


 
Lockdown Continues at Upstate Prison (Use your laptop)

Guards searched cells for weapons and contraband Monday in an ongoing lockdown at the Auburn Correctional Facility, where authorities say inmates attacked officers in the exercise yard Saturday afternoon.

A group of inmates "approached a few corrections officers and proceeded to strike them" at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the yard, prison spokesman Mike Houston said. Two warning shots were fired to disperse the crowd, he said.

No inmates or guards suffered serious injuries, Houston said. One officer's nose was broken by a prisoner, and another guard apparently had some kind of shrapnel wound to the back after a bullet struck a wall, he said.

About 225 inmates were in the yard, where one sergeant and eight officers were assigned, the prison spokesman said. "We've identified at this moment 20 inmates being involved in the initial onslaught," he said.

State police were investigating with criminal charges likely, Houston said. The cause of the disturbance was still under investigation at the prison, which has 1,780 inmates.

Richard Harcrow, president of the union representing the state's correctional officers, said guards believe as many as 50 inmates were involved in the attack.

Houston said more inmates may be added to the list of those involved, but he didn't think the number would rise to 50. Two other guards were also assaulted in one of the cell blocks after the incident in the prison yard, he said.

The union, the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, will be conducting its own investigation into the assaults, Harcrow said.

"They've got a serious problem with the inmates in Auburn," Harcrow said. "They need to get on the stick and find out what these inmates are up to and rectify the situation."

 
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