With a little help, stalled nuptials get a jump-start
Navy Seaman Corey McDaniel said he never knew that complete strangers could be so nice to him -- much less arrange his wedding.
McDaniel, who is flying out to the Persian Gulf tomorrow, planned today to marry Joanie Kiser on the Bay Lady in the Inner Harbor.
Initially, McDaniel, 30, and Kiser, 36, both California natives visiting friends in Ellicott City, had hoped to marry on the USF Constellation.
"I thought it was a neat, nautical idea," McDaniel said. "I'm training to be a quartermaster. My fiancee, Joanie, and I like old ships."
But the frigate's officials and the mayor's office turned down the couple to avoid setting a precedent of weddings on the historic ship.
Friends and strangers soon began making telephone calls to find a place for the couple to marry that was on or near the water.
Late yesterday, McDaniel was told the owner of the Bay Lady would make the ship available to him for a wedding at 1 p.m. today. And, Overlea Catering was providing the reception.
"People are incredible," McDaniel said. "I appreciate everyone's trouble. This is really outstanding."
TRACING THE PROTESTER
John Schuchardt, the lawyer who was charged with disorderly conduct after he stood up at the Sunday church service attended by President Bush and demanded an end to the bombing of Iraq, lived 5 1/2 years at the Jonah House peace community in Reservoir Hill.
Schuchardt sat 20 feet from the president in the First Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, Maine. He was arrested after he rose a second time and cried out: "In the name of God, stop the bombing."
A former Marine officer, Schuchardt, 51, lived from 1977 to 1983 at Jonah House, the non-violent community founded by Elizabeth McAlister and Philip Berrigan, veteran anti-war and anti-nuclear activists.
He was arrested with Berrigan and seven others in 1980 at the first "Plowshares" anti-nuclear action at the General Electric Co. plant in King of Prussia, Pa. The protesters hammered on the nose cones of Minuteman-3 nuclear missiles and poured blood on documents. Schuchardt was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison; he served about a year.
He is remembered in Baltimore as a gentle, personable man, intense and deeply religious. Elizabeth McAlister praised the sincerity of his protest last Sunday.
"I think it was the kind of act that gave a lot of hope to a lot of people," she said. "God bless him."
CITYWIDE ANTI-WAR RALLY TODAY
As part of the so-called National Day of Action today, a citywide rally protesting the war was being held outside the Baltimore school headquarters later today.
College students planned to march to the building, at North Avenue and Calvert Street, where they were to be joined by city residents, as well as community, labor and religious leaders.
5 GUILTY IN PROTEST
Anti-war activist Philip Berrigan and four others pleaded guilty yesterday in Washington to demonstrating in front of the White House without a permit during a December protest against the Persian Gulf war.
U.S. Magistrate Patrick J. Attridge placed each on six months' unsupervised probation and ordered each to pay a $10 fee. The fee, rather than a fine, is a special assessment that will go into a victims' compensation fund.
The five were among a number of protesters arrested during a Dec. 30 demonstration against the U.S. intervention in the Persian Gulf.
Besides Berrigan, of Baltimore, those who pleaded guilty yesterday were Steven J. Baggarly of Norfolk, Va.; Brian F. Barrett of Baltimore; and Anne B. Tucker and Megan F. Donohue, both of Washington.
The maximum penalty for the offense was a $500 fine and six months' imprisonment.
Nine others face an April 9 trial on charges of illegally entering the White House grounds during the protest. One of those defendants also was charged with a felony count of destroying government property.
HELP FOR ACHING BACKS
The Thorne Clinic of Chiropractic is volunteering its services free to the spouses and children of military personnel serving in the Middle East. Family members may call or visit the clinic's offices at these locations:
* Park Plaza, 580 M Gov. Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, 544-1957.
* Park Charles Building, 218 N. Charles St., Suite 325, Baltimore, 625-2555.
* Diamond Point Plaza, 8350 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, 282-3100.
If you know of an interesting story about how the war is affecting life on the home front, please call 332-6457.
PERSIAN GULF SHOWDOWN
Monica Norton, Carl Schoettler, Laura Lippman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.