ELMHURST, ILL. — Illinois governor signs anti-stalking bill
ELMHURST, Ill. -- Gov. Jim Edgar signed one of the nation's toughest anti-stalking bills yesterday, making it a felony to harass or repeatedly follow people and barring judges from releasing suspects without bond.
The law makes it a crime punishable by up to three years in prison to threaten someone, then follow or wait for that person outside his or her home, school or workplace.
A first-time offender can receive five years in prison for physically harming a person or violating a restraining order.
hidden in wheelchairs
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Two cruise ship passengers were arrested Saturday after trying to smuggle in 58 pounds of marijuana hidden in their wheelchairs, authorities said.
The two were taken into custody about 10 a.m. when they arrived in West Palm Beach from Jamaica aboard the Crown Monarch, a U.S. Customs Service spokesman said.
The marijuana was wrapped in tape that was contoured to fit the wheelchair seat and back cushions.
`Mormons outside Utah
are allowed to gamble
SALT LAKE CITY -- Mormon Church leaders, who denounce gambling as evil and are fighting a Utah referendum to allow pari-mutuel horse racing, take a more tolerant stance with out-of-state members, a newspaper reported yesterday.
PD The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn't sanction
members involved in gambling operations outside Utah, where the 8.1 million-member church is based, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
"Gaming is a form of entertainment like any other, and people have a right to choose whether they want to play," said Pat Patterson, a Mormon and manager of the Golden Rose casino in Central City, Colo.
Richard Bunker is director of the country's most powerful casino lobby, the Nevada Resort Association. A Mormon, he serves as a bishop of a Las Vegas congregation.
From Wire Reports