Court says ‘They do’
California’s Supreme Court declaredthe week of May 17, 2008 that gaycouples in the nation’s biggest statecould marry — a monumental but per-haps short-lived victory for the gayrights movement greeted with tears,hugs, kisses and at leastone instant proposal of matrimony.In its 4-3 ruling, theRepublican-dominatedhigh court struck downstate laws against same-sex marriageand said domestic partnerships thatprovide many of the rights and bene-ﬁts of matrimony are not enough.Religious and social conservativeswere pressing to put a constitutionalamendment on the ballot inNovember 2008 that would undo theSupreme Court ruling and ban gaymarriage.
Husband convictedof first-degree murder
The Daly City man who claimed hiswife was already dead in a pool of blood when he returned home from anight with his girlfriend was foundguilty of fatally stabbing her multipletimes before ﬂeeing with their threeyoung children, according to a jurywho deliberated six days beforereturning its decision the week of May17, 2008.The ﬁrst-degree murder convictionagainst Quincy Dean Norton Sr., plusthe additional allega-tion of using a knifein the crime meant the33-year-old man wastoreceive 26 years to lifein prison.The verdict came after a three-weektrial which pitted Norton’s story of ﬁnding his wife against a prosecutioncase including the testimony of histwo oldest children and his wife’s fam-ily. The defense implied Norton’sgirlfriend, Anitra Johnson, had a handin the death of Tamika Mack Norton,33, but in the end jurors sided with theprosecution theory that Norton killedhis wife after she ﬁled for divorce andasked that he have limited contactwith their three children.
County urgesheat wave precautions
With a heat wave predicted in SanMateo County and the Bay Area duringthe week of May 17, 2008, local ofﬁ-cials were urging residents to take pre-cautions against heat stroke andexhaustion.
Oil sets record near$128;pump price at high,too
News that Saudi Arabiahad boosted its oil outputby 300,000 barrels a daywas greeted as a non-event on oil markets theweek of May 17, 2008 — the movewasn’t anywhere near the kind of pro-duction increase needed to bringprices down.And traders were equally unim-pressed by the U.S. government’splan to stop adding to the StrategicPetroleum Reserve.One day, two moves designed toallay concerns about an overheatedoil market that was squeezingmotorists and inﬂating the prices of all sorts of goods.The response in the oil trading pits?Traders did what they’ve been doingfor months now, and pushed crude oiland gasoline futures to new highs.
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Talk showhost-actor CraigFerguson is 51.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Aspecial committee convened by theU.S. Senate began its televised hear-ings into the Watergate scandal.
“I always have a quotation for everything — it saves original thinking.”
— Dorothy L.Sayers,English author (1893-1957)
Actor-comedianBob Saget is 57.Singer-musician Trent Reznor is 48.
A record-setting 800-pound,14-foot,3-inch alligator shot during a public hunt on the James E.Daughtrey Wildlife ManagementArea near Cotulla,Texas.
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(Answers tomorrow)EPOXYNEEDYMATRIX IDIOCYYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Everything was going fine as he choppeddown the tree until the — “AXE-IDENT”Now arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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, Early Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli diedin Florence, Italy; he was probably in his mid 60s.
, the New York Stock Exchange had its origins as agroup of brokers met under a tree on Wall Street.
, ﬁre erupted in St. Louis, Mo., resulting in theloss of three lives, more than 400 buildings and some twodozen steamships.
, the Socialist Party of America nominated EugeneV. Debs for president at its convention in Indianapolis.
U.S. News & World Report had its beginnings asDavid Lawrence began publishing a weekly newspapercalled United States News.
Congress passed the Second Vinson Act, provid-ing for a strengthened U.S. Navy. The radio quiz show“Information, Please!” made its debut on the NBC BlueNetwork.
President Harry S. Truman seized control of thenation’s railroads, delaying — but not preventing — athreatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
the U.S. Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, unanimously struck down racially seg-regated public schools.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro offered to release pris-oners captured in the Bay of Pigs invasion in exchange for500 bulldozers. (The prisoners were eventually freed inexchange for medical supplies.)
“Godspell,” a contemporary musical inspired bythe Gospel According to St. Matthew, opened off-Broadwayat the Cherry Lane Theatre.
rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami’sLiberty City after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted fourformer Miami police ofﬁcers of fatally beating black insur-ance executive Arthur McDufﬁe.Actor Peter Gerety is 73. Singer Taj Mahal is 71. Singer-song-writer Jesse Winchester is 69. Rock musician Bill Bruford is 64.Singer-musician George Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) is 60.TVpersonality Kathleen Sullivan is 60. Actor Bill Paxton is 58.Boxing Hall-of-Famer Sugar Ray Leonard is 57. Sportsannouncer Jim Nantz is 54. Singer Enya is 52. Rock singer-musician Page McConnell is 50. Actor David Eigenberg is 49.Actress Paige Turco is 48. Rhythm-and-blues musician O’Dell(Mint Condition) is 48. Actor Hill Harper is 47. TVpersonali-ty/interior designer Thom Filicia is 44. Singer Jordan Knight is43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Darnell Van Rensalier (Shai) is 43.
The Daily Derby race winners are Gold Rush,No.1,in ﬁrst place;Lucky Star,2,and Whirl Win,No.6,in third place.The race time was clocked at1:48.08.
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