Frugal Teacher Leaves

$2.1 Million to School

HOUSTON -- A retired public school teacher who was so frugal that he bought expired meat and secondhand clothing left $2.1 million for his alma mater, Prairie View A&M -- the school's largest gift from a single donor.

Whitlowe R. Green, 88, died of cancer in 2002. He retired in 1983 from the Houston Independent School District, where he was making $28,000 a year as an economics teacher.

Relatives said Green often talked about leaving money to Prairie View, a historically black university where he graduated in 1936.

His donation will be used to establish a scholarship fund.

Baptists' Goal Is

Million New Members

NASHVILLE -- This week's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will help kick off what may be the denomination's most ambitious outreach effort ever -- baptizing 1 million new members in a year.

The 16.3 million-member faith is second in size to the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, but the number of new member baptisms has declined in each of the past five years.

After a satellite address by President Bush on Tuesday, Southern Baptist President Bobby Welch said church leaders at the convention will be given six main points that deal with training members how to do "lifestyle witnessing and then disciple those who are won into the local churches."

Southern Baptists believe in the inerrancy of the Bible and adhere strictly to conservative theological positions.

* CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The cremated remains of Terri Schiavo were interred in a Clearwater cemetery under a marker that says "I kept my promise," a reference to husband Michael Schiavo's promise to not keep her alive artificially. The marker lists Feb. 25, 1990, as the date she "Departed This Earth" and March 31, 2005, as when she was "At Peace." Schiavo, 41, was severely brain-damaged when her heart stopped in 1990, and she died March 31, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed by court order.

* ATLANTA -- After more than a year serving as a federal appellate judge, former Alabama attorney general William H. Pryor Jr. officially joined the court for life when he was sworn in as a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Pryor was one of three court nominees approved last month.

* NEW YORK -- Three former waiters at New York's 21 Club, where a hamburger costs $30, filed a $5 million discrimination lawsuit saying they were fired for being French. In a civil suit, the three men, Rene Bordet, 68, Jean Claude Lesbre, 63, and Yves Thepault, 68, said the restaurant's management falsely accused them of drinking wine on the job and "created and fostered an environment rife with anti-French sentiment."

* SEATTLE -- A man shouting threats and carrying what appeared to be a hand grenade was fatally shot by law enforcement officers in the lobby of the federal courthouse, authorities said.

* LITTLE ROCK -- Rickey May thought a bomb had gone off before he realized a car had crashed through his home's brick wall and landed on top of him in his bed. As the car driven by Devlon Chandler, 34, plowed into the bed, it rolled May, 42, inside his mattress "like a burrito," he said from his hospital bed. Hospital officials said he was in fair condition but may have to have a finger amputated.

* EL PASO -- Immigration proceedings for an anti-Castro exile accused of masterminding the deadly bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 will not be moved to Florida and will remain in El Paso, a judge ruled. Luis Posada Carriles, 77, was arrested in Miami last month after slipping into the United States.

* COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A van full of migrant workers that crashed on Interstate 70, killing five, was headed to the East Coast, where the passengers hoped to find better work, survivors said. Seventeen of the 20 people in the 14-passenger vehicle were thrown from it when it overturned early Sunday. Some passengers said the driver fell asleep en route from Los Angeles, where passengers had paid $500 each for transportation to New York, Maryland or North Carolina.

-- From News Services