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3RD STRANGLED WOMAN FOUND IN PORTLAND PARK IN A MONTH

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) -- Police are investigating whether a serial killer is at work here after a young woman was found strangled in a local park, the third in less than a month found murdered in that location."We have a serious problem here," said Cheryl Kanzler, a spokeswoman for the Portland Police Bureau, said Friday. "We have a series of homicides fitting a specific pattern which may be the responsibility of one person."

The Portland medical examiner's office said they were working to identify the third young woman to be strangled in Portland's Forest Park since early May.

JOHN MCKEITHEN DIES AT 81, FORMER LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Former Gov. John McKeithen, a memorable stump speaker who worked to ease race relations and gave New Orleans the Superdome, died Friday. He was 81.

McKeithen died at Citizens Medical Center in his hometown of Columbia, said Dave Dixon, who worked with him on the Superdome project. He had been in declining health since undergoing heart surgery two years ago.

Not only was McKeithen known for his oratory skills, he was able to adapt them for the media age. He was the first to use television successfully in a Louisiana governor's campaign, becoming famous for his "won't you he'p me" ads looking directly into the camera.

Big John, as he was called, served as governor from 1964 to 1972. A hard-core Democrat, he appointed blacks to state government during the civil rights era and was remembered for his efforts to soothe racial tensions.

MARYLAND COURT BANS 'BABE' IN ADDRESSING FEMALE LAWYERS

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's second-highest court has ruled that the word "babe" is not to be used in addressing female lawyers during legal proceedings.

The Court of Special Appeals said Thursday the term is derogatory and evidence of gender bias.

The ruling involved a deposition hearing in a 1994 lawsuit by a woman seeking damages from a lawyer she said had given her genital herpes.

As the woman, Betty Sue Aude, left the room, Alan Harris, who represented the defendant, joked that Aude was going to meet another boyfriend.

Aude's lawyer, Susan Green, complained about the remark and asked Harris: "You got a problem with me?"

"No, I don't have a problem with you, babe," Harris said.

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICIAL CHARGED WITH BURNING POUND

HOLLAND, Mass. (AP) -- An animal control commissioner who had been trying to get the town to build a better shelter for strays has been charged with burning down the town's dog pound.

Patricia Mumper, 57, was charged Thursday with burning a public building.

No animals were in the four-stall lean-to shelter when it burned Tuesday night.

State Trooper Michael Mazza, an investigator for the state fire marshal's office, said Mumper had argued with Paul Gillis, the chairman of the town's board of selectmen, over the condition of the pound shortly before the fire.