Jersey City, New Jersey
N.Y.Times report 10-6-98
"Police Inquiry Focuses on Eight Chicken
Police are investigating whether eight severed chicken
heads and an unlighted candle placed under the bench of
a municipal court judge were part of a Santeria ritual
or merely a prank.
A court employee found the heads, candle and kernels of
dried feed corn and broken glass beneath the bench of
Judge Joseph Falbo who has presided in Jersey City for
nearly 30 years. Sergeant Hector Martinez said the
is so far being viewed as harassment, not a threat
Judge Falbo's life.
Sgt. Martinez said Santeria, an Afro-Cuban faith in which
practicioners make offerings to deities in exchange for
their earthly intervention, is common in the city,
among its Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican communities.
Judge Falbo said he did not believe he was a target, but
added "I will remain on alert, especially after
I came home and found water running from every faucet in
N.Y.Times report 10-7-98
"The Woman Who Stalked Letterman Is a
Margaret Mary Ray, 46, repeatedly jailed for stalking
David Letterman over the last decade committed suicide
by kneeling in front of a speeding train in western
Colorado, police said.
Her first arrest was in 1988 while driving Mr.
Porsche through the Lincoln Tunnel. When she could not
pay the toll, she identified herself as Mr. Letterman's
wife and her son as David Letterman, Jr.
In 1993, Letterman's "Top 10 List of Things I Have
Do Before I Leave NBC" included "#10: Send
address forms to that woman who keeps breaking into my
However in a 1992 interview with his hometown newspaper,
the Stamford, CT. Advocate, he said "The thing of it
she's insane. And you don't want to do anything to
make it worse."
Four years ago, Mary Ray begain to harass Story Musgrave,
a NASA astronaut who retired in 1996 at age 61, and lived
in Osceola County, FL. She called Story repeatedly,
sent unwanted packages and broke into his home, turning
on all the faucets. "I love him and want to spend
rest of my life with him", she told a local
Letterman, through a spokesman, said "This is a sad
ending to a confused life, but I'll work it into my
next Top Ten list, somehow. How about, 'Top Ten Reasons
for Making Sure You Lock the Door When You Leave Home,
#10: Otherwise Margaret Mary Ray May Turn Your House
into Viagara Falls'?"
"Pictures Give Hints of Universe At Its
N.Y.Times report 8-9-98
Peering farther back in space and time than ever before,
Hubble Space Telescope has taken infrared pictures of
may be the most distant objects ever detected, early
from the galactic dawn of the universe.
Astronomers think some of the faint objects could be
formed in the first stages of the development of the
"The fact that we have found new objects means we
reached the edge of the universe," said Dr. Roger
a University of Arizona astronomer.
Dr. Alan Dressler, an astronomer with the Carnegie
in Pasadena, CA said, "Although these pictures may
show the first
stages of galaxy formation, the objects are such faint
their true nature can only be explored with the advanced
telescopes of the future." He was referring in
particular to the
more powerful replacement for the Hubble telescope,
launch in 2007.
NASA made the infrared pictures public yesterday at a
in Washington. A catalog of the observed objects and
will be available soon:
Dr. Thompson, the principal scientist working the
observations, estimated that the most distant objects in
date back to when the universe was 5 percent of its
present age which
is still under debate but is believed to be almost 13
These observations take astronomers close to the time
coalesced into stars and the stars clustered into
galaxies. How this
happened is one of the great mysteries of astronomy. In
the results, Dr. Thompson found that faint red blobs
matched up to
similar faint blue blobs that had been seen in earlier
light photography of the region.
"On close inspection we've come to think that some
of these earliest
matter blobs may be bits of broken glass and dried feed
One of the biggest looks an awful lot like a candle, and
me, others when viewed with the scanning electron
just like chicken heads, beaks and all!", said Dr.
"And then there's the e-mail note Dressler sent me
that when he got back home from the lab, he found water
of every tap in his whole damn house. 'Watch Letterman
his note said 'Especially the part with the Top Ten
"My god, I haven't watched t.v. in years." said
Do you know what network this program is found on? Is
the one that replaced 'Here's Johnny Carson?'"