Marked for Death: Accounts of his death...
Marked for Death: Accounts of his death in a gunfight with Wild Bill Hickok 126 years ago are disputed, but one thing is certain: Dave Tutt’s grave finally has a marker after being without one the last 98 years. Carved from red Texas granite, the stone was dedicated Wednesday at Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield, Mo. One legend has it that Tutt was killed by Hickok on July 21, 1865, in a dispute over a gambling debt Hickok owed Tutt.
Theft: Telegrams, canceled checks and World War II dog tags that belonged to Jack Ruby are missing, according to Ruby’s brother. Earl Ruby, 76, is offering a $1,000 reward for the items, which were kept in a suitcase at his home in Orchard Lake Village, Mich., police said. About 100 telegrams from strangers thanked Jack Ruby for shooting Lee Harvey Oswald two days after President Kennedy was slain in 1963. Oswald had been charged with killing Kennedy.
Latin Lover: If they published glossy magazines in Caesar’s time, Cleopatra would have been an exterioris pagine puella. That’s Latin for cover girl --at least in the Vatican’s new dictionary of modern Latin, the first updating of the tome in nearly 30 years. The phrase for disco is a mouthful: orbium phonographicorum theca --a place to hear wordly music. “There is no reason why we can’t express modern terms in Latin,” said Father Carolus Egger, who heads the Vatican’s Latin Foundation. But the dictionary may help the Holy See itself: Two years ago, the Vatican misspelled the Latin word for Sweden on a stamp.
Ride It Out: Maryland commuters have more than enough problems with rush hour traffic and rude drivers, so the office in charge of state highways wanted to lighten the load when there is construction ahead. It came up with some road signs with humor. How about “Just What You Dread, Construction Ahead”? Or “Unclogging Our Arteries”? Or “Pardon Our Progress”? “We’re trying to empathize with motorists,” said a highway spokesman.