JANUARY 7, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE
S^/HE STRONGEST IDEAS have always
been the simplest ones. The ones that grow from
vision. At Chase Texas, it is our vision to manage
diversity as we would any other strategic resource.
We have made diversity an integral component
of our culture because we know that bringing
collective experiences and skills to the table
enables us to do things that none of us could do
alone. A simple idea that inspires great rewards.
The right relationship is everything.'
Scottish man accused of murder, dismemberment turns himself in
GLASGOW—Britain's most wanted man, William Beggs, surrendered to police in
Holland, the Glasgow Daily Record & Sunday Mail reported Dec. 29. The fugitive was being
sought over the killing of teenager Barry Wallace, whose dismembered limbs were found in
Loch Lomond. Beggs, accompanied by a Dutch lawyer, turned himself in to police in
Amsterdam after almost two weeks on the run, but may now oppose extradition proceedings.
Beggs evaded police for 12 days before turning himself in.
Court orders new trial for Pa. man convicted of killing roommate
PITTSBURGH—A man convicted last year of the strangulation and beating death of his
roommate, has been granted a new trial, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported Dec. 29. A state
Superior Court panel this week ruled that a jury should have been allowed to hear that the victim, Gregory Schumacher, 46, had a criminal record that included a conviction for a violent
knife attack. Robert Irgang, 33, told police that Schumacher had made advances toward him
on April 26, 1997. Irgang said that he had been asleep when Schumacher awakened him by
touching his leg, and an altercation ensued. An autopsy showed that Schumacher died after
being struck 20 times with a skillet. Irgang was convicted of third-degree murder, and Judge
Raymond A. Novak sentenced him to 15 to 40 years in prison. Irgang had argued at trial that
the attack was in self-defense, and produced evidence that Schumacher had been involved in
a bar fight about five years before and had brandished a knife. The three-judge Superior Court
panel ruled that the trial court had been bound to give the jury an instruction that it consider
whether Schumacher might have been the aggressor.
D.C. domestic partnership documents may have been stolen
WASHINGTON, D.C—More than 100 records for Washington, D.C.'s domestic partnership registry have been missing since July, the Washington Blade reported Dec. 31. Director of
the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Lloyd Jordan said his staff informed
the D.C. Inspector General's office of the missing documents—comprising all the records since
the registry was implemented in October 1992—and that an investigation is under way to find
out what happened to them. "We feel there may have been a theft," Jordan said. Jordan said
that the documents were found in a state of disarray in June, and he instructed people in
his office to file the documents properly. A restriction passed by the Republican-
controlled Congress forbade Jordan's department from spending any money on the domestic
partnership statute. Jordan added that other recent developments at DCRA that may
be related to the missing domestic partner registration documents, declining to elaborate. His
office is also dealing with a discrimination charge by Robert "Jim" Fagelson, 52, a gay man
who was fired in November 1998.
Phelps' son receives suspended jail sentence for slur
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)—Anti-homosexual picketer Jonathan Phelps has received a suspended jail sentence for shouting a slur at a woman in 1995. District Judge Jack Lively sentenced
Phelps Dec. 28 to 30 days in jail but suspended the jail term. Phelps is the son of Fred Phelps,
the notoriously anti-gay minister of Westboro Baptist Church who maintains a web-site called
www.godhatesfags.com. Lively placed Phelps on probation for one year and ordered him to
perform 40 hours of community service. He also must pay a $250 fine, as well as court and witness fees of $2,380. Phelps' attorney immediately appealed the conviction for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. A jury convicted Phelps May Jl of disorderly conduct related to an incident on Aug. 5,1995. Teresa Roles, of Bellingham, Wash., and her sister, Hope Goodman, were
riding in a vehicle that day when they stopped to let Phelps and his family cross the street.
After reading Phelps' picket sign, which said God hates gays. Roles told Phelps, "Hate is not
a family value." Roles said Phelps screamed a slur at her, then continued yelling at her.
III. governor's bias commission recommends protection for gays
SPRINGFIELD, III—Illinois Gov. George Ryan's
Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes will recommend non-discrimination legislation that includes
"sexual orientation" as an enumerated protected category,
the gay newspaper Outlines reported. "Changing
Headlines: Building Tolerance in the Land of Lincoln" is a
30-page report detailing responses to a variety of bias-
motivated actions in the state. The nearly 40-member
commission included four gay members and Dorothy
Hajdys-Holman, mother of slain gay sailor Allen
Schindler. The report, issued Dec. 15, also recommended
diversity and sensitivity training within the criminal justice system, non-disclosure of names for victims of hate
crimes, and support groups for teen gays and their families. The section dealing with HIV and AIDS recommended, among other things, mandated training for all local
health departments on HIV confidentiality issues.
—From staff and wire reports
A panel appointed by Illinois Gov.
George Ryan has recommended
non-discrimination legislation and
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