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Primary Shows Politics Makes Estranged Bedfellows

December 18, 1985|JENNINGS PARROTT

--Illinois State Rep. Jill Zwick says she was a little surprised when her ex-husband decided to run against her in the Republican primary. But then politics was something they shared during almost 16 years of marriage. "There is no hatred," said Morton Zwick, a Chicago commodities broker, who was divorced from Jill Zwick last year. "I have no animosity. She's the mother of my four children and I consider her an honorable person." "I hope we stick to the issues," Jill Zwick said. "Neither one of us wants to display our private life on the front pages." She was first elected to the Illinois House from the 65th District in the Chicago suburb of Dundee in 1981. "I'd be less than honest if I didn't say I wish he wasn't running," she added. "It's more awkward than anything else."

--Disc jockey Jack Daniels said he had been "kind of depressed" the day before. So he decided to play this song during his whole show to cheer himself up. The song he played in Davenport, Iowa, over station WLLR was by the duo of Elmo and Patsy. It's about a grandmother who, after having a little too much eggnog, goes out her door and is run over by Santa Claus and his reindeer. Program Director Ray Randall said he has no objection to the song, but thought it got tiring after a while. He estimated that Daniels played "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" 27 times between 5:30 a.m. and 8:50 a.m., which was when he came to the station and ordered Daniels off the air.

--Charles Blandford, 30, the Marquess of Blandford and grand-nephew of Winston Churchill, was ordered jailed in London on drug charges after the seizure of $70,000 of cocaine.

--"The dog did exactly as he is trained to do," Capt. Barry Glover pointed out. "We can't fault the animal or the handler." Bengal, a member of the Clearwater, Fla., Police Department's canine patrol, bit three officers rather than chase a suspect. K-9 officer Duane Smith ordered Bengal to stay in the police car while he joined other officers in chasing a reckless-driving suspect. But when Smith shouted to another officer, "Get him! He went that way," Bengal took that as an order to him and leaped from the car. He spotted officers Lloyd Wentz, Edna Lewis and Tami Swain running and brought them to bay--rather roughly--by biting their legs. The reckless-driving suspect eventually was arrested.

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