Settlement reached in dispute over Parks estate

Published February 18, 2007

A settlement was reached Saturday in a dispute over the estate of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, including the rights to her name and image, a lawyer in the case said. The settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed, avoids a trial between her relatives and the institute that bears her name. Parks, who died in 2005 at 92, left nearly all her estate to the nonprofit Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. Parks' 13 nieces and nephews have feuded for years with the people she appointed to handle her affairs, and filed a legal challenge to her will in May.

eBay bid for JFK sniper's perch fails

The auction of a window advertised as Lee Harvey Oswald's sniper perch in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought a bid of about $3-million, but the sale quickly fell through. The window was up for auction Friday on eBay with a starting price of $100,000, and bidding quickly rose to seven figures. But 32 bids were either retracted by bidders - normally because a wrong price had been entered, including one for $17-million - or canceled by the seller because a bidder didn't meet qualifications. It turned out that the winning bidder "didn't have the cash," said Fred McLane, a business representative for owner Caruth Byrd.

Man's body found in front of his TV

The partially mummified body of a man dead for more than a year has been found in a chair in front of his TV, which was still on, authorities said. Vincenzo Ricardo, 70, appears to have died of natural causes, said Dr. Stuart Dawson, Suffolk County's deputy chief medical examiner. Police found Ricardo's body when they investigated a report of burst pipes. The home's dry air had preserved his features, officials said. Ricardo's wife died years ago and he lived alone. Neighbors said they thought Ricardo was in a hospital or nursing home. "We never thought to check on him," said neighbor Diane Devon.