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Mar 16, 2012 - Staff

Cheyenne a finalist for data center

DOUGLAS (AP) -- The Wyoming Business Council says Cheyenne is one of two finalists for a proposed $112 million data center that would create 40 new jobs.

Molly Spangler with the Business Council says the company will choose between Cheyenne and other location in the region within the next two to six weeks.

Wyoming is looking at offering $10 million in grants to help lure the data center to Cheyenne.

Business Council officials aren't naming the company and say doing so could hurt the city's chances. They say it's a Fortune 100 company with an international presence.

Charge on attorney dropped

RAWLINS (AP) -- A Casper attorney who called a judge a witch in a court filing is no longer facing a contempt charge.

Sublette County Circuit Court Judge Curt Haws dropped the case against Richard Szekely on Thursday because he was denied his right to a speedy trial.

Defendants must go on trial within 180 days of an arraignment. That period expired on Jan. 16.

He said he drafted two versions of an order and mistakenly sent the one that stated "Honorable Jane Eakin Circuit Court Witch". He claimed he was under the strain of handling two cases at the time.

Eakin is a judge in Carbon County. Prosecutors didn't return a call seeking comment.

The case was delayed after Szekely was involved in a motorcycle crash.

Man finally has bar mitzvah at 86

JACKSON (AP) -- When it came to coming of age, Larry Rieser decided he would pick the age.

For him, it was 86.

Rieser, a longtime ski instructor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, was a "bar mitzvah boy" for the first time March 2. In the Jewish tradition, a young man's bar mitzvah celebration commemorates his coming of age when he's 13 years old.

At that point in Rieser's life, he scarcely thought about the fact that he was Jewish, he said.

In fact, his most distinct memory for years surrounding his 13th birthday is taking part in one of the first television demonstrations at the 1934 World's Fair in Chicago.

"(Having a bar mitzvah) wasn't anything that occurred to me then or much since," he said. "I had no Jewish education whatsoever. For me, this is about acknowledging my faith, something that's become more important to me as I've gotten older."

The idea of having a late-in-life bar mitzvah first came up when Rieser was 78 -- "a factor of 13." The concept isn't a new thing in the family, since Rieser's son didn't celebrate coming of age until he was 52, but it ended up on a back burner.

However, Rieser's friends and fellow members of Jackson Hole Jewish Community liked the idea, and eventually persuaded the spotlight-shy Rieser to become a bar mitzvah.

Friday's service, held in Hansen Hall at St. John's Episcopal Church, mixed the traditional solemnity of the ceremony with the levity of holding it for a man pushing 90.

The center of a bar mitzvah ceremony is when the young man reads in Hebrew from the Torah -- the Jewish holy scriptures -- and then addresses the congregation during services commemorating the Sabbath.

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