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Prized pooch

Champion Wendessa Crown Prince, a Pekingese, takes possession of thewinner's cup Tuesday night in New York's Madison Square Garden after being judged best in show at the 114th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Witness: Seaman 'needed practice' ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The chief mate of the Exxon Valdez testified Thursday that he had warned skipper Joseph Hazelwood that the seaman who took the helm on the ship's disastrous last voyage "needed practice in steering." James Kunkel, testifying at Hazelwood's trial, said he had sailed with seaman Robert Kagan four years earlier. On that voyage, Kagan could not perform a simple task such as painting a bulkhead without constant supervision, Kunkel said. Kagan was at the wheel of the Exxon Valdez March 24 when the tanker ran aground, spewing more than 10-million gallons of oil. Hazelwood is charged with one felony count of second-degree criminal mischief and misdemeanor

charges of reckless endangerment, negligent discharge of oil and operating a vessel while intoxicated.

Daley proposes 3rd Chicago airport CHICAGO - Mayor Richard Daley proposed Thursday that a new airport - larger than O'Hare International - be built on Chicago's southeast side. Daley said at a news conference that the airport "would maintain Chicago's position as the transportation hub of the nation" by meeting increasing air-traffic needs. He estimated the project would cost $4.9-billion, and proposed bond and federal financing.

Lawyer says client is manhunt target ELIZABETH, N.J. - A lawyer has acknowledged for the first time that his client is John List, the subject of a worldwide manhunt after the 1971 slayings of five members of his family. List was arrested seven months ago on a tip after an America's Most Wanted television broadcast. He had told authorities he was Robert P. Clark. Jury selection in the murder trial begins March 20.

Elsewhere . . .

ROANOKE, Va. - The United Mine Workers said Thursday that it will let its 1,700 striking miners vote on a contract with Pittston Coal Group without waiting for a final ruling on $64-million in fines against the union. Results of the Monday balloting are expected to be released Tuesday.

The Calaveras County, Calif., fair board has appointed two "frog

ambassadors" to travel to the African nation of Cameroon to determine whether giant African frogs should be permitted to enter the county frog jump.