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Published Oct. 12, 2005

Alice Bryant Butler turned 108 on Tuesday and enjoyed her birthday cake at the Victoria Martin Nursing Home in St. Petersburg. She is surrounded from left, by Margaret Redvict, grandson Freddie Flint, 62, and daughter Minnie Elliott, 84. Also joining her for the celebration were her grandson Walter Redvict Sr. and some friends. Mrs. Butler was born in Aiken, S.C., in 1883 when Chester A. Arthur was president. She and her second husband Primus Butler, both widowed, married in Baltimore in 1942 and came to St. Petersburg. They had a shoe repair business here, and Mrs. Butler made shoes. Her husband died about 15 years ago. Mrs. Butler has one daughter, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Traffic light argument leads to lawsuit

Anyone who has driven a car for very long has experienced an unpleasant red-light encounter. The light changes, the driver in front is slow to move. The driver behind honks his horn. Tensions rise in both cars. But Lauri Curti's trouble with Lee E. Stratton deteriorated way beyond the norm, Curti alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. While Curti was stopped at a light in her 1986 Mercury Lynx, Stratton "became enraged" at Curti's driving, "approached her on foot, verbally assaulted her" and shattered her windshield with his fist, the suit alleges. Curti was injured seriously and permanently by flying glass, says the lawsuit, so she wants compensatory and punitive damages. None of the parties to the suit, nor their lawyers, could be reach for comment.

Democratic Club marks 64th anniversary

The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will celebrate its 64th anniversary with a tribute to Sen. Jeanne Malchon, D-St. Petersburg, beginning at 6:30 p.m. today at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. In addition to a banquet and entertainment by the Lynche family, some of the Democratic candidates running in the Nov. 3 election will attend. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The cost is $25. For reservations, call Betty Morgenstein, 360-3971.