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Nation in brief: Madam says Vitter visited bordello

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U.S. Sen. David Vitter visited a brothel “several times” beginning in the mid-1990s, paying $300 per hour for services at the bordello after he met the madam at a fishing rodeo that included prostitutes and other politicians, according to Jeanette Maier, the “Canal Street Madam” whose operation was shut down by a federal investigators in 2001.

Maier said that after they met, Vitter, R-La., became a customer at the Canal Street brothel. He made several visits, she said, but had stopped coming before federal agents raided the brothel.

In 1999, Vitter was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. On Monday, Vitter apologized after it was revealed his telephone number appeared among those associated with an escort service in Washington, D.C., operated by the so-called “D.C. Madam.” In an e-mail Monday night, Vitter apologized for a “very serious sin in my past.”

“I’m not out to ruin a marriage, I’m out to save a man,” Maier told the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. “I want his wife to know he’s a good man, I want his children to know he’s a good father. If he had sex out of wedlock, so what? At least he stayed with his children.”

West Jordan, Utah

Polygamist guilty of pedophilia

A judge sentenced the son of an imprisoned Utah polygamist to 180 days in jail Tuesday for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met on the Internet site MySpace.

William Green, 19, must avoid pornography, stay out of Internet chat rooms and pay a $500 fine, 3rd District Court Judge Royal Hansen said.

“He’s a remorseful kid,” said his attorney, David Leavitt. “He’s married and has full-time work. I think you’ll see this is a blip on the radar screen.”

Green was charged with rape but pleaded guilty in May to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

Berwyn, Ill.

Landmark makes way for pharmacy

A kitschy landmark that made a cameo in the movie “Wayne’s World” will be dismantled to make way for a pharmacy.

Officially named the Spindle, the towering sculpture of eight cars impaled by a massive steel pipe became famous for its appearance in the 1992 comedy starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey.

Despite years of rust and layers of bird droppings, the Spindle – also known as the “Car Kabob” and the “Eight Car Pileup” – continues to draw movie fans to a shopping center parking lot in this suburb west of Chicago.

“From a marketing standpoint, I like the Spindle,” said Berwyn Mayor Michael O’Connor. “It has definitely been a plus for the community.”

Still, he said, the quirky sculpture will be removed this summer to make way for a Walgreens pharmacy. It could be moved elsewhere, though the cost of doing so would likely be high.

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