- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 7, 2001

Clamp stops oil flow from bullet hole
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Crews yesterday installed a clamp over a bullet hole in the trans-Alaska pipeline, stopping a leak that had spewed 285,600 gallons of oil onto the wilderness over three days.
With the temporary repair in place, workers turned their attention to a permanent fix and the massive job of cleaning up some two acres of trees, brush and tundra 75 miles north of Fairbanks. Regulators said there was no evidence that any wildlife had been affected.
A man who had been drinking shot the pipeline Thursday with a hunting rifle, authorities said. The pipeline, which carries about 17 percent of the nation's oil production, had to be shut down.
The suspect, Daniel Carson Lewis, 37, is charged with felony assault, weapons misconduct, criminal mischief and driving while intoxicated in connection with the shooting. He was being held in Fairbanks on $1.5 million bail.

Burger King workers burn feet at retreat
MIAMI About a dozen Burger King marketing-department workers burned their feet when they walked over white-hot coals at a meeting intended to promote bonding.
One woman was taken to a hospital emergency room, and Burger King brought in a doctor to treat others whose feet were blistered. Some workers used wheelchairs the next day when they went to the airport to leave for another company retreat.
More than 100 employees at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo participated Wednesday in the fire walking, a ritual with origins in religions of the Far East.
The Burger King workers had to sign a waiver acknowledging they might get hurt. The injured employees suffered first- and second-degree burns when walking on coals that can reach 1,200 degrees.
Mildred Morse, a Burger King administrative assistant, was the most seriously hurt. She was released from Baptist Hospital on Thursday.

Evangelical Lutherans install new bishop
CHICAGO The Rev. Mark S. Hanson was installed yesterday as the new presiding bishop of the 5.1 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the fifth-largest U.S. Protestant church.
Immediate challenges for Mr. Hanson, 54, include relations with other churches and the contentious debate over same-sex unions and the ordination of homosexual men and lesbians.
"I ask God to help me," Mr. Hanson said in response to a series of questions about his new assignment.
Mr. Hanson has coped with divisions over homosexuality and relations with the Episcopal Church as bishop of St. Paul, Minn. The St. Paul synod under Mr. Hanson petitioned to allow ordination of actively homosexual and lesbian clergy.
The church currently allows homosexual clergy if they practice celibacy.
Mr. Hanson was installed during a ceremony at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the University of Chicago campus. He has supported a unity pact with the Episcopal Church, which was also a divisive issue. The pact calls for sharing of clergy, sacraments and ministries without merger.

Democrats assail focus on tax cuts
Congressional Democrats, while pledging unity on fighting terrorism, accused Republicans yesterday of pushing tax cuts for the wealthy rather than focusing on protecting Americans' safety.
Rep. Martin Frost, a Texas Democrat, said his party was working with Republicans to boost the battered economy, help laid-off workers and safeguard Americans in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

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