- The Washington Times - Friday, January 14, 2005

Rehnquist prepares for inauguration

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has toured the inaugural site, getting ready for his fifth, and likely final, time swearing in the president.

Chief Justice Rehnquist was at the Capitol on Thursday, one week before he is scheduled to administer the oath of office to President Bush.

The 80-year-old chief justice is being treated for thyroid cancer and has been unable to attend court sessions since October.

If Chief Justice Rehnquist’s health keeps him away on Thursday, it would be only the ninth time in history the chief justice did not administer the oath.

Couple welcomes third set of twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Roda Aden gave birth to twin boys Wednesday at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

There’s nothing unusual about that. About 31 of every 1,000 live births are twins, according to recent U.S. birth statistics.

But Mrs. Aden also gave birth to twin girls at the hospital in May 2002. And to twin boys in November 2000.

Having two consecutive sets of twins is highly unusual, said Dr. Susan Dahlin, who delivered two of the sets of twins, but three is extremely rare. What’s especially unusual is that Mrs. Aden became pregnant with all the children without taking fertility drugs, Dr. Dahlin said.

Homes evacuated after dam springs leak

CORONA, Calif. — Hundreds of Riverside County residents were evacuated as a precaution yesterday after water began seeping through a dam’s earthen extension and authorities released millions of gallons into a river to relieve pressure.

“The water’s just seeping through it gradually. No hole, no break,” said Lt. Col. John Guenther, deputy commander of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles district. “Right now, there is no imminent danger.”

In all, 508 houses, 330 mobile homes and a recreational vehicle park were affected by the evacuation order, Corona police Chief Richard Gonzales said.

Attorney seeks permits for same-sex couples

ELMIRA, N.Y. — An attorney for 25 same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses told a judge yesterday that New York’s opposition to same-sex “marriage” is similar to discrimination against women or minorities.

Mariette Geldenhuys, an attorney for the couples who sued the city of Ithaca in June, told state Judge Robert Mulvey that the state’s position contradicts a 2002 New York law outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Jim McGowan, an attorney for the state, argued that the court must follow previous court decisions upholding New York’s prohibition against same-sex “marriages.” The state has prevailed in two similar cases.

Judge Mulvey was expected to rule within 60 days.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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