- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 25, 2006

Schwarzenegger defies Bush on border troops

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has defied a request from Washington to deploy additional National Guard troops from his state to the border with Mexico, according to a newspaper report yesterday.

President Bush has backed a program under which thousands of National Guard troops would back up U.S. Border Patrol agents in boosting security along the United States’ porous border with its southern neighbor.

“The governor did not feel that it was appropriate to send additional Guard out of state,” Adam Mendelsohn, the governor’s communications director, told the Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Mendelsohn said Mr. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, disagreed with the request for further Guard border reinforcements because of concerns the western state, which is the country’s most populous, could be vulnerable if an earthquake or large fires spark a state emergency.

California is due to deploy some 1,000 Guard troops to points along the border by July 31 and has dispatched 250 troops in the past week.

The Times said the White House was requesting that California deploy up to 1,500 troops.

ACLU wants boys in cheer tourney

DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union wants Michigan’s governing body for high school athletics to reconsider a policy keeping boys out of the postseason tournament for competitive cheerleading.

But the Michigan High School Athletic Association questioned the timing of the ACLU’s request, because the rules about boys in competitive cheer tournaments were approved in December 2003, the Detroit News reported. The changes take effect this summer.

“There certainly was enough time for a response to be made earlier than five weeks before those rules officially take effect,” athletic association spokesman John Johnson said.

Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, said the policy was only recently brought to her group’s attention.

When Michigan high schools start the 2006-07 year in August, boys will no longer be able to participate in the competitive cheerleading postseason tournament. The ACLU says that violates federal law.

No boys are allowed to participate in any girls’ high school sport in Michigan postseason tournaments under a decades-old rule. The rule hasn’t been enforced in cheerleading, which was instituted as a girls sport in the 1993-94 school year.

Texas oil tycoon’s feuding son dies

DALLAS — E. Pierce Marshall, who feuded for years with former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith over his father’s oil fortune, has died, his spokesman said Friday. He was 67.

Mr. Marshall died unexpectedly last week in the Dallas area from a brief and extremely aggressive infection, the family said in a written statement released through spokesman David Margulies, who declined to provide additional details about Mr. Marshall’s death.

“The family would politely request that their privacy be respected during this extremely difficult time as they grapple with this devastating loss,” the statement said.

Miss Smith married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. He died the following year. Since then, E. Pierce Marshall had been locked in a legal battle over her entitlement to the estate.

State probes doctor after fatal overdoses

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — A state agency is investigating a physician after 10 of his patients died from lethal mixtures of drugs or overdoses of prescription medicines.

The Arkansas State Medical Board has accused Dr. Randeep Mann of prescribing excessive amounts of controlled substances to patients he knew or should have known had histories of drug abuse. The Russellville physician’s license was temporarily suspended in April until a July 6 hearing.

“Vulnerable patients were prescribed excessive amounts of controlled substances or addictive and harmful drugs,” wrote a consultant hired by the state board, Dr. Carlos Roman. “Medical records are mostly illegible.”

The board could revoke Dr. Mann’s license if it decides his care constituted “grossly negligent or ignorant malpractice.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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