- - Monday, April 25, 2011

NEW JERSEY

Church blocks McGreevey path

TRENTON | Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey’s pursuit of the Episcopal priesthood has been put on hold indefinitely.

The New York Post reports that the church has rejected his bid to join the clergy.

The church wants Mr. McGreevey to wait so he can put more distance between his possible ordination and his 2004 coming out as a self-described “gay American,” his simultaneous resignation and a messy divorce finalized in 2008.

Mr. McGreevey shocked the nation by announcing he had an affair with a male staffer.

Neither Mr. McGreevey nor the Episcopal Diocese of Newark would comment on his potential ordination, saying the process is confidential.

The 53-year-old Mr. McGreevey earned a master of divinity degree last spring.

He says he plans to continue ministering to inmates.

PENTAGON

Officials kill engine project

The Pentagon has notified the maker of an alternative engine for the next-generation F-35 fighter plane that its contract has been terminated.

Work on the engine was stopped a month ago, saving $1 million a day on a project that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has called wasteful.

When Congress passed a long-delayed 2011 defense budget earlier this month, it contained no money for the engine, and the Pentagon then made the decision to kill it. In congressional testimony, Mr. Gates said the second engine would require another $3 billion to develop.

Congress and the General Electric/Rolls Royce group that was developing the engine were notified of the decision Monday.

NTSB

Investigator: Naps could help workers

A federal safety investigator says on-the-job naps should be considered as part of a plan to address fatigue by air traffic controllers, airline pilots and others who work overnight shifts.

National Transportation Safety Board member Mark R. Rosekind said there is a wealth of scientific studies that show short naps of between 20 and 30 minutes refresh workers suffering fatigue and help them remain alert when they return to their duties.

Mr. Rosekind is an internationally recognized fatigue expert who formerly worked for NASA and directed a sleep research center at Stanford University.

Since late March, the Federal Aviation Administration has disclosed at least five cases of controllers falling asleep on the job. In two cases, the controllers were fired.

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has said he won’t sanction on-the-job naps.

INTERIOR

Change worsens water woes

A new government report says already scarce water supplies in the Western United States are likely to dwindle further as a result of climate change, exacerbating problems for millions of water users in the West.

The Interior Department report says annual flows in three prominent river basins - the Colorado, Rio Grande and San Joaquin - could decline by as much as 8 percent to 14 percent over the next four decades. The three rivers provide water to eight states.

The declining water supply comes as the West and Southwest, already among the fastest-growing parts of the country, continue to gain population.

Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar called water the region’s “lifeblood” and said small changes in snowpack and rainfall levels could have a major effect on tens of millions of people.

ALASKA

Johnston to pen Palin tell-all

ANCHORAGE | Levi Johnston is promising to set the record straight about the Palin family.

Touchstone Publishing has a fall publication date for Mr. Johnston’s book, “Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs.”

Mr. Johnston fathered a child with Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, when they were teenagers. The pregnancy was announced days after Mrs. Palin was selected as the 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate. The couple broke up after the birth of their son, Tripp, and reconciled briefly.

He has had a contentious relationship with the Palins.

Mr. Johnston says the book will “tell the truth” about their relationship, including his “sense of Sarah and my perplexing fall from grace.” He says he’s doing it “for me, for my boy Tripp and the country.”

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