- - Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Obama may name William Daley to top job

A person familiar with the matter says President Barack Obama is considering naming former Commerce Secretary William Daley for a top White House job, possibly chief of staff.

Mr. Daley is an executive at JPMorgan Chase and brother of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. The White House has been looking for ways to bring someone with a business background into the administration.

Mr. Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, resigned last year to run for Chicago mayor. Interim chief of staff Pete Rouse has been leading a staff review that is expected to lead to some shake-ups in the West Wing.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.


Vietnam wall ex-official found dead in landfill

DOVER | Police in Delaware searched for clues Monday in the death of John Wheeler III, a former Army officer who served in Republican administrations and helped lead efforts to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington.

The body of Mr. Wheeler, 66, was discovered on New Year’s Eve as a garbage truck emptied its contents at the Cherry Island landfill. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Mr. Wheeler retired from the military in 1971 and lived in New Castle, Del. He reportedly was last seen Dec. 28, traveling on an Amtrak train from Washington to Wilmington.

Police have determined that all the stops made Friday by the garbage truck before it arrived at the landfill involved large commercial disposal bins in Newark, Del., several miles from Mr. Wheeler’s home.

“He was just not the sort of person who would wind up in a landfill,” said Bayard Marin, an attorney who was representing Mr. Wheeler in a dispute over a couple’s plans to build a new home in the historic district of Old New Castle, where Mr. Wheeler lived.

Mr. Wheeler, the son of a decorated Army officer, was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was the first chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and led the multimillion-dollar fundraising effort to create the memorial on Washington’s National Mall.

Fund founder and president Jan Scruggs said Mr. Wheeler dedicated himself to ensuring that service members were given the respect they deserve.

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