- - Sunday, July 10, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Former first lady Betty Ford to be buried in Michigan

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. | Before she is laid to rest, Betty Ford will be memorialized in the Southern California desert region that she and her rehab center made famous.

Rancho Mirage was already a billionaires’ playground, but Mrs. Ford’s center made it a household name as it provided help to celebrities ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to Lindsay Lohan.

Tributes poured in Saturday from A-listers and average residents alike in the desert golf community where Mrs. Ford settled with her husband, former President Gerald Ford, after he left office more than three decades ago.

Mrs. Ford, who died of natural causes in Rancho Mirage on Friday at age 93, will be memorialized Tuesday in California before her casket travels by motorcade and military transport for a private burial Thursday alongside her husband in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the Gerald R. Ford Museum.

CAMPAIGN

Pawlenty: Bachmann record in Congress is ‘nonexistent’

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, trailing in public opinion polls, criticized Republican rival Michele Bachmann on Sunday for a “nonexistent” record in the U.S. Congress.

Mr. Pawlenty, a former governor of Minnesota, is competing for the same conservative voters as Mrs. Bachmann in the early voting state of Iowa.

Mrs. Bachmann, also from Minnesota and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is running neck and neck in Iowa with front-runner Mitt Romney while Mr. Pawlenty had only 6 percent support among Republican voters in a recent poll by the Des Moines Register.

“Well, I like Congresswoman Bachmann. I’ve campaigned for her. I respect her, but her record of accomplishment in Congress is nonexistent. It’s nonexistent,” Mr. Pawlenty told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

COURTS

Rep. Hastings asks court to toss harassment case

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings asked a court Saturday to throw out claims that he subjected a former employee to sexual harassment and retaliation when he was co-chairman of an independent U.S. agency.

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