American Scene: George H.W. Bush visits namesake carrier

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MAINE

KENNEBUNKPORT — Former President George H.W. Bush was performing ceremonial duties and posing for photos while visiting an aircraft carrier named for him off the Maine coast.

Mr. Bush and his wife, Barbara, along with their son, former President George W. Bush, and other family members flew by helicopter Sunday morning to the USS George H.W. Bush several miles off Kennebunkport, where the Bushes maintain a family compound.

The 1,092-foot ship is the newest carrier in the Navy fleet and is the only one whose namesake is alive.

Mr. Bush was a naval aviator during World War II.

His visit to the ship was two days before his 88th birthday.

NEVADA

Spelling error mars 200 high school diplomas

SPRING CREEK — Students at a northeastern Nevada high school were surprised when they received their diplomas: The word “graduation” was misspelled as “graduataion.”

Spring Creek High School Principal Keith Walz told the Elko Daily Free Press that the misspelling on about 200 diplomas ordered from the Salt Lake City company Jostens was an “inadvertent mistake.”

Jostens spokesman Bryan Durfey acknowledged that the company was responsible for the mistake and said corrected diplomas were being sent by priority mail directly to graduates.

He said the company realizes it isn’t going to be perfect, and its policy is to fix errors immediately.

The school will not be charged for the extra diplomas.

In a similar incident, diplomas at a Maryland high school are being reprinted because they contained a misspelling of the word “program.”

GEORGIA

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