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Bush nominates Pentagon secretaries
President Bush nominated secretaries for the Army, Air Force and Navy yesterday.
Mr. Bush named James G. Roche, corporate vice president of Northrop Grumman Corp., as secretary of the Air Force. Mr. Roche, a 23-year Navy veteran, was a Democratic aide for the Senate Armed Services Committee from 1983 to 1984, and was a senior staffer for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1979 to 1981.
Mr. Bush chose retired Brig. Gen. Thomas E. White, vice chairman of Enron Energy Services, as secretary of the Army. Gen. White, who served in the Army for 23 years, has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Enron Corp. He was executive assistant to Gen. Colin Powell while Gen. Powell headed the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mr. Bush tapped General Dynamics Executive Vice President Gordon England to be Navy secretary. Mr. England has worked for General Dynamics since 1980, except for four years when he served as president of Lockheed Fort Worth.

Artist adds loincloth to nude Jesus

NEW YORK An artist has painted a loincloth over a nude figure of the crucified Jesus in a mural at a new building at John F. Kennedy International Airport after complaints from construction workers.
The figures nudity prompted a worker to contact the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
The airports general manager said that Deborah Masters, the murals artist, willingly changed the mural.

Green light given for space tourist's trip

The consortium of countries building the international space station has approved the flight of space tourist Dennis Tito to the station, NASA announced yesterday.
The space agencies of the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan partners in building the space station have given the green light for the U.S. millionaires trip, a NASA spokeswoman said.
Mr. Tito, a retired space engineer, paid $20 million to the Russian Space Agency to realize his boyhood dream of space flight, thus becoming the worlds first tourist in space.

NEA chairman announces resignation

Bill Ivey, appointed chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts by President Clinton, announced yesterday that he will leave his post Sept. 30.
Last year the endowment won a $7 million increase in its budget, the first since 1992.
"Im proud of whats been accomplished during my tenure," Mr. Ivey said in yesterdays announcement.

Murder trial opens in church bombing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Racial hatred led a Ku Klux Klansman to bomb a church in 1963, killing four black girls, a federal prosecutor said yesterday on the opening day of the murder trial.
Thomas Blanton Jr.s "hatred and hostility toward African Americans" provided the 62-year-old defendant with a motive to bomb the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963, U.S. Attorney Doug Jones told the court.
Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Addie Mae Collins, all age 14, and Denise McNair, 11, died in the Sunday morning blast. Mr. Blanton has denied involvement in the crime and pleaded not guilty to murder.

School bars priest from teaching

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. A Jesuit theological school has placed a priest on leave because the Vatican says several parts of his book may contradict church teachings.
The Rev. Roger Haights book, "Jesus Symbol of God," explores the possibility that non-Christians can get to heaven without the help of Jesus. The Vaticans position is that salvation comes only through Jesus.
The book won first prize in theology from the Catholic Press Association for Father Haight, who teaches at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, but failed to pass an investigation by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

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