- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Bush stands behind nominee
President Bush "stands proudly and tall" behind his disputed nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a spokesman said yesterday, accusing Senate Democrats of political flip-flops on the issue.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on Mary Sheila Gall's confirmation as chairman of the agency that oversees consumer product safety. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, has said he will not bring her nomination to the Senate floor if the committee votes against her.
Democrats, who hold a one-vote majority on the committee, claim Miss Gall, as a member of the commission, has developed a record of favoring businesses over consumers. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer countered yesterday that many of those same Democrats had approved her appointment as commission member twice in 1991 and 1999 by unanimous consent.

Iraq grows more aggressive
The Iraqi military has become considerably more aggressive in targeting and shooting at patrolling U.S. and British aircraft during the past seven months, a Pentagon spokesman said yesterday.
"He is trying his darnedest to bring down a coalition aircraft," Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said in a reference to Iraq's president, Saddam Hussein. "The volume of fire is up."
Iraqi air defenses have targeted or fired on aircraft flying over the southern no-fly zone 370 times so far this year compared with 221 such "provocations" in all of 2000, Adm. Quigley said.

Davis aide owns energy firm's stock
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Gov. Gray Davis' press secretary says he owns stock in the same energy company as five state consultants who have been fired because of possible conflict of interest.
Steve Maviglio confirmed Monday that on June 20 he bought 300 shares of stock in Calpine Corp., a San Jose-based power generator that received about $13 billion in state contracts to supply electricity for up to 20 years.
Secretary of State Bill Jones called for Mr. Maviglio's termination. Mr. Jones is a candidate for the GOP nomination to challenge Mr. Davis in November 2002.
An anonymous source told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that the Securities and Exchange Commission had begun a preliminary inquiry into whether the consultants used insider information to trade energy stocks.

Pot smokers' children more likely to use
Parents who once used marijuana are about three times as likely to have children who use the drug, according to a government study.
The study by the Department of Health and Human Services was based on 9,463 surveys of parents and children conducted between 1979 and 1996 by federal researchers.
"The study points out, once again, the power of parents to help their children stay healthy and drug-free," said Joseph Autry, director of the department's office on drug abuse.

Police investigate link in men's deaths
ATLANTA Authorities have reopened investigations into the deaths of a firefighter and a police officer who were romantically involved with the same woman.
The men died six years apart, and their deaths originally were attributed to irregular heartbeats.
But the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday that Forsyth County firefighter Randy Thompson, who died on Jan. 22 at age 32, was poisoned with ethylene glycol, a sweet, odorless chemical often found in antifreeze.
Authorities now are taking a fresh look at evidence in the autopsy of Maurice Glenn Turner, a Cobb County police officer who died six years ago at age 31. Mr. Turner's body was exhumed Monday from a Marietta cemetery for testing, which was expected to take several weeks.
Mr. Turner and Mr. Thompson were romantically involved with Lynn Turner, a former 911 dispatcher with the Cobb County police.

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