- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 11, 2001

Fans line up for Clinton trading cards
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The lineup started at 6 a.m. yesterday for fans jockeying to be among the first to own a Bill Clinton trading card.
When the doors to the convention center opened seven hours later, 1,200 people had gathered to watch the former president's stepfather, Dick Kelley, accept the first baseball-style card.
"I want to tell ya, I'm one of the proudest guys that ever came down the pike," Mr. Kelley said.
The cards depict Mr. Clinton in three poses, describe the former president's ties to Hot Springs and include a sales pitch for the town.
"These will be collector's items one of these days," said Ed James, 76, while waiting in line.
Mr. Clinton said he's delighted.
"Hot Springs is very special to me, and I'm proud to support the city," Mr. Clinton said through a spokesman. "I've always loved baseball cards, too."

Helicopter crash kills 6 touring Grand Canyon
PHOENIX — Six persons were killed yesterday and another was seriously injured when a tour helicopter crashed in a rugged area near the Grand Canyon in Arizona, authorities said.
The AS-350 helicopter crashed yesterday afternoon under "unknown circumstances" near the Grand Canyon west airstrip, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Diana Joubert told Reuters. She said the crash site was about 60 miles east of Las Vegas.

White House won't hand over Rove papers
The White House yesterday rejected a Democratic congressman's request for details of presidential adviser Karl Rove's official contacts with companies in which he had owned stocks.
In a letter to Rep. Henry A. Waxman of California, White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales said such "non-public information" would be turned over only in response to an authorized request of Congress or a congressional committee, not an individual member, in accordance with long-standing White House policy.
Mr. Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee of Government Reform, said Mr. Rove may have violated conflict-of-interest laws when he met, in his capacity as an adviser to President Bush, with various company executives and industry lobbyists while he owned stocks in those companies and industries.

Discovery lifts off with station crew
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Discovery blasted off yesterday on a mission to deliver a fresh crew to the International Space Station, leaving early to beat approaching storms.
The shuttle soared at 5:10 p.m. from its seaside pad, carrying seven astronauts and cosmonauts, three of whom will spend the next four months in space.

Former mob boss transferred to hospital
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Former New York mob boss John Gotti, who is in the advanced stages of throat cancer, has been taken from his prison cell to a hospital.
Gotti was taken from the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners to St. John's Regional Health Center, a government official said yesterday. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, would not comment on Gotti's condition.

Shark victim wants Cochran to bite resort
MIAMI — The family of a Wall Street banker who lost his leg in a shark attack in the Bahamas has approached celebrity lawyer Johnnie Cochran with a view to suing the resort where the incident occurred, the Miami Herald reported yesterday.
Krishna Thompson, 36, was mauled by a shark last Saturday while swimming off Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort on Grand Bahama Island. He struggled back to shore but surgeons amputated his left leg above the knee after he was evacuated to a Miami hospital.
In a Miami news conference Tuesday, his wife, Avemaria, accused lifeguards of standing by and failing to rescue him as he struggled to the shore bleeding profusely.

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