- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 18, 2001

Professor suspended for Vietnam lies
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. — A Pulitzer Prize-winning history professor who admitted he lied to his students about being a Vietnam combat veteran will be suspended for a year without pay, Mount Holyoke College said yesterday.
Joseph J. Ellis, 57, also must give up his endowed chair at the college.
Mr. Ellis became a popular professor in part by sharing his experiences in Vietnam. He issued an apology in June after the Boston Globe reported that he had never served overseas. In a statement yesterday, Mr. Ellis said he accepted the sanctions.

State ends program over gay demands
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Bill Janklow said yesterday that the state will end its Adopt-A-Highway program by year's end in the wake of a lawsuit from a homosexual group.
Earlier this week, the Sioux Empire Gay and Lesbian Coalition filed a federal lawsuit, seeking that their sign be put up and demanding monetary damages from the state for an earlier rebuff. State Department of Transportation officials had said the group did not qualify for the sign because it is an advocacy group.

Joint Chiefs chairman selected but not named
President Bush has selected the nation's top military officer, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday, declining to reveal the choice.
While the president has picked his nominee to replace retiring Army Gen. Henry Shelton, the public announcement would come "in good time," Mr. Rumsfeld told a media briefing at the Pentagon.
"It's the president's appointment, and we've discussed it, and he's quite happy about it, and he'll announce it in good time," Mr. Rumsfeld said.

GAO repeats demand over energy panel
Triggering a showdown with President Bush, the investigative arm of Congress yesterday criticized Vice President Richard B. Cheney's refusal to disclose all decision-making details in the administration's energy plan.
"The vice president's representatives have shown no interest in reaching any accommodation" by identifying the people Mr. Cheney and his aides consulted with, Comptroller General David Walker wrote in a 10-page letter to Congress.
The General Accounting Office's report puts the issue on the president's desk. Within 20 days, Mr. Bush must submit the information, do nothing or declare that data release would substantially impair government operations.
If no action happens, the GAO can sue in federal court.

NAACP president tapes pilot for talk show
BALTIMORE — NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, a frequent critic of the major networks for not employing enough minorities in TV shows, has taped a talk show pilot for one of NBC's syndication partners.
Mr. Mfume taped the show for Hearst-Argyle Television in July in Boston, NAACP spokesman John White said yesterday.
The NAACP would not alter its racial demands at NBC or any of the other networks even if the show is picked up, Mr. White said.

Congressman asks Disney to pull movie
The Texas congressman who represents the family of David Vetter, who spent his life in a plastic bubble before dying in 1984 of immune deficiency disease, has written Walt Disney Co., asking that it withdraw its "Bubble Boy" movie.
"David had a serious illness that is something that should not be portrayed in the slapstick manner the movie purports," said Rep. Kevin Brady, Texas Republican.


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