- The Washington Times - Monday, December 17, 2001

Publisher booed at campus speech
SACRAMENTO, Calif. A newspaper publisher's commencement speech was drowned out by hecklers when she suggested that the federal government's investigation of the terrorist attacks posed a threat to civil liberties.
Janis Besler Heaphy, president and publisher of the Sacramento Bee, was delivering the midyear graduation address Saturday to an audience of about 17,000 at California State University in Sacramento.
When she raised questions about racial profiling, limits on civil rights and the establishment of military tribunals, the audience interrupted for five minutes. University President Don Gerth tried to quiet the audience, but Miss Heaphy stopped speaking after more loud heckling erupted.

Bushes spend weekend in town
President Bush, spending a rare weekend at the White House, ducked out yesterday for a visit to church and a run.
Mr. Bush normally prefers to escape the confines of the White House on the weekends to stay at the presidential retreat at Camp David. In town over the weekend, Mr. Bush got out and about, as he has urged Americans to do in an effort to return to normalcy after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The president went to dinner at a Chinese restaurant Saturday night. Yesterday, he and first lady Laura Bush attended the 8 a.m. service at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Back from church, Mr. Bush hopped into his limousine for a ride to Fort McNair, where he ran laps around the parade grounds for about 40 minutes.

Astronauts ready shuttle for landing
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The seven astronauts aboard the shuttle Endeavour spent their last full day in space yesterday, checking their flight systems, testing their rockets and getting some rest ahead of their fiery re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.
NASA said the shuttle should land at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, weather permitting, at 12:55 p.m. EST today.
Endeavour delivered a new crew and more than two tons of provisions and equipment to the International Space Station during its 12-day mission.

Strange odor forces airport evacuation
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. A strange odor made about 20 security workers sick and delayed hundreds of airline passengers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
A group of security people at one of the airport's concourses began coughing Saturday around 9 a.m. and complained of eye, nose and throat irritation because of the smell, authorities said.
The workers returned to work an hour later. A fire department spokesman said the odor may have emanated from a perfume or hair spray.

Rufus Thomas dead at 84
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Rufus Thomas, a singer/songwriter famous for the R&B; standard "Walking the Dog," has died at age 84, his family said yesterday.
Mr. Thomas, the son of sharecroppers, died Saturday of apparent heart failure at St. Francis Hospital.
He got his show business start at age 19 in a minstrel show, and was later a successful disc jockey. The 1963 song, "Walking the Dog," marked his first top-10 hit and has since been covered by more than 100 artists, including the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith.
In 1969, "Do the Funky Chicken" brought him back to the forefront, and he scored his first No. 1 R&B; hit the next year with "Do the Push and Pull."

Thousands rally with Promise Keepers
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Promise Keepers organization drew 14,000 persons to its first youth-oriented rally, the start of a program designed to instill values in young men.
The evangelical group for men said Saturday's event, known as Passage, ended with each boy being teamed with an adult mentor charged to work with the teen-ager and instill in him integrity, courage, humility and faith.

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