- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Lynne Cheney calls husband's health good
Don't worry about how Richard B. Cheney's heart is taking wartime stress, the vice president's wife says the busier it gets, the more serene he is.
Lynne V. Cheney, in rare public comments on her husband's health, said Monday that the vice president is calm and happiest when he is in control.
"Dick is doing something he's spent his whole life preparing to do," Mrs. Cheney said on CNN's "Wolf Blitzer Reports." "I think stress is when you feel frustrated, when you don't feel control of your life He's having a remarkable time right now, and is not feeling stressed in the least."
Mr. Cheney, 60, has suffered four heart attacks and had a pacemaker-defibrillator implanted in June to control a potentially dangerous heart rhythm.

Letter to Santa returned after 37 years
BURLINGTON, Wis. Randy Schulz received a present before Christmas a letter he sent to Santa Claus 37 years ago.
Workers at Burlington's post office found the letter in an old Santa mailbox in the basement of the city's Chamber of Commerce. The post office located Mr. Schulz and returned the letter to him on Sunday.
Mr. Schulz wasn't sure the letter was his until postal workers told him his sister's name and the list of toys he had included in it. He was 6 years old when he sent it to Santa.
"It's been a long time, and I guess you just try and remember back to when we were kids and played and sledded in the winter and the family Christmas we used to have at the house each year," he said.

Authorities search for abducted toddler
CHICAGO A woman tearfully pleaded for the return of her 16-month-old daughter yesterday as police searched for the girl and her abductor.
"Please bring her back," 21-year-old Marcella Anderson said at a news conference.
Miss Anderson was at the Greyhound bus station Monday night with her two daughters intending to complete their trip home to Milwaukee by bus following a flight from St. Louis, police said.
A woman befriended Miss Anderson and offered to give them a ride to Milwaukee, police said. The woman, who had a tattoo on her neck, persuaded Miss Anderson to leave her daughter Jasmine in her care as Miss Anderson took her 3-year-old daughter to return the bus tickets, police said.
While Miss Anderson was cashing in her ticket, the woman fled with Jasmine, police said.

Mother identifies missing boy's shoe
CADDO, Texas A missing 6-year-old boy's tennis shoe was found in a lake yesterday by search teams dredging the water in search of him.
Ira Clutter has been missing since Saturday, when he disappeared while hiking with his family. The family said Ira didn't know how to swim.
The shoe was the first sign of the boy after hundreds of rescue workers and volunteers spent four days searching.
"The mother identified it as his," said Kristen Everett, spokeswoman for Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Miss Everett said nine boats were looking for the boy yesterday, including some operated by civilians who came out to help. Several horseback riders also searched.

Fugitive accused of assault, kidnapping
SALEM, Ore. A convicted rapist and kidnapper who escaped from an Oregon state prison is suspected of assaulting a woman and forcing her to drive him to a state park, authorities said.
Leighton Bates, 41, escaped from the medium-security Oregon State Correctional Institute on Monday. He had been serving time for felonies that would have kept him behind bars until at least December 2037.
Bates then hid in the laundry room of an apartment complex and took a woman and her son hostage, said Salem police Sgt. Jim Miller.
The sergeant said Bates forced the woman back to her apartment and stayed overnight before forcing her yesterday morning to drive him to Silver Falls State Park, about 20 miles east of Salem. Sgt. Miller said the woman was assaulted but gave no further details.

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