- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 29, 2001

Bush hails success of Disabilities Act
President Bush urged Congress yesterday to strengthen the 11-year-old Americans With Disabilities Act by improving transportation for disabled workers and encouraging private companies to develop technologies to help them do their jobs.
In his weekly radio address, Mr. Bush said such action would help houses of worship, community groups and civic organizations improve access for the handicapped.
The president praised the ADA — signed into law this week in 1991 by his father, President George Bush — for providing disabled people greater access to the functions of everyday life.

Democrats ask Bush to rethink veto threat
Congressional Democrats yesterday again called on President Bush to reconsider his threat to veto a "patients' bill of rights" measure that has been passed by the Senate and could come to a vote in the House next week.
In their weekly radio address, Democrats argued for their version of legislation that would expand the rights of patients to sue health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and insurance companies over decisions that result in injury or death.
The address was delivered by Sen. Jean Carnahan, a first-term Democrat from Missouri.

Graham leaves art to D.C. museums
The late Katharine Graham, top newspaper executive of The Washington Post, bequeathed her stock in The Post Co. to a family trust and left art works to several museums in the capital, the Post reported yesterday.
Mrs. Graham's will, an 18-page document filed Friday with the city's register of wills, stipulates that her Class A stock shares, 30.8 percent of the company's Class A shares, be given to a family trust. Since her family owns the remaining Class A shares — whose members elect 70 percent of the board — the family would retain control of the company, the Post reported.
Mrs. Graham, who died recently of injuries suffered in a fall in Idaho, also gave Chinese art scrolls, paintings and other art objects to the Freer Gallery of Art. She left the National Gallery of Art a still life by Diego Rivera and an Edward Steichen photograph of her mother.
Mrs. Graham's papers and those of her deceased husband, Philip Graham, were given to the Library of Congress.

Kennedy kin eyes U.S. House race
CHICAGO — William Kennedy Smith, a third-generation member of the famous political family, is quietly exploring running for a seat in Congress from Chicago's North Side, the Chicago Sun-Times said in its editions today.
Mr. Smith, a doctor and a crusader on behalf of land-mine victims, would campaign for the seat being vacated by Rep. Rod R. Blagojevich, a Democrat who is leaving Congress to run for governor of Illinois, the newspaper reported.
The 39-year-old Mr. Smith is the son of the late Stephen Smith and his wife, Jean Kennedy Smith, former ambassador to Ireland and the sister of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.
Mr. Smith was acquitted of rape in 1991. The accusation stemmed from a beach incident after a night he spent at a Palm Beach, Fla., bar with Mr. Kennedy and the senator's son Patrick, now a Democratic U.S. representative from Rhode Island.

Judge refuses injunction against Bridgestone
CHICAGO — A federal judge in Indianapolis has refused to issue an emergency injunction against Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. that would have forced the tire maker to recall millions of more tires, the Indianapolis Star reported yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker, who is presiding over the consolidation of 200 cases filed against the tire maker and Ford Motor Co., also ruled Friday against a recall of Ford Explorers equipped with the tires.
"We feel it's a substantial victory for the company," Bridgestone/Firestone spokeswoman Jill Bratina told Reuters yesterday. "We have been pleased with a majority of the judge's rulings."

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