- The Washington Times - Monday, March 26, 2001

Bush attends Virginia church service

In his latest effort to find a place to pray, President Bush yesterday attended an informal church service in Arlington, Va., featuring guitar folk music and a harmonica version of "Amazing Grace."
"Welcome to the family," the Rev. Glen Evans told Mr. Bush and his wife, Laura, who sat in the front row of the Clarendon United Methodist Church. "It's an honor and a privilege."
The service began with songs including a blues version of "Amazing Grace" by a four-member ensemble wearing open-necked shirts as they strummed guitars, hummed on a harmonica and played drums to a church about one-third full.
Mr. Evans spoke about how ordinary people can do good and introduced two women a former policewoman and a volunteer in a poor neighborhood to talk about their experiences.

New Orleans mayor wants to change rules

NEW ORLEANS Mayor Marc Morial is asking voters to change the city's term-limits law so he can run for re-election.
Mr. Morial, who was elected in 1994 and re-elected in 1998, said he would try to help the city's schools if allowed to seek a third term in next year's mayoral election.
The city charter limits the mayor to two consecutive terms, but a group of Mr. Morial's supporters, People for Continued Progress, is circulating a petition to put the term-limit issue on the ballot before the mayoral election. They would need to collect 10,000 signatures from registered voters to hold a vote on the issue.
City councilman Jim Singleton, who also may run for mayor, has said he will not support any discussion of lifting mayoral term limits unless the two-term restriction on council members also is reconsidered.

Hillary Clinton attacks Bush on policy

NEW YORK Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York accused President Bush of trying to "turn back the clock" on economic and environmental gains and said he was waging a "harm offensive."
"The president's been on a charm offensive, but his administration is on a harm offensive," Mrs. Clinton told an audience of constituents in the town of Corning, N.Y., the New York Post reported Saturday.
"The new administration is not just attempting to reverse the last eight years of progress and prosperity, they want to reverse the last 50 or 60 years."
Mrs. Clinton criticized what she called Mr. Bush's U-turn on a campaign promise to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and said he wants to cut funds for spending programs considered important to Democrats.

Prison population increases at slow rate

The number of Americans in state prisons last year increased at the slowest rate since 1971, though the total number of people incarcerated in the United States remained at a record high in 2000, the Justice Department reported yesterday.
As of June 2000, 1,931,859 persons were in federal, state and local facilities, a 3 percent increase over June 1999. The increase was primarily in the number of people in federal prisons, researchers said.
The majority of people behind bars in the United States are in state prisons, and this population grew by 1.5 percent, the smallest annual growth rate in 29 years, according to a report by the department's Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Nearly one in eight black males ages 20 to 34 were in prison on any given day, the report said.

Bomber crash kills two

LAS VEGAS A German air force fighter-bomber crashed in a sprawling military training range, killing both crew members, military officials said yesterday.
Nellis Air Force Base officials said the Tornado bomber crashed late Friday in the restricted area of the base's training area, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
The crash is being investigated by German and U.S. air force officials.
Germany is one of five foreign nations that sent aircraft to participate in the Red Flag mock-combat aerial exercises being conducted at the base through April 13.

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