- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 24, 2001

President Bush to meet with Governor Davis

With sparks flying between them over California´s electricity crisis, President Bush and California Gov. Gray Davis agreed yesterday to meet when the president visits the state next week.

Mr. Davis, who requested the meeting after accusing Mr. Bush of ignoring the state´s energy woes and letting power companies "get away with murder," will renew his request that Mr. Bush give California´s consumers some relief from skyrocketing electricity bills and power blackouts.

"We look forward to the meeting where the governor will bring up the issue of short-term price relief," said Davis spokesman Steve Maviglio. Details of the meeting are not complete.

Wal-Mart employees asked to leave Kmart

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Attention Kmart shoppers. Those were Wal-Mart employees in aisle three handing out employment applications.

About 20 Wal-Mart workers, wearing their trademark blue vests, briefly went through the Bloomington Kmart on Tuesday, some handing out leaflets advertising openings for cashiers at the Wal-Mart store across town.

But their tour through Kmart didn´t last as long as a blue-light special before they were asked to leave.

"The leaflets were recruiting help," said Kmart manager Terry Hartwig. "We apologize to the customers of our store for any inconvenience."

Honor student arrested for kitchen knife in car

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A high school honor student who is set to graduate next week was sent to jail and will miss the ceremony because a kitchen knife was found in her car, officials said.

Lindsay Brown, 18, spent Monday in jail on a felony charge of possession of a weapon on Estero High School property, and she was suspended from school for five days.

Mistrial is vindication for cult leader

EVERETT, Wash. — Christopher Turgeon has denounced his defense attorney as "an agent of Satan," preached about the end of the world being just three years away and claimed he is the second coming of an Old Testament prophet.

The apocalyptic cult leader´s attorney says his client is "nuts," but jurors deciding his first-degree-murder trial weren´t able to make such a determination or decide on a verdict.

A judge declared a mistrial yesterday after jurors came back deadlocked, providing a vindication of sorts for the cult leader who was accused of orchestrating the killing of a follower. Turgeon is already serving an 89-year sentence for his part in a July 1998 crime spree in San Diego that prosecutors said was meant to trigger the downfall of the United States.

Bill bans execution of mentally retarded

AUSTIN, Texas — The state would be banned from executing murderers found to be mentally retarded under a compromise reached by a joint House and Senate committee yesterday.

"It is inhumane to execute people who are mentally retarded who do not know the difference between right and wrong," said House sponsor Rep. Juan Hinojosa, a Democrat.

The compromise bill will now have to be approved by both chambers before being sent to Gov. Rick Perry, who has not said whether he would sign the legislation. He has indicated he is interested in waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the issue.

Miners arrested for blocking highway

MADISON, W.Va. — The president of the United Mine Workers and 16 union members were arrested yesterday for blocking a highway in a protest against a coal company´s safety and environmental record.

The group staged the sit-down protest near a Massey Energy Co. complex about 50 miles southwest of Charleston, urging stockholders to pressure the company to change the way it does business in the Appalachians.

The complex has been cited repeatedly by state regulators for fouling the air with dust..

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