- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2001

OMB official picked to be NASA head
President Bush has selected Sean O'Keefe, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, sources tell United Press International.
Mr. O'Keefe whose nomination must be confirmed by the Senate was named by Mr. Bush as deputy OMB director Feb. 6. He spent part of his time at OMB working on NASA budget issues, including cost overruns on the International Space Station project.

Poundstone jailed for violating probation
SANTA MONICA, Calif. Paula Poundstone was jailed yesterday by a judge who said the comedian relapsed during treatment at the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center where she was sent after pleading no-contest to child-endangerment charges.
The treatment program alerted Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins that Poundstone suffered a relapse involving the use of unprescribed drugs or medications, according to the prosecutor. The specific substance was not disclosed during the hearing, and attorneys would not elaborate afterward.

Teen-ager kills self at school
CARO, Mich. A 17-year-old gunman who killed himself after a three-hour hostage standoff in his classroom was a somber, polite student who showed no warning signs of violence, his principal said yesterday.
Chris Buschbacher was upset over a breakup with his girlfriend two days before Monday's standoff at the Caro Learning Center, an alternative high school for troubled students, Tuscola County Undersheriff Jim Jashinske said. The teen hid a .22-caliber rifle, a 20-gauge shotgun and a tube of gunpowder in a locker room shower stall sometime Monday.
The girl, who wasn't named by police, was in a classroom with a teacher and two other girls when the youth walked in with the guns Monday afternoon, Sheriff Jashinske said. She and another girl ran to the principal's office. Audrea Jackson, 15, and science teacher Joseph Gottler were taken hostage.
After negotiations with sheriff's Lt. James Giroux, the gunman released Audrea in exchange for a pack of cigarettes and a lighter, and freed Mr. Gottler later. Neither was injured.

Rabbi trial judge declares mistrial
CAMDEN, N.J. A judge declared a mistrial yesterday in the trial of a rabbi accused of arranging his wife's murder after the jury said they had reached a standstill on all three counts.
Jurors deliberated for more than 40 hours over seven days before sending the judge a note yesterday saying they could not reach a decision in the case against Rabbi Fred J. Neulander.
The hung jury made it likely the case will be tried again in another county and probably with other lawyers.

Alumnus gives Princeton $60 million
PRINCETON, N.J. Auto insurance magnate Peter B. Lewis has donated $60 million to Princeton University for the construction of a science library.
Frank Gehry, who designed the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain, will spearhead the project, the university said.
Mr. Lewis, of Beachwood, Ohio, is a 1955 Princeton graduate and a member of the university's board of trustees. He is chairman of the board of Progressive Auto Insurance, one of the nation's largest auto insurers.

Catholic group elects black president
The group that serves as the collective voice of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops elected its first black president yesterday, Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Ill.
Bishop Gregory got 186 of the 249 votes cast, with the other 63 scattered among nine candidates.
Bishop Gregory spent the past three years as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The organization's vice president traditionally ascends to the top office.


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