- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 28, 2001

Funeral held for soldier killed in copter crash
CHEYENNE, Wyo. Friends and relatives gathered yesterday at a gymnasium decked with flags, wreaths and flowers to honor one of the two Army rangers killed in a helicopter crash in Pakistan.
Spc. Jonn J. Edmunds, 20, died Oct. 19 in the crash that occurred during a support mission for a special forces raid in Afghanistan.
"It's really sad what happened, but he was doing what he wanted to do," said Amanda Schroeder, a friend of Spc. Edmunds since seventh grade, as tears welled in her eyes.
Spc. Edmunds and Pfc. Kristofor Stonesifer were the first combat-related deaths in the U.S. war on terrorism.
A service for Pfc. Stonesifer, 28, was held Friday in Plumsteadville, Pa.

News Corp. withdraws Hughes Electronics offer
DETROIT News Corp. yesterday withdrew its long-standing offer for General Motors Corp. subsidiary Hughes Electronics after the automaker's board of directors failed to make a decision on the deal.
The only other suitor is EchoStar, which made its offer in August. GM and News Corp. had been in negotiations for more than 18 months.

Gore: U.S. must stay true to values
MANCHESTER, N.H. As the United States wages war on terrorism, history will judge the nation by how it defends equality at home and human rights abroad, former Vice President Al Gore said yesterday.
"Political, religious and economic freedom represent the way we as human beings are intended to live our lives together," Mr. Gore told a New Hampshire Democratic Party fund-raiser. "We will never turn our backs on those values."
Mr. Gore, paying a visit to the state that hosts the nation's first presidential primary, did not say if he would run again in 2004, despite the prodding of 500 guests, some of whom chanted "Gore in four."
"I'm not gonna respond to that, but I appreciate the encouragement," said Mr. Gore, who lost to President Bush in last year's election. "I have not decided what I am going to do in the future."

Giuliani makes pick in mayor's race
NEW YORK Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani endorsed Republican mayoral hopeful Michael Bloomberg yesterday, while the media billionaire promised to follow in Mr. Giuliani's footsteps and build on his accomplishments.
"I'm very confident that the city would be in absolutely wonderful hands in the hands of Mike Bloomberg," Mr. Giuliani told reporters on the steps of City Hall.
Mr. Bloomberg has spent $41 million of his own money on the campaign so far, spokesman Ed Skyler said. Democratic mayoral candidate Mark Green has spent about $9 million, according to the latest campaign finance report.

Referendum delayed on Vieques training
A referendum on continuing naval training on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques has been postponed from Nov. 6 and pushed to January, a U.S. Navy spokesman said yesterday.
Navy Secretary Gordon England has set aside the binding referendum on the Navy's future on the island until Jan. 25, Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Herman Phillips said.

Philly police barred from smoking on duty
PHILADELPHIA Police have been told to stub out their cigarettes permanently while at work after a newspaper photograph showed an officer smoking as he helped lift a man in a wheelchair outside a building on fire.
Police Commissioner John F. Timoney issued a department-wide ban on smoking while on duty or in uniform on Friday, saying smoking "may be perceived as unprofessional" and is potentially dangerous to both the officer and the public.
Under the new policy, an initial violation will likely draw a written reprimand, with more violations treated as "failure to obey orders and conduct unbecoming" an officer, a police spokesman said.

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