- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 1, 2002

President asks nation for 'season of service'
CRAWFORD, Texas President Bush asked Americans yesterday to regard Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays as a "season of service" in which they marshal their own good fortunes in big and small ways on behalf of those in need.
"Taking time to count our own blessings reminds us that many people struggle every day: men, women and children facing hunger, homelessness, illness, addiction or despair," Mr. Bush said in his weekly radio address. "These are not strangers. They are fellow Americans needing comfort, love and compassion."

Jeffords says Bush weakening pollution law
President Bush has weakened clean air and water laws for the sake of business contributors, Sen. James M. Jeffords said in the Democrats' weekly radio response aired yesterday.
"The Bush administration has continued its pattern of sacrificing our environment to the demands of special interests," said Mr. Jeffords, the Vermont independent who switched from the Republican Party last spring to hand the Senate to the Democrats. "This year, the power industry is getting a nice Christmas gift, the biggest weakening of the Clean Air Act in history."
Mr. Jeffords faulted, among other things, the Bush administration's plans, announced Nov. 22, to relax regulations to make it easier for older factories and facilities, not always covered by environmental laws, to modernize without having to install expensive new anti-pollution equipment.

Slaying victim gives lead on suspects
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. A man shot five times in the head and twice in the torso helped police zero in on suspects by leaving behind a letter accusing his live-in girlfriend and her new lover, authorities said.
Robert Sandt, 56, found dead in his home Wednesday, left a handwritten note implicating Teri Lynn Levanduski, 41, and Lennard Paul Fransen, 43, of Branchville, N.J., police said in an affidavit.
Miss Levanduski and Mr. Fransen were both charged with criminal homicide and criminal conspiracy. Police said Mr. Sandt wrote that he had found letters between the couple in which Mr. Fransen described their affair and talked of getting rid of him.

Former mayor Giuliani proposes to companion
NEW YORK Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has popped the question, asking Judith Nathan to marry him.
Spokeswoman Sunny Mindel said Mr. Giuliani proposed last Sunday to Miss Nathan, his companion of more than two years, during a business trip to Paris.
"We are engaged," Mr. Giuliani said at a Manhattan book signing. "It was a beautiful thing. It was very romantic and we're very happy, and then the rest of it will all happen in due time."
He said he hoped the wedding would be private.

Zsa Zsa now able to breathe on own
LOS ANGELES Zsa Zsa Gabor, injured in a Sunset Boulevard car crash, remained in serious condition but is breathing on her own, her husband said.
"I talked to her; she whispered, but you can hardly understand her," her husband, Frederic von Anhalt, said Friday night from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
She is likely to remain in the hospital for a week or so, he said.

Lawyer says fetus law conflicts with abortion
ERIE, Pa. A lawyer whose client was charged with fetal homicide in the kicking of a pregnant woman says the Pennsylvania law enabling an unborn child to be considered a murder victim is unconstitutional.
Tim Lucas argues that the law doesn't make sense because the state's abortion law specifically lets a woman terminate her pregnancy in the first 24 weeks. But under the statute on crimes against unborn children, he said, a person could be charged for killing a fetus of any age.


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