- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2002

Final dispatch
Newspapermen and women don't normally display emotion. But the National Press Foundation's 19th Annual Awards Dinner in Washington on Thursday night was anything but normal.
When horrific news was confirmed to the crowd of journalists that Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl had been murdered by his Pakistani abductors, Mr. Pearl's former colleagues in the Washington bureau, who filled a table in the center front of the ballroom, burst into tears, some burying their heads in fellow reporters' arms.
Mr. Pearl worked in Washington prior to moving to Europe and ultimately Bombay two years ago to cover South Asia. Besides having a knack for writing, Mr. Pearl is remembered by his fellow scribes here for his sense of humor perhaps displayed for the last time during a friendly turf battle he waged recently with a colleague in Washington who had written a story about Pakistani trade.
"Mr. Pearl kept quiet until after the story appeared in the paper," a Journal reporter reveals. "The day it appeared, his colleague wrote to apologize for not consulting him on the story first. Mr. Pearl replied with the following e-mail: 'grumble. grumble, grumble. grumble, grumble.
"'Okay, clean slate, but let me say this. I'm going to Pakistan Saturday, and from that point on, anybody who types the word Pakistan, Pakistani, Paki, Pak, Coldpak or Backpak without consulting me stands NO CHANCE AT ALL of getting illicit Cipro.'"
The e-mail was signed, "Danny."

Zahn taps Bennett
CNN continues its move toward the center, landing William Bennett, the Republican Party's leading social conservative, as a network contributor.
Starting March 4 from CNN's Washington bureau, Mr. Bennett, education secretary under President Reagan and director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under the first President Bush, will offer commentary on social and cultural issues, mainly on "American Morning with Paula Zahn."
Mr. Bennett says he's excited about his new television gig, adding that CNN is the first network the world turns to for breaking news. The world, perhaps, but in the United States the network's viewership has fallen dramatically in recent years.

Going for seven
"You say that, 'Sen. Ted Stevens, Alaska Republican, was first elected to his Capitol Hill throne in 1968.' Not quite," corrects Harvey Hudson, of Eden Prairie, Minn., who read our Friday item about Washington lawmakers who cling to their perches in the political jungle.
"Senator Stevens was appointed to the Senate on December 24, 1968, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator E.L. Bartlett. He was elected in a special election in 1970, re-elected to full terms in 1972, 1978, 1984, 1990 and 1996, and is a candidate for re-election again this year."

New Holland
No two Democrats oppose oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) more than Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut and John Kerry of Massachusetts, both potential White House contenders in 2004.
On the other hand, Interior Department spokesman Mark Pfeifle says for long-term national and economic security, the nation needs to supplement its traditional supply of oil with environmentally sensitive sources. This would affect, he says, only a tiny portion of ANWR.
"To suggest we can drill our way out of the energy problem is not the way out of the problem," counters Mr. Lieberman, who like Mr. Kerry prefers expanding renewable energy sources on public lands, such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass energy.
Let's examine, shall we, wind alone, comparing it to the energy potential of 2,000 acres along the coastal plain of ANWR. We consider these factors:
One barrel of crude oil (42 gallons) generates approximately 520 kilowatts of electricity.
On average, one operating windmill on property managed by the Bureau of Land Management generates approximately 178 kilowatts of electricity per day (by our calculations, it would then take about three windmills to equal the electricity from one barrel of oil).
Windmills on BLM land take up approximately 3 acres of land each.
It's calculated that ANWR would produce 1 million barrels of oil a day for approximately 30 years.
According to our figures, which we concede are journalistic and not scientific, it would take 3 million windmills covering 9 million acres of land to equal the energy tapped from a tiny strip of ANWR.
Or, more simply put, nearly every acre of Connecticut (3.1 million acres) and Massachusetts (more than 5 million acres) would have to be blanketed by windmills.


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