- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 17, 2002

Graham reiterates apology to Jews
MINNEAPOLIS The Rev. Billy Graham is again apologizing for a 1972 conversation with former President Nixon in which he said a Jewish "stranglehold" of the media was ruining the country.
"I don't ever recall having those feelings about any group, especially the Jews, and I certainly do not have them now," Mr. Graham said in a statement issued Friday. "I humbly ask the Jewish community to reflect on my actions on behalf of Jews over the years that contradict my words in the Oval Office that day."
The conversation was included on 500 hours of Nixon White House tapes released by the National Archives in late February. Most were recorded in 1972.
In the conversation with Mr. Nixon, the Southern Baptist evangelist expressed disdain for what he saw as Jewish domination of the media.
"This stranglehold has got to be broken or this country's going down the drain," Mr. Graham said, agreeing with Mr. Nixon's own comments earlier in the conversation.
Mr. Graham, 83, initially apologized in a brief statement issued March 1, shortly after the tapes were released.

Eight infantrymen get Purple Hearts
Eight U.S. soldiers received Purple Hearts yesterday for injuries suffered during an intense, 18-hour firefight on the first day of Operation Anaconda.
"The men standing here … showed their mettle and their steel in the sense that they were wounded in the early morning hours and were unable to be extracted until the early evening," said Maj. Gen. Frank L. Hagenbeck, the commander of all ground forces in Afghanistan, who pinned the awards on each of the men.

Man shoots at rescuers, killing two
ROSWELL, N.M. A man injured in a house explosion shot at his rescuers, killing a paramedic and a neighbor and wounding the fire chief and a child before committing suicide yesterday.
Police said they do not know any motive.
The shooter, whose identity was not released, had suffered burns in the house fire and had sought help from his neighbor, Randy Houghton, said Officer Robert Giles, a police spokesman.
Steve Lovato, an emergency medical technician, and other fire officials were treating and questioning the man around 2 a.m. when he began shooting. Mr. Lovato and Mr. Houghton were killed.
Roswell Fire Chief Louis Jones and a 4-year-old boy who was in the home were wounded. Both were airlifted to a Lubbock Hospital. Chief Jones was in critical condition after surgery. The condition of the boy was not released by the hospital.
The gunman killed himself, Officer Giles said.

Man sentenced to death in murder of woman
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Marvin Charles Gabrion II expressed no emotion yesterday after he was sentenced to death for killing a woman who disappeared two days before she was to testify against him in a rape case.
Prosecutors estimated that an appeal of the sentence would take about 10 years to wind through the legal system. Defense attorneys left the courthouse without talking to reporters.
Gabrion was convicted March 5 of murder on federal property in the death of 19-year-old Rachel Timmerman, whose body was found in 1997 in a lake in Manistee National Forest.
Mrs. Timmerman and her 11-month-old daughter, Shannon, had disappeared about a month earlier, two days before Mrs. Timmerman was to testify in a rape case she had filed against Gabrion.

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