- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 23, 2002

Newspaper clarifies remarks on celibacy
BOSTON The Boston Archdiocese's newspaper denies that it intended to challenge Catholic Church policy when it recently published an editorial raising questions about celibacy of priests, ordination of women and homosexuality.
The editorial published last week was intended to "take notice" of questions raised during a convocation held in Boston earlier this month, the Pilot said, even though that editorial made no mention of the convocation.
A new editorial published Thursday in the nation's oldest Catholic newspaper said the article intended to pose "questions that must be faced," but took on "a life of its own" and was misinterpreted.
The previous editorial on Boston's child-molestation cases raised questions about whether there would be fewer scandals if celibacy was optional for priests, and whether the priesthood attracts an unusually large number of homosexuals.

Senators call for arming troops on borders
MONTPELIER, Vt. Fifty-eight U.S. senators have urged the Bush administration to allow National Guard troops patrolling U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico to carry weapons, which they aren't permitted to do under current guidelines.
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, said the Guard troops need to be able to protect themselves.
The 1878 Posse Comitatus Act prohibits regular military personnel from serving in domestic law-enforcement roles. Guard troops are considered regular military since they were called up after September 11.
Under the rules for deployment developed by the Department of Defense and other agencies, regular border agents are responsible for protecting the Guard troops.
About 1,700 Guard troops were deployed this week to aid the agents.

Clinton to play sax at the Apollo
NEW YORK Former President Bill Clinton will be blowing his saxophone at the Apollo Theatre next month, and singers Michael Jackson and Tony Bennett are expected to join him in a star-studded event to raise money for a voter registration drive, the Democratic National Committee said yesterday.
The April 24 fund-raiser at the legendary Harlem theater, just down the street from Mr. Clinton's New York office, will be co-hosted by actors Cicely Tyson and Chris Tucker, said DNC spokeswoman Maria Cardona.
The performance will raise funds for "Every Vote Counts," the Democratic Party's national voter registration drive, and begin a series of similar fund-raisers throughout the country, Miss Cardona said. The Apollo event alone is expected to raise $2.5 million.

Physical education mandatory in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas Texas reinstated mandatory physical education in elementary schools yesterday, seven years after it was phased out to allow more time for academics.
Elementary school students will be required to take 135 to 150 minutes of gym every week under a rule approved by the Texas Board of Education to combat obesity in children.
"We have a childhood obesity problem in the state of Texas that needs to be addressed," state Health Commissioner Eduardo Sanchez said.

Agreement reached on election-reform bill
Senate negotiators reached an agreement on an anti-fraud provision yesterday, clearing the way for anticipated passage of a bill to overhaul the nation's election system.
The $3.5 billion bill would upgrade voting equipment and registration by 2004 and implement by 2006 new national election standards, such as permitting people to check their ballots and correct errors before their votes are counted.
It is designed to avoid a repeat of the disputed 2000 White House election. The measure may likely come up for a vote shortly after the Senate returns on April 8 from an Easter recess.


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