- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 3, 2002

Billy Graham apologizes for comments on Jews
In President Nixon's Oval Office, the Rev. Billy Graham didn't mince words in describing his feelings about Jewish people and the media: "This stranglehold has got to be broken or this country's going down the drain."
On Friday, the 83-year-old evangelist apologized for his words spoken 30 years ago and captured on an audio tape. The conversation was among 500 hours of Nixon tapes released this week by the National Archives. Most were recorded between January and June 1972.
"Although I have no memory of the occasion, I deeply regret comments I apparently made in an Oval Office conversation with President Nixon … some 30 years ago," Mr. Graham said in a statement released by his Texas public relations firm. "They do not reflect my views and I sincerely apologize for any offense caused by the remarks."

Afghan war detainees continue hunger strike
Eighty-four detainees from the war in Afghanistan refused breakfast at their prisoner camp in Cuba early yesterday, continuing a hunger strike begun Wednesday, a spokesman said.
"At this moment, everything is calm, there has been no further demonstration or anything untoward," spokesman Gabriel Puello told Agence France-Presse.

Bush pushes education plan
President Bush pledged yesterday to work to enlist a new generation of well-trained teachers to help America's children succeed in school and beyond.
Highlighting his education agenda, Mr. Bush said in his weekly radio address: "The effectiveness of all education reform eventually comes down to a good teacher in a classroom."
Mr. Bush said that America will need 2 million new teachers over the next decade, and that the budget he approved for this year includes nearly $3 billion for teacher training, recruiting and hiring. That is an increase of more than 35 percent over the previous year's budget, he said.

$150 million estate bequeathed by oilman
AUSTIN, Texas A retired Texas oilman has pledged his estate worth an estimated $150 million to the University of Texas, which school officials said was the largest gift ever made to a single public university.
The donation by John "Jack" Jackson, who graduated from the University of Texas in 1940, is a testament to the role the school played in his life, university President Larry Faulkner said in announcing the gift yesterday.
Mr. Jackson, 88, was unable to attend the announcement because he was ill at his home in Dallas, Mr. Faulkner said.

Businessman beats chief in mayor's race
NEW ORLEANS A businessman making his first run for office coasted to victory over a popular police chief in yesterday's runoff for mayor of Louisiana's largest city.
With 323 of 442 precincts reporting, Cox Communications Vice President Ray Nagin had 49,185 votes, or 57 percent, to 36,961 or 43 percent for New Orleans Police Superintendent Richard Pennington.
Mr. Nagin will replace two-term Mayor Marc Morial.
Both candidates are political newcomers who took leave from their jobs to campaign after voters turned down Mr. Morial's attempt to change term limits.
It has been 66 years since New Orleans' had a mayor who had never before held elected office.

Crew member dies in Navy crash
A U.S. Navy F-14 fighter jet crashed in the Mediterranean Sea as it took off from the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy yesterday, killing one of the two crew members on the aircraft, the Navy said.
The jet crashed immediately after it was launched, but both aviators ejected before it splashed into the sea, according to the Navy. A search and rescue team recovered both fliers, but one was pronounced dead. The other was in stable condition.

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