- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 24, 2002

Bush hails progress of 107th Congress
President Bush took time out of a European trip yesterday to praise Congress for passing bills that he said would help protect Americans from terrorism and produce jobs.
Mr. Bush is expected to sign legislation this week that creates a Homeland Security Department and ensures builders can get insurance to protect projects against damage from terrorist attacks. The bills were approved in the final days of the 107th Congress.
The president's radio message was taped in Europe, where he was helping to mark the entry of former Soviet bloc nations into an expanded NATO. "This week, we saw the historic expansion of NATO and historic progress by Congress. Both will make America more secure," he said.
Topping Mr. Bush's domestic list was approval of the new Cabinet agency after lawmakers stripped the work rules and union restrictions he opposed.
Mr. Bush also applauded congressional passage of legislation to improve security at U.S. ports.
He said he believed the terrorism insurance bill would lower premiums and "get many real estate and construction projects that had been put on hold moving again, creating thousands of hard-hat jobs."

Space Shuttle Endeavour streaks into orbit
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Space shuttle Endeavour streaked into orbit last night after weeks of delay, carrying a new set of residents and another massive building block for the international space station.
NASA had feared storms in Spain might postpone the flight for the second day in a row. But in the end, the rain held off at one of the two overseas emergency landing strips and managers cleared Endeavour and its seven astronauts for takeoff.
"Looks like we've got a good vehicle and good weather tonight for you," said launch director Mike Leinbach. "Have a great flight. I hope you have a good turkey dinner packed for Thanksgiving."
"From the bridge of Endeavour, we're ready to set thundering sail," replied the commander, James Wetherbee.
Endeavour roared to life and lit up the clear night sky for miles around. The ship was visible for seven minutes, resembling a bright star as it arced over the ocean.
The space station and its three residents, on board since June, were soaring over Austria when Endeavour blasted off at 7:49 p.m. to come get them.

Driver reprimanded for distributing Bibles
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A school bus driver was given a letter of discipline for distributing Bibles to students on her bus.
After picking students up Tuesday afternoon from Merrill Road Elementary School, the driver pulled out of the school driveway and stopped at the corner.
A man approached the bus and through a window handed the driver Bibles to be distributed to students, said Donna Alosa, regional manager for First Student, the bus contractor that employs the driver. The company is not releasing her name.
Miss Alosa said the driver thought the man was with the school and accepted the books. Students sitting near the driver said they wanted the Bibles and she gave them out, Miss Alosa said.
"It all happened so fast that she didn't pay attention to what she was giving out, and that was wrong," Miss Alosa said.

Two men found shot in office
NOVI, Mich. A man who was upset after being fired from a job at a landscaping business returned to the office, fatally shot a supervisor and turned the gun on himself, authorities said.
Police said Michael Lee Henley, 36, became angry when his supervisors at Valley Crest Landscape Management assigned him extra work Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported in yesterday's editions.
Mr. Henley became "very confrontational, very animated, very emotional, so they ended up terminating him," said Novi Police Chief Doug Shaeffer. The police chief said Mr. Henley left, returned an hour later with a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle and shot Bryan Bowden, 24, seven times.
Mr. Henley then forced a secretary to type a dictated letter outlining his problems with three other employees. He told her she could leave the office, and then signed the note and shot himself, Chief Shaeffer told the Detroit News.

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