- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 15, 2002

Pararescuer gets posthumous honors
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. An Air Force pararescuer killed in Afghanistan while attending to wounded comrades was awarded the Air Force Cross and remembered for his heroism.
The medal, the service's second-highest honor, was presented Friday to Theresa Cunningham, the widow of Senior Airman Jason Cunningham, who died in March.
"On behalf of the United States Air Force and a grateful nation, we present this award as a recognition of his extraordinary heroism, as a symbol of our deep gratitude for his loyal and honorable service," Air Force Secretary James Roche said.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper said that in his long career "I never approached the valor, the honor that Jason did in just one mission."
The airman's widow was comforted by Tech. Sgt. Keary Miller, a pararescuer with Airman Cunningham at the Battle of Takur Ghar.

Partisan Review co-founder dies
NEW YORK William Phillips, who co-founded the Partisan Review and was its editor for more than 60 years, died in Manhattan. He was 94.
Mr. Phillips, who died Friday, founded the magazine with Philip Rahv, and the two molded it into one of the most influential literary and political journals in the country in the years before and after World War II.
It introduced Americans to existentialism and published the work of such well-known intellectuals and writers as Lionel Trilling, Mary McCarthy, Irving Howe and Dwight Macdonald.
The early writings of Norman Mailer and James Baldwin, among others, appeared in its pages, as did many famous works, including Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Gimpel the Fool" and Susan Sontag's essay "Notes on Camp."
Born in East Harlem, Mr. Phillips grew up poor in the East Bronx and attended City College, where he studied with the philosopher Morris Raphael Cohen. He went on to take graduate courses at New York University.

GOP incumbent hit on NRA escorts
CHARLOTTE, N.C. A Republican candidate for Congress is offering campaign volunteers extra protection for their forays into immigrant neighborhoods: escorts from the National Rifle Association.
Democrats said the move by incumbent Rep. Robin Hayes' campaign is an insult to residents and held a rally yesterday in their support.
"We've knocked on doors in this neighborhood," said Paul Blank, campaign manager for Chris Kouri, Mrs. Hayes' Democratic opponent. "We've had women and children go door-to-door, too." The volunteers went without NRA escorts, he said.
In an e-mail sent Thursday to Mecklenburg County Republicans about a campaign gathering, Mrs. Hayes' campaign managers said volunteers need not fear.
"NRA members will cover neighborhoods that might be uncomfortable for some volunteers," the e-mail said.

Death penalty called valid for Westerfield
SAN DIEGO A judge rejected arguments that the death penalty is unconstitutional in the case of David Westerfield, who was convicted of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old neighbor Danielle van Dam.
Superior Court Judge William Mudd said Friday that the death penalty "is working in the state of California" and is not applied "willy-nilly." Westerfield's attorneys had argued that it constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
Jurors are set to resume deliberations tomorrow on whether Westerfield should be executed or sentenced to life in prison for Danielle's murder.

FDA warns of listeria rise
Federal authorities warned residents of Pennsylvania of an unexplained increase in cases of listeria monocytogenes, a food-borne bacteria that can cause severe illness.
"The specific food associated with the increased incidence of illness has not been identified," said an advisory issued late Friday by the Food and Drug Administration and the Food Safety Inspection Service.
The two agencies said they were working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify the source of contamination.

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