- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2002

President presses homeland security
President Bush pressed Senate Democrats yesterday to stand up to the challenge of terrorism by agreeing to his proposal for a Homeland Security Department with broad power to "move people and resources to meet new threats."
Mr. Bush, in his weekly radio address, said the bill before the Senate is unacceptable and that he favored a compromise by Sens. Phil Gramm, Texas Republican, and Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat. Mr. Bush said their measure would meet his demands for flexibility while adequately protecting the 170,000 federal workers expected to staff the new department.
Mr. Bush was going after the votes of conservative Democrats and of one liberal Republican, Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island.

Democrats face fund-raising fines
The Federal Election Commission has imposed record fines totaling at least $719,000 against Democrats involved in the party's 1996 fund-raising scandals, according to published reports.
FEC documents described how Democratic fund-raisers demanded illegal campaign contributions from foreign nationals in China and other countries in exchange for meetings with then-President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
Among those who were penalized by the FEC were the Democratic National Committee, $115,000; the Clinton-Gore campaign, $2,000; and the Buddhist Progressive Society, $120,000, The Washington Post and the New York Times reported yesterday.
They said the DNC also agreed to surrender an additional $128,000 representing illegal campaign donations that were not returned.

Hurricane Isidore gathers strength
MIAMI Hurricane Isidore could strengthen to a destructive Category 4 storm in the coming week, and Louisiana, Texas and Mexico seem likely to bear the brunt of its wind and rain, forecasters said yesterday.
The storm was a Category 3 hurricane with 120-mile-per-hour winds as it moved slowly toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
It was expected to drift slowly across the Yucatan for several days, then strengthen over the warm Gulf of Mexico, said forecaster Eric Blake of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. A Category 4 hurricane has sustained wind of at least 131 mph.
Gulf Coast communities were watching the storm.

Actor Heston hits campaign trail
PARKER, Texas Charlton Heston campaigned for a Republican U.S. Senate candidate yesterday in one of the actor's first public appearances since announcing last month that he has symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Heston, the 77-year-old president of the National Rifle Association, walked onto a stage set up at the Southfork Ranch of the "Dallas" TV show fame and spoke for about a minute in support of candidate John Cornyn in the contested Texas race.
The Academy Award winner also asked the crowd of several hundred to support the policies of President Bush.
"Just remember, we've got to stay in the chariot," Mr. Heston said, alluding to the spectacular chariot-race scenes in the epic that garnered him an Oscar for best actor, "Ben-Hur."
Mr. Heston disclosed Aug. 9 that he was in the early stages of what appeared to be the degenerative brain disease.

Tiger on school visit mauls 6-year-old boy
SAN FRANCISCO A Bengal tiger taken to a Northern California elementary school as part of an educational program mauled and bit a 6-year-old boy when its handler lost control of it, police said.
The boy, who was not identified by police or school officials, was flown Friday by helicopter to a hospital in nearby Palo Alto, where he was listed in guarded condition with a 4-inch cut on his head.
The tiger, which had been declawed, was at the Baymonte Christian School in Scotts Valley, California as part of a "Zoo to You" program run by a nonprofit group and designed to offer children an up-close look at animals typically found in the wild.
But at the end of the 20-minute program in the school's chapel, the year-old, 200-pound tiger, which was on a leash, lunged at the child, who had been sitting in the front pew, and bit him.
"She just leaped," said Scotts Valley police Sergeant John Wilson. "There was no warning."


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