- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 5, 2003

Voters back recall of California governor

LOS ANGELES — A majority of voters say they believe that Gov. Gray Davis, Democrat, should be recalled in a special election, according to a poll published yesterday, hours after recall leaders said they had enough support to put the question on the ballot.

The Los Angeles Times statewide poll of 1,412 adults, 1,127 of them registered voters, found that 51 percent want Mr. Davis ousted and that 42 percent would reject a recall. The rest said they didn’t know what to do.

Many pointed to the state’s $38 billion fiscal crisis as the reason Mr. Davis should be removed. Others gave him poor ratings on education and energy.

As for a replacement for Mr. Davis, the poll found the most support for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, followed by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, who lost the Republican primary last year, when Mr. Davis was re-elected. Republican actor Arnold Schwarzenegger trailed, with more than half of those polled saying they wouldn’t vote for him.

Crooner Barry White dies at 58

LOS ANGELES — Velvet-voiced R&B; crooner Barry White, renowned for his lush baritone and carnal lyrics that oozed sex appeal on songs such as “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” died yesterday morning, his manager said.

Mr. White, who had kidney failure from years of high blood pressure, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center around 9:30 a.m., said manager Ned Shankman. He was 58.

Mr. White was undergoing dialysis treatment and had been hospitalized since September.

His work epitomized seductive disco music. The heavyset musician enjoyed three decades of fame for songs such as “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” and “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me.”

Three states win right to remove waste

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge has overturned an Energy Department regulation the government said allowed it to store highly radioactive waste in Idaho, Washington and South Carolina.

The 15-page decision filed Thursday will require the U.S. Energy Department to remove all 85 million gallons of high-level liquid waste now stored in the three states and process it for permanent disposal at a site planned for Yucca Mountain in Nevada

“Today’s decision is a victory for the people of the Tri-Cities, Washington state and other communities near DOE facilities who deserve cleanups that will protect the public health and environment,” said Washington Attorney General Christine O. Gregoire.

Energy Department spokesman Joe Davis said an appeal is being considered.

Eads Bridge reopens after 11 years of repairs

ST. LOUIS — Opened nine years before the better-known Brooklyn Bridge, St. Louis’ Eads Bridge did yeoman’s work for more than a century, until age caught up with the span that ranks among the oldest Mississippi River crossings.

More than 11 years after it was closed for repairs, the 3,563-foot national landmark that once transfixed poet Walt Whitman marked its 129th birthday Friday as the United States celebrated its birthday.

The bridge, which connects St. Louis to Illinois, reopened on Independence Day, though only to pedestrians and bicyclists for the first couple days. The bridge will open to motorists Monday.

The span closed Dec. 15, 1991, and crews ripping off the deck to install train tracks and power lines found that further repairs were needed.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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