- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 6, 2003

President Bush says U.S. forces are needed

Those serving in the U.S. military and their families sacrifice much to help their country, but millions of people around the world depend on the efforts of American forces, President Bush said.

“Without America’s active involvement in the world, the ambitions of tyrants would go unopposed and millions would live at the mercy of terrorists,” Mr. Bush said in his weekly radio address yesterday. He said that because of U.S. policies around the world, “tyrants have learned to fear, and terrorists are on the run.”

Echoing themes from his Independence Day remarks at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, the president said the world should be grateful for the efforts of this country’s military.

“Millions across the world today are free because of the unselfish courage of America’s veterans,” he said.

Mr. Bush recounted the accomplishment of U.S. troops during more than two centuries. “They have left many monuments along the way: an undivided union, a liberated Europe, the rise of democracy in Asia and the fall of an evil empire,” he said.

Phone registration opens for do-not-call list

People in the Eastern United States can fight back against telemarketing calls by making a telephone call of their own tomorrow, when registration begins for the national do-not-call list in their part of the country.

The registry has accepted online registrations nationwide and phone sign-ups in states west of the Mississippi River since the free service became available, June 27. People registered nearly 17 million phone numbers by Thursday, the last day for which figures were available from the Federal Trade Commission.

The toll-free number, 888/382-1222, was rolled out in stages to ensure the system could handle the volume of calls. Callers must call from phone number they want registered.

Of the phone numbers registered, the FTC said, 9 out of 10 were entered online, at www.donotcall.gov. On the Web site, consumers provide the home or cell phone numbers they want protected and an e-mail address to receive a confirmation message.

The FTC expects registration of as many as 60 million phone numbers in the first year. There are about 166 million residential phone numbers in the United States, the FTC said, and the wireless industry estimates that there are more than 147 million U.S. cell phone numbers.

People who sign up this summer should see a decrease in telemarketing calls after the FTC begins enforcing the list Oct. 1. The service will block about 80 percent of the calls, the FTC said.

Police say woman stabbed ex-boyfriend

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. — A woman critically wounded her ex-boyfriend and fatally stabbed the man’s 13-year-old son in his bedroom before fleeing and leaving a three-mile trail of blood, police said.

Jean Marc Weber, 45, head chef at the California Club, an exclusive private club in downtown Los Angeles, crawled to a neighbor’s front porch and pleaded for help after the attack Friday morning.

His son Alex, who had just turned 13, was found dead in his bedroom, police said.

Bloodhounds tracked spots of dried blood from Mr. Weber’s apartment complex to a shopping mall, leading police to believe the attacker — whom they suspect was Mr. Weber’s ex-girlfriend Tamara K. Bohler, 44 — may have been injured, Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Larry Abbott said.

Mr. Weber was hospitalized in critical condition and was under police guard, Lt. Abbott said.

Three drown, four presumed dead

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Three persons drowned Friday, and four others were missing and presumed drowned in choppy water along popular Lake Michigan beaches, officials said yesterday.

The accidents happened along a three-mile stretch of beaches just north of the Indiana state line, after storms kicked up waves and created a strong undertow in the area, Barrien County Sheriff’s Lt. Ed Sherrick said.

The search for the missing swimmers resumed yesterday.

“Due to the circumstances, it’s not considering lifesaving. It’s considered body recovery,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Christian.

Bruce C. Chapman, 57, and his wife — Judith, 66 — drowned off a beach bordering Warren Dunes State Park, about 15 miles south of St. Joseph, and Mark Weiss, 59, of Chicago, drowned off a neighboring beach.

Lt. Sherrick said the names of the four missing swimmers have not been released.

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