- The Washington Times - Friday, September 17, 2004

Kerry’s medals approved properly

The Navy’s chief investigator concluded yesterday that procedures were followed properly in the approval of Sen. John Kerry’s Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, according to an internal Navy memo.

Vice Adm. R.A. Route, the Navy inspector general, conducted the review of Mr. Kerry’s Vietnam-era military service awards at the request of Judicial Watch, a public interest group. The group also has asked for the release of additional records documenting the Democratic presidential nominee’s military service.

“Our examination found that existing documentation regarding the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals indicates the awards approval process was properly followed,” Adm. Route wrote in the memo sent yesterday to Navy Secretary Gordon England.

Nader gets place on Florida ballot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court ruled 6-1 yesterday that Ralph Nader can be on the state’s November ballot as the Reform Party presidential candidate.

The court’s ruling met a Saturday deadline for mailing 25,000 ballots to overseas voters, most of them military personnel.

As the Green Party candidate in 2000, Mr. Nader attracted 97,000 Florida votes. Most Democrats and many Republicans agree that those votes cost Democrat Al Gore the presidency.

Clinton needs Bush’s permission

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former President Bill Clinton will have to ask President Bush for permission to release thousands of domestic-policy records from his two terms in the White House, officials at Clinton’s presidential library said yesterday.

Mr. Clinton has said he wants to make 100,000 documents available to scholars and researchers on Nov. 18, the day his presidential library opens and nearly a year sooner than required.

Under the Presidential Records Act, former presidents can withhold the release of records for at least five years and up to 12 years under certain criteria — sometimes even longer if the documents are a matter of national security.

Former child star held on drug charges

OKLAHOMA CITY — Former child star Macaulay Culkin was arrested on drug charges yesterday, authorities said.

The 24-year-old actor, best known for his role in the movie “Home Alone,” was taken into custody on complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a valid prescription, and possession of marijuana, according to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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