- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 20, 2005

Former governor eyes New York race

NEW YORK — Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld said yesterday he plans to seek the Republican nomination for governor of his native New York next year.

If he wins the race to replace outgoing three-term incumbent George E. Pataki, he would be only the second person in U.S. history to be governor of two states. Sam Houston was governor of Tennessee from 1827 to 1829 and Texas from 1859 to 1861.

“We are both looking forward to working together toward a successful result next year,” Mr. Weld said after meeting with Stephen Minarik, the head of the state Republican Party.

Mr. Weld moved back to New York state in 2000, thus making himself eligible for the 2006 governor’s race. New York has a five-year residency requirement for gubernatorial candidates.

Mrs. King partially paralyzed by stroke

ATLANTA — Coretta Scott King is mostly paralyzed on the right side of her body and faces a long, difficult recovery from a stroke, but she managed to say a few words yesterday , her doctor said.

Dr. Maggie Mermin, Mrs. King’s personal physician, said the 78-year-old widow of Martin Luther King is unable to walk and has been mostly unable to speak since the stroke Tuesday in the left side of her brain, which controls speech functions.

“She said a few words today. We’re very encouraged by that,” the doctor said.

Dr. Mermin said Mrs. King would be in Piedmont Hospital for at least another week and said, “I’m not certain she’ll have full recovery. … We certainly hope for that.”

One inmate dead in prison riot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Inmates at a maximum security prison in Southern California jumped guards in the prison yard, sparking a riot that left one inmate dead and at least 30 inmates and 20 guards wounded, officials said.

The riot at Calipatria State Prison near San Diego began Thursday afternoon when a guard was slashed in the head as he tried to search an inmate he suspected of concealing a weapon, said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Kerry scoffs at idea of party makeover

SEATTLE — Sen. John Kerry told state legislators yesterday that the Democratic Party doesn’t need to undergo an extreme makeover, saying “the last thing America needs is a second Republican Party.”

After blistering Republicans on everything from Iraq to health care, Mr. Kerry said Democrats have an opportunity to rebuild nationally by simply addressing the concerns that affect people’s daily lives — energy, transportation, health care and security.

“We have to go out and fight for the real issues that make a difference in the lives of the American people and we don’t need some great lurch to the right or lurch to the left or redefinition of the Democratic Party,” the Massachusetts Democrat said. “The last thing America needs is a second Republican Party.”

Mr. Kerry spoke to 750 Democratic state legislators who were attending the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Tiger kills teen during photo shoot

MOUND VALLEY, Kan. — A Siberian tiger attacked and killed a teenage girl who was posing for photos at a family-run animal sanctuary Thursday in southeast Kansas, authorities said.

The Labette County Sheriff’s office identified the victim as Haley R. Hilderbrand, 17, of Altamont, Kan. A statement from the office said Haley was at the Lost Creek Animal Sanctuary posing for photos with the 7-year-old tiger, which was being restrained by its handler, when the animal turned and attacked her.

Officers and handlers killed the animal. Emergency personnel were not able to revive Haley.

Judge orders efforts to restore wolves

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A federal judge yesterday ordered the Bush administration to step up efforts to restore the gray wolf to four northeastern states, a ruling environmentalists called a major victory.

“The wolves are howlin’ ” in celebration, said Patrick Parenteau, director of the environmental law clinic at Vermont Law School.

Judge J. Garvan Murtha found that the Department of the Interior violated federal law in 2003 when it issued a rule saying no further efforts to restore the wolf were needed. The ruling covers Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

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