- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 27, 2005

White House’s Card in emergency landing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A small, twin-engine plane carrying White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. made an emergency landing in Nashville yesterday after smoke began pouring into the cockpit, officials said.

Mr. Card and 12 others on board were not injured when the Gulfstream 4 plane, bound for Washington, landed at the Nashville International Airport at about 4 p.m., said Lynne Lowrance, an airport spokeswoman.

The plane left Texas, where Mr. Card has been meeting with President Bush at his ranch in Crawford, White House spokesman Ken Lisaius said.

Cemetery offers special for holidays

GREENWOOD, S.C. — It’s that time of year for the annual holiday special at Greenwood Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum — half-price on a cemetery plot and deals on vaults and markers. For years, the cemetery has advertised the special on U.S. 25.

“This is our way of trying to help families out during the holidays,” manager Gary Blithe said. “A lot of our customers look forward to this time of year.”

Mr. Blithe said he isn’t sure if anyone has actually given a spot in the cemetery or a grave marker as a Christmas gift, but business often increases once the sale starts. “Half-off of a cemetery space is a good bargain,” he said.

Gas station criticized for robbery response

GARY, Ind. — A woman who was robbed at knifepoint while pumping gas into her church’s van said she didn’t get much help from the gas station attendant.

Rosetta Heffner ran inside the Citgo station, but her request for the clerk to call 911 was met with silence.

She tried again.

The clerk’s response?

“Use your cell phone.”

The gas station’s manager said he was sorry about the robbery, but clerks at the station do not make emergency calls from the front counter, fearing retaliation from criminals.

“We have to be careful,” he said.

Father charged with murder in shooting

CANTON, Ohio — A man shot and killed his 26-year-old son after the two got into an argument while preparing Thanksgiving dinner, police said.

Russell Huff II, 49, was charged with murder and was being held in Stark County Jail on Friday. Russell Huff III died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

“They were having a family disagreement, and the father wanted the son to leave, and it escalated beyond that point, and he shot him with a .22-caliber rifle,” police Lt. Jerry Steiner said.

Airmen marry via teleconference

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The bride wore camouflage and combat boots. The groom, 7,000 miles away in Qatar, forgot the ring, but nothing could stop the wedding.

Air Force Staff Sgts. Courtney Reynolds, 26, and Christopher Bowden, 25, exchanged vows via teleconference Friday, kissing the video monitors when a chaplain pronounced them married.

“I always said I was going to be untraditional,” said Sgt. Reynolds, who wore a white veil along with her uniform. She said she decided to forgo a wedding dress because she knew Sgt. Bowden would be wearing camouflage.

The couple, both members of the 21st Security Forces Squadron, had dated for five years, and with deployments threatening to keep them apart for several more months, they decided to marry over the phone.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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