- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 30, 2006

McCain’s son to join Marine Corps

The youngest son of Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, will soon report for duty in the Marine Corps, Time magazine reported yesterday.

Jimmy McCain, 18, will spend three months in boot camp in California this fall and another month in specialized training.

Depending on his unit, Jimmy McCain eventually could be deployed to Iraq where Marines have experienced heavy fighting, Time reported. Marines are also in combat in Afghanistan.

“I’m obviously very proud of my son,” the Arizona Republican told Time, “but also understandably a little nervous.”

Mr. McCain’s other son, Jack, attends the U.S. Naval Academy.

Five fatally shot in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Three brothers and a friend were killed in a neighborhood not far from the French Quarter, and a fifth person was gunned down in a separate incident hours later, authorities said yesterday.

The shootings were the latest round of killings as the city struggles to rein in drug- and gang-related violence that has accompanied the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

In mid-June, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco sent the Louisiana National Guard and state police to New Orleans to help fight crime there after five teenagers were fatally shot in a single attack.

The latest shootings did not happen in the high-crime areas police have been targeting in their drive to stamp out the violence, police Superintendent Warren Riley said yesterday.

Detectives were uncertain about the motive and were still looking for the assailants.

Rove criticizes press in address

Presidential adviser Karl Rove said yesterday that journalists often criticize political professionals because they want to draw attention away from the “corrosive role” their own coverage plays in politics and government.

“Some decry the professional role of politics; they would like to see it disappear,” Mr. Rove told graduating students at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.

“It’s odd to me that most of these critics are journalists and columnists,” Mr. Rove said. “Perhaps they don’t like sharing the field of play. Perhaps they want to draw attention away from the corrosive role their coverage has played focusing attention on process and not substance.”

Man accused of biting off rooster’s head

NEW YORK — A man accused of biting the head off his pet rooster was arrested Friday and faces up to a year in prison if convicted, an animal-protection spokesman said.

A neighbor had complained about a dead rooster near his Manhattan apartment, and agents found the body of the beheaded rooster on a fire escape, said Joe Pentangelo, spokesman for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The rooster’s head was not located.

Humberto Rodriguez, 52, told agents that he bit the rooster’s head off because he blamed it for injuring a pet pigeon that he also kept in the apartment, Mr. Pentangelo said.

Mr. Rodriguez is charged with animal cruelty and could face up to a year in prison if convicted. It is also illegal to possess a live rooster in New York City, Mr. Pentangelo said.

Woman missing from cruise ship

MIAMI — Authorities were investigating the disappearance of a Florida woman from a cruise ship sailing along the coast of Italy, relatives said.

Family members identified the woman as Elizabeth Kay Galeana, 22, of Naples, Fla., reported missing Tuesday from Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean confirmed only that the missing woman was from the United States and would not identify her, spokesman Michael Sheehan said yesterday.

The ship was en route to Naples, Italy, from the port of Civitavecchia, near Rome, according to Royal Caribbean.

Italian authorities conducted air and sea searches but had called off their efforts.

New quarter denies spud lovers

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The president of the Idaho Potato Commission says he’s bracing for phone calls after the state selected the peregrine falcon rather than a potato on the state’s new quarter.

“The absence of the potato on the quarter will be more noted than its presence,” Frank Muir told the Post-Register.

On Monday, Gov. Jim Risch announced the peregrine, Idaho’s official raptor since 2004, as the choice for the quarter. The bird was picked by former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, who resigned to become interior secretary in May.

“What does a falcon have to do with Idaho?” said Jill Kidman at Underground Tattoo in Idaho Falls. “They need a potato on it.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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