- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 9, 2006

Clinton praises Bush on immigration

LOS ANGELES — Former President Bill Clinton praised President Bush yesterday for supporting reforms that would allow millions of illegal aliens to seek citizenship but said the debate in Congress is being fomented by Republicans who want to divide America.

“I’m proud of him for doing it, and I thanked him for doing it,” he said of Mr. Bush during a “Cafe con Clinton” breakfast speech to the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights advocacy group.

Mr. Clinton said the president’s roots in Texas — which has one of the nation’s largest Hispanic populations — have helped him view illegal aliens as people rather than statistics.

“It’s hard to demonize people if you know them,” he said.

But Mr. Clinton also argued that the nation’s government is controlled by Republican ideological hard-liners who want to use immigration to divide Americans and distract them from issues such as the war in Iraq and the health care crisis.

Boy survives 11-story fall

ALBANY, N.Y. — A 4-year-old boy survived a fall from an 11-story window after being left alone at home, bouncing off a metal awning into a concrete courtyard and then trying to stand up, officials said. He was able to chat with doctors.

“I’m amazed the kid’s alive,” Police Chief James Tuffey said.

Hasim Townsend remained in serious condition yesterday, a day after his fall, with a broken skull, a broken leg and other injuries.

The boy’s mother, Elizabeth Burciaga, 21, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She initially told police the boy had been left with a baby sitter, officials said.

Rockefeller home after transplants

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller returned home to Arkansas yesterday after a second bone-marrow transplant for a life-threatening blood disorder failed to produce encouraging results, a spokesman said.

Mr. Rockefeller, 57, returned to Little Rock from Washington state, where he had the two transplants for a condition that can lead to leukemia, spokesman Steve Brawner said.

“His attitude is still good, and he is still looking for a way to beat this disease and return to his good life and noble work,” Mr. Brawner said.

He would not elaborate on Mr. Rockefeller’s current physical condition.

Navy data found on Web

Social Security numbers and other personal information of Navy personnel have been discovered on an Internet site, triggering an investigation.

The Navy said Friday that information on more than 100,000 naval and Marine Corps aviators and aircrew was on the Naval Safety Center Web site and on nearly 1,100 computer disks mailed out to naval commands.

There was no indication that the information has been used illegally, Navy spokesman Lt. Ryan Perry said. He said Rear Adm. George Mayer, commander of the Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, had the information removed immediately and officials are looking into how the data was posted on the Web site.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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