- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 17, 2007

Moles from Bush not cancerous

Two moles removed from President Bush’s left temple were found to be non-cancerous, the White House said yesterday.

Mr. Bush had pointed out one of the moles to his personal physician, Dr. Richard Tubb, Monday. Dr. Tubb found the second one, and both were removed on Friday by a dermatologist.

“Both lesions are benign,” said White House spokesman Alex Conant.

Mr. Bush, who is expected to have a 1-inch scab for a week to 10 days as a result of the removal, has suffered the effects of sun exposure in the past. He has had benign growths removed before, most recently in December 2004.

Bid falls through on Kennedy item

DALLAS — The auction of a window advertised as Lee Harvey Oswald’s sniper perch in the killing of President Kennedy brought a bid of about $3 million, but the sale quickly fell through.

The window was up for auction Friday on EBay with a starting price of $100,000, and bidding quickly rose to seven figures. But 32 bids were either retracted by the bidders — most often because a wrong price had been entered, including one for $17 million — or canceled by the seller because a bidder didn’t meet qualifications.

Then, it turned out the winning bidder “didn’t have the cash,” said Fred McLane, a business representative for Caruth Byrd, the owner of the item.

Mr. Byrd said qualified bidders will be asked if they still want to purchase the window. That could take a day or two.

Mardi Gras revelers stream into city

NEW ORLEANS — Carnival revelers streamed into the city yesterday — and Mardi Gras organizers hoped to throw such a fantastic party that visitors would vow to return to this tourist-dependent city again.

Tourism officials expect at least as many visitors as last year — 700,000 — to come for the annual celebration. It’s the second time the event has been held since Hurricane Katrina struck.

Before the storm hit in 2005, about a million visitors came here each year over the four days culminating on Fat Tuesday, bringing about $250 million to New Orleans.

Search halted for missing sailor

SAN FRANCISCO — Friends of an acclaimed computer scientist who vanished at sea said Friday they were suspending their search for him and his sailboat.

Jim Gray, 63, set out in his 40-foot yacht, Tenacious, from San Francisco late last month to scatter his mother’s ashes around the Farallon Islands, about 25 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Coast Guard called off its search after scouring 132 square miles of the Pacific Ocean for him and his boat.

Mr. Gray’s friends and colleagues used satellite imagery and collected ocean-current data in their search from Oregon to Mexico’s Baja California coast. They also walked the coastline and distributed posters of Mr. Gray and his boat.

The search was suspended after their leads were exhausted, but they will still investigate if they get any new leads, friend Mike Olson said.

Seven killed in early morning fire

WAYNESBURG, Pa. — Fire swept through a house in southwestern Pennsylvania early yesterday, killing six young children and a woman and injuring one other person, state police said.

The fire broke out shortly before 3:30 a.m., and several people in the house were able to escape, state Trooper Brian Burden said.

Police said the young victims were four girls ages 4, 9, 7 and 10, and two boys ages 2 and 3. Authorities had not determined the relationship between the children and the woman, who was 26.

Another adult was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital, Burden said.

Police found multiple heat sources inside the home but could not immediately determine what caused the blaze, he said.

Former Rep. Snyder dies at 79

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Rep. Marion G. “Gene” Snyder, a veteran of 11 terms in Congress, has died at age 79.

The Kentucky Republican died late Friday in Naples, Fla., according to family friend Joe Whittle, a former U.S. attorney who was with Mr. Snyder’s family in Florida.

“Kentucky lost a good friend,” Mr. Whittle said. “He brought a lot of improvements. He loved Kentucky. He was a great statesman.”

Mr. Snyder was first elected in 1962 in Kentucky’s 3rd District but lost a re-election bid.

He ran again in 1966 in the 4th District and held the seat for the next two decades. He was succeeded by Jim Bunning, who is now a U.S. senator.

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