Judge dismisses juror in Stevens trial
A federal judge has dismissed one of the jurors from Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens‘ corruption trial.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Sunday dismissed a female juror from the trial because she had not been in contact with the court since Friday. The juror flew to California after the death of her father. Judge Sullivan said the court had not heard from her since she left town.
Deliberations will resume Monday morning with an alternate juror.
Mr. Stevens, 84 and a senator since 1968, is charged with lying for years on Senate financial-disclosure documents to conceal $250,000 in home renovations and other gifts from a friend, millionaire oil contractor Bill Allen.
With the election nine days away, the Republican Mr. Stevens is in a tight race with Democrat Mark Begich.
Nader says he’s champion speaker
BOSTON | Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader says he now holds the world record for most campaign speeches in a single day.
Mr. Nader, who is on the ballot in 45 states but is polling in single digits, said he delivered at least 255 minutes of speeches in 21 Massachusetts communities on Saturday. Mr. Nader said that was enough to get him into the Guinness World Records.
To get in the record books, Guinness officials said Mr. Nader needed to give at least 150 minutes of speeches, with each speech lasting at least 10 minutes. And each time, there must be at least 10 people watching who didn’t come with Mr. Nader.
Beginning at 8:15 a.m. Saturday in Westfield, Mr. Nader used several different settings for his speeches, including a deli, a farmers market and a library. Each time, he stayed anywhere from 15 minutes to a half-hour.
Mr. Nader, 74, closed his day with an 11:30 p.m. campaign party in Sheffield.
Mr. Nader said he didn’t expect to be tired.
“When you’re seeking justice, as I have for so many years, it’s invigorating, not fatiguing,” he said.
Palin vows to wear her own clothes
MIAMI | Vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin said Sunday she will forgo the expensive outfits purchased by the Republican Party for her campaign appearances, and from now on will appear on the stump wearing her own Alaska-bought clothes.
Mrs. Palin stressed to throngs of supporters at a campaign stop in Tampa, Fla., that she was wearing her “own jacket,” pointing to her blazer, and said she would eschew clothing that wasn’t hers, following a campaign kerfuffle over high-priced garb purchased by the campaign for her public outings.
“Those clothes are not my property, just like the lighting and the staging and everything else the [Republican National Committee] purchased,” Mrs. Palin said.
“I’m not taking them with me. I’m back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska,” she said, adding that she initially had hoped to “ignore this wardrobe thing,” but instead has decided to address it head on.
Alaskan newspaper endorses Obama
ANCHORAGE, Alaska | The Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.
The newspaper said Sunday the Illinois Democrat “brings far more promise to the office.”
“In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand.”
The Daily News said Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has shown the country why she is a success as governor. But the paper said few would argue that Mrs. Palin is truly ready to step into the job of being president despite her passion, charisma and strong work ethic.
“Gov. Palin’s nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency - but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and down, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation,” the paper said.
Bureaucrats give to Obama
In the past two presidential election cycles, civil servants and public officials have fairly evenly split their contributions between the Democratic and Republican candidates for the White House.
Not this time, according to the Center for Responsive Government, which analyzes campaign contributions.
Democrat Barack Obama has raked in nearly three times more than Republican John McCain has collected - $4.6 million for Mr. Obama; $1.7 million for Mr. McCain - from bureaucrats, U.S. attorneys, mayors and others who toil in all branches of government.
U.S. Department of Justice employees were Mr. Obama’s biggest supporters, donating $268,000 to him, compared with $97,400 to Mr. McCain.
For Mr. McCain, it was Department of Defense employees - who do not include members or employees of the armed services - who gave the most financial support, shelling out $127,300 to him, compared with $92,240 to Mr. Obama.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports