- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Alaskan unveils Gore ice sculpture

FAIRBANKS, Alaska | A critic of global warming is responsible for the icy glare Al Gore is giving this Alaskan community.

Local businessman Craig Compeau unveiled Monday an 8 1/2-foot-tall, 5-ton ice bust of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner, which now dominates a downtown street corner from its perch on the back of a flatbed truck.

Mr. Compeau says he’s a “moderate” critic of global warming theories. He used the unveiling of the sculpture to invite Mr. Gore to Fairbanks to explain his global warming theories.

He says it will stand through March unless it melts before then. Mr. Gore could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night.


Bush library URL sold for $35,000

RALEIGH, N.C. | Web developer George Huger says he turned $5 into $35,000 when he bought the expired Internet domain name for former President George W. Bush’s presidential library and then sold it back.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Tuesday that Mr. Huger was searching through a list of expiring domain names two years ago when he noticed the Web address www.GeorgeWBush Library.com was about to expire. He bought the rights for $5, then sat on them for two years.

Mr. Huger says he recently sold them for $35,000 to Florida-based Yuma Solutions, which the Bush Library Foundation says is in charge of Web site care. Company owner Mark Mills didn’t return the newspaper’s calls.

Rights to the new president’s address, BarackObamaLibrary .com, are already taken.


Clinton sees ideology declining in future

Former President Bill Clinton said Monday that American politics over the next 30 years will be marked by a practical, inclusive approach rather than the partisan battles that defined the past 40 years.

The election of President Obama closed the curtains on the post-1960s era during which politicians used divisive issues to motivate an ideological hard core, the Democratic former president told a gathering of mayors.

In the future, Democrats and Republicans will try to appeal to a broader spectrum of voters concerned with effective government and other nuts-and-bolts issues, Mr. Clinton said.

“We will not go forward any more, I don’t think, with the politics of division and destruction that for too long have dragged us down,” said Mr. Clinton, whose White House term was marked by stark partisan battles with a Republican-led Congress that led to his impeachment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

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