Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 30, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
clean bill of health
President vows vigilance in bringing corporate wrongdoers to justiceBush gets
WASHINGTON — US. President George W. Bush transferred presidential powers to Vice-President Dick Cheney for more than two hours yesterday during a routine colon screening that ended in a clean bill of health.
“The president continues to be in outstanding health,” said Air Force Col. Richard Tubb, the White House physician who led the examination. “No polyps were found, no abnormalities were found.”
He felt well enough after the procedure to play with the dogs and take a seven-kilometre walk with his wife Laura and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and his wife. Bush then went to the gym for a light workout.
It was only the second time in history that the constitution’s presidential disability clause was invoked. Bush was sedated during the 20-minute procedure.
Tubb said two polyps were discovered during examinations in 1998 and
Author: Pope not retiring despite health problems
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican specialist who collaborated with Pope John Paul on the best-selling book Crossing the Threshold of Hope says the pontiff has decided firmly not to retire.
Vittorio Messori wrote a front-page article in the Milan daily Corriere della Sera yesterday, saying his information was recent and certain, although he didn’t say where it came from. He cited what he said could be deduced from the pontiff’s thoughts on the matter, writing:
“The force to continue is not my problem but that of Christ, who wanted to call me, though unworthy, to be his vicar on Earth,” the quote said. “In His mysterious design, He has brought me here. And it will be He who decides my fate.”
A Vatican spokesman, Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said the Vatican had no specific comment on the report but added it wasn’t particularly new. The Pope has on various occasions said it was for God to decide when his work was finished, Rev. Benedettini said.
The article, however, was published as new questions about the Pope’s ailing health swirl and amid rumours that he might use a trip to his native Poland in mid-August to announce his retirement.
John Paul turned 82 in May and has appeared increasingly frail in the last several months, suffering from the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as hip and knee ailments.
Two children die after mom leaves them in ear
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) —
Two young children died after being left alone in a car for more than three hours by their mother, who was having her hair done, police said yesterday.
The mother, a 25-year-old from Detroit, was being held on an open charge of murder pending a review by prosecutors, the Southfield Police Department said.
Police said they were called to Providence Hospital in this Detroit suburb about ll p.m. Friday after the woman brought in the 10-month-old girl and three-year-old boy. The children, who weren’t responsive, were pronounced dead.
Officers interviewed the woman, who initially told police that she had been abducted, raped and then returned to her car to find her children sleeping, police said.
She later changed her story, telling police that she stopped to have her hair done about 4:20 p.m. and left the children. When she returned more than three hours later, she found them dead, police said. The woman said she then drove for about three hours until she had fabricated a story for authorities, according to police.
Toy mogul who gave world Frisbee dies at 77
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Arthur (Spud) Melin, co-founder of the toy company that introduced the world to the Frisbee, Hula Hoop and other faddish gems of American pop culture, has died. He was ll and had Alzheimer’s disease.
Melin, who started toy giant Wham-O in 1948 with his boyhood friend Richard Knerr, died Friday.
Melin and Knerr started with slingshots and named their mail-order company after the sound a slingshot made when its projectile struck a target.
They added toys in 1955, when building inspector Fred Morrison sold them a plastic flying disc he had developed after watching Yale University students toss pie tins. Wham-0 began selling the disc they called the Pluto Platter two years later before modifying it and renaming it the Frisbee.
In 1958, as Frisbee sales took off, an Australian toy manufacturer visited Wham-O’s factory in the Los Angeles suburb of San Gabnel. He gave company officials an impromptu lesson in how to use a rattan hoop imported from Australia. Wham-O began selling the Hula Hoop a short time later and eventually would sell 25 million of them.
1999 while Bush was governor of Texas. That made Bush a prime candidate for regular examinations.
Yesterday’s procedure began at 7:09 a.m and ended at 7:29 a.m. Bush woke up two minutes later but did not resume his presidential office until 9:24 a.m., after Tubb conducted an overall examination. Tubb said he recommended the additional time to make sure the sedative had no aftereffects.
White House counsel Alberto Gonzalez said Bush wanted people to know that every precaution was taken.
During the two hours while he was acting president, Cheney met his staff and received an intelligence briefing at the White House. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Cheney carried out no official acts as acting president.
Tubb said Bush does not have to repeat the procedure for five years. One of the reasons Bush underwent the procedure, Fleischer said, was to underscore
its importance for people over 50 who are at risk. Bush turns 56 on July 6.
Bush said he was transferring power as a precaution in a time of terrorism. President Ronald Reagan was the first to invoke the constitution’s 25th Amendment since its adoption in 1967 as a means of dealing with presidential disability and succession.
Bush transferred and resumed his powers in letters to congressional leaders, as spelled out by the amendment.
A colonoscopy is considered the best way to examine the colon and to find and remove polyps before they become cancerous. Colon cancer kills more than 50,000 Americans annually and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, behind lung cancer.
The procedure, performed regularly, is thought to reduce the risk of colon cancer by up to 90 per cent. More than two million are performed annually in the United States. —Associated Press
WASHINGTON — U.S. President George W. Bush, bearing down on corporate America’s “deeply troubling” accounting scandal, vowed yesterday that no violation of the public’s trust will be tolerated.
Bush moved in his weekly radio address to shield his administration from public anger over allegations of corporate fraud and phony profits. He said his administration would not allow the acts of what he called an unethical minority in corporate boardrooms to “tarnish our entire free enterprise system.”
“The federal government will be vigilant in prosecuting wrongdoers to ensure that investors and workers maintain the highest confidence in America’s business,” Bush said.
Internal Republican polling has found Bush and the party vulnerable on the issue. Democrats sense it may open a chance for gains in elections
this November that will decide who controls the House of Representatives and Senate during the second half of the president’s term.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D—S.D.) opened Friday’s business on the Senate floor with a denunciation of “a deregulatory, permissive atmosphere that has relied too much on corporate America to police itself.” He listed companies that have been in trouble, including Halliburton, where Vice-President Dick Cheney was chief executive before accepting Bush’s offer to be his running mate.
Senator Paul Sarbanes, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, used the Democrats’ weekly radio address to censure corporate misconduct.
“We are facing a crisis of confidence that is eroding the public’s trust in our markets and poses a real threat to our economic health,” Sarbanes said. “We ignore it at our peril.” —AP
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