First flap for Frist is all about cats
Published: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 12:50 a.m.
WASHINGTON - The first flap facing the new Senate majority leader might be dubbed ''Frist and the cats.''
Seems when Bill Frist was a student at Harvard Medical School he ''adopted'' cats from Boston animal shelters, promising to give them good homes. Instead, the budding heart surgeon used the cats to hone his operation skills, killing the creatures in the process.
Now a GOP senator from Tennessee, Frist fessed up in his autobiography to both his prevarication and his vivisection and expressed remorse.
But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals isn't about to give a pass to Frist, who owns a dog but no cats. PETA Vice President Mary Beth Sweetland is demanding he atone for his sins by backing federal spending on inexpensive nonanimal alternatives for medical research.
''One day, we will look back on animal testing with the same disgust with which we now look back on slavery and racism,'' Sweetland said.
Except during news conferences, the room is largely the province of TV camera people and other techies, who are famed for their sloppy dress, loud banter and napping prowess.
According to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, Bush took some guests on a backstage tour of the executive mansion and was annoyed by the appearance of the press room's scruffy denizens. So the White House has asked the White House Correspondents Association to clean up the zoo.
Don't hold your breath.
Thirty-two species of seahorse, however, were added to the list of fish that can't be traded.
The resulting crater is too small to be detected by telescopes on Earth, but the Clementine space probe appears to have detected the site of the hole, which is roughly the size of three football fields and about 70 feet deep.
Under the new rule, all children under 13 must wear the vests unless they are below deck or in an enclosed cabin. Violators can be fined up to $1,100 for each infraction.
There's a lot of angst in the scientific community because 1,000 labs nationwide are being forced to create new security systems to keep biological agents out of the wrong hands. More distressing is the government edict that all genetic experiments that might make a virus or bacteria vaccine drug resistant or better able to be used as a weapon must be approved by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Equally irksome are continuing denials of visas for foreign scientists trying to visit for professional purposes, such as the barring of a Russian who was to be made a member of the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Under Bush, the federal payroll has grown by 14,700 full-time workers, bringing the total force to 2.7 million. The mass hiring of federal baggage screeners and other airport security personnel will add another 42,000.
Clinton inherited a 3.1-million civilian bureaucracy, which he pared to 2.69 million during his two terms.
''Maybe it's the wine, but I've got to make a confession. I will put this very diplomatically: I am still working on acquiring a love of opera. Sorry, man.'' - Secretary of State Colin Powell, during a Kennedy Center event.
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