WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- News notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press International.
A worthy cause -- The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University has created a scholarship fund in memory of Barbara Bracher Olson, member of the Class of 1989, who died in the terrible terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The purpose of the fund is to help women attend law school who exemplify her ideals and vision. Contributions may be made out to "Cardozo Law School -- Barbara Olson Scholarship Fund", Attn: Office of Development, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003. For more information or to make contributions by credit card please call the Development Office at 212-790-0288.
We didn't do it alone -- President George W. Bush issued a proclamation last week designating Oct. 11 as General Pulaski Memorial Day in the United States. Casimir Pulaski was commander of colonial cavalry forces during the American War of Independence. He was killed during the siege of Savannah, GA., in 1779. In a letter to Gen. George Washington, Pulaski write, "I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live and die for it."
Know your friends, know your enemies -- On Monday, the Meridian International Center hosted a special seminar on "Islam, Justice and War," featuring Aly Abuzaakouk, executive director of the American Muslim Council making remarks to help people better understand the tragedy of Sept 11, its antecedents and its global aftermath.
All IN the family -- Stephanie Herseth set off on family steps for members of her family when she announced Sunday that she would be a candidate for South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. Hous eof Representatives. She is the granddaughter of former Democratic Gov. Ralph Herseth and former South
Dakota Secretary of State Lorna Herseth. Her father, Lars, is a former Democratic leader in both the South Dakota House and Senate, and lost a close race for governor to Republican George Mickelson in 1986.
Mapmaker, mapmaker, make me a map -- A state panel has approved new district lines for Arizona, the first undertaken by a citizen commission created by a ballot initiative several years ago. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the congressional winners are: The city of Tucson, which now controls two congressional seats; The Republicans who maintain safe control of four districts; Congressional incumbents, as none of the current congressmen will be forced to run against a colleague; Democrat Rep. Ed Pastor, who was drawn out of the Tucson district as he requested; and minorities, thanks to the creation of two majority-minority districts. The Losers are: The Democrats, who have only two safe seats; and GOP Rep. Bob Stump, because his Phoenix-area hometown of Tolleson is in the new Tucson district.
Doesn't anyone anywhere know how to count? -- The race to replace Rudy Giuliani has seen more twists and turns then a French racetrack. Black civil rights groups are providing the latest twist after last week's Democratic mayoral primary run-off, questioning whether or not apparent double counting of votes amounted to disenfranchisement of voters. City election officials said the reported overcounting of as many as 200,000 votes would not change the unofficial outcome -- a three or four percent victory for Public Advocate Mark Green over Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer. Nonetheless, the National Action Network -- led by Ferrer supporter the Rev. Al Sharpton -- and the New York State NAACP have announced they would sue in federal court this week for a probe into the counting.
Personnel note -- The U.S. House, by voice vote, approved the appointment of Roger W. Sant and the reappointment of Anne D'Harnoncourt as citizen regents of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution... Hillel Fradkin, currently an American Enterprise Institute scholar, takes over as president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, replacing Elliot Abrams, now on the staff at the Bush NSC.
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