,2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 3, 2005
Date for announcement still
unknown, but experts speculate
Bush will choose longtime loyalist
SHINGTON (AP) - President Bush is watching
his first Supreme Court nominee, Chief Justice John
Roberts, take the helm of the high court today while
weighing his options for nominating a second justice
who also could shape the bench for years to come.
"He's still working," White House chief of staff
Andy Card said yesterday about the president's
effort to choose a replacement for retiring Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor. "Still considering lots of
The White House will not disclose who is on
Bush's short list, or hint when an announcement
will be made.
Legal experts who are in touch with administration
officials say the president is most likely to choose a
woman to replace O'Connor, even though many of
the often-mentioned candidates are white men.
There continues to be talk in legal circles that
he could pick one of three longtime Bush loyalists:
White House counsel Harriet Miers, the first women
president of the Texas State Bar and Bush's former
personal attorney; Attorney General Alberto Gonza-
les, Bush's longtime friend, who would be the first
Hispanic on the court; and corporate lawyer Larry
Thompson, who was the government's highest rank-
ing black law enforcement official when he was dep-
uty attorney general during Bush's first term.
Other candidates mentioned most frequently in
recent days include conservative federal appeals
court judges J. Michael Luttig, Priscilla Owen,
Karen Williams, Alice Batchelder and Samuel
Alito; Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Cor-
rigan; and Maureen Mahoney, a well-respected liti-
gator before the high court.
Yesterday, Bush is going to the Supreme Court
for a formal ceremony at which Roberts, who was
confirmed by the Senate 78-22 and sworn in at the
White House on Thursday, assumes the role of
chief justice. Following tradition, Roberts will don
his robe for the first time and take the center seat
last held by the late former Chief Justice William
The president declined twice yesterday to say wheth-
er he'd made up his mind about a second nominee.
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y.
Tour boat capsizes, killing 21 people
A glass-enclosed boat carrying tourists on a senior citizens' cruise overturned
yesterday on a calm lake in upstate New York, killing at least 21 people and send-
ing more than two dozen cold and wet passengers to a hospital.
Authorities were investigating whether a large passing tour boat created a
wake that caused the accident, Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland said.
The 40-foot Ethan Allen capsized around 3 p.m. on Lake George about 50 miles
north of Albany in the Adirondack Mountains.
The accident apparently happened so fast that none of the passengers was able to
put on a life jacket, Cleveland said.
Patrol boats that reached the scene within minutes found other boaters
already pulling people from the water. All passengers had been accounted for
within two hours.
Twenty-seven people were taken to a hospital in nearby Glens Falls. Some suf-
fered broken ribs and some complaining of shortness of breath. Five people were
to be admitted, hospital spokesman Jason White said.
Police investigators were at the hospital late yesterday.
Video shows Bali Bomber just before blast *
Police raised the alert level for Indonesia's capital and the president warned
of more attacks yesterday as a chilling video shot the day before showed a sus-
pected bomber clutching a backpack and strolling past diners moments before
one of three suicide bombings killed 26 people on Bali.
The near-simultaneous bombings on the resort island also injured 101 people, *
including six Americans.
The attacks apparently were planned by Southeast Asia's two most-wanted men,
who are believed to be connected to an al-Qaida-linked group, said Maj. Gen.
Ansyaad Mbai, a top Indonesian anti-terror official.
Fear of more attacks on tourists prompted Israel to warn its citizens yester-
day not to travel to Egypt's Sinai desert during the upcoming month of Jewish
holidays, saying it has information that Arab militants planning strikes against
Israelis already are located in the resort area.
The alleged masterminds of the Bali attacks were believed to be Azahari bin
Husin and Noordin Mohamed Top, both Malaysians who fled to Indonesia.
U.S military kill 28 insurgents in offensive
U.S. troops battled insurgents holed up in houses and driving explosives-laden
vehicles in a second town near the Syrian border yesterday, killing 28 in an expan-
sion of their two-day-old offensive chasing al-Qaida fighters along the Euphrates
River valley, the military said.
Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed to have taken two Marines captive during the fight-
ing and threatened to kill them within 24 hours unless all female Sunni detainees
are released from U.S. and Iraqi prisons in the country. The U.S. military said
the claim appeared false.
"There are no indications that the al-Qaida claims ... are true," Multinational
Force West, the command in the region said. It said it was conducting checks "to
verify that all Marines are accounted for."
Recovery plan draws debate from lawmakers
A $40 billion plan to hurricane-proof the Louisiana coast has ignited a
battle over how best to prevent a repeat of this year's double flooding of
Endorsed by the state's congressional delegation, the proposal would cre-
ate a nine-member independent commission that would give Louisiana a
large say in how the federal money is spent.
The huge sums involved and the measure's plan to waive federal envi-
ronmental laws underscore the dramatic steps that Louisiana lawmakers say
are needed to help the state recover from one of the country's worst natural
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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, prepares to shake hands with President
Bush yesterday as U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, center, looks on.
Reporters asked Bush on the South Lawn as he
was returning from Camp David. The president,
strolling with first lady Laura Bush, just smiled
and waved. He was asked again as he left a wor-
ship service traditionally held the Sunday before
new Supreme Court term begins. This time, Bush
ducked in his limousine without a reply.
Bush attended the worship service, known as the
Red Mass, with Roberts and Justices Antonin Sca-
lia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Ste-
The service has been held at the Cathedral of St.
Matthew the Apostle since 1952 by the John Carroll
Society, a group of Washington professionals who
are Catholics. The name of the service, which dates
back centuries, comes from the red vestments worn
by the celebrants. Red, the color of fire, is a symbol
of the Holy Spirit.
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of
Washington, greeted Bush and told the standing-
room-only crowd that they were there to pray for
Roberts and for guidance in the new term. He noted
that the last time he spoke at the cathedral was dur-
ing Rehnquist's funeral.
"In the last few days, we have witnessed a period
of greater civility in the selection of our chief jus-
tice," McCarrick said, looking ahead to Bush's next
nomination to the high court.
blows himself up
near football game
No one else
killed or injured in
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - One
person was killed in an explosion
near a packed football stadium at
the University of Oklahoma Sat-
urday night in what authorities
said appeared to be a suicide.
The blast, in a traffic circle
about 100 yards from Oklahoma
Memorial Stadium, could be
heard by some in the crowd of
84,000, but university President
David Boren said no one inside
the stadium was ever in danger.
"We are apparently dealing
with an individual suicide, which
is under full investigation,"
Boren said in a statement.
There was no information
about the person who was killed,
and no reports of any other inju-
A police bomb squad detonat-
ed explosives found at the site of
The area near the stadium was
searched by bomb-sniffing dogs.
Jaclyn Hull, an OU freshman
who left the game shortly before
the explosion, said she saw "a
little bit of smoke, about as much
as you would see coming up from
Officers cordoned off an
area west of the stadium after
the explosion and nobody was
allowed out of the stadium for
about a half-hour after the blast,
which occurred shortly before 8
p.m., about halftime of the Soon-
ers' game against Kansas State.
The game continued.
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