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December 3, 2018

GEORGE BUSH - HUMANITARIAN

DALLAS (AP) — George H.W. Bush teamed up with one-time rival and fellow former President Bill Clinton to raise money for victims of natural disasters. He also created a program that has honored thousands of American volunteers.

It was all part of Bush’s vision for what he called a “kinder, gentler nation.”

Bush was a humanitarian and made volunteerism a hallmark of his presidency from 1989 to 1993. His “thousand points of light” initiative honored the nation’s volunteers.

When he accepted his party’s nomination for president, he said he was guided by certain traditions. He said: “One is that there is a God and He is good, and His love, while free, has a self-imposed cost: We must be good to one another.”

The former president died late Friday at his Houston home. He was 94.

GEORGE BUSH - SENSE OF HUMOR

WASHINGTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush didn’t lose his sense of humor even as he was letting go of life.

Bush’s longtime friend James A. Baker III tells the story of how his wife, Susan, put a hand on the former president’s forehead and told him he’s loved very much.

At which point Baker says Bush “cocked” open an eye and quipped, “Well, you better hurry.”

Baker says Bush’s sense of humor remained intact up until his death Friday at age 94.

Bush will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol from this evening through Wednesday morning. A memorial is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral. Bush will then be returned to Houston to be laid to rest Thursday alongside his wife, Barbara, at his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

TODDLER SHOOTS MOM

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Police say a woman in Louisiana has been accidentally shot in the back by her 2-year-old child.

The Shreveport Times reports the woman was seriously wounded in the shooting early Saturday morning. Police told the newspaper that the woman and her 2-year-old child were in a bedroom when the child appears to have accidentally discharged an unsecured handgun.

Authorities say the woman received a single shot to the back and was taken to a hospital.

Police said an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

LUTEFISK DINNER TRADITION AT MINNESOTA CHURCH ENDS

FOREST LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A 70-year tradition of serving a lutefisk dinner has ended at a Minnesota church with an obituary penned by the pastor.

Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake, Minnesota, would serve a Scandinavian dinner featuring the pungent, jellylike fish the first Tuesday in December.

But the Rev. John Klawiter wrote an obituary for the annual dinner in the community newspaper last month.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Klawiter wanted the obit to read as a tribute to the seven decades the church in east-central Minnesota has served hundreds of pounds of lutefisk at the annual dinner, dubbed “Holy Tuesday.”

The dinner would require about 190 volunteers. Planners had to find ways to fill gaps left by volunteers who had died or grown too frail.

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