Bush Honors Giraffe Project
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush today named the Giraffe Project of Langley, Wash., as a ″daily point of light″ for recognizing and encouraging bold community service.
Founded in 1983, the organization rewards people who ″stick their necks out for the common good,″ even if doing so means risking losing a job or being ostracized by neighbors, the White House said in a statement.
So far, 483 individuals have been given giraffe rewards that praises them for ″courageous actions,″ the statement said.
Bush names an individual or group each day for exemplifying his ″thousand points of light″ theme of volunteerism. Recipients get a plaque and a letter from the president.
--- Michigan Sausage-Makers Recall Links
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sausage made by two Michigan food processors is being recalled voluntarily because the meat may contain sulfite.
Dave’s Sausage Factory in Detroit recalled 3,000 pounds, and Mancini Sausage Co. in Harpers Woods 500 pounds, the Agriculture Department said Friday.
″Sulfites can pose serious health risks for people who are sensitive to these compounds,″ said Lester M. Crawford, head of the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The sausage links produced by Dave’s are sold under the names ″Wisbisky’s Polish Sausage,″ ″Vetro’s Italian Sausage″ and ″Dave’s Pork Links.″
The first two products are sold in clear plastic bags and weigh about 1 1/2 pounds each. The label shows the product name and has ″Est. 10198″ printed inside the USDA inspection seal.
″Dave’s Pork Links″ are repackaged by stores and may be sold under a private brand name, Crawford said. All three products are distributed to grocery stores, delicatessens and restaurants in Michigan.
The Mancini Sausage Co. product is sold only to delicatessens under the name, ″Polish Brand Sausage″ and is also in clear plastic bags, with a weight of 1 1/2 pounds each. White printing on the bag shows the product name, ″Est. 10210″ printed inside the inspection seal, and the words ″produced by Mancini Sausage Company.″
Consumers with question about the recall may phone the toll-free USDA hot line at 1-800-535-4555 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.
--- Charges Dropped in ‘Ill Wind’ Probe
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal charges against a figure in the defense industry probe have been dismissed by a federal judge who said the indictment may have been an act of retaliation.
Thomas E. Muldoon, a former consultant to Norden Systems, already had been convicted on eight felonies, including conspiracy and bribery of a public official. Soon after his attorney filed an appeal on that conviction, Muldoon was indicted on charges of trafficking in secret defense information.
U.S. District Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr. in Alexandria, Va., wrote Friday that there was ″a realistic likelihood of vindictiveness on the part of the United States in causing the return of the present indictment in retaliation for the defendant Thomas E. Muldoon’s going to trial or noting an appeal for his prior conviction or both.″
Muldoon, 60, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and fined $10,000 for his conviction arising from the investigation of fraud in defense procurement, code named ″Ill Wind.″
--- Rostropovich Attacks Restrictions On Aid To Arts
WASHINGTON (AP) - The arts should not be subject to censorship or bureaucratic restrictions on government funding, Soviet-born symphony director Mstislav Rostropovich told Congress.
Rostropovich, artistic director of the National Symphony Orchestra, told a Senate hearing Friday on financing for the National Endowment for the Arts that it was Soviet censorship that drove him to the United States.
He argued for reauthorization of the NEA, without restrictions intended to prevent federal aid for obscene art.
″Art and literature should be judged by the conscience of the creator, his peers in his field and all of the people, not be a separate bureaucracy, artificially compressing the arteries and veins of this life-sustaining circulation,″ he said.