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ST. PAUL, Minn. – John McCain tore upthe script for his Republican National Con- vention on Sunday, casting himself asabove politics as Hurricane Gustav churned toward New Orleans. “We will actas Americans,” not partisans, he declared.President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney scrappedplans to addressthe conventionMonday night,and McCain’saides chartered a jet to fly delegatesback to their hur-ricane-threatenedstates along theGulf Coast. Cam-paign managerRick Davis saidthe first-night pro-gram was beingcut from sevenhours to 2
.Officials saidthat as part of theconvention’sopening night,Laura Bush andMcCain’s wife, Cindy, would speak fromthe podium and describe ways to help vic-tims of the storm bearing down on a regionthat was devastated three years ago by Hurricane Katrina.“This is a time when we have to doaway with our party politics, and we haveto act as Americans,” McCain said as fellowRepublicans converged on their conven-
Official business, aidto victims on agenda
BY DAVID ESPO
The Associated Press
SEE CONVENTION, A6
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Washington state Re-publicans on Sunday defended decisionsby gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi andtwo congressmen to skip the Republicanconvention, contending they were show-ing greater concern for voters and prob-lems back home than Democratic Gov.Chris Gregoire, who took a prominent roleat the rival convention in Denver in her bidfor re-election.The Republican candidates decided toforgo the convention hoopla and formalnominations of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,as presidential candidate, and Alaska Gov.Sarah Palin as his running mate, before of-
State GOPdefends Rossi,others forstaying home
Voters more importantthan hoopla, party says
BY STEWART M. POWELL
P-I Washington Bureau
SEE GOP, A6
NEW ORLEANS – With a historic evacua-tion of nearly 2 million people from the Loui-siana coast complete, gun-toting police andNational Guardsmen stood watch as rainstarted to fall on this city’s empty streets Sun-day night – and even presidential politics took aback seat as the nation waited to see if Hur-ricane Gustav would be another Katrina.The storm was set to crash ashore lateMonday morning with frightful force, testingthe three years of planning and rebuildingthat followed Katrina’s devastating blow tothe Gulf Coast. The storm has already killedat least 94 people on its path through the Car-ibbean.Painfully aware of the failings that led tothat horrific suffering and more than 1,600deaths, this time officials moved beyondmerely insisting tourists and residents leavesouth Louisiana. They threatened arrest,loaded thousands onto buses and warnedthat anyone who remained behind would notbe rescued.“Looters will go directly to jail. You willnot get a pass this time,” Mayor Ray Naginsaid. “You will not have a temporary stay inthe city. You will go directly to the Big House.”Col. Mike Edmondson, state police com-mander, said he believed that 90 percent of the population had fled the Louisiana coast.The exodus of 1.9 million people is the largestevacuation in state history, and thousandsmore had left from Mississippi, Alabama andflood-prone southeast Texas.Late Sunday, Gov. Bobby Jindal issuedone last plea to the roughly 100,000 peoplestill left on the coast: “If you’ve not evacuated,please do so. There are still a few hours left.”Louisiana and Mississippi temporarily changed traffic flow so all highway lanes ledaway from the coast, and cars were packedbumper to bumper. Stores and restaurants
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BY STACEY PLAISANCEAND BECKY BOHRER
The Associated Press
SEE GUSTAV, A5
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If Michele Anderson is taken at her word, she wants to die for killing.In letters and public statements, Anderson has asked to be executed forher role in the Christmas Eve slayingof six members of her family at her par-ents’ Carnation home. She wants todie, she told a friend in a jailhouse let-ter, to “be responsible.”For now, though, the decision isn’thers to make. It falls instead to DanSatterberg, who faces his first life-or-death decision since becoming KingCounty prosecutor after the death of Norm Maleng.Having spent the 17 years beforeMaleng’s death as the prosecutor’schief of staff, Satterberg has been inti-mately involved in King County’s cap-ital cases. And, he said in an interviewlast week, he’s relying on Maleng’s ex-ample as he decides whether Andersonand her co-defendant,Joseph McEn-roe,might face execution.“One of the things I learned at thefeet of the master, Norm Maleng, wasthis is a decision that uniquely rests with the elected prosecutor,” Satter-berg said. “It’s not the product of acommittee vote, and it’s not something we put on victims’ families to decide.“The prosecutor has to act as a
Life-or-death decision for prosecutor
Satterberg faces firstcapital punishmentcall in Carnation case
BY LEVI PULKKINEN
SEE SENTENCE, A7
“This isn’t about life and death, for me.(It’s) about the overwhelming sense ofremorse that I have, for having leteveryone down.”
–Michele Anderson, in a letter to a friend