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Coburn urges Gonzales to resign

He tells the AG ‘mistakes have consequences’

BY JIM MYERS World Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn on Thursday called for the resignation of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

“I believe the best way to put this behind us is your resignation,’’ the Oklahoma Republican told Gonzales during a much-anticipated hearing be- fore the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the firing of eight U.S. at-

torneys. Gonzales quickly rejected Coburn’s suggestion that he step down.

‘‘Senator, I don’t know whether or not that puts this behind us, quite frankly,’’ he said, again apologizing for any mistakes made in the way the prosecutors had been handled. ‘‘I am committed to working with you and trying to restore the faith and confi- dence.’’

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‘‘Mr. Attorney General, you set the standard,’’ he said, reminding Gon- zales of his comments on leadership and management skills. ‘‘They were sorely lacking in this instance.’’

Coburn went on to suggest the best path for the Bush administration would be to start with a new slate of leadership skills.

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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testifies Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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A day of remembrance

Survivors mark anniversary of OKC bombing

BY ANGEL RIGGS World Capitol Bureau

OKLAHOMA CITY — Twelve years after the Oklahoma City bombing, survivors, family and friends of the 168 people killed continue to gather each April 19 as a kind of extended family, comforting and supporting each other through the lingering hurt and loss. “A lot of us are still helping each other,” said Martin Cash, a bombing survivor, who stood among the rows of empty chairs Thursday at the Okla- homa City National Memorial and Museum. “These families are my family,” he said. Hundreds of survivors, relatives and friends of victims gathered at the me- morial, built on the grounds of the destroyed Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, to remember those who died 12 years ago Thursday. As people arrived at the memorial’s annual Remembrance Ceremony, a pi- anist played the piano on which John Lennon composed the song “Imagine” in 1971. The piano sat outdoors on a sidewalk beside the memorial’s re- flecting pool. The ceremony began with 168 sec- onds of silence. The names of those killed also were read. Presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins each spoke during the ceremony. “This week it is hard not to note the fact that America has again been shaken by violence on an early morn- ing in April,” Giuliani said. However, he added, Oklahoma’s demonstration of compassion and strength became a model for New York City through the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and will help those affected by the violence this week at Virginia Tech, Giuliani said. “With the dust and smoke still hanging in the air, the people of Okla- homa City came together as one,” he said.

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Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Jari Askins listens as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks Thursday in front of the reflecting pool of the Oklahoma City National Memorial during ceremonies on the 12th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Lawsuit bill on its way to governor

Critics say a judge and jury should decide damages. Supporters say unrealistic awards need to be curbed.

BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklaho- ma Senate on Thursday passed a con- troversial lawsuit reform bill that crit- ics say will close the courtroom doors to many. Supporters of Senate Bill 507 say it is needed to curb the rising costs of health and malpractice insurance and to level the playing field for defen- dants in civil cases. Supporters also say the measure will make Oklahoma more business friendly.

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desk. Henry said he has not had a chance to read the details of the lengthy, complex bill. “Equal access to the justice system is one of the most important and ba- sic rights granted to our citizens un- der the U.S. Constitution and the Oklahoma Constitution,” the governor said. “It is critical that any reform measure preserve or strengthen that basic right as it attempts to reduce costs associated with the system.” The measure passed by a 25-23 vote with Sen. Susan Paddack, D-Ada, the lone Democratic supporter. Seven- teen votes are needed in the Senate to sustain a veto. Critics say the bill allows courts to deduct from damages any insurance proceeds the plaintiff may have re- ceived. Such a move benefits the per- son who committed the wrong, they say. However, Sen. James A. Williamson, R-Tulsa, said a follow-up bill will pro- vide new wording to allow a judge to inform a jury about the proceeds but not necessarily require the amount be deducted from the award. The Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Asso-

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Senate Bill 507 originally passed in the Senate and was amended in the House.

When SB 507 returned to the Senate for consideration of House amend- ments, the Senate author could have rejected the amendments, effectively send- ing the measure to a conference committee for final drafting.

Republicans were afraid the measure would die in com- mittee, so the author accepted the amend- ments, meaning the Senate had to vote on the bill without mak- ing changes.

SB 507 now goes to the governor.

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‘We’ve had some unusual gifts over the years, including about 10 cemetery lots in Oklahoma City which we turned down because we didn’t know how to get rid of them.’

Gary Casteel

Tulsa Habitat for Humanity executive director

Habitat for Humanity gets lottery windfall

BY BILL SHERMAN World Religion Writer

Tulsa Habitat for Humanity hit the jackpot this week. An anonymous donor gave a win- ning $10,000 lottery ticket to the local charity, which builds houses for low- income families. “This has never happened before,” said Gary Casteel, executive director of the Tulsa chapter.

“We’ve had some unusual gifts over the years, including about 10 ceme- tery lots in Oklahoma City which we turned down because we didn’t know how to get rid of them.” Some the unusual donations have proved valuable, Casteel said. “One of our prize donations was a farm tractor, which we needed at the time.” A donated forklift sat in a basement for five years before the organization

found time to fix it and put it into ser- vice. Someone once donated a 1972 Mer- cedes for a Habitat auction. After the agency spent $400 in repairs, the car brought $3,000 in the auction. Houston Hunt, spokesman for the Oklahoma Lottery, said this was the first time a nonprofit organization has claimed a lottery ticket in Oklahoma.

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