Bush attends unveiling of his portrait in Austin

Saturday, January 5, 2002

AUSTIN, Texas -- A tear or two spilled down President Bush's cheek Friday as he saw his portrait unveiled in the Texas state Capitol and reflected on his "joyous six years" as governor.

"I'm going to take that can-do Texas spirit to Washington, for however long I'm there, and remind people that results are what matters," the president said.

On Monday, he closes a 12-day holiday at his central Texas ranch and returns to Washington to face a politically fractious election year.

But Friday was for nostalgia as his gubernatorial portrait took its prominent place on the first floor of the Capitol rotunda, beside that of Democrat Ann Richards, the incumbent Bush unseated in 1994 after a bitterly fought race.

First cloned sheep has arthritis, scientists say

LONDON -- The world's first cloned sheep has developed arthritis at the relatively early age of 5 1/2 years, scientists said Friday, stirring debate that the current cloning procedures might be flawed.

The announcement of Dolly's problem could raise new doubts about cloning animals for use in human transplantation and about cloning humans themselves.

"Dolly has arthritis in her left hind leg at the hip and the knee," said the scientist, Ian Wilmut, of the Edinburgh-based Roslin Institute. "We will never know in the case of Dolly whether her condition is because she was cloned or whether this was an unfortunate accident."

Magazine says Houston is nation's fattest city

HOUSTON -- When it comes to flab, Houston is No. 1.

For the second consecutive year, Men's Fitness magazine gave the title of fattest to the nation's fourth-largest city.

The magazine considers air and water quality, television viewing habits, obesity rates, availability of parks and open space, climate and nutrition when assigning ranks.

Later this month, Houston plans to launch a get-fit effort inspired by cheesesteak-loving Philadelphia, which implemented a citywide fitness campaign after the magazine named it the flab capital in 1999.

In response, health clubs offered discounts, businesses sponsored lunch-hour workouts and restaurants presented leaner dishes. Philadelphia dropped to No. 3 last year, and this year is No. 4 on the list.

Chicago ranked No. 2, followed by Detroit.

Jailed crime writer free after 168 days

HOUSTON -- Weeping with joy, an aspiring author was released from jail Friday after spending more than five months behind bars for refusing to hand over her notes about a society murder.

"I'm just very grateful to be free," Vanessa Leggett said with her husband, Doak, at her side. "Downtown Houston never looked so good. I feel good -- I was able to maintain my journalistic integrity so far."

Leggett, 33, was freed after 168 days in jail because the federal grand jury that demanded her research ended its term Friday, said her attorney, Mike DeGeurin.--From wire reports

However, federal prosecutors have indicated they will again ask Leggett for her research. Another grand jury could be convened as early as next week and she could be subpoenaed to appear.

Leggett said she would be more than willing to go back to jail.

"If that's what it takes, that's what it takes," she said. "This is not so much about me. It's about the public's right to a free and independent press."

Kesha Handy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office, declined to comment.

"We applaud the release of Vanessa, but still protest her imprisonment," said Al Cross, president of the Society of Professional Journalists. "Her case shows how First Amendment rights belong to everyone."

-- From wire reports

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