In Washington Bush pick for EPA job withdraws in face...

NATIONAL DIGEST

September 18, 2001

In Washington

Bush pick for EPA job withdraws in face of Senate opposition

President Bush's nominee to head enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his name yesterday after encountering Senate opposition over his role in opposing some air cleanup measures in Ohio.

"It is clear to me ... that my nomination will not be considered by the U.S. Senate in a timely manner," Donald Schregardus said in a letter yesterday to Bush.

Independent Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont, chairman of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, had promised to spend months scrutinizing Schregardus' record as head of Ohio's EPA before allowing a vote. In the Nation

Search continues for cars that fell off Texas bridge

PORT ISABEL, Texas - Recovery crews resumed searching the water yesterday for people who might be trapped in their cars after driving off a bridge that partially collapsed when it was hit by barges and a tugboat.

Police said at least four people have been confirmed dead and an unknown number are missing in the Queen Isabella Causeway accident after the collision Saturday that knocked out part of the bridge, the only one linking Port Isabel and South Padre Island.

Judge in McVeigh trial stable after transplant

DENVER - U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, 71, received a liver transplant Sunday at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Matsch, who presided over the Oklahoma City bombing trials, was in fair and stable condition at the hospital yesterday, officials said. He was expected to remain in the hospital one or two weeks.

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