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Lawsuit filed over Davis recall

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published July 16, 2003

LOS ANGELES - A group fighting the Republican-led drive to oust Democratic Gov. Gray Davis filed a lawsuit Tuesday that alleges signatures on recall petitions were gathered illegally.

Attorneys for Taxpayers Against the Governor's Recall said recall proponents violated the law by using petition circulators who were not registered California voters and did not witness signatures being signed.

They said the alleged violations might have been widespread enough to invalidate the recall drive, even though proponents claim to have gathered more than 1.6-million signatures, nearly twice the amount needed.

Recall backers insisted signature gatherers were registered voters and gathered signatures lawfully.

Conservative will replace Philadelphia cardinal

PHILADELPHIA - The Vatican agreed Tuesday to let 80-year-old Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua retire and chose another conservative clergyman with close ties to Rome to replace him, St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali.

Pope John Paul II accepted Bevilacqua's resignation on the basis of age, though the cardinal will continue to serve until Oct. 7, when Rigali will be installed. A replacement for Rigali in St. Louis wasn't selected.

The oldest cardinal in the United States leading a diocese, Bevilacqua lost his vote in the College of Cardinals - the body of Roman Catholic clergy that elects the pope - when he turned 80 last month.

In his new role, Rigali is virtually assured of ascending to the rank of cardinal and taking Bevilacqua's place.

Georgia resort island to host G-8 summit in June

ATLANTA - President Bush has chosen a posh island resort community on the Georgia coast to host next year's meeting of leaders from the world's major industrial countries.

The White House said Tuesday that Sea Island will be the site of the G-8 summit in June, a location Gov. Sonny Perdue described as "a great venue for security." The island 60 miles south of Savannah is close to several major military bases and a federal law enforcement training center.

Protesters have had a growing presence at the annual summits, where leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States meet to discuss economic and political issues.

Elsewhere . . .

CLINTONS GET LITTLE WHITEWATER RELIEF: The government will pay a small portion of the legal fees accumulated by former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton during the independent counsel investigation of their failed Arkansas land deal, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed to a payment of about $85,000. The Clintons had sought $3.5-million.

44 INDICTED AT AIR FORCE ACADEMY: A federal grand jury indicted 44 people Tuesday for allegedly using fake green cards and other false identification to work as contract employees at the Air Force Academy.

The workers included construction workers, landscapers and janitors hired by civilian contractors, said Jeff Dorschner of the U.S. Attorney's Office. Twenty-seven people were arrested.

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