The trial lawyer whom Dick Cheney shot on a quail-hunting trip in Texas sat down with the Washington Post to talk about the incident. Harry Whittington, 82, has fully recovered from the accident of almost five years ago, he said. More than 200 pellets struck all across his body, just missing vital organs and leading to many invasive surgeries.
For months afterward, however, pieces would still work their way out of his body, he said. About 30 pellets remain, including one near his heart and one in his voice box, causing his voice to “warble.”
Whittington was gracious in recalling Cheney’s involvement, the Post reported. It was he who initially apologized from the hospital, indicating that the accident had inconvenienced the vice president. He still feels responsible for traumatizing Cheney, he said.
At the same time, the accident caused problems for Cheney because it was not made public until the ranch owner’s daughter confirmed it the next day. A media frenzy ensued, with reporters trying to sneak into the hospital to talk to Whittington and others interrogating the White House for the PR gaffe.
Although the vice president confirmed four days later during a Fox News interview that he “pulled the trigger,” Cheney never issued an apology, something Whittington reluctantly implied has not happened to this day.
More acquaintances than friends, Cheney and Whittington have communicated only intermittently since then, he said. The last time they met was at the funeral of the owner of the ranch where the incident occurred.
For Washington residents who thought Michelle Rhee’s resignation as public schools chancellor would be a shift away from aggressive reform, it may be time to think again. The new interim chancellor is Kaya Henderson, Rhee’s No. 2, whose philosophy is much the same, reports the Washington Post.
Henderson has the same “go hard or go home” attitude as Rhee and was part of the controversial firing of hundreds deemed not up to par earlier in Rhee’s tenure.
Yet Henderson is softer around the edges and has a better relationship with the teachers union, the Post said. Rhee, who has known her for years, calls her critical and innovative. "I can't do this without her," Rhee said of Henderson at the time of her appointment.
Henderson worked for Rhee at the New Teacher Project as an executive in charge of DC operations. The two also share a background at Teach for America, with Henderson serving as a Spanish teacher in the Bronx.
The transgendered golfer filed a sex discrimination suit against the Ladies Professional Golf Association and the Long Drivers of America this week after she was prohibited from competing in a professional golf tournament that starts today in Danville, California. Lawless, a retired police officer, had gender-reassignment surgery in 2005, according to the New York Times.
Lawless won a the women’s world championship in long-drive golf in 2008 with a 254-yard drive into a headwind, the Times said. Yet she was ruled ineligible in the same championship this year. The Long Drivers of America recently changed its rules to match the policy of the LPGA. That policy states one must be born a female to compete.
“It was devastating to me,” Lawless told the Times. “How can they say that rule was not changed specifically directed at me if you have a rule that allows me to play and you come back and you change it?”