Gil Kerlikowske: The war against drugs isn't over. Kerlikowske, who directs the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is scheduled Tuesday to describe the administration's inaugural National Drug Control Strategy, which establishes five-year goals for reducing drug use and its consequences through prevention, treatment, and international cooperation.Â He'll be joined by Vice President Joe Biden and several Cabinet secretaries.
According to a TIME magazine profile, Kerlikowske was drafted into the Army in 1970 and while stationed in Washington, his duties included saluting President Nixon when he boarded the presidential helicopter.Â Kerlikowske later became a police officer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and worked as an undercover narcotics detective.
As police chief in Seattle, Washington, beginning in 2000, he is credited with bringing the city's crime rate to a 40-year low. But the NAACP called for his resignation over his handling of misconduct accusations against police officers, TIME reports.
Randy Neugebauer: The Texas Republican acknowledged on Monday that he was the person who yelled "baby killer" during Sunday's House debate on health care reform. But Rep. Neugebauer said he shouted out "it's a baby killer," in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership on compromise language that emphasized federal funds would not be used to pay for abortions.
Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak was on the House floor talking about the issue at the time of Neugebauer's outburst. Stupak was the leader of a group of anti-abortion rights Democrats who refused to back health care reform unless their concerns were addressed.
In a statement released by his office Monday, Neugebauer said, "In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase 'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself."
The Texas congressman also said that he has apologized to Stupak and added, "The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate."
Neugebauer is now in his fourth term in the House. He first took office in June 2003.Â According to his Web site, "While in Congress, Randy has developed a track record of promoting fiscal discipline, backing a strong national defense, and fighting for traditional Texas values."
Tejdeep Singh Rattan: The Army captain graduated from basic training Monday at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, becoming the first turbaned Sikh officer to complete that training in over two decades.
In a written statement from the Sikh Coalition, Rattan said, "I had an overwhelmingly positive experience. I am very thankful to the base command, Army leadership, and my fellow soldiers. I look forward to continuing to serve my country."
According to the Sikh Coalition release, in 1981 the Army banned "conspicuous" religious articles of faith for its service members, including a ban on Sikh turbans and unshorn hair in the Army.
After completing his Army scholarship education, Rattan was told that he had to remove his religiously mandated turban and unshorn hair before he began active duty. The Army eventually granted Rattan an exception, but it applied only in his individual case.
The general policy forbidding Sikhs from maintaining their articles of faith in the military still remains in effect. Rattan, a dentist, wore a helmet over a small turban during field exercises.
Brian and Craig Wansink: The brothers examined 52 artists' depictions of the Last Supper painted between the years 1000 and 2000, and reached the conclusion that over the years,Â the entrees that the followers of Jesus ate grew by 70 percent,Â and the bread by 23 percent.Â Â They report their findingsÂ in Tuesday's International Journal of Obesity.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Brian, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, and Craig, a biblical scholar at Virginia Wesleyan College, say that the growth of supersized servings is not a recent phenomenon.
Brittney Griner: The world is watching the 6-foot-8 freshman center for the Baylor University Bears. The New York Times reports that Griner didn't start playing basketball until she was a freshman at Nimitz High School in Houston, Texas, and she is predicted to be the first pick of the WNBA draft when she finishes college.
Griner told the newspaper, "It's not my goal to go out and change the game. I just feel like I'm adding on to it." Right now, she's adding admirers who are amazed by her 7-foot-4-inch wing span.
The Oakland Tribune reports that on Monday, Griner set a women's NCAA tournament record with 14 blocked shots as Baylor beat Georgetown 49-33. As a high school senior, Griner dunked the ball 52 times in 32 games. Griner was recently suspended for two games after being fouled by Jordan Barncastle of Texas Tech on March 3. Griner punched her, breaking Barncastle's nose. Griner apologized in a written statement.