Voices in the News

A montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including President Bush; Karl Rove, the president's deputy chief of staff; Richard Stickler, assistant secretary at the Mine Safety and Health Administration; Cesar Sanchez, brother of trapped miner Manuel Sanchez; Tony Winton, AP correspondent; Estela Lebron, mother of Jose Padilla; Yadira Pacheco, World Vision communications director for Peru; Monte Hayes, AP correspondent; Richard Pasch of the National Hurricane Center; Basil Smith, director of tourism for Jamaica.

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: I would call Karl Rove a dear friend. We've known each other as youngsters interested in serving our state and we worked together so that we could be in a position to serve this country.

Mr. KARL ROVE (Former Deputy Chief Of Staff) I'm grateful for being able to work with the extraordinary men and women that you've drawn into this administration and I'm grateful to have been a witness to history. It has been the joy and the honor of a lifetime.

Mr. RICHARD STICKLER (Assistant Secretary at The Mine Safety and Health Administration): We had suspended the underground portion of the rescue operation. We're assembling a team of ground control experts to see if there's any possible plan that could be developed to continue the underground operation.

Mr. CESAR SANCHEZ (Brother of Trapped Miner Manuel Sanchez): I know that part of the mine was kind of an old part of the mine and it was kind of spooky.

TONY WINTON: After only a day and a half of deliberation in a complex case, the jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts against all defendants, including Jose Padilla, the onetime accused radioactive dirty bomber who is in this indictment accused of supporting terrorism.

Ms. ESTELA LEBRON (Mother of Jose Padilla): American citizen locked up for five years with no charges. They placed some chargers and some evidence. Never been in Kosovo, Bosnia, Chechnya, none of those country. Why did he have my son in there?

Ms. YADIRA PACHECO (World Vision communications director for Peru): There has been more than four hours after the quake, but there have been 110 aftershocks. So we are still, you know, in panic because we don't know what would happen.

MONTE HAYES: The roads are blocked to the city. The Pan-American Highway is broken up. There was huge gouges in the pavement. Power lines are down, and thousands of cars are stranded - can't move forward.

Dr. Richard Pasch (National Hurricane Center): This sis a large hurricane. And hurricane force winds cover a very large area. So even if it was center doesn't pass over you, you can still easily get damaging winds from Dean.

Mr. BASIL SMITH (Director of Tourism for Jamaica): I'm a bit apprehensive now because it is a very, very serious storm. We've had storms before and we never any of them lightly, but this one certainly needs to be quite serious.

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