Bush Okays 9/11 Panel

* President Bush okayed a special commission yesterday to investigate the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Bush said the panel would help future presidents keep the country safe. He named former secretary of State Henry Kissinger to lead it.

"This investigation should carefully examine all the evidence and follow all the facts wherever they lead," Bush said. "We must uncover every detail and learn every lesson of September the 11th."

Kissinger promised to "go where the facts lead us."

"We are under no restrictions, and we will accept no restrictions," Kissinger said.

The panel will have 18 months to study airplane security and problems with U.S. borders. It also will examine U.S. intelligence -- how the United States spies on its enemies.

Bush didn't say that Kissinger should find out who's to blame for not preventing the attacks. Instead, he said the panel should try to help the government learn how and why the enemy did what it did.

A Deer Tax

* Virginia Gov. Mark Warner accepted some unusual taxes yesterday: freshly killed deer.

The items are part of a tradition that stretches back to 1646, when a treaty was signed between Virginia and its Native American tribes. The treaty requires the tribes to pay taxes in the form of deer, beaver pelts and other items common from Colonial times, but a little uncommon today.

The ceremony is held each year on the day before Thanksgiving. Pamunkey Chief William Miles and Mattaponi Assistant Chief Webster Custalow gave the annual offering to Warner at the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

The other Indian tribes in Virginia are the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Nansemond and Monacan Indian Nation.

-- From staff and wire reports

Virginia Gov. Warner, left, accepts the deer tax.