Bush Nominates Miers

For Supreme Court

* President Bush yesterday nominated Harriet Ellan Miers, an attorney who advises him in the White House, to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

If her nomination is approved by the U.S. Senate, Miers will succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. She would be the third woman -- after O'Connor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- to sit on the high court.

The 60-year-old Miers (pronounced MY-ers) has headed lawyers' associations in her home state of Texas but has never been a judge. As a result, no one really knows what she thinks about major issues the court might be asked to rule on.

Because O'Connor provided a key vote in many close decisions, her successor on the court will have an important voice.

Bless the Animals

* The annual Blessing of the Animals will have added meaning today at Washington National Cathedral. Special prayers will be said for animals affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Starting at 4:30 p.m., some dogs left homeless by the hurricanes will be up for adoption from the Washington Animal Rescue League.

The blessing by cathedral clergy will follow, at 6:15.

In addition to being the feast day of Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, today marks Rosh Hashanah. That is a celebration of the Jewish New Year, which began at sundown yesterday.

A Filipino priest sprinkles holy water on animals.Harriet Miers is a White House lawyer.