Rosa Parks Honored

* Thousands of people in Washington took time to say goodbye to a woman who made history.

The body of Rosa Parks, who became a civil rights leader in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, lay in the Capitol on Sunday and yesterday. As many as 50,000 people passed by her casket. Parks died last Monday at the age of 92.

Parks is the first woman to be honored with a viewing in the Rotunda, the huge round room of the Capitol.

Teacher Kevin Weaver from Rhode Island brought letters his fourth-grade students had written to Parks. "I want to thank you for not giving up your seat," a girl named Kaitlyn wrote.

Bush Nominates Alito

* President Bush has nominated Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to be a Supreme Court justice. The president's announcement came four days after Harriet Miers, his earlier nominee, said she didn't want to be a justice.

Alito now will have to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee and answer questions about his views on the Constitution -- the document that outlines laws for the country. The Senate must approve the people the president nominates to the country's highest court. Alito would replace Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court.

Clarification: A Friday news item about Miers's nomination should have said the executive branch of government includes the president, people who work in the White House and other government departments.

Alicia Myers, niece Shante Tyler, left, and son Isaiah Myers pay respects to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.