A man has been arrested in New York City for allegedly threatening former president George W. Bush after declaring his love for the 43rd president’s daughter Barbara, officials said Saturday.
George Ogilvie, a spokesman for the Secret Service, told the Los Angeles Times that officials arrested the man Friday on suspicion of issuing “threats against former presidents and certain other persons.”
Reuters reported that the man has been identified as Benjamin Smith, 44, of Pittsford, N.Y. Inside his car, officials found a loaded rifle, a machete and a container of gasoline.
Reportedly, Smith screamed “Bush will get his” when he was taken into custody. He allegedly told agents that he was divorced and “working on a relationship with Barbara Bush,” referring to Barbara Pierce Bush, 32, one of Bush’s twin daughters.
— Los Angeles Times
Atlanta’s mayor is defending his use of emergency lanes at the height of Tuesday’s icy traffic jam so he could do an interview at the Weather Channel’s studios.
Mayor Kasim Reed’s spokesman Carlos Campos said Saturday that he, Reed and police officers normally assigned to the mayor traveled in two cars equipped with blue lights to reach the station’s suburban Atlanta headquarters.
It happened early Tuesday evening on Interstate 75, at a time when emergency responders were trying to help the thousands of motorists stranded on the jammed highway.
“We had no issues getting up there. There was never a moment when — I don’t believe there was ever a moment where we interfered with anything,” Campos said.
The mayor’s use of emergency lanes has sparked anger from motorists who tried to stay warm in their cars or abandoned them to seek shelter in businesses along I-75 and other freeways around metro Atlanta.
— Los Angeles Times
Former Chicago mayor Daley hospitalized: Former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley was hospitalized in an intensive-care unit Saturday after feeling ill the night before while returning to Illinois from a business trip in Arizona. Daley, 71, had complained Friday that he was feeling ill and disoriented during a conference he attended in Arizona as part of his work for a law firm. When Daley flew back to Chicago, his family arranged to have an ambulance take him directly to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
United to drop Cleveland hub: United Airlines said Saturday that it will drop its money-losing hub in Cleveland, slashing its daily flights and eliminating 470 jobs. Company chief executive Jeff Smisek announced in a letter to employees that the airline will no longer use Cleveland to connect fliers coming from other airports across the country. As a result, United’s daily departures will fall from 199 to 72 by June.
Dylan Farrow renews molestation claim: Dylan Farrow has renewed allegations against movie director Woody Allen that he molested her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her. In an open letter to the New York Times posted online Saturday, Dylan Farrow said that Allen “got away with what he did” and it “haunted” her. Farrow said she was spurred to comment after Allen was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. Representatives for Allen did not immediately return requests for comment Saturday.
— From news services