ABC tries to appease 9/11 docudrama critics

By Steve Gorman

Under pressure from former President Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party, ABC scrambled on Friday to make 11th-hour changes to a miniseries suggesting he was inattentive to the Islamic militant threat that led to the September 11 attacks.

Red Cross fined $4.2 million for breaking blood safety laws

The government said Friday it was fining the American Red Cross a record $4.2 million for violating blood-safety laws. The violations include failing to reject donors who had traveled to malarial areas and allowing blood and related products to be distributed without proper testing, said Margaret Glavin, the Food and Drug Administration’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.

Congress reaches accord, of sorts, on reform

By Thomas Ferraro

U.S. lawmakers, under pressure to respond to a series of recent scandals, announced a bipartisan agreement on Friday to better enable the public to track billions of dollars in grants and contracts awarded each year by Congress.

The insurgents become the old guard

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rick Santorum was strolling past a display of highly brightly polished tractors at the Butler (Pa.) Farm Show this summer when he came across an old friend.

Rep. Phil English, R-Erie, and the two-term senator exchanged political intelligence, handicapping his chances in the November election — just as they had 16 years earlier when English bunked in his college buddy’s attic, helping manage Santorum’s campaign for Congress.