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THE NATION | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

Storms Wash Out Bush's Plans to Visit Boy Scouts

July 30, 2001|From Times Staff Reports

Heavy storms, during which two children were struck by lightning, forced President Bush to cancel his trip to the National Scout Jamboree in Virginia.

Bush had planned to join more than 32,000 boys in a quadrennial gathering known as "the Olympics of Boy Scouting." Storms led organizers to scrap a ceremony the president was to attend.

The decision came after two Boy Scouts were struck by lightning during the gathering at Fort A.P. Hill, an Army facility about 40 miles north of Richmond. The boys were treated at a hospital and released.

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