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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Caspar Weinberger Dies at EMMC

Former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger died today in Bangor at 88. He and wife Jane had lived in Maine since 1976. His wife ran Windswept House Publishers out of their home in Somesville for many years.

Weinberger's career of public service ended in disgrace with his resignation from Reagan's cabinet in 1987 after getting caught up in the Iran-Contra scandal. He was indicted for lying to the independent counsel, but was pardoned by President Bush before standing trial.

In 1982, Weinberger's status didn't earn him any special privileges in Maine.
The State Transportation Department has denied Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger's request for a lower speed limit on the street in front of his summer home on the water in Somesville on Mount Desert.

"It didn't make any difference to us who he was," said John E. Hodgkins, a department spokesman.

"I was more careful in writing the letter, though. I wanted it to be grammatically correct." [Link]
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