Congress pauses to honor Lewis

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

WASHINGTON — The House on Mon­day stood for an emo­tional mo­ment of si­lence for Ge­or­gia Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon who died last week from pan­cre­atic cancer.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveled the House to or­der, call­ing on “all who loved John Lewis, wher­ever you are, rise in a mo­ment of si­lence in re­mem­brance of the con­science of the Congress.”

Sev­eral peo­ple on the dais wept as the House stood in si­lence, heads bowed. When Pelosi tried to move on, those gath­ered in­ter­rupted with sus­tained ap­plause.

“Our hero, our col­league, our brother, our friend re­ceived and an­swered his fi­nal sum­mons from God almighty,” said Rep. San­ford Bishop, the dean of the Ge­or­gia del­e­ga­tion.

Lewis, 80, died Fri­day, sev­eral months af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with ad­vanced pan­cre­atic cancer.

Ear­lier, Pelosi choked up re­call­ing their last con­ver­sa­tion the day be­fore he died.

“It was a sad one,” Pelosi said of their con­ver­sa­tion Thurs­day. “We never talked about his dy­ing un­til that day.”

‘Anti-fem­i­nist’ lawyer found dead, sus­pected in fatal shoot­ing at N.J. judge’s home

A self-de­scribed “anti-fem­i­nist” lawyer found dead in the Catskills of an ap­par­ent self­in­flicted gun­shot wound is the prime sus­pect in the shoot­ing of a fed­eral judge’s fam­ily in New Jer­sey, the FBI said Mon­day.

Roy Den Hol­lan­der, who re­ceived me­dia at­ten­tion — in­clud­ing ap­pear­ances on Fox News and Comedy Cen­tral — for law­suits chal­leng­ing per­ceived in­fringe­ments of “men’s rights,” was found dead Mon­day in Sul­li­van County, New York, two of­fi­cials with knowl­edge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

The FBI said Den Hol­lan­der was the “pri­mary sub­ject in the at­tack” and con­firmed he had been pro­nounced dead but pro­vided no other de­tails.

A day ear­lier, a gun­man pos­ing as a FedEx de­liv­ery per­son went to the North Brunswick, New Jer­sey, home of U.S. Dis­trict Judge Es­ther Salas and started shoot­ing, wound­ing her hus­band, the de­fense lawyer Mark An­derl, and killing her son, Daniel An­derl.

SARAH SILBIGER/GETTY IMAGES

Black fab­ric and notes adorn the of­fice door Mon­day of late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ge­or­gia.

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