Aaron Burr Award winner

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    CHENEY BREAKS LONGSTANDING 1804 RECORD OF LAST V.P.
    TO SHOOT A GUY WHILE IN OFFICE

    (From the Associated Press)

    A professional historians group announced Monday
    that Vice President Dick
    Cheney is the winner of the prestigious Aaron Burr
    Award given to U.S. Vice
    Presidents who shoot a guy while in office.

    Professor Merrill Fainsworth, Chairman of the
    Department of History at the
    University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and President
    of the American Historians
    Society, announced the award.

    Professor Fainsworth said: "When Mr. Cheney came
    into office he seemed
    unlikely to shoot anyone at all given the lengths he
    had gone to to avoid fighting
    in Vietnam. But his actions of the past week have
    exceeded all hopes. That
    the victim is a lawyer is just the icing on the
    cake."

    The award is named after Aaron Burr, until Monday
    the only previous recipient
    of the coveted award. In 1804 while serving as
    Thomas Jefferson's Vice
    President, Burr participated in a duel in Weehawken,
    New Jersey in which he shot
    and killed Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, a
    fact not lost on current
    Treasury Secretary John Snow.

    Vice President Cheney is always polite and
    professional," Snow said in a
    telephone interview. "But I get the feeling that
    every time he looks at me he
    sees another notch on his shotgun. The other night
    I was working late at the
    Treasury Department when I noticed the doorknob to
    my office turning slowly. It
    turned out to be the cleaning staff but I nearly had
    a stroke."