- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 29, 2003

Clinton impressed with Gen. Clark

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Although he’s making no endorsements, former President Bill Clinton said fellow Arkansan Gen. Wesley Clark would make a good president should he decide to run.

Mr. Clinton said he has been impressed by the retired Army general’s career from its inception, as a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, where Gen. Clark finished first in his class.

“While I cannot take sides in the Democratic primary, I believe Wes, if he runs, would make a valuable contribution because he understands America’s security challenges and domestic priorities,” Mr. Clinton said. “I believe he would make a good president.”

Mr. Clinton’s comments were in an e-mailed response to a question to his New York office.

Ambassador apologizes for Benin’s past

BATON ROUGE, La. — Benin’s ambassador has a message for all descendants of African slaves: His nation apologizes.

“It’s so easy to say white man did it to us, but we share in the responsibility,” Ambassador Cyrille Oguin told an audience Friday at Southern University.

Baton Rouge is the first of several U.S. cities where Mr. Oguin is formally apologizing for his country’s role in the slave trade that brought Africans to America. Other leaders from the nation have made similar addresses in recent years.

Democrats announce televised debates

The Democratic presidential candidates will face each other in six televised debates starting in September and running through the end of the year.

Democrats announced plans Friday for the first four debates — in Albuquerque, N.M., and New York City in September, and Phoenix and Detroit in October.

Two debates will be held in November and December in Iowa and New Hampshire, with details to be announced in coming weeks.

Man kills 3, himself in hotel

SAN FRANCISCO — A man started shooting in the lobby of a residential hotel yesterday, killing three persons and critically wounding another, police said.

The shooter, who lived at the hotel in the city’s Tenderloin District, was later found dead in his room, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shooting at the Dalt Hotel apparently followed an argument there earlier in the day, police said. Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene and a third died at a hospital, Gittens said. A fourth victim was in critical condition.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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