- The Washington Times - Monday, August 6, 2007

CALIFORNIA

Moses punished for parting waters

SAN FRANCISCO — A man called Moses who tried to part the waters of an Idaho creek for a real estate development project violated the Clean Water Act and should go to prison, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Real estate broker and developer Charles Moses sought to reshape the flow of Idaho’s Teton Creek near a housing development starting in the 1980s. He argued that he was not increasing pollutants into U.S. waters and did not heed U.S. agencies ordering him to stop.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals did not agree with Moses‘ arguments and upheld a district court sentence of one and ½ years in prison for each of the three counts of his conviction.

According to the book of Exodus in the Bible, Moses led the Hebrew people out of Egypt, and when they reached the Red Sea, he raised his hand and the waters miraculously parted.

INDIANA

Without funding, zoo may lose species

SOUTH BEND — The Potawatomi Zoo could be forced to give up its red pandas, snow leopards and other endangered species unless it finds money for improvements.

The zoo needs $1.3 million to pass standards set by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Without accreditation, Potawatomi would be reduced to a petting zoo.

LOUISIANA

Sharpton visits racially tense town

JENA — The Rev. Al Sharpton criticized officials in this racially tense Louisiana town yesterday, saying the attempted murder charges leveled against six black teens show “one rule for white kids and one for black kids.”

Mr. Sharpton and an entourage of three dozen religious and civil rights leaders met and prayed privately with one of the teens, 17-year-old Mychal Bell, for about 15 minutes at the LaSalle Parish courthouse.

Bell faces up to 22 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated second-degree battery. He had initially faced attempted murder charges. Four 18-year-olds and a juvenile — who round out the group dubbed the Jena Six — are awaiting trial on attempted murder and conspiracy charges.

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