- - Wednesday, December 8, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Honoring soldier in WikiLeaks case

BERKELEY | City Council members are considering a resolution that would declare the Army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks a hero and call for his release.

The resolution is in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being held in a military brig.

It already has been approved by the city’s Peace and Justice Commission.

Bob Meola, the peace and justice commissioner who authored the resolution, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Pfc. Manning is a patriot and should get a medal.

But Commissioner Thyme Siegel, who voted against the resolution, says it is premature because the effects of the disclosures are not clear.

Federal officials have said such leaks could endanger lives.

FLORIDA

Pardon for Morrison considered by board

TALLAHASSEE | Gov. Charlie Crist and the other members of the state’s Clemency Board will decide Thursday whether the Doors singer Jim Morrison should be pardoned for a 1969 indecent-exposure conviction.

Morrison was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971. Mr. Crist has been considering a pardon since a fan suggested it in 2007 but has waited until his final Clemency Board meeting. Mr. Crist leaves office Jan. 4.

The governor says he has doubts about whether Morrison exposed himself during a rowdy Miami concert by the Doors on March 1, 1969. The surviving band members say a drunken Morrison teased the crowd but never actually exposed himself.

INDIANA

Salvation Army kettles strike gold

SOUTH BEND | The Salvation Army red kettles are coming up golden in Indiana.

The charity says anonymous donors have left gold coins in kettles in Mishawaka and Kokomo this Christmas season.

The South Bend Tribune reports that someone dropped a 1-ounce U.S. gold coin worth $1,400 in a kettle outside a Sam’s Club in Mishawaka. The coin was wrapped in a $100 bill and a small note thanking the organization for “doing God’s work.”

The Kokomo Tribune reports that another donor dropped a South African Krugerrand worth more than $1,400 in a kettle at Markland Mall in Kokomo.

The Salvation Army also has received four gold coins in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

OREGON

Father, son convicted in bank bombing

SALEM | A father and son who authorities say loved their guns and hated President Obama were convicted Wednesday of planting a bank bomb that killed two police officers and maimed a third in 2008.

A Marion County Circuit Court jury deliberated less than a day before finding both Bruce Turnidge and his son, Joshua Turnidge, guilty on all 18 counts, which included aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and assault charges.

Both stood silently as the verdicts were read. The convictions send the trial into a penalty phase that will begin Thursday, when the jury will decide whether to send the men to death row.

Other sentencing options include life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years or a life sentence with no parole.

The homemade bomb exploded at the West Coast Bank in Woodburn less than two weeks before Christmas 2008, killing a police bomb technician who was trying to dismantle it, as well as another police officer. The town’s police chief lost a leg in the explosion, which authorities say was part of an attempt to rob the bank.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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