- - 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

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