- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CALIFORNIA

College holds memorial for 7 shooting victims

OAKLAND | The founder of an Oakland college where a gunman went on a deadly shooting rampage says the school’s been encouraged by an outpouring of support from around the world.

Jongjin Kim spoke Tuesday at a memorial service held outside Oikos University. About 100 people huddled under tents set up on the rainy morning.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Rep. Barbara Lee were among those in attendance for the 40-minute ceremony to remember the seven people killed on April 2.

Police have said suspect One Goh was targeting an administrator who had been involved in his financial dispute with the school. When he found out she wasn’t there, they say, he began shooting in classrooms.

On Tuesday, Oikos officials also announced the creation of a fund to support victims and their families.

MASSACHUSETTS

Prosecutors want 25 years in terrorism case

BOSTON | Federal prosecutors are recommending a 25-year prison sentence for a Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help al Qaeda.

Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury was convicted in December of traveling to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp with the intention of going on to Iraq to fight U.S. troops there.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

In a sentencing recommendation filed in court Tuesday, prosecutors said that although Mehanna was not successful in getting terrorist training, he attempted to engage in violent actions himself and worked to recruit others to do so.

Mehanna’s lawyers say he should not be sentenced to more than 6 1/2 years in prison. They say he never ended up receiving terrorist training, never provided any funds or weapons to al Qaeda and never actually threatened U.S. security interests.

CONNECTICUT

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