- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Judge postpones trial in church bombing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. A judge yesterday indefinitely postponed the murder trial of a former Ku Klux Klansman accused in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls, citing the 71-year-old defendant's medical condition.
Circuit Judge James Garrett refused to throw out the charges, however, and said jury selection in the case against a second ex-Klansman also charged in the blast will begin on Monday as scheduled.
Judge Garrett's decision to postpone the trial of longtime suspect Bobby Frank Cherry raises the possibility he might never be brought to trial in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, the deadliest act of violence against the civil rights movement. The judge cited unspecified "medical reasons."

Demonstrators protest police shooting

CINCINNATI Police fired beanbags and rubber bullets to quell demonstrators who broke windows downtown yesterday in a protest over the police shooting of an unarmed black man.
It was the second day protesters ran through the streets, and police in riot gear formed protective cordons around City Hall and nearby police headquarters. About 50 people threw rocks and bottles at windows, said police Lt. Ray Ruberg. Several were arrested. No one was reported injured.
The confrontation came four days after Timothy Thomas, 19, was fatally shot as he ran from a police officer trying to arrest him on 14 warrants. He had been wanted for misdemeanors and traffic violations, including driving without a license and failing to wear a seat belt.
The FBI yesterday opened a civil rights investigation.

Sub panel to make suggestions Saturday

HONOLULU The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet will be told Saturday what, if any, disciplinary action has been recommended against officers of the submarine USS Greeneville in the sinking of a Japanese fishing trawler, a Navy official said.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity yesterday, said Adm. Thomas Fargo would be in San Diego to receive the report of the three-admiral panel which held a court of inquiry.

Adm. Fargo has 30 days to rule on the recommendations.

Cmdr. Scott Waddle, Lt. Cmdr. Gerald Pfeifer and Lt. j.g. Michael Coen could face punishments ranging from reprimands or discharges to courts-martial.

Pacific Fleet spokesman Jon Yoshishige would confirm only that Adm. Fargo will be in San Diego this weekend.

Couple plead not guilty in fugitive case

BUFFALO, N.Y. A husband and wife pleaded not guilty yesterday to federal charges that they obstructed justice by helping James Kopp avoid capture after the 1998 shooting of an abortion provider.
The two are accused of sending money to Mr. Kopp in Ireland and France and plotting to bring him back to the United States. They were ordered held until a detention hearing April 24.
Loretta Claire Marra, 37, and Dennis John Malvasi, 51, of New York City, held hands as U.S. Magistrate Hugh Scott read the charges before a full courtroom. Among the spectators were the widow of slain Dr. Barnett Slepian and his former co-workers at the Buffalo health clinic where he worked.

New research disputes drugs' effects on bones

CHICAGO A new study has muddled the question of whether cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce the risk of bone fractures from osteoporosis.
The study of 81,880 British fracture patients and a comparison group found no connection between the use of statins and the risk of broken bones.
The research was funded by Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, which makes the osteoporosis drug risedronate. That drug, sold as Actonel, is not a statin.
The findings follow three recent reports suggesting that statins, taken by about 8 million Americans to treat high cholesterol, might have bone-enhancing effects. The new study appears in today's Journal of the American Medical Association.

Three die in crash at end of police chase

SAN ANTONIO A car being tailed by police plowed through a bus stop and then crashed into a van yesterday, killing two persons waiting for a bus and the car's driver, police said.
Three burglary suspects were in the car being pursued by a helicopter and two squad cars southeast of downtown, police said. The street's speed limit is 30 mph, and the car was going as fast as 96 mph, authorities said.
Police Chief Al Philippus said it appeared the driver swerved to avoid a bicyclist and lost control, spinning into the bus stop.
Juan P. Alvarez, 17, died in the car. Both men who survived the crash in his vehicle, ages 17 and 19, were hospitalized. The van's occupants were not badly hurt.
Police recovered six rifles and shotguns as well as audio and video equipment from the car. They said they believed the guns and equipment were stolen.

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