- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 3, 2001

Tribunal upholds N.J. redistricting plan
NEWARK, N.J. — A three-judge federal panel yesterday upheld a new legislative district map for New Jersey, setting the stage for a likely showdown before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Democrat-backed redistricting plan had been challenged by the state Republican Party, which charged it violated minority civil rights.
U.S. Circuit Judge Leonard I. Garth announced the decision for the panel. The three judges heard 16 hours of testimony on Monday and Tuesday in an effort to expedite the case, which has played havoc with preparations for the states primary elections, now set for June 26.

Alabama minister urges another bombing trial

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — One day after a former Klansman was convicted of the murders of four black girls in a 1963 church bombing, a civil rights leader pressed the authorities to try another man previously indicted for the same killings.
The Rev. Abraham Woods, who heads the Birmingham chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said yesterday he was overjoyed that the jury had found Thomas Blanton guilty of murder for his role in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
However, the government now should vigorously pursue 71-year-old Bobby Frank Cherry, a suspected accomplice of Blantons, he said. Mr. Cherry and Blanton are both former members of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group.

Fingerprints discovered in professor slayings

HAVERHILL, N.H. — Prosecutors have disclosed more evidence that they say links two teen-agers to the slayings of two Dartmouth College professors, including a suspects fingerprint found in the victims home.
The print of Robert Tulloch, 17, was found on a chair in the home of Half and Susanne Zantop, prosecutors said in a court brief.
Prosecutors have said that bloody footprints at the crime scene match Mr. Tullochs shoes and that two military-style knives found in his bedroom had Mrs. Zantops blood on them.
Mr. Tulloch and James Parker, 16, both of Chelsea, Vt., are charged with killing the couple Jan. 27 in their isolated home near the Hanover campus.

Miami mayors trial delayed until July

MIAMI — The mayor of Miami, who had been expected to face trial yesterday on a domestic violence charge, now will have to wait until July to defend himself in court.
Joe Carollo was arrested by his own police force in February after a dispute with his wife, Maria Ledon Carollo, in their home.
He is accused of striking his wife on the head with a tea container.
In order to accommodate the schedules of the attorneys involved, a Miami-Dade County judge has moved the trial to July 16, when Mr. Carollo will face a misdemeanor battery charge.

Russia to pay U.S. for costs of Tito mission

Russia will reimburse the United States for costs related to millionaire Dennis Titos space adventure, the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations chief said yesterday.
"In our agreement with the Russians … they have agreed we will have an assessment and we will get reimbursed for the apparent costs of the mission," NASA administrator Daniel S. Goldin told a House committee.


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