Sailor overboard is declared dead
The Pentagon yesterday declared a U.S. sailor the fourth American military fatality of the Afghanistan campaign, three days after he fell from the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk in the northern Indian Ocean.
The Defense Department announced that a search for Machinist’s Mate Fireman Apprentice Bryant Davis, 20, of Chicago had been ended and that he had been “declared deceased.”
He became the fourth U.S. military death of a buildup and bombing campaign that began more than a month ago, although none of the deaths has occurred in combat.
Democratic panel urges earlier primaries
Democrats in many states could hold their presidential primaries as early as Feb. 3, 2004, under a recommended change of rules that could dramatically squeeze the nomination process into just a few weeks.
The proposed change could give an advantage to established candidates with more money, political analysts say. It would wipe out the past election’s month-long window between nominating events in Iowa and New Hampshire and the other states’ Democratic primaries.
Democrats now could have roughly the same nominating schedule as Republicans if the new rules are adopted.
The changes were recommended unanimously by the Democratic National Committee’s rules panel. The full DNC will decide whether to adopt the changes early next year.
Most firefighters’ charges dropped
NEW YORK Authorities are dropping charges against all but one of the 18 firefighters arrested after a raucous protest at the World Trade Center site, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said yesterday.
The firefighters were arrested after five police officers were injured during a Nov. 2 rally, in which firefighters protested their numbers being reduced at the site.
The one case that will not be dropped, Mr. Giuliani said, involved a firefighter accused of hitting a police officer. The other cases mostly involved criminal trespassing and harassment, he said.
Man said to carry gun into airport
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A man planning to fly to Washington was arrested at an airport for purportedly having a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage.
Clyde H. Reeves II, 29, of University Park, Ill., was charged with violating federal law prohibiting carrying a dangerous weapon aboard a commercial aircraft, U.S. Attorney Margaret Chiara announced Friday.
Mr. Reeves was arrested Thursday at Kent County International Airport after a security agent using an X-ray machine saw what he thought was a gun in Mr. Reeves’ bag, according to a federal complaint filed Friday.
Greyhound driver ejects passenger
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. A Greyhound bus driver ejected a passenger during a stop for purportedly making remarks about weapons and the war in Afghanistan, police said.
Mark Gravette, 44, of Sylacuaga, was arrested Friday night and held on a drug charge. A state trooper said Mr. Gravette had two knives.
The driver told police that Mr. Gravette had made threats during the trip from Birmingham to Huntsville, where he was ejected from the bus.
Bicyclists file suit over DNC arrests
LOS ANGELES More than 50 bicyclists arrested during the Democratic National Convention last year are suing the city, county and local law enforcement officials, charging civil rights violations.
The lawsuit filed Friday claimed 57 bicyclists were unlawfully arrested and searched after they were halted by police on Aug. 15, 2000. It seeks unspecified damages and a penalty of $25,000 per plaintiff