- The Washington Times - Monday, October 15, 2001

Minnesota workers end strike on state
ST. PAUL, Minn. Leaders from the two largest state employees unions agreed yesterday to accept contract deals reached with the state, ending a two-week walkout by 23,000 government workers.
Nearly half the state's employees were idled by the strike, the largest by state workers in Minnesota's history. The unions represent workers ranging from tax collectors to parole officers to zoo staff.
The contract deals, reached just after 2 a.m., would give American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 3.5 percent wage increases for each of the next two years. Workers belonging to the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees would receive 3 percent pay hikes for each of the two years.

L.A. beating victim arrested again
LOS ANGELES Rodney King, the black motorist whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers sparked rioting in 1992, was arrested without incident Saturday for the third time in the past six weeks.
Police in the California city of Pomona arrested King at 1 a.m. Saturday for driving under the influence of the drug PCP, according to Pomona Police Lt. Darrell Cummings. King posted bail of $2,500 and was released Saturday afternoon.
King was previously arrested in Pomona on Sept. 29 for indecent exposure and being under the influence of a controlled substance, and on Aug. 28 in Claremont for being under the influence of PCP.

Rabbi on trial to take stand
CAMDEN, N.J. A rabbi accused of plotting the 1994 slaying of his wife will take the stand in his murder-for-hire trial, his attorney says.
Fred J. Neulander, 60, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he arranged the death of his wife, Carol, who was found beaten to death on the living-room floor of the couple's home. His murder and conspiracy trial is to begin today.
Authorities say Mr. Neulander was having an affair with Elaine Soncini, a popular radio host on WPEN-AM in Philadelphia.

U.S. confirms strike on Iraq
U.S. warplanes bombed a command-and-control system in southern Iraq in connection with its patrols over the no-fly zone, the U.S. military's Central Command said yesterday.
It said the strikes at 8:30 a.m. EDT were "in response to hostile Iraqi threats against coalition pilots and aircrews conducting routine monitoring of the southern no-fly zone."
Central Command emphasized that the action against Iraq was not connected to the U.S. air strikes against Afghanistan.

Award-winning newsman dies of cancer
MIAMI Jim Cefalo, a news photographer who covered the murder of an ABC correspondent by government troops in Nicaragua in 1979, has died in Coral Gables, Fla., his family said yesterday.
The cause of death was colon cancer. He was 63.
Mr. Cefalo won an Emmy award for his coverage of the shooting of correspondent Bill Stewart by troops of the Somoza regime during the war with Sandinista revolutionaries.
The incident was widely seen as denting U.S. support for the regime, which fell to the Sandinistas later that year.
Mr. Cefalo died on Oct. 6 and a funeral service will be held on Thursday.

School bus in crash said avoiding tour bus
OMAHA, Neb. A school bus that crashed while returning from a high school band competition, killing three persons and injuring more than 30, had veered off the road to avoid a swerving tour bus, students on board told police.
But the driver of the tour bus denied swerving, Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning said yesterday.
The driver of the school bus was in critical condition and has not spoken with investigators.


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