Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Ex-radical’s trial opens in Georgia
ATLANTA As a sheriff’s deputy lay dying in the street, the former black-power radical once known as H. Rap Brown stood over him and shot him three more times, a prosecutor said yesterday in opening statements.
Mr. Brown, now a 58-year-old Muslim cleric who changed his name to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, is on trial before a mostly-black jury on charges of murdering one Fulton County deputy and wounding another. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Defense attorney Jack Martin countered that Mr. Al-Amin is a victim of mistaken identity and shoddy police work.

Park Service pushes snowmobile limitations
The National Park Service is proposing that snowmobiles be banned or their numbers greatly reduced at Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks.
The draft proposal, released yesterday, is based on a Park Service study that re-examined whether the agency should uphold the Clinton administration’s decision to ban recreational snowmobiling in the parks by the winter of 2003-04.
The Park Service study lays out four alternatives: the Clinton proposal; the same plan implemented a year later; capping the number of snowmobiles at 500; or at 330. Both of the proposed caps would come with additional regulations on such matters as emission standards and Park Service escorts.

Motive put forth in college killings
HAVERHILL, N.H. The teen-age killers of two Dartmouth College professors in their home a year ago had unsuccessfully targeted four other families, an indictment unsealed yesterday charges.
In the six months before the slayings in Hanover on Jan. 27, 2001, Robert Tulloch and James Parker went to four other randomly chosen homes planning to talk their way in, get the residents’ ATM cards and PIN numbers and then murder them, the indictment says.
It says they finally succeeded on Jan. 27 by telling Half and Susanne Zantop they were students conducting an environmental survey.

Doctor is convicted for painkiller overdose
MILTON, Fla. A doctor was found guilty of manslaughter yesterday for prescribing OxyContin to four patients who overdosed on the powerful painkiller.
Dr. James Graves, who was Florida’s top prescriber of OxyContin, faces up to 30 years in prison.
Prosecutor Russell Edgar estimated that Graves, who testified he had up to 1,000 patients at his pain management offices in Pace and Brewton, Ala., brought in $500,000 a year.
“The defendant in effect put people in a chemical straitjacket,” Mr. Edgar said.
Graves, 55, had testified that he did not know his patients were abusing drugs.

Dozing screener shuts Kentucky airport
LOUISVILLE, Ky. A dozing security screener led authorities yesterday to clear the Louisville International Airport of passengers and delayed 25 flights, officials said.
Roughly 1,500 people were ordered to go back through the screening procedure, including passengers and crews on two planes that had already pushed away from their gates, an airport spokeswoman, Rande Swann, said. Normal operations had resumed by 10 a.m.
A National Guardsman at a security checkpoint noticed that a male screener was asleep at 6:30 a.m., resulting in the decision by authorities to clear the airport.

Singer cleared of sex harassment
LOS ANGELES Singer James Brown had a new reason to feel good yesterday after a jury cleared the “Godfather of Soul” of accusations that he sexually harassed and wrongfully fired a female employee.
But while Mr. Brown, 68, was personally exonerated, the Los Angeles Superior Court jury held his company, James Brown Enterprise Inc., liable for wrongfully terminating Lisa Agbalaya, 36.

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