- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Guard steps up patrols; 19 Haitians sent home


MIAMI The Coast Guard said yesterday it has stepped up sea and air patrols in response to a potential increase in the flow of illegal migrants from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

The increase was announced as 19 Haitians were sent back home. They were the only ones who failed to get ashore when an overcrowded wooden freighter carrying more than 225 Haitians was run aground in Miami a week ago.

"We are preparing just in case, better to be safe than sorry," Luis Diaz, a Coast Guard spokesman in Miami, said of the increased interdiction efforts. "We don't want to see more boats like that. The trip is extremely dangerous."


Thousands pay tribute to hip-hop DJ

NEW YORK Pallbearers wearing white unlaced Adidas carried the body of slain Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay from a funeral service yesterday at which he was remembered as "the embodiment of hip-hop."

A funeral cortege of white stretch limousines and luxury sport utility vehicles was lined up outside the Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in the rapper's native Queens. Inside, bandmates Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniel eulogized their friend, whose real name was Jason "Jay" Mizell, as a great man and groundbreaking musical force.

"Jason helped build hip-hop, and his job is finished," said Mr. Simmons, an ordained minister, wearing a broad-brimmed black hat and clerical collar. "He just couldn't leave without drama."


Cherry's lawyer found dead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Rodger Bass, an attorney who defended convicted 16th Street Baptist Church bomber Bobby Frank Cherry, died Sunday. He was 39.

Mr. Bass, of Pelham, was found dead in his car near Lay Lake, Shelby County coroner Doug Ballard said. Mr. Ballard said Mr. Bass apparently died from natural causes, although toxicology and microscopic reports have not been concluded.

Mr. Bass and law partner Mickey Johnson defended Cherry, 72, earlier this year in the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls. Cherry was convicted and is serving four life sentences, but Mr. Bass always insisted that his client was innocent.


Study sees danger in crosswalks

CHICAGO Marked crosswalks can be more dangerous for elderly people than unmarked crossings, a study suggests.

Pedestrians 65 and older were three times more likely to be hit by cars when they crossed at intersections with painted crosswalks but no stop signs or traffic signals, rather than at unmarked crossings.

"Marked crosswalks may give older pedestrians a false sense of security," which, coupled with their slow walking pace, makes them especially vulnerable, the study said.


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