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Tropical Storm Kyle slaps Carolinas

CHARLESTON, S.C. After three weeks of meandering through the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Kyle finally came ashore yesterday , damaging buildings and mobile homes in South Carolina as it slogged along the coast.

Long-lived Kyle, which formed as a small weather system hundreds of miles east of Bermuda Sept. 20 and became a hurricane for a few days during its convoluted trek through the Atlantic, regained tropical storm strength with 40-mph winds.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from the Little River Inlet in South Carolina to Currituck Beach Light in North Carolina, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

The storm collapsed the roof and smashed windows at a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, and damaged a nearby doctor's office and several mobile homes. A lightning strike knocked out the city's 911 service for a short time.

Mother of slain Marine makes plea to Bush

TAMPA, Fla. The mother of a Marine killed in Kuwait has asked President Bush to transfer her son's twin brother, who is also a Marine, from Japan to a base near the family home.

Norma Figueroa told Mr. Bush that she already lost Lance Cpl. Antonio J. Sledd to Kuwaiti terrorists and that she wants his brother close by at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa to make sure she doesn't have to grieve again.

"I have Tony's twin brother, Michael Hiram Sledd, stationed in Okinawa and he is coming home for his brother's funeral," she wrote in e-mail to Mr. Bush on Thursday. "We already sacrificed one of our sons for our country."

Cpl. Sledd was fatally shot Tuesday by two gunmen who ambushed Marines taking part in a training exercise in Failaka, an island 10 miles east of Kuwait City, officials said.

Judge won't lock up Columbine tapes

DENVER Four videotapes made by the Columbine High School killers do not have to be locked in an evidence room and can be removed from the courthouse by attorneys working on a lawsuit related to the attack, despite fears of leaks, a judge ruled yesterday.

The tapes are evidence in a lawsuit brought by a Columbine survivor against the pharmaceutical company that made an anti-depressant taken by one of the teenage gunmen.

The videotapes show Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold brandishing the weapons they used in the attack and donning the clothes they wore. The boys' parents had sought to keep the videotapes locked up during the trial, for fear they would be leaked to the news media.

Agency sets rules for ground zero designs

NEW YORK Design proposals for the World Trade Center site must not include commercial and retail development on the footprints of the twin towers and should restore the city's distinctive skyline, an agency charged with developing the site said yesterday.

The guidelines for six architectural teams chosen to offer development proposals for the area also reduce the amount of office space that must be built on the 16-acre site.

"This is one of the most important things we as architects can contribute in our city and in our lifetime," said Richard Meier, who designed the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

"This is an extraordinarily challenging project. It's about opposites, in a way. It's about remembering and it's about a celebration of life," said Sir Norman Foster, whose projects have included restoring of the Reichstag in Berlin.

Ex-officer testifies in 1969 riot trial

YORK, Pa. Police officers who responded to the slaying of a black woman during 1969 race riots were too busy to file a report and were not questioned by detectives for 30 years, a former officer testified yesterday in the trial of York's former mayor and two other men.

James Vangreen said he and the other three officers at the scene were "happy to be alive" while they tried to evacuate an intersection surrounded by armed white youths.

"I'm telling you, that night we went to 10 or 12 shootings, a lifetime of shootings for a police officer," Mr. Vangreen said, testifying on behalf of former Mayor Charlie Robertson, who was a police officer in 1969. "That was the least thing on my mind, filing reports."

Lillie Belle Allen, 27, was gunned down while trying to help her panicking sister steer the family's car out of the predominantly white neighborhood.

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