- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 10, 2005

Rapper’s case renewed

Relatives of slain rap star Notorious B.I.G. vowed on Thursday to renew their wrongful death suit against the city of Los Angeles after a U.S. judge declared a mistrial in the case and accused police of concealing evidence. In her court order halting the trial, which began June 21, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper said previously undisclosed documents implicating two former police officers in the rapper’s 1997 shooting death were found days ago in police possession as the result of an anonymous tip.

Jacko in Bahrain

Michael Jackson flew to the tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain to recover from his sensational pedophilia trial, People magazine reported yesterday, less than one month after the pop singer was acquitted on all charges.

Mr. Jackson, along with his three children and their nanny, was flown to Bahrain on June 29 as a guest of Bahrain’s Sheik Abdullah bin Hamad al-Khalifa.

“He is here strictly to recuperate,” a source close to Mr. Jackson told People. “He is trying to unwind.”

Following the grueling monthslong trial, “He needs to rest and then think about a comeback,” the source said.

The magazine also reported that following Mr. Jackson’s June 13 acquittal on child molestation charges, the pop star has been offered “personal entertainment projects” including deals to develop his Neverland ranch.

Stalker convicted

A woman with a “girlish crush” on actor Michael Douglas was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday for making death threats against his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Reuters News Agency reported that Dawnette Knight, 34, pleaded no contest in Los Angeles Superior Court to charges of stalking and making criminal threats against Miss Zeta-Jones through dozens of phone calls and letters.

Running with bulls

Three persons, one of them an American, were slightly injured during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Agence France Presse reported yesterday.

The 24-year-old man from Wisconsin dislocated his shoulder after falling during the run and was taken to a hospital. He was expected to be discharged later in the day.

The other two casualties, both Spanish, gave no cause for concern.

The bull running or “encierro,” which involves people running in front of the bulls as they charge through the city’s narrow winding streets to the arena, is part of the nine-day festival of San Fermin, which began on Wednesday.

This year’s encierro lasted 2 minutes 51 seconds.

The event, broadcast live on Spanish television, is particularly popular with American tourists out to follow for a few days in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, whose classic 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” contains an homage to the Pamplona fiesta.

Eleven persons have died at the event since 1911.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee

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