- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 22, 2007

Anglican leader says ‘compromise’ is goal

NEW ORLEANS — The archbishop of Canterbury indicated yesterday that the Episcopal Church isn’t on the brink of losing its place in the world Anglican fellowship, despite the uproar over Episcopal support for homosexual clergy.

Anglican leaders, called primates, had set a Sept. 30 deadline for the Americans to pledge unequivocally not to consecrate another homosexual bishop or approve an official prayer service for same-sex couples. Episcopal bishops have dedicated their meeting here to crafting a response.

But after two days of private talks with Episcopal leaders, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the Anglican spiritual leader, said “there is no ultimatum involved.” The goal, he said, is “compromise.”

Student arrested for fake bomb

BOSTON — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology student wearing what turned out to be a fake bomb was arrested at gunpoint yesterday at Logan International Airport and later claimed it was artwork, officials said.

Star Simpson, 19, had a computer circuit board and wiring in plain view over a black hooded sweat shirt she was wearing, said State Police Maj. Scott Pare, the commanding officer at the airport.

Miss Simpson was charged with disturbing the peace and possessing a hoax device. A not guilty plea was entered for her and she was released on $750 bail.

Miss Simpson was “extremely lucky she followed the instructions or deadly force would have been used,” Maj. Pare said. “She’s lucky to be in a cell as opposed to the morgue.”

Spector jury resumes deliberations

LOS ANGELES — Jurors in Phil Spector‘s murder trial resumed deliberations after a two-day break with a new set of instructions from the judge that legal analysts deemed an unprecedented effort to break a deadlock.

Outside the jury’s presence, defense attorneys on Thursday fought vigorously against the instructions, which inject new scenarios of how Mr. Spector might have killed actress Lana Clarkson.

They complained that Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler was presenting the jurors with new theories after they had already deliberated for days. And they said he was turning the defense’s own evidence against Mr. Spector.

Among the scenarios offered by the judge was that Mr. Spector forced Miss Clarkson to put a gun in her own mouth and it went off.

Mr. Spector, 67, is charged with killing Miss Clarkson in the foyer of his Alhambra mansion on Feb. 3, 2003, a few hours after she met him at her job as a nightclub hostess and went home with him.

Christ bust toppled; Lucifer untouched

BOSTON — Vandals toppled a 160-year-old marble bust of Christ from a grand staircase landing at the Boston Public Library, leaving a companion sculpture of Lucifer undamaged, a library spokeswoman said.

The bust, which broke into a few pieces, will be repaired, Mary Bender told the Boston Globe for a story in yesterday’s editions. Lucifer has been removed from display until better protection is arranged.

The sculptures, which were displayed behind a railing, were made by Horatio Greenough around 1845 and had been on the landing between the first and second floor since the library opened in 1895.

According to a police report, a man and a woman were seen on a library surveillance video attacking the bust at 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 12. The video showed the woman throwing something at the sculpture and pushing it off a ledge. The suspects fled.

Sixth man surrenders in O.J. Simpson case

LAS VEGAS — A sixth man sought in the armed robbery case against O.J. Simpson has surrendered in court.

Charles Bruce Ehrlich of Miami was taken into custody in Las Vegas after a brief hearing before a judge who set his bail at $32,000.

Mr. Ehrlich faces the same charges as another defendant — Charles Cashmore — who was arraigned minutes earlier on charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Simpson and the other men are accused of bursting into a hotel room last week, displaying guns and stealing autographed footballs and other items from two sports memorabilia collectors.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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