- - Sunday, July 20, 2008

Lawsuit exposes rift among King children

ATLANTA — For years, they were the picture of solidarity — the four children of Martin Luther King carrying on the legacy of the civil rights icon.

But a lawsuit over how their father’s estate is being run has left a rift in one of the world’s most famous families. And it may now be up to a judge to get the King children in the same room.

“Strong parents have strong children, and strong children have strong opinions, and that usually leads to conflicts that they have difficulty reconciling,” said Andrew Young, the former congressman and Atlanta mayor who worked alongside King during the civil rights movement and remains close to the family.

The lawsuit filed July 10 claims that Dexter King, the youngest King child and administrator of his father’s estate, has failed to provide his surviving siblings with essential documents, including financial records and contracts.

Bombing terrorist granted parole

NEW YORK — A Croatian terrorist has been granted parole and will be deported to his homeland after serving 30 years of a life prison term for hijacking an airliner and planting a bomb that killed a New York City police officer.

Zvonko Busic was the leader of a group that commandeered a TWA flight as it left LaGuardia Airport in 1976 in an attempt to draw attention to Croatia’s struggle for independence from communist Yugoslavia.

The five separatists took the plane to Montreal, London and Paris before authorities shot out its tires and persuaded them to surrender.

Their claim to have explosives aboard the aircraft was a hoax, but they had stashed a real bomb in a locker at Grand Central Terminal to convince authorities their threat to blow up the aircraft was real.

The bomb went off as police attempted to defuse it, killing one officer and blinding a second.

Busic was convicted in 1977 of air piracy. He briefly escaped from an upstate prison in 1987.

As a condition of his parole, Busic, 62, will be deported to Croatia and barred from ever returning to the U.S.

Storm threatens Southeast coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A tropical depression off the Southeast coast is the first to threaten the U.S. this hurricane season, and forecasters said Saturday they expect it to strengthen into a tropical storm.

A tropical-storm warning was in effect from the northern South Carolina coast to the North Carolina-Virginia border, the National Hurricane Center said.

Three to 4 inches of rain had fallen in some areas along the North Carolina coast, and cities were under flood advisories as more rain was expected, said Reid Hawkins, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Wilmington, N.C.

Mr. Hawkins cautioned against swimming along the North Carolina coast, citing reports of 6- to 8-foot seas, as well as a danger of rip currents.

Most of the strongest winds and rains have remained over water, but forecasters said the storm should move closer to land after it strengthens.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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