- - Sunday, December 13, 2009


Protesters arrested at chancellor’s home

BERKELEY — Eight people were arrested Saturday after protesters broke windows, lights and planters outside the home of the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.

University spokesman Dan Mogulof said 40 to 70 protesters also threw incendiary devices at police cars and the home of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau at about 11 p.m. Friday. There were no fires or injuries.

The protest at the chancellor’s home came on the same day that police arrested 66 protesters at a campus classroom building that was partially taken over for four days.

The protesters were demonstrating against state funding cuts that have led to course cutbacks, faculty furloughs and sharp fee increases.

The eight arrested include two Berkeley students and one from the University of California, Davis, Mr. Mogulof said. Of the remaining five, four had San Francisco Bay area addresses, while one was from Brooklyn, N.Y. Their ages ranged from 20-41. At least three were women.

“This is what it looks like when a student group gets hijacked by an extreme and violent element in its ranks,” Mr. Mogulof said.


14 in hospital in train derailment

CHICAGO — A six-car elevated train derailed on the southeast side of Chicago, causing minor injuries.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said a Green Line train run by the Chicago Transit Authority went off the tracks about noon Saturday. He said 14 people were hospitalized with minor injuries.

CTA spokeswoman Katelyn Thrall said it wasn’t clear what caused the derailment and an investigation was under way.

Fire officials helped evacuate about 42 people from the train.


3 climbers missing on Mount Hood

PORTLAND — Rescue crews searched Saturday for three climbers missing on Oregon’s Mount Hood after they sent a text message.

The Clackamas County sheriff’s office said the two men and one woman were experienced and well-equipped.

Sheriff’s spokesman Detective Jim Strovink said the climbers were making a technical ascent of the mountain on the west side near Reid Glacier.

The glacier ranges in elevation from about 6,000 feet to 9,800 feet. The upper extent of the glacier is known for extensive crevasses.

The three were expected back at 2 p.m. Friday. They did not have a radio beacon but they did have a cell phone, and sent a text message at 1 a.m. Saturday.


Student attacks bring federal lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA — A national Asian American advocacy organization said it plans to file a federal civil rights complaint against the Philadelphia School District after a series of attacks on Asian students at South Philadelphia High School.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund said it would accuse the school district of violating the equal protection rights of the students.

Dozens of students have been boycotting classes at the school. They said that the Dec. 3 assaults were racially motivated and that the school hasn’t done enough to prevent violence.

The principal has apologized to students, and the school said it was getting better security and was planning diversity programs.


Friends, family pray for mom’s return

WEST VALLEY CITY — Friends and family of Susan Powell, 28, the mother who disappeared nearly a week ago, are fasting and praying for her safe return as volunteers post thousands of fliers with her image on it.

Mrs. Powell was reported missing Monday under what police were calling suspicious circumstances.

A prayer service attended by about 100 people was held for her on Saturday in West Valley City.

Authorities searched a desert area where her husband, Josh Powell, said he took the couple’s two young children, ages 2 and 4, camping last weekend in freezing conditions.

Mr. Powell returned Monday night, after police had already received a call from relatives who had not heard from the Powell family. He declined to answer questions from reporters Saturday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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