- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 22, 2009

NAACP demands N.Y. Post firings

NEW YORK | The head of the NAACP on Saturday urged readers to boycott the New York Post, calling a cartoon that the newspaper published “an invitation to assassination” against President Obama.

Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, called on the tabloid to remove editor-in-chief Col Allan, as well as longtime cartoonist Sean Delonas.

Last week, the newspaper apologized to anyone who might have been offended by the image printed Wednesday, which riffed off the fatal police shooting of a violent chimpanzee. The dead simian was drawn over the line, “Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.”

The Post pointedly refused any apology to longtime critics whom the paper accused of using the cartoon as an excuse to denounce the paper. A spokeswoman for the newspaper referred the Associated Press to the paper’s editorial when asked Saturday about the proposed NAACP boycott.

NAACP officials, gathering for the group’s annual meeting in New York, said that if the Post does not take “serious disciplinary action,” they would try to organize nationwide efforts against the tabloid.

Boy accused of killing dad’s girlfriend

WAMPUM, Pa. | An 11-year-old boy has been charged in the shotgun death of his father’s pregnant girlfriend, who was found slain in a bedroom of her western Pennsylvania farmhouse, authorities said Saturday.

Jordan Brown was charged as an adult in the shooting death of Kenzie Marie Houk, who was 8 months pregnant, Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo said at a news conference.

Jordan, the son of Miss Houk’s live-in boyfriend, was charged with criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child, Mr. Bongivengo said.

Police said Miss Houk’s 4-year-old daughter found her mother’s body Friday morning in a bedroom of their home in a wooded area in the community of Wampum. Police said the boy had been arraigned in district court and placed in the county jail. A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.

Obama, Brown set District meeting

President Obama will hold talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Washington on March 3 on the global financial crisis and a new strategy for Afghanistan, the White House said Saturday.

“The United States and the United Kingdom share a special partnership, and the president looks forward to working closely with the prime minister to address common global challenges,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

The two leaders will discuss the G-20 summit in London on April 2 and the upcoming NATO summit - in particular Mr. Obama’s call for a comprehensive strategy in Afghanistan, where both countries’ troops are part of a NATO-led force battling rising insurgent violence, the statement said.

Britain supported the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, despite strong domestic opposition. The United States has 38,000 troops in Afghanistan, and Mr. Obama has ordered 17,000 more there to tackle an intensifying insurgency. Britain has about 8,000 troops based in Afghanistan as part of the NATO force, the biggest non-American force in Afghanistan.

‘Persons of interest’ sought in 3 killings

CHICAGO | Police say they are seeking three people in connection with the fatal shootings of three teenagers.

Assistant Police Superintendent James Jackson said Saturday that police are looking to speak with three “persons of interest” in the Friday slayings about a block from the Immaculate Conception School on the city’s South Side.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Johnny Edwards, 13; Kendrick Pitts, 17; and Raheem Washington, 15, all died of gunshot wounds.

Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Monique Bond said none of the victims attended the school.

Police have said it appeared that several individuals attacked the teens, and shell casings found at the scene indicated at least one assault rifle was used.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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