- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

COLORADO

Massacre site to be a landmark

LUDLOW | A southern Colorado site where 19 striking coal miners and family members were killed in 1914 is being dedicated as a National Historic Landmark.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr., a Democrat, will join United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil Roberts and other union officials for the dedication ceremony Sunday at the Ludlow Massacre Memorial Monument.

The miners and their families were suffocated on April 20, 1914, when the Colorado National Guard and private security guards attacked a tent city where they were staying. They suffocated when the tent they were hiding under was set afire.

Among the dead were two women and 11 children.

The site is 180 miles south of Denver.

MASSACHUSETTS

Harvard cuts jobs, cites endowment

CAMBRIDGE | Harvard University is cutting 275 staff jobs as fallout continues from the school’s dropping endowment.

The layoffs amount to less than 2 percent of Harvard’s 16,000 staff and faculty. The school also is reducing hours for 40 staffers. The cuts don’t apply to faculty.

The cuts were announced in an e-mail Tuesday to faculty and staff from President Drew Faust and human resources Vice President Marilyn Hausammann.

Harvard’s endowment fell 22 percent at the end of 2008 to $28.7 billion, and is expected to drop 30 percent in the fiscal year that ends this month.

Harvard has already frozen salaries, cut budgets and slowed construction on a science complex.

Mr. Faust said the cuts were hard but tough times require difficult decisions.

GEORGIA

Course to use MLK’s papers

ATLANTA | Martin Luther King’s vast personal collection of papers will be used for the first time to teach a college course on civil rights this fall.

Morehouse College in Atlanta said Tuesday it will use the library of about 10,000 documents, books and other papers that have been housed at the school since 2006.

The course called “Martin Luther King Jr. and the Modern Freedom Struggle” will be taught by Clayborne Carson, who was named executive director of the collection in January.

King graduated from historically black Morehouse with a degree in sociology in 1948.

Morehouse owns the collection, which was bought from the King estate for $32 million in June 2006 in a last-minute sale brokered by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to head off a planned public auction.

ARKANSAS

Probe sought into prison abuse

LITTLE ROCK | Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe wants the state prison system to conduct an “in-depth investigation” amid revelations that an inmate nearly died after guards left him lying naked in his own feces for a weekend.

In an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press, Mr. Beebe said the January incident, along with recent escapes and allegations that guards were given lap dances by a nurse, raised serious concerns about the prison system.

Mr. Beebe, a Democrat, stopped short of calling it a systemic problem, saying officials needed to “analyze each event” first.

Asked whether he would fire prison Director Larry Norris, Mr. Beebe said “no,” then added, “that issue hadn’t come up.”

A prison lieutenant and sergeant involved in the inmate’s near-death have been fired. Four others received written warnings.

NEW JERSEY

Lawyer blocks CBS interview with boy

MOUNT LAUREL | The lawyer for a man trying to have his son returned from Brazil to New Jersey says she blocked CBS from airing an interview with the boy.

Patricia Apy, a lawyer for David Goldman, says she informed the network that airing it would violate a court order.

CBS News spokeswoman Louise Bashi said it was an “internal decision” not the air the interview with 9-year-old Sean Goldman.

“The Early Show” on CBS on Tuesday morning had an interview with the boy’s grandmother and stepfather. They said the boy wanted to stay in Brazil.

But the network did not air an interview with Sean that it had promoted in the previous days.

Mr. Goldman’s wife took the boy to Brazil in 2004 and never returned. She died last year.

ARIZONA

9 guards hurt in prison fight

TUCSON | State prison officials said nine guards have been hurt breaking up a large fight at the prison complex in Tucson.

Corrections Department spokesman Barrett Marson said the fight broke out between Mexican-American and Mexican national inmates in the dining hall of the prison’s Rincon unit about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.

The fight then spread to inmates in the recreation yard. Mr. Marson said “dozens” of inmates were involved.

One corrections officer suffered a possible broken arm. The other eight were taken to hospitals for observation, heat injuries and a possible knee injury.

Three inmates were also hospitalized injuries thought not to be life threatening.

Mr. Marson said the prison’s entire population of about 4,000 inmates was locked down.

NEW YORK

Songwriter accused of sexual assaults

NEW YORK | The songwriter and director behind “You Light Up My Life” has been indicted on charges of raping or sexually assaulting women who answered audition ads on Craigslist.

Joseph Brooks, 71, was to be arraigned Tuesday.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said nine of the 11 victims answered an ad seeking women to audition for acting roles.

Mr. Brooks won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the 1977 ballad “You Light Up My Life.”

He also wrote and directed the “You Light Up My Life” movie. It’s about a comedian who has a one-night stand with a director.

Mr. Brooks’ attorney, Jeff Hoffman, said “there will be lengthy arguments” during the arraignment.

OKLAHOMA

Nichols seeks lawyer for prison food suit

DENVER | Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols is asking for a court-appointed lawyer to help him with a lawsuit complaining about the food he gets in prison.

Nichols claims in his suit that the federal Supermax prison in Colorado is causing him to “sin against God” because he doesn’t get enough whole grains and fresh food.

Nichols asked for the legal aid in a document addressed to a federal judge in Denver on Monday.

Amy Padden of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment Tuesday about the suit Nichols filed in March.

Nichols is serving life for conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 federal building bombing that killed 168 people. Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and executed.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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