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Man faces life sentence for 1991 slaying

NEW YORK (AP) - A black man
who was acquitted by a state jury of
murdering a Jewish scholar during a
1991 riot in Brooklyn was convicted in
,,Weral court yesterday of violating the
ictim's civil rights in the stabbing.
Lemrick Nelson Jr., 21, cried and put
his head on the table as he heard the ver-
dict that could bring him life in jail. As
he was led out of court, his supporters
angrily chanted: "No justice! No peace!"
Also found guilty was another black
man, Charles Price, 43, who was accused
of inciting a black mob to "get Jews.'
The conviction stemmed from the
slaying of 29-year-old Yankel
Rosenbaum, who was attacked in a
riotous furor after a 7-year-old black boy
was accidentally struck and killed by a
car driven by an ultra-Orthodox Jew.
Rosenbaum, a Hasidic history stu-
dent visiting from Australia, was the
only person killed in four nights of vio-
lence in Brooklyn's racially mixed
Crown Heights section.
Nelson was acquitted of murder in
1992 by a mostly black state jury, out-
raging politicians and Jewish leaders,
who demanded federal intervention.
Two years later, Attorney General
Janet Reno ordered a civil rights
investigation that led to the federal

The federal jury - two Jews, three
other whites, three blacks and four
Hispanics - reached its verdict after 20
hours of deliberations over four days.
"To persevere does bring results,"
said Rosenbaum's brother, Norman,
who came from Australia for the trial
and had fought to get the case reopened.
"The American people should know
that this is a good day for justice."
Although it was the second criminal
trial for Nelson stemming from
Rosenbaum's death, it was not consid-
ered double jeopardy because the
charges were different and the case was
tried in federal court. In similar fashion,
two Los Angeles police officers acquit-
ted of state charges in the 1991 beating
of Rodney King were later convicted in
federal court of violating his civil rights.
Federal prosecutors argued that
Rosenbaum was deprived of his civil
rights in being randomly attacked on a
public street because of his obvious
religious garb. The car accident that had
sparked the violence involved a motor-
cade carrying the Lubavitcher
Hasidim's spiritual leader, the Rebbe
Menachem Schneerson.
Price had not been previously charged
in the attack; he was identified only
recently from videotape of the rioting.
Prosecutors said because of Price's

American Airlines hope to avert strike
WASHINGTON - With 90,000 jobs and travel plans for more than 200,000
people a day in the balance, American Airlines and its pilots turned to a federal
mediator yesterday in an effort to stave off a holiday-weekend strike.
If no agreement is reached by midnight Friday, the end of a federally mand
cooling-off period, the pilots have threatened a strike and the airline has sai
would shut down. That would hobble a fifth of the nation's air-travel capacity, leav-
ing ticketed passengers without a ride.
A federal mediator will shuttle proposals between representatives of the nation's
largest domestic airline and the Allied Pilots Association at a downtown hotel.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline, a division of AMR Corp., has promised to
try to accommodate passengers by helping them find seats on other airlines if a
strike is called. But that may be a difficult promise to keep with most seats on other
carriers filled going into the Presidents Day weekend.
"We would ask that our passengers be somewhat flexible," said American
spokesman John Hotard.
The National Mediation Board asked for the same from the two sides in the ta
"I think we're going into this with an open mind. It a very focused situation,"
said mediation board chairman Kenneth Hipp. "We hope it will be a short week."
American and its pilots are butting heads over compensation and job security.

Christine Yaris and Trevor Headley, lawyers for Lemick Nelson Jr., face reporters
outside federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. yesterday.


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long record of petty crimes, he probably
faces a longer sentence. No sentencing
date was set for either man.
Defense lawyers claimed both men
were scapegoats in the politically and
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racially charged case. The riots con-
tributed to the 1993 defeat of the city's
first black mayor, David Dinkins, who
was faulted along with police in a state
report for a slow response to the violence.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Convicted
Whitewater partner Jim McDougal is
now telling independent counsel
Kenneth Starr that then-Gov. Bill
Clinton knew about an illegal 1986
loan issued to McDougal's wife at the
time, according to The New Yorker
ABC News reported Sunday night
that McDougal has told that news
agency the same thing.
Both McDougal and President
Clinton have testified under oath that
Clinton did not know about the loan
and was not present at a 1986 meeting
where it was discussed, as alleged -
also under oath - by David Hale.
Hale is now serving a federal prison
term after pleading guilty td charges
stemming from his issuance of the
loan, backed by the federal Small
Business Administration, to Susan
Both McDougals, along with former
Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, were
convicted by a Whitewater jury in Little
Rock, Ark., last year in a trial where
Clinton's alleged involvement in the
$300,000 loan was an issue.
Some of the money from the loan
was used to purchase land for a real
estate development near Little
The land originally was purchased
for the Whitewater Corp., in which Bill
and Hillary Rodham Clinton were
equal partners with Jim End Susan
The development then was transferred
to a corporation owned solely by the
McDougals, and The New Yorker says
Susan McDougal took the lead role in
attempting to sell and market the lots in
a project called Lorrance Heights.
Clinton has testified, via video tape,
that not only did he not pressure Hale to
make the loan to Susan McDougal, but
that he did not know about the loan and
did not know about Lorrance Heights.
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turn violent, 2 dead
ALBANIA - Anti-government pro-
testers attacked riot police yesterday
trapping and beating some policemen
and stripping them of uniforms, guns
and shields that were then set ablaze in
a bonfire in this southern port.
Police fired into the air and fought
with the rock-throwing demonstra-
tors, in the worst rioting during a
month of unrest that began over a
pyramid scheme-gone-bust. Two peo-
ple were killed and 81 injured, state
TV reported.
Prime Minister Alexander Meksi
went on national television to urge his
countrymen, for decades the poorest in
Europe, not to join unrest "that aims at
pushing Albania into economic col-
The flashpoint of riots over the get-
rich-quick pyramid schemes, proved
nearly impossible to contain yesterday
when the police were attacked. Police
responded by firing into the air. Some
stood on the roofs of buildings and

threw stones down on the crowd.
State TV reported that Arthur
Rustemi and Maliq Banushi were kiW
yesterday, but gave no further details.
Devil-mania causes
problem for Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt - Devil-busting has
been the order of the day in Cairo since
police swooped into homes on the night
of Jan. 22, rounding up scores of upper-
class teen-agers and young adults. '
crime? They were accused of losing
their religion and worshiping the devil.
But any factual basis for the arrests
was mostly lost in the pell-mell media
race to pile on accounts of body-snatch-
ing, blood-gurgling, sex-orgying youths
- and predictably, in Egypt's Israel-lait-
ing media, the Zionist influence always
was hovering in the background.
Government officials continue to
assert that there are Satanists in Egt,
but some have backed off recently
saying no one so far had admitted it.
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Tobacco industry
fighting regulations
tobacco industry yesterday asked a
federal judge to block the Clinton
administration's controversial plan to
impose tough new federal regulations
to reduce smoking among young peo-
During a daylong hearing in a
crowded U.S. District Court courtroom,
attorneys representing the tobacco
industry and other businesses that
would be affected by the plan argued
that the federal Food and Drug
Administration had grossly over-
stepped its authority.
"We are dealing with a revolutionary
expansion of FDA authority over a
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regulated," said Washington attorney
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tobacco industry.
Lawyers representing the govern-
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FDA Administrator David Kessler
was well within his legal authority

to take the action, which was neces-
sary to counter a teen smoking epi-
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Kessler, he said, "has looked at a seri-
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Chilean site shows
earliest Americans
DALLAS - Archaeologists have
concluded that humans lived in southern
Chile 1,300 years earlier than previ -
ly thought - challenging beliefs a t
how the New World was first inhabited.
The findings contradict the Clovis
theory - that humans who migrated
from Asia established the first major
New World culture on the high plains
of North America around 10,906 to
11,200 years ago. Other ancient settle-
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the Clovis settlements -named for the
distinctive fluted spear points founi
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