2A -The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 10, 2001
FBI studies Hoffa DNA, disappearance
NEWS'V IN BRIEF f--r
Police launch manhunt for another killer 4
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Nearly three
decades after Jimmy Hoffa vanished, a close friend
of the former Teamsters boss said he understands the
Hoffa family's grief, but not its belief that he holds
some responsibility for Hoffa's disappearance.
Charles "Chuckie" O'Brien said he has been inter-
viewed by FBI agents over the years in the case,
most recently last month during a five-day visit, The
Palm Beach Post reported yesterday.
"This disappearance has me hurting, too," said
O'Brien, who lives in Boca Riton with his wife,
Brenda. "I loved this man more than anything.
My thought has always been that this could be
solved, and I agree with Jimmy (Hoffa's son and
current Teamsters president) that they deserve
FBI agents did not say why they interviewed
O'Brien, but The Detroit News reported Friday that
the bureau found a hair from Hof a in a car O'Brien
was driving on July 30, 1975, the day of the disap-
Hoffa's daughter, Barbara Ann Crancer, con-
firmed the FBI has been conducting DNA tests
on the vehicle.
Hoffa's body was never found, and his disappear-
ance has been the subject of widespread speculation.
He is presumed dead after vanishing from a Detroit-
"I have my theories about what happened,"
O'Brien said. "But the FBI has always pooh-poohed
them." He would not elaborate.
FBI agents have long believed the car - a 1975
Mercury Marquis Brougham - was instrumental in
The car, owned by the son of reputed Mafia figure
Anthony Giacalone, was used by O'Brien that day.
O'Brien told investigators in 1975 he borrowed it
to deliver a frozen salmon to the home of Robert
Holmes, then president of Teamsters Local 337.
But O'Brien has maintained Hoffa never was in
the car, and he repeatedly has denied any role in
Thy delivery put O'Brien in the area near the
Machus Red Fox restaurant, where Hoffa was sup-
posed to meet with Giacalone and New Jersey Team-
sters boss and underworld associate Anthony
Neither man showed up. Both said no meeting had
Investigators believe Hoffa, then 62, was
picked up outside the restaurant and killed.
rHoffa's family believes .only a close friend, such
as O'Brien, could have persuaded Hoffa to get
in the car.
Hoffa's son, James P. Hoffa, said he has not talked
to O'Brien in 26 years.
O'Brien denied newspaper reports he disappeared
for the five days after Hoffa vanished, saying he was
preparing to move to a construction job within the
Teamsters' Southern Conference.
The only reason he was in Detroit on the day
Hoffa dropped out of sight was to clear out his
office, O'Brien said.
O'Brien also denied accusations he had gam-
bling and debt problems that estranged him from
Hoffa and drew him close to people in organized
He was banned from the Teamsters in 1990 for
having links to mob associations:
Removal of woodlands conflicts with treaty
For the second time in a month, this city's police force has launched a man-
hunt for a suspect in a mass murder, warning those with links to the suspect that
they, too, could be targets.
Police believe former security guard Joseph Ferguson, 20, of Sacramento, shot
and killed three unarmed ex-coworkers and a fourth man Saturday night, then
handcuffed another guard and fled in her car.
Ferguson remained at large yesterday and was believed to be heavily armed
and possibly wearing a bulletproof vest, Sacramento Police spokesman Sgt.
Daniel Hahn said.
Police said Ferguson made a number of cell phone calls at the time of the ram-
page, and were checking out an alleged claim by Ferguson that he shot a person
in a gold van. The hunt for Ferguson comes three weeks after Nikolay Soltys
allegedly slashed his pregnant wife's throat, then killed his aunt and uncle and
their two 9-year-old grandchildren in the Sacramento area. Authorities say
Soltys fled with his son, who was found dead in a cardboard box a day later.
In Soltys' case, police had warned the Ukrainian community and Soltys' fam-
ily that he could target them. Soltys' family was put under surveillance, and he
was caught 10 days later in his mother's back yard.
Polls favor Green, Ferrer in NY elections
Mayoral hopefuls Mark Green and Fernando Ferrer were-in a statistical dead
heat as the candidates campaigned during the last weekend before the Democrat-
ic primary, according to a poll.
The Daily News/New York I poll found that 27 percent of likely voters sup-
ported Green, the city's public advocate, while 26 percent chose Ferrer, the
Bronx borough president. The poll, published in yesterday's Daily News, had a
margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
City Council Speaker Peter Vallone had 14 percent in the survey of 616 voters,
and city Comptroller Alan Hevesi trailed with 13 percent. Twenty percent of
respondents were not sure.
In the Republican primary, the survey found a wipeout, with media magnate
Michael Bloomberg beating former congressman Herman Badillo by a greater than
3-to-1 ratio. If no candidate gets 40 percent of the vote in tomorrow's Democratic
primary, the top two finishers will have a runoff on Sept. 25. According to the poll,
Green would beat Ferrer if a Democratic runoff were held. Green would get 42 per-
cent, and Ferrer would get 39 percent, with 19 percent saying they were not sure.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It
hardly seems the stuff of geopolitical
significance: In forested flatlands about
100 miles from Fairbanks, Alaska, con-
tractors are taking down 135 acres of
fire-scorched spruce and birch trees on a
closed military post.
When they are done, they also will
improve a few roads near Fort Greely
and dig wells.
Next spring, given congressional
approval, the Bush administration
intends to dig some deep holes there;
and then fill them with five interceptor
At some point during the work-pre-
cisely when is open to debate - the
United States will likely come into con-
flict with the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile
Treaty with Russia. It is one of the fun-
damental arms control treaties of the
The administration says it will either
withdraw from the treaty to avoid violat-
ing it, or it will reach a modified accord
with Russia allowing the work to go for-
Even during the Clinton administra-
tion, Fort Greely was a flashpoint for
ABM treaty issues. Clinton considered
using the fort as the home for 100 inter-
ceptors that would serve as the nation's
sole missile defense.
The Bush administration has changed
that. It is opting to test several missile
defense technologies, including the
ground-based interceptor program
backed by the Clinton administration.
To do so, the military envisions a
missile range spanning most of the
north Pacific Ocean. Sites at Fort
Greely, Kodiak Island, and Shemya,
Alaska, would augment the existing test
range that runs between Kwajalein in
the Marshall Islands and Vandenberg
Air Force Base in California.
Ballistic target missiles would be
launched from one part of the range,
either from a ground-based site or from
an airplane. New radars would track the
missile as it arcs toward space, shedding
boosters and possibly dropping decoys.
Around 200 miles above the Earth,
the targets would tip over and fall back
toward the surface. One or several
experimental missile defenses -
ground-based or naval interceptors, air-
borne lasers, or possibly orbital
weapons - would try to shoot it down.
The ABM treaty has provisions
against testing many of those
defenses. Even using certain ship
radars, or several radars in tandem,
to track missiles during flight tests
could create problems with compli-
ance, Deputy Defense Secretary
Paul Wolfowitz acknowledged in
congressional testimony in July.
The giant range is necessary to give
the programs adequate testing, Lt. Col.
Rick Lehner said, who is a spokesman
for the Ballistic Missile Defense Orga-
nization, the Pentagon agency running
He said there is only one trajectory
for missiles flying between Kwajalien
and California; with the multiple launch
sites, there would be several.,
Building the range will cost $800
million, much of that for a new,
high-resolution radar in Hawaii,
Fort Greely would be an interceptor
missile base. Crews there would prac-
tice loading and unloading interceptor
missiles from silos. Others would run an
operations center and conduct launch
drills, but no plans are in place for mis-
siles to take off from Greely, Lehner
Those five silos, however, would be
operational, and nothing would prevent
the missiles inside from being used in
an emergency, officials said.
Should the interceptor program go
forward, Greely likely would be the
site for the real thing. The 135 acres
being cleared at Greely would pro-
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Bomb attacks may
hinder truce talks
Palestinian militants launched a
spate of attacks yesterday, including a
suicide bomber who detonated his
explosives as passengers were getting
off a crowded train in a northern
coastal town, killing four people,
including himself, and wounding more
The surge of violence, which also
included retaliatory missile strikes by
Israeli helicopters, threw into question
possible truce talks aimed at ending
more than 11 months of Mideast vio-
Overall, Palestinians staged two
bomb attacks, one attempted bombing
and a lethal drive-by shooting in Israel,
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,.
Israel's security forces said. Five peo-
ple were killed - all believed to be
Israelis - along with three Palestinian
militants who died while carrying out
New force to include
European Union foreign ministers
agreed to back a new multinational
force to replace the current NATO dis-
armament mission in Macedonia yes-
terday, saying it is needed to prevent a
resumption of fighting that could lead
to another Balkan war.
A German plan endorsed by the
ministers at an informal session in
Genval, Belgium calls for a force led
by NATO but smaller and including
NATO has so far res'isted staying in
Macedonia past Sept:26, but since
11 EU members are also members of
NATO, yesterday's decision could
signal a change in the alliance's posi-
Some of the 15 EU ministers were
adamant that any new force in Mace-
donia must have a U.N. Security
Council mandate. Britain opposed
that idea, and others said there sim-
ply isn't enough time to push a man-
date through the United Nations.
Study: American life 6
Small-town Americans tend to
smoke more, lose more teeth as they
age and die sooner than suburban and
many big-city residents, a government
snapshot of the country's bealth shows.
Overall, Americans are healthier
today than they were 25 years ago, and
an annual report released today by the
Centers for Disease Control and Pre-
vention offers some reasons: longer
life expectancy, better infant survival,
fewer smokers, less hypertension and
lower cholesterol levels.
The news is not all good, say
researchers. People who live in rural
areas are not getting as much preven-
tive care and medical treatment as
other Americans. Long distances and
the high rate of poverty among rural
residents are two factors that make it
tough to attract medical services.
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