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Officer's acquittal sparks unrest
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CINCINNATI (AP) - Police said an
overnight curfew helped them keep
order when black protesters set fires and
threw rocks and bottles after a judge
cleared a white police officer in the fatal
shooting of a black man.
Mayor Charlie Luken declared a state
of emergency Wednesday night and
assumed control of the police and fire
departments. He was considering
whether to extend the curfew past yes-
"That curfew was a great tool for us,"
police spokesman Lt. Kurt Byrd said
Luken was criticized after riots in
April - sparked by the shooting - for
waiting too long to impose a citywide
curfew. On Wednesday, he authorized
the curfew after police reported seeing
crowds gathering and some youths
putting on masks.
Police went to 12-hour shifts and can-
celed days off.
"I think the response by the city was
better than in April," Luken said yester-
day. "I think we learned things."
The mayor also said he had asked
clergy to urge people to stay home last
night, saying protests "sometimes have
unintended consequences that are not
The disturbances occurred in Over-
the-Rhine, the same predominantly
black Cincinnati neighborhood that bore
the brunt -of the three-day riot triggered
when Officer Stephen Roach shot Timo-
thy Thomas, 19, as he fled police who
sought him April 7 on 14 warrants.
A judge Wednesday acquitted Roach,
27, of negligent homicide and obstruct-
ing official business. About 12 hours
later, scattered vandalism began and
continued into early yesterday.
Car windows were broken Wednes-
day night about a block from the site of
a vigil for Thomas.
One news photographer was struck
on the foot by a thrown brick. Another
photographer, cut by glass from a bro-
ken bottle, was treated at a hospital.
A car was set on fire, and there were
at least 30 fire department runs to put
out trash can fires, Byrd said. Twelve
adults were arrested on charges of cur-
few violations, disorderly conduct or
drug offenses, and two juveniles were
charged with curfew violations, he said.
Police said the disturbances weren't
nearly as bad as in April, when stores
were burned and looted and some white
residents were pulled from their vehicles
and attacked. About 75 adults and 40
juveniles were convicted of riot-related
Black activists said they thought
Roach should have been convicted and
jailed for what they perceived as an
Prosecutor Michael Allen and city
councilman Phil Heimlich said they
deplored the violence. They said Roach
received a fair trial and the verdict must
"Just because you don't get the ver-
dict that you want, doesn't mea that
justice wasn't done," Allen said. "There
are some in this community who believe
that you should get the verdict you want,
when you want it."
15 dead in Swiss shooting rampage
A man enraged with local officials opened fire with an assault rifle and tossed
a grenade in a crowded state legislature before shooting himself yesterday.
Switzerland's worst-ever shooting spree left 15 people dead, including the gun-
The rampage by Friedrich Leibacher, a 57-year-old Zurich resident, killed
three members of the canton of Zug's seven-member government, as well as 11
of its 80 lawmakers. Fourteen officials were seriously injured, including govern-
ment chief Hanspeter Uster, who was shot through a lung.
The spree plunged Switzerland into mourning and prompted an immediate
rethinking of security standards in a country where even the president has little
"It was like an execution," said lawmaker Hanspeter Hausherr, who was in the
chamber when Leibacher stormed in, wearing a police vest and firing at least
one magazine of 20 bullets from his 5.6 mm SIG "Sturmgewehr 90" in a five-
He then detonated a grenade, which ripped doors off and shattered windows
of the stately two-story building near Zug's quaint old town and glistening lake
not far from Zurich. He then shot himself with a pistol.
Russian government meets with Chechens
For the first time since Russia opened its current war against rebels in Chechnya,
a government representative met yesterday with an envoy from the separatists to dis-
cuss ways to end the 2-year-old conflict.
The meeting came on the final day of a three-day ultimatum announced by Russ-
ian President Vladimir Putin as part of a declaration of his nation's support for a
U.S.-led war on terrorism.
In an address to the nation Monday night, Putin said Chechen rebels cannot be
seen as separate from "international terrorism," and he gave them 72 hours to lay
down their weapons and cut ties to their financial and military sponsors abroad.
In Chechnya, no more than a few dozen weapons were surrendered to local
authorities. But Aslan Maskhadov, president of the republic's self-proclaimed sepa-
ratist government, named aide Ahmed Zakayev as his envoy for talks with Russian
officials. Zakayev met with a deputy to Viktor Kazantsev, Putin's representative in
Neither the location nor the substance of the discussion was disclosed, and the
name of Kazantsev's deputy was not provided.
Cincinnati police officers talk to a man in downtown Cincinnati yesterday. Police
said an overnight curfew helped them keep order Wednesday night.
Some activists called for blacks to
channel their anger to electing new city
leaders in November, when all nine City
Council members are up for election.
Voters also will directly elect a mayor,
for the first time in 76 years. The mayor
will have a four-year term, rather than
two years, and power to veto council
"You've got to express dissatisfaction
at the polls'in public peacefully," said
Fanon Rucker, a black lawyer and for-
mer assistant city prosecutor. "I think
people who are disappointed in the
process can look for productive ways to
make change within the system."
A group calling itself the Coalition of
Concerned Citizens for Justice urged
new candidates to run for the City
Council to challenge "the business-as-
ususal politicians that have kept our city
and its citizens from thriving."
Luken, who is white, is running Nov.
6 against black opponent Courtis Fuller.
Fighting clouds Mideast peace talks
JERUSALEM (AP) - A fledgling truce between
Israel and the Palestinians was severely tested yester-
day by clashes that killed five Palestinians and wound-
ed 22 on the eve of the first anniversary of the
The cease-fire faces fresh challenges today, when
several radical Palestinian groups opposed to compro-
mise with Israel plan mass protests to mark one year
since the start of the uprising that has claimed the lives
of 647 people on the Palestinian side and 177 on the
The latest fighting came despite pledges by both
sides to enforce the truce, sought by the United States
as it tries to bring Arab and Muslim states into its anti-
Palestinians accused Israel of trying to undermine a
truce agreement reached on Wednesday between
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat.
"It's an attempt by the Israeli army and some people
inside the Israeli government to blow up and destroy
the results of the Peres-Arafat meeting and we hold the
Israeli government responsible for this dangerous esca-
lation," said Arafat spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh.
An official in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office
said the Israeli troops were responding to a Palestinian
bomb attack Wednesday on an army post in the Gaza
At Wednesday's meeting, Peres and Arafat agreed to
resume security cooperation and take a series of confi-
dence-building measures. Israel promised to ease its
stifling closures of Palestinian communities in the
The army said it demolished several homes in
the Gaza Strip's Rafah refugee camp in response
to a bomb attack Wednesday on an Israeli army
post on the edge of the camp, along the Israeli-
Egyptian border. Three soldiers were wounded in
the blast, for which the Islamic militant group
Hamas claimed responsibility.
Just before midnight Wednesday, Israeli tanks and a
bulldozer moved toward Rafah as troops fired from
tank-mounted machine guns at the camp, Palestinian
security officials said. Tanks also fired shells, the offi-
Palestinian gunmem returned fire, and the fighting
lasted for more than three hours, the officials said.
Three camp residents were killed and 22 wounded
including four who were in serious condition, doctors
said. Tanks drove about 100 yards into Palestinian ter-
ritory during the raid, Palestinian security officials said.
There had been no attacks on soldiers before the
incursion, the army said.
Later in the day, troops manning a watchtower next
to Rafah shot and killed a 14-year-old boy, said Ali
Musa, a doctor at the local hospital.
Elsewhere in the Gaza Strip, Israeli troops shot a
Palestinian man in the head near the town of Deir el
Balah, a Palestinian security official said. The wound-
ed man died in a hospital.
Palestinian police patrolled Rafah hotspots yester-
day, where a general strike was declared and the town's
population gathered for the funeral of those killed dur-
ing the fighting.
The army denied it entered a Palestinian area, saying
the houses demolished were in a buffer zone near the
border that is under Israeli security control. It said it
demolished several houses that had served as cover for
weapons smugglers and that underneath one house,
soldiers found the entrance to a tunnel the army said
was used in the attack on the military-outpost a day
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico
Hurricane Juliette bore down on
tourist resorts at the tip of the Baja Cali-
fornia peninsula yesterday, knocking out
power and smashing docks into drift-
wood after killing an American surfer.
"My heart was pounding. It was
really scary," said Tomas Doran, who
braved 15-foot waves to move his fish-
ing boat from a damaged marina early
yesterday. "I didn't sleep at all. The
waves were crashing into us all night."
Howling winds blew roofs off of
shacks in poor neighborhoods and
downed power lines, causing sparks to
cascade from shorted transformers.
Pounding waves destroyed docks a day
after William Creson, 45, of Denver,
drowned while surfing the 10-foot
waves whipped up by the storm.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center
in Miami said the eye of Hurricane
Juliette was expected t4 slip west of
Military spy gets life
in prison or offense
The highest-ranking military man
ever accused of spying was sentenced
to life in prison yesterday, 50 years to
the day after he declared his allegiance
to United States as a new citizen.
George Trofimoff, a retired Army
Reserve colonel born in Germany, con-
tinued to profess his innocence -
declaring, "I am not a traitor" - as U.S.
District Judge Susan Bucklew handed
down the sentence.
Trofirnoff had faced at least 27 years
in prison. Assistant Secretary of
Defense John P. Stenbit told the judge in
a letter on behalf of President Bush that
anything less than a life term would be
neither adequate punishment for him
nor a deterrent to others.
"Mr. Trofimoff has conducted
espionage longer than anyone else
we have known of in this country,"
said Assistant U.S. Attorney Walter
Comm uter train
collision injures 86
Two commuter trains carrying
schoolchildren collided head-on yester-
day, injuring 86 people, nine seriously,
after an engineer overlooked a signal
telling him to stop, authorities said.
Both train engineers and several
schoolchildren ranging in age from 10
to 15 were among those seriously hurt
in the early morning accident, said
Thomas Fischer, chief emergency ser-
vices doctor. None suffered life-threat-
ening injuries, he said.
Some panicked students were able to
open the doors.of the stopped train and
jump to safety before the collision.
Each train was carrying about 150
schoolchildren and morning com-
Prosecutors are considering bringing
charges of negligent injury against the
engineer who failed to stop his train.
The oncoming train was traveling at a
moderate speed. Neither train derailed.
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