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NEWSBRIEFS
WASHINGTON
War anniversary
passes with modest
protests
Protesters blocked traffic and
government buildings in Wash-
ington, acted out a Baghdad street
scene in upstate New York and
banged drums in San Francisco on
yesterday to mark the fifth anni-
versary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
In other, more somber observanc-
es, organizers setup a 2-mile display
of about 4,000 T-shirts in Cincinna-
ti, meant to symbolize the members
of the U.S. military killed in Iraq,
while in Louisville, Ky., demonstra-
tors lined rows of military boots,
sandals and children's tennis shoes
on the steps of a courthouse.
On previous anniversaries, tens
of thousands of people marched
through major U.S. cities, and more
than 100,000 gathered on several
occasions leading up to the invasion.
Only a few hundred mustered
for one of yesterday's largest gath-
erings, in Washington, the crowds'
size perhaps kept in check by a late-
winter storm system that stretched
the length of the country.
CAIRO, Egypt
In video, bin Laden
condemns cartoons
Osama bin Laden, in a new audio
message posted yesterday, con-
demned the publication of drawings
that he said insulted the Prophet
Muhammad and warned Europe-
ans of a "severe" reaction to come.
The message, which appeared
on a militant Web site that has car-
ried al-Qaidastatements inthe past
and bore the logo of the extrem-
ist group's media wing al-Sahab,
showed a still image of bin Laden
aiming with an assault rifle.
"The response will be what you
see and not what you hear and let
our mothers bereave us if we do not
make victorious our messenger of
God," said a voice believed to be bin
Laden's.
The five-minute message, bin
Laden's first this year, made no
mention of the fifth anniversary
yesterday of the U.S.-led invasion
in Iraq.
BEIJING
Chinese officials
confirm Tibet riots
China acknowledged for the
first time today that anti-govern-
ment riots that rocked Tibet last
week have spread to other prov-
inces, while communist authorities
announcedthefirstgroupofarrests
in connection with the violence.
The moves came as the govern-
ment sent armed police into far-
flung towns and villages to reassert
control in the Tibetan areas of
western Chisa as sporadic demon-
strations against Chinese rule in
Tibet continued to flare up.
A top Beijing Olympics official
vowed the unrest would not dis-
rupt plans for the torch relay pre-
ceding this summer's Olympics
in Beijing. One leg of the relay is

to pass through Tibet, taking the
flame to the peak of Mount Everest
sometime in May.
BAGHDAD
Iraq moves closer to
provincial elections
Under strong U.S. pressure,
Iraq's presidential council signed
off yesterday on a measure paving
the way for provincial elections by
the fall, a major step toward easing
sectarian-rifts as the nation marks
the fifth anniversary of the war.
The decision by the council,
made up of the country's president
and two vice presidents, lays the
groundwork for voters to choose
new leaders of Iraq's 18 provinces.
The elections open the door to
greater Sunni representation in
regional administrations.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
U.S. DE AT HS
3,992
Number of American service mem-
bers who have died in the war in
Iraq, according to The Associated
Press. The following deaths were
identified yesterday:
Army Spe. Lerando J. Brown, 27,
Gulfport, Miss..
ArmyStaffSgt.MicaeD.Eledge,
41, Brownsburg, Ind.
Army Spc. Christopher C. Simp-
son, 23, Hamptn, Va.

S. Carolina state troopers At town hall meeting, Granholm

under investigation

pushes alternative energy, jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Videos
have surfaced showing two mem-
bers of the South Carolina Highway
Patrol using their cruisers to ram
fleeing suspects, just weeks after
two leaders of the agency resigned
because of a furor over a trooper's
use of a racial slur.
In one of the two new dash-cam
videos, which were first reported
Wednesday by The Post and Courier
of Charleston, Lance Cpl. Steven C.
Garren drives after a man on foot,
striking him when he crosses in
front of Garren's cruiser.
The man flips over the car's hood
and into high grass on the roadside.
"Yeah, I hit him. I was trying to
hit him," Garren, who is white, can
be heard telling another trooper.
In the other, Lance Cpl. Alex-
ander Richardson drives between
apartment buildings, on sidewalks
and past onlookers in an attempt to
run down a suspect.
After about a minute, Richard-
son's car bumps the man, who grabs
the vehicle in an attempt to steady
himself.
The man doesn't fall and takes off
running again.
Sid Gaulden, a spokesman for the
Department of Public Safety, said
neither trooper was available for
comment.
The videos depicted isolated

events, and the troopers involved
had been punished, Gaulden said.
Garren received a three-day sus-
pension, which he has appealed.
Richardson was reprimanded and
completed a stress management
course, disciplinary records show.
Geoffrey Alpert, a University of
South Carolina criminal justice pro-
fessor who consults with police on
pursuit policies, said using cars as
battering rams shows poor decision
making.
"They're just lazy," Alpert said.
"Rather than get out of their car or
get in a foot race, or tackle someone
... they'll just hit them with the car
door, with the bumper, and hope
they don't run them over."
Alpert said he had never seen
any training materials that advised
authorities to use cruisers to hitsus-
pects on foot.
The suspects in both of the new
videos are black. One of the troop-
ers involved is white, and the other
is black, Gaulden said.
The Post and Courier's report
about the videos comes three weeks
after Highway Patrol Col. Russell
Roark and his boss, Public Safety
Director James Schweitzer, sub-
mitted their resignations over their
handling of an incident in which a
white trooper used racial slur dur-
ing a traffic stop.

Governor touts wind
energy to boost state's
ailing economy
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP)
- Michigan's winds, wood-prod-
uct waste and shuttered factories
could be used to create renewable
and alternative energy sources
as well as thousands of new jobs,
Gov. Jennifer Granholm said yes-
terday night.
The state is "uniquely posi-
tioned" to take the lead in the
development of renewable power
and alternative fuels for transpor-
tation, she said during a town hall
meeting that focused on energy
and the economy.
"This state's economy is the
most challenged in the nation,"
Granholm said during the event,
which was televised on all six of
Michigan's NBC affiliates. "We
have the highest unemployment
rate in the nation and we've lost
400,000 manufacturing jobs since
the year 2000.
"This state, more than any other
state, needs to focus on the basics:
diversifying our economy to pro-
vide a job for every worker, edu-
cating our citizens from young to

old, making sure that we have safe
places to live and work for all of us
and health care for every citizen."
She wants the Legislature to
require that more of Michigan's
electricity come from wind, solar
and other renewyble sources. Her
proposed renewable portfolio
standard would require that 10
percent of the state's power come
from renewable energy by the end
of 2015.
Granholm, a Democrat, has said
this would give businesses the
certainty they need before build-
ing wind farms in Michigan and
attracting thousands of jobs. Her
administration also argues that
in the long run, renewable energy
is cheaper than energy generated
by coal-fired plants because of the
rising cost of coal and potential
carbon dioxide restrictions in the
future.
There are 28 states with renew-
able portfolio standards, policies
that require electricity providers
to obtain a minimum percentage of
their power from renewable ener-
gy resources by a certain date.
"Michigan is so unique with its
geography and history with the
auto industry that we could leap
ahead of those other states in cre-
ating jobs," she said. "We could

replace those lost manufacturing
jobs if we are focused, if our Legis-
lature passes this bill."
Some lawmakers oppose man-
dates and would instead prefer to
create incentives for more green
energy to be used. It is unclear
whether a final deal can be reached
soon because the issue is tied to
controversial efforts to rewrite the
law opening up monopoly utilities
to competition in 2000.
Legislators "are working
together in a bipartisan kind of
way to say, 'Is a renewable portfo-
lio standard the way to go?" said
state Sen. Randy Richardville,
R-Monroe, who was in the studio
audience.
"There's also several other
alternative and renewable energy-
type programs that we're looking
at, and industries. I agree with the
governor - wind is one of them.
But we've got others, all the way
from algae and others that you
would think were pretty far out
there."
When Ron Pavlichek, a tool-
and-die worker from Mancelona,
asked Granhoim what could be
done to retain manufacturing jobs
in Michigan, the governor again
steered the discussion to renew-
able and alternative energy.

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