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Mayor Bing to cut
1,000 jobs amid
budget crisis
Detroit plans to cut 1,000 jobs
by early next year to help deal
with the city's budget crisis and
avoid the possibility of a state-
appointed emergency finan-
cial manager, Mayor Dave Bing
announced Friday.
The mayor's office said that
departments will identify their
number of layoffs starting the
week of Dec. 5 and layoff notices
will be issued starting the week
of Jan. 21. The administration
said the cuts, which represent 9
percent of the city's workforce of
about 11,000 employees, will save
about $14 million this fiscal year.
"Solving our cash crisis
requires a combination of conces-
sions and tough cuts," Bing said.
"Layoffs will be strategic. We will
limit the impact on residents, pro-
tecting core services like police
and fire protection as much as we
Michigan projects
receive more than
* $193K in grants
Grants totaling more than
$193,000 have been awarded to
14 separate humanities projects
across Michigan.
The Michigan Humanities
Council says in a release that nine
projects received $15,000 each.
The grants are funded through
the council's "Michigan People,
Michigan Places; Our Stories,
Our Lives" grant program, which
emphasizes collaboration among
cultural, educational and commu-
nity-based organizations to pro-
vide public humanities projects.
Projects include "Native
Americans in the Civil War" by
the Clarke Historical Library at
Central Michigan University; an
interactive, traveling African-
Mexican exhibit by the Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. Task Force;
and the "Preservation of Scot-
tish American Cultural History
in Storytelling and Dance" by the
Saint Andrews Society of Detroit.
Suspect arrested
* in plot to bomb
Manhattan targets
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
said yesterday an "al-Qaida sym-
pathizer" who plotted to bomb
police and post offices in New
York City as well as U.S. troops
returninghome has been arrested
on numerous terrorism-related
Bloomberg announced at a
news conference the Saturday
arrest of 27-year-old Jose Pimen-
tel of Manhattan, a U.S. citizen
originally from the Dominican
The mayor said Pimentel was

"plotting to bomb police patrol
cars and also postal facilities as
well as targeted members of our
armed services returning from
" Iran temporarily
bans pro-reform
Iran's official news agency say
that authorities have banned the
pro-reform Etemaad daily for
two months on the charges of
insulting officials and "spread-
ing lies."
Yesterday's report by IRNA did
not give any further details about
the reasons for the ban.
The paper had run an inter-
view with the press adviser to
President Mahmoud Ahma-
dinejad, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, on
Saturday. Javanfekr criticized
" conservative opponents of Ahma-
dinejad for the arrest of dozens of
the president's allies over the past
Ahmadinejad and his oppo-
nents are at odds ahead of March
parliamentary elections.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Libyan officials:
Gadhafi's son to
be tried at home

Egyptian riot police clash with protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday. Police beat protesters and
dismantled a small tent city set up to commemorate revolutionary martyrs.
Police target protesters
in Cairo's Tabrir Square

New leaders yet to
establish a formal
court system
ZINTAN, Libya (AP) - Libya's
new leaders said yesterday they
will try Moammar Gadhafi's son
at home and not hand him over
to the International Criminal
Court where he's charged with
crimes against humanity. The
government also announced the
capture of the toppled regime's
intelligence minister, who is also
wanted by the court.
In one of several emerging
complications, however, the for-
mer rebel faction that captured
Seif al-Islam Gadhafi a day ear-
lier is refusing to deliver him to
national authorities in Tripoli,
raising concern over whether he
will get a proper trial and dem-
onstrating the interim leaders'
weak hold over their fractured
In the capital, Information
Minister Mahmoud Shammam
said ex-Intelligence Minister
Abdullah al-Senoussi was cap-
tured alive yesterday by revolu-
tionary fighters from a southern
region called Fazan, not far from
where Gadhafi's son was seized
on Saturday while trying to flee
to neighboring Niger.
Fighters tracking al-Senoussi
for two days caught up with him
at his sister's house in Deerat al-
Shati, about 40 miles (70 kilo-
meters) south of the desert city
of Sebha, said fighter Abdullah
al-Sughayer. There were few
other immediate details on his
capture, and it was not clear
whether his captors would also
resist turning him over to Trip-
Though they are wanted
by the International Criminal

Court in The Hague, Nether-
lands, Libya will likely seek to
try both men at home.
Speaking earlier in the day,
before al-Senoussi's capture, the
information minister said Seif al-
Islam, the ousted Libyan leader's
one-time heir apparent, must be
tried in Libya even though the
country's new leaders have yet to
establish a court system.
"It is only fair for the Libyan
people that he is tried here....
Seif al-Islam committed crimes
against the Libyan people,"
Shammam told The Associated
"The ICC is just a secondary
court, and the people of Libya
will not allow Seif al-Islam to be
tried outside," Shammam said.
The ICC indicted the two men
along with Gadhafi in June for
unleashing a campaign of mur-
der and torture to suppress the
uprising against the Gadhafi
regime that broke out in mid-
Al-Senoussi, Gadhafi's broth-
er-in-law, was also one of six
Libyans convicted in absentia
and sentenced to life in prison
in France for the 1989 bomb-
ing of a French passenger over
Niger that killed all 170 people
on board.
ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdal-
lah said yesterday that Libya
would have to convincingly lay
out its arguments in what is
called a "challenge of admissi-
bility" if it wanted to try the two
men at home instead of sending
them to The Hague court.
"The issue is that there is
already a case before the (ICC)
court," he said. "Now Libya has
a legal obligation under interna-
tional law to present a challenge
to say: 'We have this suspect and
he will be dealt with under our
national laws."'

Civilian protesters
call for a reformed
CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian
soldiers and police set fire to
protest tents in Cairo's Tahrir
Square and fired tear gas and
rubber bullets in a major assault
yesterday to drive out thousands
demanding that the military rul-
ers quickly transfer power to a
civilian government. At least 11
protesters were killed and hun-
dreds were injured.
It was the second day of clash-
es marking a sharp escalation
of tensions on Egypt's streets
a week before the first elec-
tions since the ouster of long-
time authoritarian leader Hosni

Mubarak in February. The mili-
tary took over the country, prom-
isinga swift transitionto civilian
rule. Butthe pro-democracypro-
testers who led the uprising have
grown increasingly angry with
the ruling generals, and suspect
they are trying to cling to power
even after an elected parliament
is seated and a new president is
voted in.
Street battles continued
throughout the day and long
into the night, spreading to side
streets and sending a wave of
injuries to makeshift clinics on
the streets.
The military-backed Cabinet
said in a statement that elections
set to begin on Nov. 28 would
take place on time and thanked
the police for their "restraint,"
language that is likely to enrage

the protesters even more.
"We're not going anywhere,"
protester Mohammed Rad-
wan said after security forces
tried unsuccessfully to push
the crowds out of Tahrir, the
epicenter of the uprising. "The
mood is good now and people
are chanting again," he added
after many of the demonstra-
tors returned.
The two days of clashes were
some of the worst since the
uprising ended on Feb. 11.
They were also one of only
a few violent confrontations to
involve the police since theupris-
ing. The black-clad police were
a hated symbol of Mubarak's
regime and after the uprising,
they have largely stayed in the
background while the military
took charge of security.

Muslims demand
more respect from
New York Police

Muslims gather
to protest
NEW YORK (AP) - Hun-
dreds of Muslims prayed in
a lower Manhattan park and
marched to New York Police
headquarters Friday to protest
a decade of police infiltrating
mosques and spying on Muslim
Bundled in winter clothes,
men and women knelt as the
call to prayer echoed off the
cold stone of government build-
"Being Muslim does not
negate our nationality," Imam
Talib Abdur-Rashid told the
crowd of about 500 gathered
in Foley Square, not far from
City Hall and local courthous-
es. "We are unapologetically
Muslim and uncompromisingly
The demonstration was
smaller and more subdued than
the Occupy Wall Street protests
that led to clashes with police
and made headlines worldwide.
Police wore windbreakers, not
riot gear, and protesters called
for improved relations with
"We want for you to respect
us," Abdur-Rashid said, "and
we will respect you."
It was the first organized
opposition to the NYPD's
intelligence tactics since an
Associated Press investiga-
tion revealed widespread spy-
ing programs that documented
every aspect of Muslim life in
New York. Police infiltrated
mosques and student groups.
Plainclothes officers catalogued
Middle Eastern restaurants and
their clientele. Analysts built
databases on Arab cab drivers
and monitored Muslims who
changed their names.
"Had this been happening to
any other religious group, all of
America would be outraged,"

said Daoud Ibraheem, 73, a
retired graphic artist from
Following the prayer ser-
vice, the Muslims - joined by
about 50 Occupy Wall Street
demonstrators - crowded the
sidewalk for the short walk to
the large police headquarters
building known as One Police
Plaza. They stayed only brief-
ly, chanting for Police Com-
missioner Ray Kelly's ouster,
before returning to Foley
Protesters carried signs that
said "NYPD Watches Us. Who
Watches NYPD?" A dozen or
so uniformed police officers
monitored the demonstration
and followed the march, but
there were no clashes between
protesters and police
At an unrelated news con-
ference Friday, Kelly told
reporters that he "categori-
cally" denied the idea that the
NYPD was spying.
Kelly and his intelligence
chief, David Cohen, have
transformed the NYPD into
one of the nation's most
aggressive domestic intel-
ligence agencies. It operates
far outside the city borders
and its manpower and budget
give it capabilities that even
the federal government does
not have. NYPD analysts were
among the first to study the
thorny question of how people
are radicalized.
Kelly said his officers only
follow leads and do not simply
trawl neighborhoods.
"We do what we believe
necessary to protect this city,
pursuant to the law," Kelly
said. "We have a battery
of very experienced, well-
trained lawyers that advise us
on all of our tactics and opera-
Outside the department,
however, there is little over-
sight of the Intelligence Divi-
sion and it's roughly $60
million budget.

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