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Two Western journalists die
in intense shelling in Syria

Veteran American
reporter, French
killed in Homs
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian gun-
ners pounded an opposition
stronghold where the last dis-
patches from a veteran Amer-
ican-born war correspondent
chronicled the suffering of
civilians caught in the relent-
less shelling. An intense morn-
ing barrage killed her and a
French photojournalist - two
of 74 deaths reported yesterday
in Syria.
"I watched a little baby die
today," Marie Colvin told the
BBC from the embattled city of
Homs on Tuesday in one of her
final reports.
"Absolutely horrific, a 2-year
old child had been hit," added
Colvin, who worked for Brit-
ain's Sunday Times. "They
stripped it and found the shrap-
nel had gone into the left chest
and the doctor said, 'I can't do
anything.' His little tummy just
kept heavinguntil he died."
Colvin and photographer
Remi Ochlik were among a
group of journalists who had
crossed into Syria and were
sharing accommodations with
activists, raising speculation

that government forces target-
ed the makeshift media center,
although opposition groups had
previously described the shell-
ing as indiscriminate. At least
two other Western journalists
were wounded.
Hundreds of people have
died in weeks of siege-style
attacks on Homs that have come
to symbolize the desperation
and defiance of the nearly year-
old uprising against President
Bashar Assad.
The Syrian military appears
to be stepping up assaults to
block the opposition from gain-
ing further ground and political
credibility with the West and
Arab allies. Yesterday, helicop-
ter gunships reportedly strafed
mountain villages that shelter
the rebel Free Syrian Army, and
soldiers staged door-to-door
raids in Damascus, among other
The bloodshed and crack-
downs brought some of the
most galvanizing calls for the
end of Assad's rule.
"That's enough now. The
regime must go," said French
President Nicolas Sarkozy after
his government confirmed the
deaths of Colvin, 56, and Och-
lik, 28.
The U.S. and other countries
have begun to cautiously exam-
ine possible military aid to the
rebels. U.S. Secretary of State

Hillary Rodham Clinton heads
to Tunisia for a meeting tomor-
row of more than 70 nations to
look at ways to assist Assad's
opponents, which now include
hundreds of defected military
officers and soldiers.
"This tragic incident is anoth-
er example of the shameless bru-
tality of the Assad regime," U.S.
State Department spokeswoman
Victoria Nuland said of the kill-
ingof the journalists.
In Saudi Arabia, the state
news agency described King
Abdullah scolding Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev
- one of Assad's few remain-
ing allies - for joining China in
vetoing a U.N. Security Coun-
cil resolution this month con-
demning the violence.
But even Moscow said the
ongoing bloodshed adds urgen-
cy for a cease-fire to allow talks
between his regime and oppo-
Washington had strongly
opposed arming anti-Assad
forces, fearing it could bring
Syria into a full-scale civil war.
Yet the mounting civilian death
tolls - activists reported at
least 74 across Syria yesterday
- has brought small but poten-
tially significant shifts in U.S.
strategies. It remains unclear,
however, what kind of direct
assistance the U.S. would be
willing to provide.


George Huguely V, left, is escorted into the Charlottesville Circuit courthouse in Charlottesville, Va., yesterday.
Huguely con victd of
second degree -muder

Former Virginia
lacrosse player found
guilty of slaying
(AP) - Jurors found a former
University of Virginia lacrosse
player guilty of second-degree
murder yesterday in the drunk-
en, jealousy-fueled slaying of his
ex-girlfriend, rejecting a verdict
of first-degree murder and a pos-
sible life sentence.
George Huguely V, 24, stood,
flanked by his attorneys, as jurors
returned the verdict after about
nine hours of deliberations. He
was convicted in the slaying of
Yeardley Love, who was found
bloodied, beaten and bruised
in the bedroom of her Charlot-
tesville apartment in the early
morning hours of May3, 2010.
Huguely displayed no emotion
as the verdict was read. Sobbing
could be heard in the courtroom
filled with family and friends of
Love and Huguely.
Jurors who returned the ver-
dict immediately began delib-
erating a sentence, which will
include punishment for a grand

larceny charge the jury also
found him guilty on. The second-
degree murder conviction calls
for a sentence of 5 to 40 years,
while grand larceny's sentencing
range is 1 to 20 years. Formal sen-
tencing will occur at a later date.
Prosecutors said Huguely, of
Chevy Chase, Md., killed the
U.Va. women's lacrosse player
after a day of golf and binge
drinking, incensed that she had
had a relationship with a North
Carolina lacrosse player. Love's
right eye was bashed in and she
was hit with such power that
her brain was bruised. She also
had wrenching head injury that
caused bleeding at the base of her
brain stem.
A coroner concluded she died of
blunt force trauma. Defense and
prosecutionexperts offered differ-
ent medical opinions on the lethal
consequences of her injuries.
Prosecutor Dave Chapman,
who described the night Love
was killed as a scene from a hor-
ror show, said Huguely kicked a
hole in Love's door to get in her
bedroom and left his on-again,
off-again girlfriend to die.
Huguely's attorneys said he
only went to Love's apartment to
talk before the encounter quick-
ly turned physical. He said she

banged her head against the wall
of her bedroom, and she only had
a bloody nose when he left.
A prosecution witness testi-
fied Love smothered in her own
blood-dampened pillow.
Love's mother, Sharon, tear-
fully testified during the sen-
tencing phase as Huguely cast his
gaze down at the defense table.
She described the death of her
daughter as "unbearable."
"Every year that goes by I'd
like to know what she'd be doing
now," Sharon Love said.
Love's sister, Lexie, 28,
described the absence of her kid
"A song will come on the radio
and I'll just burst out in tears," she
said, sobbing. Her sister's death,
she said, "left a large hole and
nothing will fill it."
The defense did not present
any witnesses at the sentencing
"No person is the sum of the
worst decision he ever made,"
one of Huguely's defense attor-
neys, Rhonda Quagliana, told
jurors before they began deliber-
ating his punishment.
The jury of seven men and five
women heard from nearly 60 wit-
nesses over nine days to deter-
mine what happened to Love.


After bipartisan debate, Obama
signs payroll tax cut extension

$143 billion
measure continues
jobless benefits
PresidentfBarack Obamasigned
the payroll tax cut extension
into law yesterday, notching an
election-year victory and rare
bipartisan agreement in the
continuing partisan battle over
jobs, taxes and debt.
The $143 billion measure
that Congress passed over-
whelmingly yesterday con-
tinues the 2 percentage-point

reduction in the tax that funds
Social Security, a cut begun
last year to aid the nation's
struggling economic recovery.
It also extends jobless benefits
for between 63 weeks and 73
weeks, and averts a big cut
in the reimbursements doc-
tors get for treating Medicare
The president signed the
measure without ceremony
yesterday, having already cel-
ebrated its passage at an event
Tuesday at the White House.
Obama senior adviser David
Plouffe emailed his gratitude
to people who sent the White



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losing the tax cut would affect
their lives.
"Extending the payroll tax
cut was a critical step for mid-
dle class families, but we still
have a lot more work to do. So
get ready," Plouffe wrote in an
email that included a photo-
graph of Obama signing the bill
at his Oval Office desk.
The payroll tax cut became
a centerpiece of the jobs plan
Obama unveiled in September
- and of a re-election strategy
that seeks to cast his GOP foes
as protectors of the rich and
out oftouchwiththe worries of
working families.
The administration esti-
mates that for a worker earning
50,000 a year, the tax holiday
means $80 a month in extra
take-home pay. For better-paid
employees, the bonus could
total $2,200 a year.
But the cost to the deficit is
substantial: another $93 billion
for the latest extension. How-
ever, bowing to its inevitability,
House GOP leaders last week
agreed not to demand spending
cuts to offset the lost tax rev-
The legislation also extend-
ed benefits for the long-term
unemployed that average about
$300 a week, though Obama
and Democratic allies compro-
mised over an initial demand
for 99 more weeks. Those ben-
efits will be paid for by auction-
ing broadcast frequencies and
requiring newly hired federal
workers to contribute more to
their pensions.
Obama maintained that both
extensions are crucial to sup-
porting a still-fragile recovery
from the nation's deepest reces-
sion since the 1930s.
GOP leaders initially balked
at the extensions, then clashed
with Obama and congressio-
nal Democrats over how to
pay for them. As the holidays
approached in December, their
opposition drew a fierce pub-
lic backlash, especially when
House Republicans rejected a
compromise that Senate lead-
ers had brokered. In the end,
Republicans accepted a two-
month extension - after paying
a heavy political price.
"We did not want to repeat
the debacle," Sen. John McCain,
R-Ariz., said. "We're dumb, but
we're not stupid."
The extension puts off until
December - after the presiden-
tial and congressional elections
- a mix of taxing and spending
decisions, including whether
to extend Bush-era tax cuts,
increasing the debt ceiling and
meeting a trillion-dollar spend-
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