New York leaders urge peace
Spurred by the shooting deaths of two students in Thomas Jefferson High School last week, New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins, a coalition of black ministers and Bill Cosby went to the school yesterday and invoked the imagery of the civil rights movement in a call for East New York residents to begin an "anti-violence" crusade.
As nearly 800 students, parents and residents of the desolate, drug-plagued Brooklyn neighborhood stood listening in the street outside the school, Mr. Dinkins told the crowd that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had once led a "non-violence movement."
"I say what we need now is an anti-violence movement," said the mayor, who was draped in a blue school banner. "We've got to stop killing each other. We've got to shield our babies. We've got to stand in front of them. We must." Is it possible to designate a time of day for "indecent" broadcasts that can be hidden from children?
A Supreme Court action yesterday put the burden on the Federal Communications Commission to try. The justices left intact a lower court ruling that had thrown out a 24-hour ban on such radio and television programming. The lower court had said the ban, enacted by Congress, violated constitutionally protected freedom of expression. There must be a daily "safe-harbor" period when such material is permitted on the airwaves, the lower court said. While the case was pending, the FCC informally decided the hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. was the time, under the theory that a parent had more control over children's activities then.
Jury still out
Jury deliberations are in their third day in the Alexandria, Va., trial of an infertility doctor charged with defrauding patients by using his own sperm in artificial insemination while claiming to use other donors.
The jury in the trial of Dr. Cecil Jacobson deliberated for 11 hours yesterday and Friday without reaching a verdict. Dr. Jacobson also is accused of using hormone injections to trick women into ** believing they were pregnant when they were not. He faces 52 counts of fraud and perjury and up to 280 years in prison and $500,000 in fines if convicted on all counts.
Gay group files suit
The gay group that has been barred from marching in New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade under its own banner filed suit in federal court yesterday to compel the organizers to allow it to march.
This spurred a lawyer for the parade sponsors, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, to accuse the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization of trying to prevent the parade from taking place. Patrick Gatins said: "It's an attempt to destroy the parade. There is sentiment on our side just to turn the permit back in. Maybe New York City is not the place for a St. Patrick's Day Parade anymore." The Hibernians, a Roman Catholic fraternal organization, contend that because the parade is a privately sponsored event, they have a right to exclude whomever they please.
A former CIA chief in Panama disclosed yesterday a previously unreported 1984 meeting between Panamanian leader Manuel Antonio Noriega and William Casey, then the director of Central Intelligence, in which Mr. Noriega briefed Mr. Casey on talks he had held with Fidel Castro concerning U.S. policy in Central America.
The timing of the meeting was part of crucial defense testimony about the extent of Mr. Noriega's close intelligence relationship with U.S. officials during mid-1984, when a federal drug conspiracy indictment says he was establishing a broad working association with the Medellin cocaine cartel.
CIA agent Donald Winters testified at the Noriega drug conspiracy trial that the key July 1984 meeting with Mr. Castro, described by prosecutors as emergency narcotics negotiations on behalf of the Medellin cocaine cartel, was actually an intelligence gathering operation with Mr. Noriega acting as a CIA operative.
For the record
A jury with no black members was chosen in the trial of four white police officers charged with assaulting Rodney King, a black man whose videotaped beating triggered a sweeping investigation of the Los Angeles Police Department. . . . Virginia lottery officials proposed regulations yesterday to discourage -- but not limit -- block ticket sales after an Australian syndicate reportedly tried to buy out a record $27 million Lotto jackpot. . . . A million people are expected to fill the streets of New Orleans today in the culmination of Mardi Gras, the final blowout before Ash Wednesday and the start of the 40-day Lenten period.
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