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National Digest

May 01, 1999

In Washington

Hubbell trial is delayed until August

A federal judge delayed the trial yesterday of presidential friend Webster L. Hubbell on charges he lied to conceal his and Hillary Rodham Clinton's work on a fraudulent Arkansas land development.

U.S. District Judge James Robertson, at the request of defense lawyers and independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's prosecutors, put off the trial originally scheduled to start June 14 but told both sides to be ready for it to start Aug. 2.

The case involving Hubbell, a longtime friend of President Clinton and a former law partner with the first lady, stemmed from Starr's investigation into the Clintons' failed Whitewater land deal in Arkansas in the 1980s.

In the Nation

Navigator testifies he urged Marine pilot to lose tape

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A Marine navigator whose jet sliced a ski gondola cable, killing 20 people in Italy, said yesterday that he told the pilot to remove a videotape of the flight because he worried that footage of the jet flying upside down would make them look bad.

"I said, `The Italians will eat you alive,' " Capt. Joseph Schweitzer testified at Capt. Richard Ashby's obstruction of justice and conspiracy trial.

Ashby, 32, of Mission Viejo, Calif., has pleaded not guilty. He could be dismissed from the Marines or imprisoned for up to 10 years if convicted.

St. Louis joins cities suing gun manufacturers

ST. LOUIS -- The city of St. Louis filed suit against gun makers yesterday, joining a growing list of communities trying to counteract violent crimes.

Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, New Orleans, Albany, N.Y., and Bridgeport, Conn., are among cities that have gone after the industry with similar suits.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages for "harm to its citizens and costs incurred by the city." But it is not aimed at banning firearms, Mayor Clarence Harmon said.

Court denies prosecutors unpublished photos, video

LANSING, Mich. -- Eleven newspapers and television stations don't have to turn over unpublished photographs and video of a campus riot that prosecutors want for their investigation, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

The court said the wrong kind of subpoena was used, and it sent the case back to District Court.

Prosecutors sought hundreds of unpublished photographs and video footage taken the night of March 27, when more than 5,000 people rioted after Michigan State lost the NCAA semifinal basketball game to Duke.

N.Y. policemen who killed vendor to go on trial in Jan.

NEW YORK -- With people demonstrating inside and outside a Bronx courtroom yesterday, a judge set a tentative date in January for the trial of four police officers charged with the murder of an unarmed African immigrant.

The killing of street vendor Amadou Diallo -- in a hail of 41 bullets -- in the Bronx in February threw a national spotlight on allegations of racism and excessive force by the New York Police Department and turned the case into crime-fighting Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's biggest crisis.

The four plainclothes officers are white; Diallo was black.

Fla. Legislature approves school voucher program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Legislature gave final approval yesterday to the establishment of the only statewide program in the nation to allow students to attend private schools at taxpayer expense.

All students in Florida's worst public schools, regardless of their income or their grades, will be eligible for vouchers of about $4,000 a year to help pay for private or parochial school tuition.

Costly military satellite is put into wrong orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A military communication satellite worth $800 million ended up in the wrong orbit yesterday, the third failed mission in a row for the Air Force's most powerful rocket, at a cost to taxpayers of $3 billion.

Everything appeared to go well as the Titan IV rocket lifted off yesterday afternoon, delayed 1 1/2 hours by minor technical problems and thunderstorms.

But seven hours later, Air Force officials said the Defense Department's newest Milstar satellite was stranded in a lopsided orbit thousands of miles too low. Air Force controllers will try to boost the satellite using on-board fuel and thrusters.

Good behavior wins exile for dogs condemned to death

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Two dogs sentenced to death for causing an ostrich stampede that left 12 birds dead and another dozen missing were spared when a judge banished them from the state instead.

Nikita, a Siberian husky, and Max, a Doberman pinscher, had been ordered put to death last month.

Judge Stanley P. Klein imposed a lesser penalty because the dogs peacefully followed animal control officers' commands.

Pub Date: 5/01/99

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