City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

September 28, 2005

Philadelphia

Man gets 21 months for false accusations in Luna death

A parking lot attendant was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sending the FBI e-mail falsely accusing his former wife and brother-in-law of involvement in the still-unsolved death of a federal prosecutor from Baltimore in 2003.

Nathaniel Wayne Thomas, 28, who lived in Baltimore at the time, apologized Monday for falsely accusing his wife, Jane Mwangi, and her brother, Kimini Mwangi, acknowledging that he was seeking to have them arrested and deported.

Officials said Thomas was angry because his wife had pressed charges after he beat her, a crime for which a Maryland court sentenced him to 18 months in prison.

Flynn Owens, Thomas' lawyer, told U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond that his client acted on impulse and realized what he did was a "foolish and regrettable act."

Authorities have filed no charges in the death of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Luna, who disappeared Dec. 4, 2003, and was found dead the next day in shallow water near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County.

Associated Press

Baltimore: Panel discussion

U.S.-Islamic relations topic of program

A panel discussion on U.S.-Islamic world relations is set for tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins University's Arellano Theater, in the Levering Union building, 3400 N. Charles St. The discussion, "Hope Not Hate: The Future of U.S.-Islamic World Relations, at Home and Abroad," is part of an initiative to look for ways to improve Western-Muslim relations. Panelists include Tim Edgar, legislative counsel for national security and immigration for the American Civil Liberties Union; Hafid Quosar, an intelligence analyst; and Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy. The moderator will be Waleed Hazbun, a professor in the university's political science department.

Patterson Park

Addiction recovery party set for Friday

In observance of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, the Maryland Justice Coalition will host a "Re-Birthday Party" on Friday at Patterson Park.

The party, which organizers intend to make an annual event, will be held at Pavilion Two from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event, which is free to the public, will celebrate the lives of people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The event marks the end of the 16th National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Maryland Justice Coalition is a statewide coalition of groups working to reform the state's justice system.

Sumathi Reddy

Inner Harbor

Former U.S. surgeon general to speak

Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders will be the featured speaker at Friday's 14th annual Baltimore Community Relations Commission civil rights breakfast. Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Elders was the first African-American to hold the position. She was known for her support for universal health care as well as for controversial remarks about sex education that forced her to resign after a year at the post. The civil rights breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. at the Wyndham Inner Harbor at 101 W. Fayette St. Tickets cost $25 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, call 410-396-3141.

PRINCE GEORGE'S: college park

Illness cuts short Sheehan appearance

Antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan cut short her appearance at the University of Maryland last night, apparently worn from her protests over the past several days. Sheehan, who addressed a large antiwar rally Saturday on the National Mall and was arrested Monday demonstrating in front of the White House, spoke for about 10 minutes on a panel at a rally at Memorial Chapel at the University of Maryland. After her remarks, there was supposed to be a "democracy collaborative dialogue" among the panelists and those attending the event. But Sheehan grabbed her bag and a bottle of water and left. Soon after, it was announced that she was ill and would not be returning.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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