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December 20, 1993
Jesse Jackson went to Long Island to issue an appeal to whites not to react racially to the fact that Colin Ferguson, the black man who shot 23 passengers on a commuter train, killing six, said he acted out of racist motives. Reverend Jackson, like other students of race relations, fears "inflammatory rhetoric," as he put it, could lead to a white backlash against black individuals, against blacks as a group and against policies and programs designed to deal with the impact of present and, especially, past white racism.
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By Tim Swift | July 5, 2009
CONCERT Conor Oberst: This indie rock star is busy. He's on his own solo tour, he's opening for Wilco this summer and he's even starting an indie supergroup dubbed the Monsters of Folk. So much for a relaxing summer. You can catch the sensitive singer along with his Mystic Valley Band at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ottobar. Web: theottobar.com TV 'Ruby' : Not all of the stars of reality TV are wafer-thin and unlikable. Ruby Gettinger, an overweight Savannah, Ga., woman trying to get healthy, has won over legions of fans with her poignant struggle.
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By New York Times News Service | March 23, 1995
MINEOLA, N.Y. -- A judge sentenced Colin Ferguson yesterday to spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of six people on the Long Island Rail Road and the attempted murder of 19 others.Victims who survived the shootings and members of their families cheered and clapped as Judge Donald E. Belfi of Nassau County Court imposed the maximum sentence of 200 years to life, ending an emotional three-day sentencing hearing.After weeks of polite silence in the face of lengthy courtroom speeches by Ferguson, who served as his own lawyer, Judge Belfi said: "Colin Ferguson, in my almost 21 years on the bench, I have never presided over a trial with a more selfish and self-centered defendant."
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By Jonathan Kirsch | January 25, 1998
STRANGE as it may seem, America owes Theodore J. Kaczynski a debt of gratitude. By pleading guilty to murder charges, the Unabomber has spared us all the sorry spectacle of a murder trial in which the defendant is opined to be a paranoid schizophrenic and at the same time competent to face a jury.The Kaczynski trial was shaping up as yet another travesty of justice, no less a media circus than the criminal prosecution of O. J. Simpson and, even more to the point, the Long Island Rail Road shooter, Colin Ferguson.
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By GREGORY P. KANE | December 17, 1993
If anything good comes out of Colin Ferguson's massacre that left six dead and 19 wounded aboard a Long Island commuter train, it may be that the ludicrous claim that blacks can't be racists is finally laid to rest.Mr. Ferguson -- who held whites, Asians and ''Uncle Tom'' blacks in equal disdain -- went on a rampage and apparently selected only whites and Asians as his victims.Yet according to the way some blacks -- particularly black nationalists -- define reality, Mr. Ferguson's actions were not ''racist.
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By Jonathan Kirsch | January 25, 1998
STRANGE as it may seem, America owes Theodore J. Kaczynski a debt of gratitude. By pleading guilty to murder charges, the Unabomber has spared us all the sorry spectacle of a murder trial in which the defendant is opined to be a paranoid schizophrenic and at the same time competent to face a jury.The Kaczynski trial was shaping up as yet another travesty of justice, no less a media circus than the criminal prosecution of O. J. Simpson and, even more to the point, the Long Island Rail Road shooter, Colin Ferguson.
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By CLARENCE PAGE | March 25, 1994
Washington. -- Is there no argument too bizarre for William L. Kunstler to use in defense of a desperate client? Now he claims it was ''black rage'' that drove Colin Ferguson to kill six and wound 19 people on a Long Island Railroad commuter train.After taking over Mr. Ferguson's defense, the famous civil-rights lawyer told reporters his client belonged in a mental institution, not prison, because he was driven insane by racism and discrimination. ''Black rage was the catalyst for the insanity,'' says Mr. Kunstler.
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By Gregory P. Kane | June 2, 1994
SIX DAYS before he was shot while delivering a speech at the University of California at Riverside, Khallid Muhammad, the former national spokesman for the Nation of Islam, appeared in a pre-taped session of the "Donahue" show. Anyone who saw the show May 23 would not have been surprised by the events of May 29.During the show Mr. Muhammad expressed love for Colin Ferguson, the man accused of killing whites and Asians on a commuter train in New York. In an analogy drawn by those who hover perilously close to the lunatic fringe, he confided that he loved Colin Ferguson just as white America loved its killers -- Generals Schwarzkopf, Westmoreland, Patton, MacArthur and Eisenhower.
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By Tim Swift | July 5, 2009
CONCERT Conor Oberst: This indie rock star is busy. He's on his own solo tour, he's opening for Wilco this summer and he's even starting an indie supergroup dubbed the Monsters of Folk. So much for a relaxing summer. You can catch the sensitive singer along with his Mystic Valley Band at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ottobar. Web: theottobar.com TV 'Ruby' : Not all of the stars of reality TV are wafer-thin and unlikable. Ruby Gettinger, an overweight Savannah, Ga., woman trying to get healthy, has won over legions of fans with her poignant struggle.
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By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff Writer | May 10, 1995
New York -- William M. Kunstler, defender of the needy, the radical, the infamous, stands outside his Greenwich Village house at 10:30 a.m. giving a TV interview about the recent settlement of charges against Malcolm X's daughter, Qubilah Shabazz. "It came about because the federal government had virtually no case!" the attorney chortles."That and, of course, a vigorous defense."Fifteen minutes later, in the office beneath his house, Mr. Kunstler gives a newspaper interview about the Oklahoma City bombing: "I don't give a damn whether Timothy McVeigh gets a fair trial!
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By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff Writer | May 10, 1995
New York -- William M. Kunstler, defender of the needy, the radical, the infamous, stands outside his Greenwich Village house at 10:30 a.m. giving a TV interview about the recent settlement of charges against Malcolm X's daughter, Qubilah Shabazz. "It came about because the federal government had virtually no case!" the attorney chortles."That and, of course, a vigorous defense."Fifteen minutes later, in the office beneath his house, Mr. Kunstler gives a newspaper interview about the Oklahoma City bombing: "I don't give a damn whether Timothy McVeigh gets a fair trial!
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By New York Times News Service | March 23, 1995
MINEOLA, N.Y. -- A judge sentenced Colin Ferguson yesterday to spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of six people on the Long Island Rail Road and the attempted murder of 19 others.Victims who survived the shootings and members of their families cheered and clapped as Judge Donald E. Belfi of Nassau County Court imposed the maximum sentence of 200 years to life, ending an emotional three-day sentencing hearing.After weeks of polite silence in the face of lengthy courtroom speeches by Ferguson, who served as his own lawyer, Judge Belfi said: "Colin Ferguson, in my almost 21 years on the bench, I have never presided over a trial with a more selfish and self-centered defendant."
NEWS
By Gregory P. Kane | June 2, 1994
SIX DAYS before he was shot while delivering a speech at the University of California at Riverside, Khallid Muhammad, the former national spokesman for the Nation of Islam, appeared in a pre-taped session of the "Donahue" show. Anyone who saw the show May 23 would not have been surprised by the events of May 29.During the show Mr. Muhammad expressed love for Colin Ferguson, the man accused of killing whites and Asians on a commuter train in New York. In an analogy drawn by those who hover perilously close to the lunatic fringe, he confided that he loved Colin Ferguson just as white America loved its killers -- Generals Schwarzkopf, Westmoreland, Patton, MacArthur and Eisenhower.
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By CLARENCE PAGE | March 25, 1994
Washington. -- Is there no argument too bizarre for William L. Kunstler to use in defense of a desperate client? Now he claims it was ''black rage'' that drove Colin Ferguson to kill six and wound 19 people on a Long Island Railroad commuter train.After taking over Mr. Ferguson's defense, the famous civil-rights lawyer told reporters his client belonged in a mental institution, not prison, because he was driven insane by racism and discrimination. ''Black rage was the catalyst for the insanity,'' says Mr. Kunstler.
NEWS
December 20, 1993
Jesse Jackson went to Long Island to issue an appeal to whites not to react racially to the fact that Colin Ferguson, the black man who shot 23 passengers on a commuter train, killing six, said he acted out of racist motives. Reverend Jackson, like other students of race relations, fears "inflammatory rhetoric," as he put it, could lead to a white backlash against black individuals, against blacks as a group and against policies and programs designed to deal with the impact of present and, especially, past white racism.
NEWS
By GREGORY P. KANE | December 17, 1993
If anything good comes out of Colin Ferguson's massacre that left six dead and 19 wounded aboard a Long Island commuter train, it may be that the ludicrous claim that blacks can't be racists is finally laid to rest.Mr. Ferguson -- who held whites, Asians and ''Uncle Tom'' blacks in equal disdain -- went on a rampage and apparently selected only whites and Asians as his victims.Yet according to the way some blacks -- particularly black nationalists -- define reality, Mr. Ferguson's actions were not ''racist.
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By Jared Taylor | February 4, 1994
PREDICTABLY, Colin Ferguson's killing of six commuters and wounding of 19 others on a Long Island train late last year has prompted speculation why he so resented whites that he killed them at random.The search for the causes of such crimes is welcome, but it is overdue. Although most Americans never hear about them, purely racial killings of whites by blacks are not that unusual.Earlier last year, Missy McLauchlin of Charleston, S.C., was abducted by blacks, gang-raped for several hours, shot and killed.
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March 22, 2001
Today in history: March 22 In 1765, Britain enacted the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies and repealed it the following year. In 1882, Congress outlawed polygamy. In 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumiere showed their first movie to an invited audience in Paris. In 1933, during Prohibition, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal. In 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state went into operation. In 1945, the Arab League was formed with the adoption of a charter in Cairo, Egypt.
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