New pleas, new deals for Snoop
OBERLIN, Ohio — A lawyer for rapper Snoop Dogg, aka Calvin
Broadus, appeared in an Ohio court to plead innocence for his client
for charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession charges.
Both charges carry a maximum sentence of $250 and 30 days in jail. Dogg
was cited Oct. 17 during a traffic stop.
Highway patrolmen pulled over his “Puff Puff Pass 2001” tour
bus for speeding. Drug sniffing dogs found six bags of marijuana in the
cargo hold. The lawyer, Jay Milano, said that Dogg is an easy target
and that his busses are sometimes pulled over just because they are
Dogg’s. The pretrial hearing is set for Dec. 11.
Dogg and his label, Doggy Style Records, has left Master P’s
label No Limit and has signed on with MCA records. Dogg said that he
has nothing against Master P or his label but he left because he felt
that P’s distributor, Priority Records, was making too much profit off
of his albums. Dogg had been with No Limit and Priority Records for
In other music news, Blink 182 will appear on Mad TV Nov. 24
in a skit that is a parody of “Leave it to Beaver.” They will not be
performing. Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins is reuniting with the
now-defunct band’s former drummer and two other musicians to form a new
band called Zwan. They will perform four times in Southern California
— Reuters, Associated Press, Rolling Stone
Terrorists may target Calif. bridges
LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gray Davis announced Thursday that
“credible evidence” has been received that major suspension bridges on
the West Coast could be the targets of terrorist attacks during rush
hour. Six incidents have been planned between Nov. 2 and 9, an FBI
Davis said possible targets included the Golden Gate Bridge
and Bay Bridge, both in the San Francisco Bay, the Vincent Thomas
Bridge at the Port of Los Angeles, and the Coronado Bridge in San
Diego. Security in the area has been increased, including efforts by
the National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and the California Highway Patrol.
This is only the second credible bomb threat in the state out
of hundreds that have been received. The first said that Los Angeles
movie studios would be targeted. A Justice Department spokeswoman said
that they are working to verify the information.
Also on Thursday, Davis announced the appointment of George
Vinson, 57, to the post of state security officer. Vinson will advise
Davis on anti-terrorism strategies and be a liaison to the federal
Office of Homeland Security. Vinson is a 23-year FBI veteran.
— Associated Press
Treasure found in World Trade Center rubble
NEW YORK — Over $230 million in gold and silver was recovered
from a delivery tunnel beneath 5 World Trade Center Wednesday. Canada’s
Bank of Nova Scotia stored over $200 million in gold and silver in
their vaults under the building. They are still unsure how much of the
recovered metal was theirs. It is believed that there were other
valuables stored in the vaults but there is no information on how much
of it has been lost or recovered in the disaster.
Officials finally reached the trove Tuesday after removing a
10-wheel truck and several cars that had been crushed by the debris. No
bodies were recovered. More than 100 armed officers watched the
workers. The contents of the vaults had to be removed because
authorities need to demolish the building.
— Reuters and New York Daily News
Anthrax found in Midwest
WASHINGTON — Mail facilities in Kansas City, Mo., and
Indianapolis are closed and being cleaned up after traces of anthrax
were found in them. Workers at the facilities are being treated with
antibiotics; none have reported illness so far.
The Indiana office received mail from the Trenton, N.J.,
postal facility that has been shut down due to mail containing anthrax.
In Kansas City, traces of anthrax were found in two
wastebaskets. The source of the anthrax is believed to be a shipment of
7,000 pieces of mail that came from the contaminated Brentwood
facility. The center received the shipment on Oct. 19; it was isolated
and shrink-wrapped Oct. 22 after anthrax was found at the Brentwood
The Post Office is planning on conducting tests at 200 postal
facilities. Tests have been completed at 64 locations. Results for 39
returned clear, 17 have not been returned yet and eight tested positive
and have been closed.
— Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israeli forces have targeted and killed four
wanted Palestinian militants in two days in what they refer to as a war
on terrorism. The men were on a most wanted list that contains the
names of people whom the Israeli government says are the command
structure of Hamas militants that are blamed for suicide bombings that
killed 36 this summer. Ten of the listed have been killed.
Israel says that the killings are necessary because the
militants were planning more attacks, and they were on a list of
suspects that the Palestinian Authority have refused to arrest.
Palestinians say that the assassination policy only feeds violence and
that it will only create more militants. Western nations, including the
United States, have condemned the targeted killings and warn that they
will only continue the cycle of violence and create more anger. Israeli
leaders say that the Palestinians were given the opportunity to avoid
the deaths by arresting the men themselves and that there is a marked
decrease in activity after the “actions.”
Sixty Palestinians have been killed in the past year during
strikes against people the Israeli government blames for attacks on
— Associated Press
HAVANA — Six men went on trial Thursday for their alleged role
in supplying the boat that sank in November 1999 while carrying Elian
Gonzalez and 13 other migrants. Ten people drowned during the incident,
including the mother of Gonzalez; three, including Gonzalez, survived.
The men were charged with “illegal departure” and could face three to
seven years in prison if convicted.
Family members of the suspects claim that the men thought that
the boat they were constructing, transporting, repairing and hiding was
intended for fishing and that they are being targeted for political
reasons because authorities seldom press “illegal departure” charges
against those trying to leave Cuba. Cuban officials have not commented
on the case.
The trial started only after five of the six men went on a
hunger strike for nearly a week. They demanded that they be released or
that the court proceedings begin.
UNITED NATIONS — Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council was
urged by an Afghan woman, identified only as Jamila, to ensure the
inclusion of women in any peace negotiations for Afghanistan. The
speech occurred on the first anniversary of a U.N. resolution that
committed governments to include women at peace tables and also protect
them from the abuses of war. Jamila was joined by women from Kosovo and
East Timor. They urged the United Nations to keep their promises.
She told the Council even though women are second-class
citizens under Taliban rule, they still have a voice and can be
effective leaders. She said that for the last 20 years, the leadership
of men has brought only pain and suffering. She wants an acceptable
government for the people of Afghanistan and one that will honor equal
rights for women.
The Council reaffirmed its support for a larger role for women
in decision-making in regard to conflict prevention and resolution.
Females represent 54 percent of the Afghan population. In the
1960s and 1970s Afghan women served as government ministers and were
included in loya jirga, a traditional grand council of elders.
— Associated Press
Briefs compiled from various news services by Mustang Daily contributor Anne Guilford.