MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2002
Volume 2, Issue 16
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Changing of the guard in neighborhood group Board appointments come during controversy BY ANDREW H. FIXMER
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The new slate calls itself “OPMO: More housing for working families,” though members say they will not focus on housing alone.
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In the midst of a controversy over its finances, a neighborhood organization has installed a slate of women on its board of directors after several members quit. Four of the open board seats in the Ocean Park Community Organization were filled in an impromptu weekend meeting after several board members resigned abruptly two weeks ago. OPCO’s board appears to have had something of a revolving door, as Audrea Golding Bitler, Ted Winterer and Elan Glasser quit recently. Earlier this year, Bob Loftus, Joe Pipersky, Bill Sunbladt and Nina Fresco resigned. All but Fresco resigned from OPCO’s board because the organization hasn’t made public its financial records for years 2000 and 2001, sources said. OPCO member Tom Fuller has filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against the organization demanding the financial records. His request remains unanswered by OPCO. Members of the incoming coalition describe themselves as affordable housing activists and feminists: Beth Leder-Pack, Susan Love Loughmiller, Gaile Price and Rev. Sandie Richards.
“All of us are very different. But we all support affordable housing and each of us brings a unique gift to the table.” — REV. SANDIE RICHARDS New OPCO board member Franklin Smith/Special to the Daily Press
But Fuller said the new appointments confirm his belief that the organization is controlled by a select few who use their positions to advance special interests. OPCO is the oldest neighborhood organization in Santa Monica and has been regarded as one of the most influential. “Many people in the community share my belief that OPCO seeks to stack the board with (Santa Monicans for Renters Rights) people to further (Santa Monicans for Renters Rights) agenda,” Fuller said. “They do this by alienating, ignoring and wearing down those of us in community that have different views ... it’s the deny, delay and deceive tactic; and adeptSee GROUP, page 5
New York City faces historic levels of homeless people BY ERIN McCLAM Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK — In the nation’s largest city, a record number of people are homeless, sleeping each night in shelters and streets, on subway platforms and cathedral steps — and there are no easy solutions in sight. The slowing economy has led to jumps in homelessness across the nation, in places as disparate as Rhode Island and South Dakota. But in New York, struggling with the aftermath of terrorism, the effect has been particularly acute. On average, more than 37,000 people spend their nights in New York city shelters, the highest level on record. In 1998, city statistics show, the average was about 21,000. The number of homeless families
sleeping in shelters has more than doubled over the same period, from 4,429 at the beginning of 1998 to 8,925 last month. And there are uncounted numbers of people who sleep outside. “It’s getting steadily worse out there,” said James Inman, 54, as he finished Thanksgiving dinner at a Manhattan mission. “All the shelters are full. It’s tighter than it’s ever been.” The sluggish economy and rising rents have combined to produce higher homeless rates across the country, said Nan Roman, president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The group puts the number of homeless people nationwide at 1 million. In Los Angeles, police made about 200
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At the Santa Monica Pier’s carousel re-opening Sunday, children like Annabel Renshaw (above) visited with Santa Claus and made Christmas tree decorations. Kids and parents also rode the carousel for free.
Police zero in on bad behavior on Main Street Business district part of new policing program BY CAROLYN SACKARIASON Daily Press Staff Writer
When merchants on Main Street called for additional back-up from local police to combat a flare up in anti-social behavior from the city’s homeless population in recent weeks, they got it. Main Street merchants met with Santa Monica Police Department officials last month asking for police to patrol the area with more intensity. Business owners have recently experienced a surge in the number of transients along Main Street, which has created the associated problems like aggressive panhandling in parking lots, public drunkenness and human waste left on the sidewalks. As promised by the SMPD brass, officers have been spending more time patrolling the streets, parking lots and talking to merchants about what’s going on in one of the city’s busiest business districts. SMPD Chief James T. Butts Jr. said it’s part of a new pilot program called “Neighborhood Centered Policing.” Completely in its infant stages and not introduced to the city council yet, the program is going through a test on Main Street.
And according to merchants there, it’s working. “We had a meeting with all the merchants and the captain promised they would step up efforts,” said Gary Gordon, executive director of the Main Street Merchant’s Association. “Since that meeting, we’ve been very happy they’ve continued their presence here.” Many business owners say police officers have come into their stores just to talk about issues relating to Main Street. And because of more patrols, merchants have seen a decrease in transients loitering in the area. “People are less inclined to break the law when they think an officer will come around the corner,” Gordon said. “People were saying they were seeing more activity now there is less activity.” The majority of police calls in the city are related to transients. And because of a variety of reasons, when one area of the city experiences fewer transients — like the Third Street Promenade — another area usually sees a surge in homeless activity such as Main Street. SMPD responds to the community’s needs by determining where to focus its resources. “I know there was a problem with the See MAIN STREET, page 5
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Students from Santa Monica High School and New Roads School have joined forces in the first Santa Monica team to be awarded a $6,000 grant from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition, sponsored by the organization known as FIRST (“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”). This highly-respected, national engineering competition gives high school students firsthand experience in brainstorming, designing, fabricating and testing their own robots in partnership with mentor engineers, teachers and machinists. Each team has just six weeks to build the perfect machine to compete at the local, regional and national levels in a series of head-to-head competitions against robots from high schools throughout the country. Every competitor is a winner because the experience gives them a chance to apply their classroom lessons in math, science and technology. Students develop teamwork and real-world problem-solving skills as they participate in this competition. Business and industry are winners, too, as a new generation of young people are encouraged to pursue careers in engineering and manufacturing. Last year’s competition involved more than 20,000 students on more than 600 teams in 17 competitions. New Roads Head of School David Bryan and Santa Monica High School CEO and Principal Dr. Ilene Straus supported the formation of the team, which began with the enthusiasm of one Santa Monica High School student, David Litwak. New Roads Physics teacher and the director of the Center for Effective Learning, Joe Wise, will serve as the lead teacher on the project. Santa Monica Tech Core Director Daniel Cox will facilitate fabrication of robot components. Mentors will include mechanical engineers Sam Zivi, Joshua Salkovitz, Everardo Hernandez and Christian Carlberg and UCLA Electrical Engineering student Caroline Kwon. Tiiu Lukk is the Team Mom. Beach Cities Robotics in Redondo Beach will serve as the mentor team. More than 15 students from Santa Monica High School and New Roads School have committed to participating in the team, which is preparing for the intensive, sixweek design and fabrication period, which begins January 4, 2003. The Samohi/New Roads team welcomes support in the form of materials and donations from the community to help cover full costs of participation. Make tax-deductible checks out to “New Roads School,” c/o Joe Wise, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica 90404.
Hugo, Simmons named doctoral fellows By Daily Press staff
Two Santa Monica College employees — Esther Hugo, faculty leader for outreach, and Brenda Simmons, dean of enrollment services — have been selected as Doctoral Fellows with the Community College Leadership Development Initiatives Program. Hugo and Simmons are among 16 candidates selected from California and Hawaii to research community college issues.
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LETTERS Leave the white guys alone Editor: I never thought of myself as an “angry white male,” but I must admit I was quite put off by Ms. Jerome’s casual comment regarding the new Homeland Security Agency, “Can someone please tell me how a ... federal bureaucracy ... the most drastic result emerging from which is that we now have one more white guy to call ‘Mr. Secretary,’ can make us safer?” Granted, her column was to some extent tongue-in-cheek, but that doesn’t inoculate her words from criticism. I fully appreciate the intelligent discourse that her words suggest, in regard to the size of the new agency, and how, or if, it will ever work as designed. Sadly, though, her dig at the “white guy” is not only trite and tiresome, but suggests something more irksome: That Mr. Ridge, and perhaps other Caucasian males who achieve positions of authority in our government, are perhaps undeserving, or are getting pork barrel, good ol’ boy positions by virtue of their sex and color. Forgive me if I am perceiving something that isn’t there, Ms. Jerome, but that is every bit as offensive as if you were to suggest that Colin Powell, or the late Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, were token African Americans within the current and past administrations. I don’t tolerate political correctness very well, but, on the other hand, derisive, baseless and sometimes vicious jabs at our current leaders, who, yes, by the way, are largely white men, has become almost fashionable. The target may be easy, politically, but that doesn’t make it just. You don’t agree with the idea of an agency composing 170,000 federal employees? Great. Let’s talk about it. But please bring issues to the table, and not just labels. Monte Grix Santa Monica
Tips for the police Editor: I read last week about the numerous robberies in Santa Monica. All seemingly related. Guns pulled on women in cars talking on cell phones, during broad daylight hours. I was shocked. I felt that more needs to be done. Here’s what I came up with in my brainstorming: (my ignorance of “how things are done” is granted) 1. Improve the call-in time by creating a better speed of connection between the moment the call is made by the victim, and when the officers in the streets can receive it and respond to it. Whatever that response time length is, we must improve it. We
need faster response. Although SMPD in my experience is very fast and efficient, we know everything can be improved (even my writing); 2. Create a dragnet automatically for every time when a series (two or more?) of similar crimes are reported within the same area within the same four-hour period. Or something like that. Someone who is an expert on these things can say what is a good plan (maybe one exists already); 3. Have city council create a bill to submit to the California lawmakers that if you come to Santa Monica — or any community — to commit a crime, you will face additional prison time (five years?) for stalking a victim based on where they live! I know some of the violent criminals who have been apprehended here traveled to “work” here in our community. This type of legislation is reserved for special populations ... well, who can say Santa Monica ISN’T a special population? We have great arts, artists, ideas, innovators, music/musicans, food, entertainment (the list is long). I think that IS a special population. Funny thing, we are also thought of special by the criminals who travel to target us. Since we all agree ... let’s just make it official. Well, there they are. My thoughts about this scary, growing problem. Maybe I am over-stressed by this whole thing. But I don’t like how over the years it has become more and more dangerous in our community. We don’t need to accept it. And we can think of creative ways to combat and reduce it. Maybe it’s time to create a citizens council to come up with other ideas (better ideas) than here? Derek Lantzsch Santa Monica
Good job, Daily Press Editor: The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Education Fund would like to take this opportunity to thank the Santa Monica Daily Press for the election information that was printed in the paper this season. The league wants to give every candidate and issue an opportunity to be known by the community so that the voters can make an informed choice. Your paper’s coverage helped make this possible. We appreciate the service you have offered our community. Congratulations also on having celebrated your first year of publication. Karen Carrey, president Ann Williams, director of voter service League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Education Fund
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ly applied by OPCO’s chairman, Rick Laudati, it has worked.” Leder-Pack is an OPCO representative on the board of directors of Community Corp. of Santa Monica, a non-profit developer of affordable housing. It is planning a project at Main and Pacific streets. She also has been involved in Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, a group that holds the city council majority and has long dominated local politics, sources said. Loughmiller previously served on OPCO’s board of directors and she was a leader in the movement to save the historic shotgun house, which is now stationed at Santa Monica Airport awaiting renovations, sources said. Price, a teacher, is a member of the Church at Ocean Park, where Richards is the reverend. Richards was part of the coalition that tried to pass a local living wage ordinance, which failed in the November election. Some sources suggest the recent spate of resignations has little to do with Fuller’s complaint, but were in response to the city council curbing public review of affordable housing projects to expedite their development. It’s reported that the group formed because of some internal OPCO opposition to the development proposal at Main and Pacific streets. It resulted in a report from one of the organization’s subcommittees which criticized the project. With little voice in the approval process for the Pacific and Main street complex, board members resigned because they felt their efforts were in vain, some sources suggest. Though Rev. Richards wouldn’t say whether she believed those sentiments are accurate, she said opponents of the Pacific and Main project didn’t gel with OPCO. The organization has long been a supporter of affordable housing and as a result does not necessarily share the same values as some of its residents. OPCO board member Mario FondaBonardi said the resignations and complaint have drawn unnecessary attention to the organization’s members, who otherwise work well together. “There has been really a lot of media hype here that is really unwarranted,” he said. “When those people left, the board unanimously voted to ask them to reconsider. It tells you it’s not about a difference in philosophy ... things are a lot more
solid than the media would make it.” Fonda-Bonardi said OPCO has been slow to respond to Fuller’s request for financial documents, first made in August 2001, because the organization hasn’t had an accountant in many years. “They left not because they were upset with OPCO’s direction,” he said. “They were upset OPCO wasn’t getting its paperwork together fast enough. Like any volunteer organization, it takes time to get the pieces together. “There is no indication of malfeasance, I mean how often do you balance your checkbook? When you need to,” FondaBonardi added. “OPCO plans to provide the documents. The board is working on getting the information together, and Rick is the chair so he needs to make the public statement, but he does more than anyone in that organization and takes his job as chair very seriously.” Laudati hasn’t answered questions about Fuller’s complaint or the appointments, despite several requests from the Daily Press in the past month seeking comment. Laudati, through his OPCO e-mail account, said last week the organization has been unfairly targeted. “We decline comment as a result of the unprofessional and unethical practices of your editor and of the newspaper,” he wrote. “The Daily Press has published multiple inaccuracies in the two recent stories on OPCO without allowing the organization a fair opportunity to comment.” Neither Laudati nor any other OPCO board member has asked for a correction. The slate wrote in an e-mail sent to the entire OPCO membership a week ago that it formed last week in response to the “burning need for longtime activists to support those who remain to deal with the difficult quality-of-life challenges of over-development and traffic, significant loss of housing and the need to preserve cultural landmarks in this city.” “All of us are very different,” Rev. Richards told the Daily Press last week. “But we all support affordable housing and each of us brings a unique gift to the table.” Leder-Pack, Loughmiller and Price were unavailable for comment. Richards said she didn’t have enough firsthand knowledge of Fuller’s complaint to address them. “All I want to do is sit in the room, serve my neighbors and see if we can’t hold the line until new people are elected,” Richards said. “My only agenda is the well-being of my neighborhood.”
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SAN FRANCISCO — In observation of World AIDS Day, community members gathered in Golden Gate Park to remember those who have died from the disease and hear messages of hope for a cure. About 250 people, many wearing red ribbons and some carrying flowers, attended the quiet ceremony Sunday in the National AIDS Memorial Grove. “I came today to remember,” said Hank Donat, a 36-year-old San Francisco writer. “The gay community in San Francisco was devastated in the early years. We’ll never be able to know the full breadth of the loss to our culture. But we feel it, we measure it with our hearts. “ Singer Jaqui Naylor performed a song written for World AIDS Day and Rev. G. Penny Nixon of the Metropolitan Community Church spoke about believing in a future cure for the disease. “The theme of World AIDS Day is live and let live, but I want to have a different theme for a moment. I want to talk about
hope,” Nixon told the crowd. “It is more important than ever that we feed the hope.” Cornel Barnett, a 54-year-old minister at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church, came with his family. Barnett is originally from South Africa, and said he attended the memorial to show his solidarity with people suffering from AIDS all over the world. “People I grew up with, people in my own country are dying by the millions,” Barnett said. “I’m just here because I am concerned, to feel the pain globally.” Supervisor Tom Ammiano briefly addressed the crowd through tears. “These events are always hard because you think you are such a tough soldier,” he said. “But the tremendous sense of loss and suffering becomes very poignant.” World AIDS Day is the only international day of coordinated action against AIDS. It was started in 1988 at the urging of the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programs for AIDS Prevention as a way to encourage global communication and social tolerance.
U.S. Muslims divided over Saudi donations from prince By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — A $500,000 donation from a Saudi prince to one of America’s most prominent Islamic organizations has rekindled debate about whether foreign contributions are compromising American Muslim groups. “For too long we’ve depended too often on overseas financing to keep our institutions alive. This comes at the price of our intellectual independence and integrity,” said Mairaj Syed, a UCLA graduate student in Islamic studies. He sparked an online debate about the donation on San Francisco-based AMILAnet, a Muslim-oriented discussion group. The donation from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd, will be used to place Islamic materials in 16,000 American libraries, said Omar Ahmed, board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which received the gift. The gift to the 28,000 member organization, based in Washington D.C., came with no strings attached, Ahmed said. “We run our own agenda and no one can influence us,” said Ahmed. Saudi officials were not available for comment Sunday. A recorded message at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, D.C., said the embassy would be closed from Nov. 28-Dec. 9 in observance of Thanksgiving and Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month-long Muslim fast of Ramadan. Saudi donations were in the news last week when it was disclosed that donations by Saudi Princess Haifa al Faisal, wife of the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, ended up in the hands of two of the Sept. 11 hijackers. Saudi’s are the largest donors to worldwide Islamic causes. Critics of Saudi donations argue that because American organizations depend on
Saudi money, they are hesitant to criticize the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islam. “Saudi Arabia is a corrupt, dictatorial, fascist state that is an embarrassment to Islam and Muslims,” said Sarah Eltantawi, communications director of the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council.
“For too long we’ve depended too often on overseas financing to keep our institutions alive.” — MAIRAJ SYED UCLA graduate student in Islamic studies
Saudi Arabian donations have helped finance more than 1,700 mosques, Islamic centers and schools around the world. The kingdom has fully or partially financed Islamic centers in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Fresno; Chicago; New York; Washington; Tucson; Raleigh, N.C.; and Toledo, Ohio. According to news reports, Prince Alwaleed has given millions to numerous causes including care for children with cancer, aid to needy Palestinians and help for disaster victims. His offer of $10 million to New York City following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was rejected by thenMayor Rudolph Giuliani citing Alwaleed’s long-standing criticism of Israel. Donations to American groups from Saudi Arabia have declined in the last decade in part because of misuse of the money by some American groups, Saudi Embassy spokesman Nail Al-Jubeir told the Los Angeles Times. Other experts say the decline is tied to Saudi debts remaining from the Gulf War and criticism of Saudi leaders by American Muslims.
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In December, during the same meeting at which it is set to decide who will be chair, the commission will review a proposal to place another 200-acre golf course on wetlands along the Santa Barbara coast. The area is now home to the white kite and the California redlegged frog. Wan, who has degrees in biology and engineering, has a reputation for being outspoken about protecting the coast and winning public access to the state’s beaches. “The issue is how independent the agency is,” said Bob Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit group Center for Governmental Study. “Is it an arm of the Davis administration or is it an independent agency?” Davis officials did not return calls seeking comment. Massara said he believes developers such as the Pebble Beach Co. favor Monterey County Supervisor and general contractor Dave Potter as a replacement to Wan. Potter has done contractor work for the Pebble Beach Co., but he called it “inconsequential.” Potter denies he would be influenced by Eastwood or anyone else looking to develop along the coast. “I’ve gotten pretty used to, ’Dave isn’t good to the environment,’ and it’s so absurd,” Potter said. He said the Sierra Club supported his selection to the Coastal Commission and that he once voted against a major development proposed for Huntington Beach. As county supervisor, Potter said he voted against the only Pebble Beach project that came before him. Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, D-San Francisco, who reappointed Wan and has criticized Davis’ environmental record, said he was concerned about developers’ influence on the commission. But he didn’t think political influence was behind the decision to delay Wan’s reappointment vote. “It wouldn’t behoove the governor or anyone to stage a coup over one coastal permit,” he said.
PEBBLE BEACH — A golf course backed by actor Clint Eastwood has been at the center of a conservation debate for two years because it would clear away part of the state’s last remaining stand of Monterey pines. Today, the project has gained attention for another reason. Conservationists say it’s one of the reasons behind a split on the California Coastal Commission, whose 12 voting members regulate development and access along California’s 1,100 miles of coastline. Earlier this month, Gov. Gray Davis’ administration persuaded commissioners to delay reappointment of Chairwoman Sara Wan, a move environmentalists saw as the first step to replacing her with someone more friendly to developers. Among the potential beneficiaries they cited at the time is Eastwood, who is a major investor and board member of the Pebble Beach Co. The company’s golf course proposal was approved by Monterey County voters in 2000 but also requires Coastal Commission approval. It could come before the commission as early as next year. “What’s at risk for the public is that we’ll lose our ability for a fair hearing in front of the Coastal Commission,” said Sierra Club Coastal Program director Mark Massara. He said the chair schedules and controls commission meetings. The vote to postpone Wan’s reappointment split the commission 7-5 in favor of a delay, with commission members Cynthia-McClain Hill and Gregg Hart, who have frequently supported development projects, arguing in favor of a change in leadership. Eastwood, who already owns one of the 22 golf courses on the peninsula and shares in five others through his investment in the Pebble Beach Co., said claims that he or the company are trying to influence Davis and the commission are unfounded. “We’re not out to change the Coastal Commission,” he said. But Massara and other conservationists said Eastwood visited Davis about his project in 2001 and wields indirect influence as a member of the state Parks Commission. Eastwood said he threw a Davis fund-raiser last spring at his private Tehama Golf Club because his wife was a longtime supporter of the governor. “You support people, but that has nothing to do with the Coastal Commission,” Eastwood said. Referring to Massara, Eastwood added, “However he wants to couch it, it’s a mistruth.” Eastwood said he has worked on behalf of California’s parks for nearly a decade and said the golf course proposal is the best option for the land, which also is zoned for residential development. The golf course proposal would spare more trees than if the developers simply decided to build homes. “I wanted to put in another golf course instead of having homes,” Eastwood said. He said the Pebble Beach Co. also tried to appease local environmentalists by moving the course from a large stretch of pristine forest to an area already crisscrossed by roads.
“We’ve offered to move trees in most cases whenever possible,” he said. “We would plant four to one of whatever we took down.” If Wan is removed, Massara said the Sierra Club’s concern goes beyond the Pebble Beach golf course proposal, saying a change in the chair could affect development proposals up and down the state. Other projects before the commission include a plan for 140 homes and retail shops along Half Moon Bay, a subdivision in San Clemente and a mix of homes and offices in Playa del Rey, just west of Los Angeles.
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ACLU’s membership has surged since terror attacks BY RON KAMPEAS Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Whether protecting the disenfranchised or standing up for the right to offend, the American Civil Liberties Union has sided with those claiming they were wronged, even if it meant a distinctly minority stand. But since Sept. 11 and the government’s expansive campaign of monitoring and detention, people are turning to the 82year-old organization to help safeguard their liberties. Among them are conservatives who made the phrase “card-carrying member of the ACLU” a political insult, but who now are signing up. “Larger numbers of American people have realized that the ACLU is fundamentally a patriotic organization.” executive
director Anthony Romero said. There are now 330,000 duespaying members, 50,000 of whom joined after the attacks. The group has been in the thick of legal challenges to the government’s broadening antiterror powers. Last week, in response to an ACLU lawsuit, the government agreed to tell the group by midJanuary which documents it is willing to release about its increased surveillance activities. Especially notable among the new enthusiasts are conservatives who once thought the ACLU represented everything that was wrong with the left. “They are very useful and productive force in jurisprudence,” said Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill. Conservatives such as Hyde are mindful of the history of an organization that was lonely in
its defense of positions now accepted as universal: Blacks who suffered spurious prosecutions in the 1930s, Japanese interned in the 1940s, books banned as obscene now regarded as part of the literary canon. Yet the group continues to exasperate some with its uncompromising positions — against a Ten Commandments monument in a Frederick, Md., park, against the government’s attempt to get libraries to use computer filters to block sexually explicit material from children, against drug sweeps that it claims are racially motivated. “Some of their positions are extreme, such as objecting to metal detectors in high schools” where there has been a high incidence of violence, Hyde said. For the first time, the ACLU is spending part of its $50 million annual budget on a national
television commercial. An actor portraying John Ashcroft crosses the phrase “We the People” from the Constitution as a narrator says the attorney general has “seized powers for the Bush administration no president has ever had.” “This focus on civil liberties post-9/11 has been a wonderful opportunity to reach out to constituencies who would never have thought of the ACLU as their home,” said Nadine Strossen, the ACLU’s president. The organization has budgeted $3.5 million for a campaign that asks Americans to monitor their government monitors and report abuses. It is a mirror image to the government’s plan to empower some Americans to check on their neighbors, under a program known as the Terrorism Information and Prevention System.
“When you have the highest ranking law enforcement official in the country saying either you’re with me or against me, and that your tactics aid the terrorists, that rubs people the wrong way,” Romero said. That includes conservatives who bridle at government intrusions into privacy. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, and Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., have said they will consider serving as consultants for the group when they leave Congress next month. Hyde has worked with the ACLU to protect free speech on campuses and limit the right of authorities to seize assets. “I’m glad the ACLU raises the objections it does, because it forces the government and Congress to be mindful of First Amendment rights,” he said.
Sept. 11 seems to have aggravated homeless situation
HOMELESS, from page 1 arrests on “Skid Row” this month after business people called for steps to combat homelessness. In Rhode Island, rising rents were blamed for a 45 percent increase in homeless chil-
dren over the past three years. Sioux Falls, S.D., is estimated to have more homeless people than the populations of three-fourths of the towns in the state. In New York, dealing
with Sept. 11 has aggravated the homeless situation in unexpected ways. Antiterror patrols have sealed off out-of-the-way places — nooks in tunnels, bridge underpinnings, downtown alleys — where homeless people once sought shelter. “The places where homeless folks have gone for cover are starting to be
walled off,” said Linda Gibbs, city commissioner of homeless services. “It limits their options, and it forces them into the open.” The situation is causing tension. An advocacy group sued the city this week, alleging police are sweeping the homeless off the streets by arresting them. Police acknowledge
a jump in arrests, but say that is because officers simply have more contact with the homeless lately. Solutions are elusive. The city is pegging its hopes on a strategy adopted in June that focuses on making sure enough shelter space is available and aiming to get people into permanent housing. This winter, city social workers will conduct a homeless “population survey” to get a handle on how many people are sleeping on streets and where. Since taking office Jan. 1, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has boosted the number of permanent housing subsidies avail-
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able to those in the city shelter system to 9,250 — an increase of 110 percent. The city has also explored unusual options for shelter space, some of which homeless advocates have derided. This summer, a judge blocked the mayor’s plan to use a former Bronx jail as a shelter. The city, bound by law to provide shelter, has also considered converting empty convents and community centers. In perhaps the most unusual idea, city officials traveled to the Bahamas to inspect three cruise ships, beginning a study of whether docked ships could be used to house the homeless. “We won’t and we can’t reject any idea,” Gibbs said. Homeless supporters want the city to commit to building 100,000 new housing units and renovate 85,000 more over the next 10 years — at a cost of about $10 billion. Bloomberg, facing massive city budget deficits, said the problem is more complicated than writing a check. The city claims it is trying to provide shortterm solutions — guaranteeing food and shelter — while it explores a longterm fix. Meanwhile, no one expects the numbers to drop soon. “We’re hustling to get food,” said Larry Gile, who runs St. John’s Bread and Life, the largest soup kitchen in Brooklyn, which served a record 19,500 meals last month. “We just get the feeling the demand is infinite.”
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Democrat Kerry takes first steps to running for president BY RON KAMPEAS Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, a leading Senate liberal and decorated gunboat officer during the Vietnam War, said Sunday he is taking a first step toward running for president in 2004. He took aim at President Bush’s policies on taxes, education, Iraq and the Middle East, saying, “There is a better choice for this nation.” Bush, asked Sunday night about the prospect of running against Kerry, smiled at reporters but said nothing. Kerry, a 58-year-old former prosecutor first elected to the Senate in 1984, has said for the past year that he was seriously thinking about a run in 2004. He was unopposed for re-election in November to a fourth term — the first Massachusetts senator in 80 years with no majorparty opposition. “I’m going to file this week an exploratory committee, a formal committee, and I’m going to begin the process of organizing a national campaign,” Kerry said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” An official announcement of his candidacy is months away, Kerry said. Exploratory committees are established by budding candidates mainly to raise money, finance travels around the country and help gauge voter support. “When you really get into the formal stage, which I am now entering, you find out who’s prepared to be there, you see if you can raise the money,” Kerry said. “It becomes real.” The best-known Democrat to emerge from Massachusetts is President John Kennedy — and Kerry did not shy from invoking his memory. But other Bay State Democrats have not fared as well in national elections. Kennedy’s brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, failed in 1980 to win the presidential nomination, as did Paul Tsongas in 1992. Gov. Michael Dukakis — a Kerry mentor — won the 1988 nomination, but lost by a wide margin to Bush’s father. Democrats are expected to have a crowded field of candidates, with the party convention to be held in Boston. Vermont Gov. Howard Dean already is running. Former Vice President Al Gore, the 2000 nominee, and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards expect to disclose their plans after the Christmas holidays. Outgoing House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri is expected to begin telling colleagues whether he plans to run. Also considering the race is Gore’s running mate from two years ago, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, who has said he would not run if Gore does. A recent Los Angeles Times poll of Democratic National Committee members showed Gore and Kerry topped lists when people were asked their favorites. During the NBC interview, Kerry repeatedly mentioned his service in Vietnam. He was an officer on a gunboat in the Mekong Delta and received numerous decorations for his combat experience, including a Silver Star and three Purple Heart awards. He later led demonstrations against the war after he returned home. “I served in the armed services — I love this country,” he said. “I have a great sense of what this country can be and what it is.”
tax reduction that will put more money in the pocket of the middle class and average worker.” A payroll tax refundable credit would leave Social Security untouched, he said. He also rejected Bush proposals on school vouchers, and scored the administration’s education policies as regressive, saying he would spend more money on public schools. “There aren’t enough seats at the table of charter schools,” he said. “We have a new problem in America, it’s called separate and unequal .... And you don’t have a prayer in many communities of providing equality of education unless you have equality of resources.” Kerry said he would back war with Iraq only if Bush could prove an imminent threat, and said he viewed unilateralism as dangerous. “The United States of America should not go to war because it wants to go to war. We should go to war because we have to go to war.” He also said the administration had abandoned the role of honest broker between Israel and the Palestinians. “They gave the green light, if you will, to the most negative instincts of that region to begin to take hold,” he said, adding that he would remind Israel that it would eventually have to stop settlement building. Kerry said his wife, Teresa Heinz, fully backed his campaign, although she has publicly expressed reservations in the past. Kerry has more than $3 million in his Senate election committee that can be rolled into a presidential effort, associates said. In the past, Kerry and his wife, heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune, have decided against using their own money, which totals in the hundreds of millions of dollars, for campaigns. He did not discuss campaign financing during the televised interview. Kerry does not take money from political action comAlex Wong/Meet the Press/NBC mittees representing corporations, labor unions and interSen. John Kerry, D-MA, speaks on NBC’s “Meet the est groups. Press” during a Sunday taping at the NBC studios in Washington, D.C. Sen. Kerry, a Vietnam veteran and former prosecutor, said he will take his first step on running for president in 2004 by forming an exploratory committee this week. TO BUY OR JOINT VENTURE That background could deflect some of the criticism VACANT LOTS OR TEAR DOWNS he could face for his voting record. He has voted with liberal standard bearer Kennedy 93 percent of the time. Still, Kerry did not shy from those positions in making CALL MARIOS SAVVIDES, BROKER the announcement, restating his opposition to the death 310-261-2093 penalty and forcefully challenging Bush’s proposed tax cuts. “We can’t go on any longer pretending to Americans that you can have everything and that nobody has to have any cost attached to it,” he said. “What Sept. 11 taught us, or reminded us perhaps, is that there are some things that only the government will do ... it’s your traffic jam, it’s your school that’s falling apart, it’s your airport system that doesn’t work, it’s your security system that isn’t there.” Kerry has been drawing differences with Bush in the areas of energy and foreign policy in appearances around the country. He plans to lay out his economic plan in a policy speech Tuesday in Cleveland, including focusing tax cuts more on the middle class. Republican arguments that rescinding promised tax cuts amounts to an increase are “silly,” Kerry said. “No average American believes that’s an increase.” Kerry said he favors a tax cut that “comes in a payroll
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Mexican children brave desert heat, snakes in trek across U.S. border BY JULIE WATSON Associated Press Writer
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NOGALES, Mexico — The giggly 12-year-old boy’s feet were giving out. The gallon jugs of water he carried in each hand banged against his tired legs. He fell four times, scraping his knees. Cactus spines poked through his hightops and pricked his feet. A red-and-black snake slithered by. A tarantula fluttered its long, hairy legs atop a rock. Luis Alberto Damian tried not to think about any of that. Instead, he would recount later, he tried to focus on keeping up with the 19 migrants marching ahead of him into the inky night — and on his mother, who was waiting for him at the end of his journey. But after 15 hours of walking through North America’s harshest desert, his trip would be in vain: Luis Alberto was among nearly 35,000 children arrested this year while illegally crossing the U.S.Mexican border. Activists say kids like Luis Alberto drive home the urgent need for a migration accord between Mexico and the United States. Both governments promised this month to resume talks, sidelined since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of children cross every year — many accompanied only by strangers on the most treacherous trip of their lives. Most children, like Luis Alberto, are headed to see parents living illegally in the United States. In the past, migrants often used false passports and birth certificates to get their children across the border. But closer scrutiny by officials since Sept. 11 has made that nearly impossible, experts say, and many migrants prefer to have their children smuggled over than leave coveted U.S. jobs to return to Mexico to get them. Experts fear the heightened security is forcing children to embark on perilous journeys. “It seems the only way is crossing through the desert,” said Candelaria Cruz, coordinator of a government shelter for deported Mexican children in Nogales, across from Nogales, Ariz. Since security was heightened, U.S. Border Patrol arrests have dropped to their lowest level in more than a decade. But the death toll has varied little — indicating that those who are crossing are taking more dangerous routes. The Border Patrol registered 320 deaths this year, compared to 336 in 2001. That number did not include the deaths of 11 migrants whose bodies were found locked in a grain car in Iowa in early October, less than two weeks after the government issued its statistics. The Border Patrol does not track individuals’ ages, but the Foreign Relations Department reports four children under 15 died this year, compared with one last year. “We’ve seen a lot of kids this year
under 10 years old, like 2, 4, 6 and 7,” said Fernando Guerrero, the Nogales shelter’s night supervisor. Luis Alberto, who suffered only scrapes and bruises, was among the lucky ones. Some children have arrived at the shelter barefoot and so badly blistered that the skin on the soles of their feet has peeled off, Guerrero said. “A lot come in crying, crying and crying,” he said. “Usually the smallest ones are the bravest.” The worst case the shelter has seen was an 8-year-old boy found huddled under a tree after wandering alone in the desert for three days, abandoned by a smuggler. “When he arrived, he was hallucinating,” Cruz said. “He would dream he was in an ocean, he was so dehydrated.”
“A lot (of kids) come in crying, crying and crying. Usually the smallest ones are the bravest.” — FERNANDO GUERRERO Nogales shelter’s night supervisor
Before the Mexican government opened the shelters along the 2,000-mile border in 1999, the Border Patrol handed all children over to local Mexican police in border cities, who simply released them. The shelters arrange for relatives to get the children. Still, most try to cross again. Luis Alberto and his 17-year-old brother crossed the border at the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation west of Nogales and hiked into the desert with the group. When they reached a ranch house, he said, smugglers separated the brothers onto two trucks waiting to take them on the next leg of their journey. Luis Alberto squeezed down on the floor behind the driver’s seat. After reaching the highway, the truck stopped amid frantic whispers. Luis Alberto’s heart pounded. Everyone scrambled. Luis Alberto huddled in a ball on the floor and closed his eyes, hoping no one would see him. Instead, he was the only one caught. He spent the night on the floor of a U.S. immigration detention center. The next morning, Border Patrol agents handed him to Mexican police in Nogales, who took him to the shelter. From there, he called his mom, an illegal immigrant in Atlanta. “Yeah, I’m OK,” he said, laughing nervously. “I love you, too.” Asked what his mom told him, the boy said: “She told me not to worry. She talked to the smuggler, and I can try again.” “Now I have to go wash my shoes and pull out all the spines.”
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Weapons inspectors make unannounced visits in Iraq BY CHARLES J. HANLEY AP Special Correspondent
KHAN BANI SA’AD, Iraq — U.N. disarmament teams inspected a shabby, seldom-used airfield in corn country north of Baghdad on Sunday, a place where Iraqi experts engineered devices for bombarding an enemy from the air with sprays of killer microbes. The U.N. inspectors checked on equipment sealed and tagged by U.N. teams in the 1990s, and pored over paper and computer files, the airfield’s director said. But they apparently found none of the advanced spray systems, unaccounted for since the Gulf War. “We showed them everything,” said the director, Montadhar Radeef Mohammed. The inspectors, as usual, kept their findings confidential, pending later formal reports. In their first week of inspections, the U.N. monitors paid unannounced visits to a dozen Iraqi sites with a wide variety of specialties and links to weapons programs in the 1980s. Those ranged from an animal vaccine plant that brewed lethal toxins for bombs, to an industrial complex planned to house hundreds of gas centrifuges producing enriched uranium for Iraqi nuclear weapons. In both those cases, and dozens of others, the earlier inspectors destroyed the critical equipment, and put other gear under seal, video surveillance or other forms of control. They also destroyed many tons of chemical and biological agents for weapons. That inspection regime collapsed in 1998, however, as the Baghdad government and U.N. officials clashed over access to Iraqi sites and the alleged presence of U.S. spies in the U.N. operation. Those inspectors believed they never found all of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. The inspections have resumed under a U.N. Security Council mandate for Iraq, 11 years after its Gulf War defeat, to finally give up any remaining chemical, biological or nuclear weapons programs, or face “serious consequences.” The United States threatens war against Iraq, with or without U.N. support, if the new inspections don’t strip Baghdad of such weapons. The U.S. threats have touched off antiwar protests worldwide. In the latest round, thousands rallied in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday to demand that their government not assist a U.S. war against their southern neighbor Iraq. “We will not be America’s soldiers!” demonstrators chanted. More than 18,000 anti-war protesters also demonstrated in Australian cities over the weekend. Iraqi-U.S. tensions exploded again Sunday in the no-fly zone declared by Washington in southern Iraq to protect Shiite Muslims. Iraqi officials said three U.S.-British airstrikes left four civilians dead and 27 others wounded. The U.S. military said the planes attacked Iraqi air defenses after being fired on. Important sites from the 1990s inspections have been alerted by Iraqi authorities to expect the new U.N. teams anytime. When five carloads of inspectors pulled up to Khan Bani Sa’ad Airport’s front gate, 20 miles northeast of Baghdad, they were let in without delay, accompanied by Iraqi government escorts who aren’t told their destination beforehand.
Installation director Mohammed apparently was caught unaware, however, and off base. Because the U.N. team “froze” the site, allowing no movement in or out, Mohammed needed special clearance to enter and deal with the inspectors. The Aviation Division of the national Agriculture Ministry operates the airfield as a base for spraying Iraqi fields with pesticides. Today, nine operable crop-dusting helicopters fly regularly from the field, and 16 others sit in disrepair on the tarmac. “They opened all the doors. We showed them all the rooms,” Mohammed said of the inspectors. He told reporters afterward the visitors made copies of computer files, and checked that tags placed on pesticide tanks and other equipment in the 1990s were still there. The U.N. experts found no prohibited material, he said. In the 1980s, however, the isolated airfield was a center for secretive activities. The U.N. inspection agency’s 1999 wrap-up report noted succinctly of the airfield: “Biological warfare weapons development — Zubaidy device.” The “Zubaidy” was a device for generating and dispersing an aerosol of lethal microbes, biowarfare agents, from a helicopter. In 1988, the Iraqis — apparently from Khan Bani Sa’ad helipads — successfully flight-tested the Zubaidy device, spraying bacteria, the agency reported. “Experts assess this device as a most effective biological warfare munition,” it said.
A Kenyan funeral
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Unidentified family members cover the grave of Safari Yaa Baya, one of the three Kenyan traditional dancers killed in Thursday's suicide attack, in Mawemi village, Kenya, Sunday. Hundreds gathered in Mawemi village, a few kilometers (miles) from the Paradise Hotel, where the attack took place, 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Mombasa, for the burial of three Kenyan traditional dancers killed in the suicide attack as they were welcoming Israeli tourists.
But although Iraq subsequently turned over developmental models for destruction, the earlier U.N. inspectors were never given at least 12 finished versions of the Zubaidy that were produced. “These remain unaccounted for,” the U.N. report said. Mohammed, who took over as director in 1998, told reporters he was unfamiliar with the Zubaidy devices. He said
Sunday’s inspectors did not question him about them. If the new round of inspections eventually finds full cooperation by the Iraqis in the disarmament effort, U.N. resolutions call for the Security Council to consider lifting international economic sanctions imposed on this country when it invaded Kuwait in 1990.
Yugoslavia 11 years ago. Both Drnovsek, 52, and Brezigar, 49, promised to keep the country on its path toward integration in the West. Slovenia was just invited to join NATO, and is almost certain to join the European Union in 2004. For many voters, the choice was between old and new. Some of those voting for Brezigar said it was time for a change, particularly considering that Drnovsek’s Liberal Democrat party has run the country for much of the time since its independence. “I’m against the fact of having absolute power in the hands of one party,” said accountant Tanja Vrancar, 39. But Janez Kolonic said continuity was important. “Drnovsek is the best choice because he’s well-known here and abroad,” said the 62-year-old retiree. The most prosperous of all former Yugoslav republics, Slovenia today has a stable democracy, free media and an unemployment rate lower than in Germany or France. The per capita income is equal to $10,000 — and the country’s main concern about joining the EU is that it would be too rich to deserve the union’s financial assistance. Drnovsek has been almost an emblem of Slovenia ever since it won independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991 after a 10-day war. An economist by training, he won his first term in 1992, and his second in 1996. The opposition briefly ousted him in mid2000, but he returned to the post in elections six months later. Under his leadership, Slovenia has moved swiftly toward membership in
Western organizations — successes Drnovsek referred to often in his campaign. “Our perseverance has been recognized now,” he declared after returning from the Nov. 21 NATO summit in the Czech capital, Prague, where Slovenia and six other former communist states were invited to join the alliance. Drnovsek’s health has been fragile since he underwent surgery three years ago to have a cancerous kidney removed, but even this did not seem to have discouraged many voters. Brezigar, who served as a justice minister in the short-lived conservative government in 2000, ran under the motto that Slovenia “needs new faces.” An outsider only four months ago, when polls gave her 7 percent of support, she won 31 percent of votes in the first round. Her vivacity and openness — compared to Drnovsek’s almost placid composure — brought freshness to the campaign. She is respected for her success in heading the state department for fighting organized crime and corruption earned her respect, and conservative voters like her support of traditional and national values. Drnovsek announced that if elected president, he would resign the premiership as early as Monday. He is expected to be replaced by the finance minister, Anton Rop. The independent country’s second president will be inaugurated on Dec. 23. Slovenes also were electing new mayors in Ljubljana and several other towns on Sunday, but those results were not expected to influence national politics.
Janez Drnovsek leads in runoff elections for Slovene presidency, say the exit polls BY SNJEZANA VUKIC Associated Press Writer
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Longserving Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek held a commanding lead Sunday in a runoff election for the presidency of this former Yugoslav republic, exit polls showed. Drnovsek had 57.8 percent of vote, followed by his opponent Barbara Brezigar with 42.2 percent, according to the poll conducted by the state-run Slovene Television. Brezigar, a state prosecutor and a political novice, apparently failed to attract enough voters to support her message that the young country needs new leadership. Other exit polls — which have been accurate in the past — showed similar results. The state electoral commission was expected to announce partial results later Sunday. The runoff was held after neither candidate won an outright majority in the first round on Nov. 10. Drnovsek appeared victorious. “I am looking forward for us together to open a new chapter in our Slovene homeland,” Drnovsek said. Brezigar was visibly disappointed but said she nonetheless was “happy because we achieved much more than we initially expected.” On a chilly but sunny day, 51 percent of 1.6 million eligible voters had cast their ballots by 5 p.m., two hours before polls closed, the commission said. Slovenes were voting for a successor to Milan Kucan, 61, who led this Balkan country of 2 million to independence from
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Southern Cal humbles Notre Dame Fighting Irish BY KEN PETERS AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES — Before Saturday night, Notre Dame had played 1,081 games since the school first put a football team on the field in 1887. And the Fighting Irish had never been so overrun as they were by Southern California. Carson Palmer threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns, and USC outgained Notre Dame by an astounding 610 yards to 109 as the sixth-ranked Trojans beat the No. 7 Irish 44-13. Both the passing yards and the total yards were the most ever against Notre Dame. “After the way we played, we don’t deserve to play in the Orange Bowl,” Irish offensive tackle Jordan Black said. “This wasn’t this year’s team, it was last year’s team that showed up tonight. ... I just want to go home and throw up.” The Trojans (10-2, 7-1 Pac-10) also dominated the Irish offense, allowing just 70 yards passing and 39 rushing, and giving up just two field goals. Notre Dame’s touchdown came on a blocked punt, and the Irish didn’t score in the second half. With Notre Dame (10-2) still under consideration for a Bowl Championship Series at-large berth, Irish coach Tyrone Willingham did a bit of lobbying. “I can make a case to the BCS,” said Willingham, who has turned the Notre Dame program around in his first year as its coach. “We played 12 games. We won 10 of them. We’ve been very good and very sound. This game is not a true indicator of what kind of team we can be. The Trojans, meanwhile, believed their performance should enhance their standing in the BCS rankings. “It proved we’re a heck of a team. I couldn’t imagine why somebody wouldn’t want us to play in their game, although I know that some people might not want
to play us,” Carroll said. In his final game at the Coliseum, Palmer completed 32 of 46 passes and was intercepted twice. Notre Dame’s Carlyle Holiday went 10-for-29 for 70 yards with three interceptions. Ryan Grant, who came in with 1,101 yards rushing, carried 10 times for just 16 yards. The previous highs against Notre Dame were 424 passing yards by Miami’s Steve Walsh in 1988, and 591 total yards by USC in 1979. Freshman Mike Williams caught 10 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns as USC snapped a three-game winning streak by Notre Dame in the series that began in 1926. Fullback Malaefou MacKenzie had two TD receptions, and Justin Fargas ran for 120 yards on 20 carries and had four catches for 41 yards as the resurgent Trojans won their seventh in a row. USC still has a shot at the Rose Bowl, or it could get a BCS at-large berth. Despite the lopsided loss to the Trojans, Notre Dame still could be awarded a BCS at-large spot. The Trojans’ 10 regular-season wins were their most since going 10-1 in 1988, and this is the first year they’ve beaten both crosstown rival UCLA (52-21) and Notre Dame during the same season in 21 years. Notre Dame finished with its most regular-season wins since an 11-1 mark in 1993. With the Trojans blending short passes with Fargas’ rushing, USC kept the Irish defense on its heels for most of the game. Up 17-13 at halftime, the Trojans extended their lead on Palmer’s third scoring throw, a pass in the flat that MacKenzie turned into a 15-yard touchdown 2:59 into the third quarter. Ryan Killeen added field goals of 27 and 29 yards later in the quarter, then
At 0-2, UCLA Bruins are off to worst start in 41 years BY DAN GELSTON Associated Press Writer
INDIANAPOLIS — John Wooden couldn’t remember anything about UCLA’s last 0-2 start, but he’s had a good look at this one. The Bruins’ losses in both of their exhibition games — their first such defeats since 1993 — don’t appear so shocking anymore. Neither does dropping their home opener to San Diego. The Bruins could be in for a long season if they don’t quickly figure out how to fix their weakness, like quick shooting off isolation basketball which was on display Saturday. Playing in the John Wooden Tradition, and in front of the 92-year-old former coach who led the Bruins to 10 NCAA titles and made them a national power, UCLA collapsed after the first 10 minutes and lost to No. 6 Duke 84-73. The Bruins dropped to 0-2 for the first time since 1961-62 season, when they opened the season with two straight losses to Brigham Young. Wooden, who couldn’t recall the losses 41 years ago, declined to assess this season’s Bruins. “I don’t want to give advice,” he said. “That would make me sound critical and
I’m not going to be critical.” Too bad, because UCLA could use all the help it could get. The Bruins are likely to drop out of this week’s poll. They haven’t won a Pac-10 title since 1997 and an NCAA championship since 1995, under coach Jim Harrick. A year ago, UCLA shook off a 2-2 start and finished 21-12, and was sixth in the Pac-10 at 11-7. The Bruins lost to California in the first round of the conference tournament and lost to Missouri in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16. This season’s schedule doesn’t get easier. There are still games left with Kansas, Georgetown, Michigan and St. John’s. The Bruins were never in sync with their motion offense against the Blue Devils (3-0), largely because they never looked to create shots for their teammates. Jason Kapono, Cedric Bozeman, Dijon Thompson and Ray Young often shot wildly from the field. UCLA went 30 minutes with only two assists. “We have a problem with being patient,” said Kapono, who bypassed the NBA draft in favor of returning for his senior year. “I think every time we get a lead, all of a sudden we start shooting quicker. No one wants to stick with the game plan. Everyone tries to get their own shot.”
Kings defeat Blackhawks
Chris Urso/Associated Press
Chicago Blackhawks’ Phil Housley (6) reaches for the puck as Los Angeles Kings Brad Chartrand (29) moves up the ice during the third period Saturday in Los Angeles. Housley received a two-minute penalty for slashing on the play. The Kings won 4-1.
Sultan McCullough scored on an 11 yardrun three minutes into the fourth quarter to put USC up 37-13. Southern California lost a fumble that set up a field goal, had a punt blocked for a touchdown, was penalized six times for 35 yards — compared with one penalty for Notre Dame — and Palmer threw the
first of his two interceptions. Notre Dame’s only touchdown came when Carlos Pierre-Antoine blocked Tom Malone’s punt and recovered it in the end zone. Pierre-Antoine was credited with a 21-yard blocked punt return on the TD, which gave the Irish a 13-10 with 1:07 left in the first half.
BY KEN PETERS
the Trojans’ senior quarterback, said, “He’s been phenomenal. He’s a great talent.” Tyrone Willingham, in his first season at Notre Dame after coaching at Stanford, was impressed by the way Palmer has matured. “He’s vastly improved in his understanding of himself and the system, and he now has greater control of both,” Willingham said. “Even when we were able to get pressure on him, he was able to respond with some nice throws and welltimed plays.” Irish linebacker Courtney Watson said, “He was able to pick us apart as a defense. He did what he needed to do, and we couldn’t slow him or his wide receivers down.” Palmer and the Trojans (10-2, 7-1 Pac10) now must play a waiting game. Assured of at least a share of the conference title, they will go to the Rose Bowl if Washington State, which also has just one Pac-10 defeat, loses to UCLA on Saturday. Even they don’t play in the Rose Bowl, the Trojans would be in the running for a Bowl Championship Series berth, possibly in the Orange Bowl. Palmer believes the win over Notre Dame certainly should strengthen the Trojans’ prospects. “I hope everyone was paying attention and saw the score,” he said. “They need to know that we are for real now.” Notre Dame (10-2), which gave up the most yards in school history (610) in the one-sided loss, dropped from seventh to 11th in the AP poll.
USC’s Carson Palmer leaves Coliseum by standing ovation AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES — When he trotted off to a standing ovation late in the fourth quarter of his final game at the Coliseum, Carson Palmer certainly had met — and exceeded — expectations. Palmer, heralded as the school’s next great quarterback when he arrived as a freshman, had struggled along with the team for most of his time at Southern California. But he capped his impressive regular season by throwing for 425 yards, the most ever given up through the air by Notre Dame. “It’s amazing. After all we’ve been through, to end it like this is great,” Palmer said after he passed for four touchdowns in the No. 5 Trojans’ 44-13 rout of the Irish on Saturday night. Almost lost in the lopsided win over Notre Dame, which entered the game with one of the nation’s top defenses, was another Palmer milestone — he became the Pac-10’s career total offense leader. His 11,314 yards of total offense in his USC career are 29 more than the standard set by UCLA’s Cade McNown. Palmer already owned the Pac-10 passing record, and he’s thrown for 3,639 yards this season to run his career total to 11,515. It all could add up to some serious consideration for the Heisman Trophy. USC coach Pete Carroll, who pretty much already has run out of superlatives for
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Literary sleuth sees royal hand behind mystery of poem BY DANIEL WOOLLS Associated Press Writer
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MADRID, Spain — It is among the longest poems in Western literature, celebrating El Cid, one of the most admired warriors of medieval times. The question academics still ponder, centuries after it was written: Who wrote it? Until now most scholars have attributed the epic’s 3,730 verses to an anonymous minstrel who was expressing grass-roots admiration for El Cid, the knight Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, who retook much land from Moorish invaders as he served Spain’s king. But Juan Victorio, a professor of medieval studies in Madrid, sees a sneakier design behind what’s considered the first great work of Spanish literature. He argues that King Alfonso VII hired somebody to write the poem — with convenient embellishments and omissions — as a way to shape his illiterate subjects’ mood and encourage loyalty as the throne battled the Moors. Victorio says such tactics were common in medieval times, likening them to modern governments’ use of mass media to influence public opinion. “The writer was the royal court’s television — television, or journalism, or whatever you want to call it,” Victorio says. “He was the medieval ruler’s means of communicating.” In real life, for instance, while El Cid fought tenaciously for Alfonso VII’s grandfather, King Alfonso VI, he also fell out with him, was banished and sided for a while with the Moors. But the poetic version of El Cid’s deeds skipped over most of that. Other literary accounts of El Cid’s life did reflect those and other flashes of defiance and proved very popular. Victorio argues that Aflonso VII couldn’t tolerate that, so he commissioned the poem portraying the knight as sheepishly obedient. The poem is titled “El Cantar de Mio Cid” — the name El Cid comes from the Arabic “al sayyid,” or sir. He lived from around 1040 to 1099, and for centuries
after his death, he inspired ballads and drama as a symbol of bravery. These days Spaniards find their heroes on movie screens or soccer fields, and for the average person El Cid is just a relic of folklore. But not for everyone. Historians say the late dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco, who led a military uprising that triggered Spain’s 1936-39 civil war, liked to compare himself to El Cid and other warriors from Spain’s past.
“The writer was the royal court’s television ... He was the medieval ruler’s means of communicating.” — JUAN VICTORIO Professor of medieval studies
The legend became a movie in 1961 starring Charlton Heston as El Cid and Sofia Loren as his wife, Jimena. Victorio, then 19 and unaware his life’s work would be to pore over medieval texts, served as an extra in the film, playing both Christian and Moor. “I died several times,” he says. Spanish high school students still read “El Cantar,” considered as important a work as Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quijote.” Even outside the classroom, the legend surfaces now and then. One Seville bullfighter goes by the showbiz name of El Cid. And when soccer great Zinedine Zidane scored a magnificent goal last spring to lift Real Madrid to victory in the European Championship, one newspaper ran a headline renaming him “El Zid.” Victorio, who teaches at the National Open University,
unveiled his El Cid theory in a book published this summer. It’s controversial because the theory it seeks to debunk — that “El Cantar” stemmed from a spontaneous outpouring of admiration for El Cid — has been widely accepted since the 1940s. It came from the late philologist Ramon Menendez Pidal, who spent much of his life studying the poem and founded an entire school of thought on it. “There are a lot of people who would like to have my head on a platter,” Victorio says. Agreeing the idea is ruffling feathers among Spain’s academic community, Angel Gomez Moreno, a medieval literature professor at Madrid’s Complutense University, calls it a hypothesis that can neither be proven nor rejected. But Moreno says he and many other scholars believe the poem was written around 1200, long after Alfonso VII died. Victorio says “El Cantar” is alluded to in works published while Alfonso VII was alive. Dr. Samuel Armistead, a Hispanic studies scholar at the University of California at Davis, gives Victorio’s theory a cautiously favorable appraisal. “It is not unreasonable at all. It is perfectly possible,” he said from California. Victorio doesn’t pretend to have found a medieval smoking gun. Rather, he’s pieced together existing evidence and reinterpreted it. If “El Cantar” really sprang from grass-roots awe for the hero, Victorio argues, the poem would have remained popular through the years and made it into print when the printing press was invented in the 15th century. But it didn’t, whereas the literary accounts of El Cid that cited his rebelliousness, and were popular, did. In fact, only one manuscript of “El Cantar” remains, kept at the National Library in Madrid. Victorio calls that a sad but telling legacy for poetry supposedly born of chivalry at its best. He also says “El Cantar” is so full of allusions to the Bible, diplomacy and law that it could not have been written by an uneducated troubadour, as the traditional theory holds.
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