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Thursday, November 4, 1999

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    The man convicted of killing gay college student Matthew Shepard may have a glimmer of hope as jurors in Laramie, Wyoming begin deciding whether he should live or die, legal experts say. Aaron McKinney was found guilty of felony murder yesterday by jurors who rejected a more serious murder charge, one involving premeditation. But the 22-year-old roofer also was convicted of kidnapping and robbery, aggravating factors that make him eligible for the death penalty. Arguments for his punishment were to begin today. If jurors do not vote unanimously for death, McKinney will receive a lifetime prison sentence, which the judge cannot alter.

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    Danny Glover is an acclaimed actor who has starred in some of Hollywood’s biggest films. But he still finds it hard to get a taxi to pick him up on New York City’s streets.

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