Wednesday, March 17, 1999

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  • The Murder of Irish Attorney Rosemary Nelson

    Northern Ireland’s predominantly Protestant police force faces allegations that it rejected a request for protection by human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson, who was killed on Sunday by a car bomb outside her home in Lurgan. Nelson had represented a number of defendants accused of belonging to the Irish Republican Army. The Red Hand Defenders, an anti-Catholic group, has claimed responsibility for the killing.

  • Urban Warrior: Oakland Under Siege

    Marines practicing urban warfare are fighting a make-believe enemy at a former Naval Air Station and hospital in Oakland, California. In an operation named "Urban Warrior," the marines landed in Oakland this weekend and staged an invasion, shooting blanks and using Hovercraft and Harrier jets, as well as Sea Knight, Sea Stallion, Cobra and Huey helicopters. They will remain in the East Bay area until tomorrow.

  • Class Action Lawsuit Against CIA

    City residents who charge that the federal government did nothing to stop the introduction of crack cocaine in their neighborhoods in the 1980’s filed a class action suit against the CIA and the Justice Department this week. The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed on behalf of mostly black residents of Oakland and Los Angeles whose babies were born addicted to crack, whose relatives died in drug-related violence and whose communities were affected by crowded emergency rooms, violence in schools and gutted business districts.