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Friday, March 26, 1999

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  • New York’s Police Brutality Protests

    The Associated Press is reporting that the four white New York police officers who shot and killed Amadou Diallo, an unarmed Guinean immigrant, have been charged with second-degree murder in a case that has led to days of protests and hundreds of arrests. The charges, in a sealed grand jury indictment, were confirmed by a source close to the case who spoke on condition of anonymity. They will be formally announced on Monday.

  • The Corporate and Military Economics Behind Kosovo

    NATO aircraft and missiles yesterday blasted targets in Yugoslavia for a second night, directing much of their fire on Kosovo, where fighting raged between Serbs and ethnic Albanians. Western officials said today that the attacks will not stop until Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic agrees to a peace deal with Kosovo.

  • Chevron Explosion in Richmond, Ca

    Doctors have been treating hundreds of people complaining of breathing problems, after a blast at a Chevron oil refinery in the San Francisco Bay. A local TV station reports about 600 people streamed into area hospitals following yesterday’s afternoon explosion at the plant, based Richmond, a town that has been called by many "the Niger Delta of the United States." Most residents of Richmond are African American, Latino and Asian, and the Niger Delta, where Chevron has massive oil drilling operations, is one of Nigeria’s most impoverished communities.

  • New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump

    Through cheers, jeers and an attempted blockade, a big rig loaded with radioactive nuclear waste made a historic journey this morning to the nation’s first nuclear waste dump. The truck left Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico and traveled 270 miles south to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, known as the WIPP, in a seven and a half hour trip that followed 25 long years of protests and lawsuits. An appellate court in Washington, DC, and a federal judge in Santa Fe on Wednesday rejected last-minute appeals from environmentalists who sought to stop the transfer.