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Friday, July 30, 1999

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  • School of the Americas Defunding

    The House voted early Friday to withhold recruitment money for the Army’s School of the Americas, a facility long criticized for training Latin American officers who turned out to be tyrants and murderers.

  • World Church of the Creator and Hate Crimes

    In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a white supremacist convicted of a hate crime for helping beat a man was cleared by an all-white jury of a more serious charge involving the victim’s son. Jules Fettu, former state director of the World Church of the Creator, was convicted Wednesday of battery as a hate crime against Willaim Salas, a 42-year-old man of Cuban descent who lives in Miami. The six-member jury found that Fettu, of West Palm Beach, was one of several skinheads who beat and kicked Salas when he tried to defend his 17-year-old son from the group outside a rock concert in August 1997.

  • Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes

    The following is a speech given by Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Senior Pastor at the Riverside Church in New York. The following is a presentation that Forbes gave on racism at a Columbia University conference in April. The conference, "Black America vs. the Prison Industrial Complex," was convened by Professor Manning Marable.

  • Atlanta Shootings

    Authorities in Atlanta are grimly piecing together what they know about Mark O. Barton, the 44-year-old father, investor and former murder suspect who walked into two Atlanta brokerages and killed nine people.

  • Internet Access

    There is a battle over the Internet that is being waged in a number of cities around the country, including Portland, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In San Francisco, the issue is whether the city should force cable television companies to open their high-speed lines to rival Internet service providers. The key players include AOL, GTE and Pacific Bell in one camp, and AT&T— which has invested $140 billion to buy cable companies-in the other.