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Police break up riot in college neighborhood



Published: Mon, September 10, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police break up riotin college neighborhood

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- A party in a college neighborhood turned violent over the weekend, with revelers setting fires in the streets, damaging cars and pelting officers with rocks, bottles and sticks, police said.

Police estimate about 2,500 people were gathered in the streets when some began setting fires and damaging street lamps, signs and other public property. Kalamazoo police responded but were pelted with flying objects.

About 55 officers in riot gear dispersed the crowd with tear gas, said Kalamazoo Police Lt. Douglas Geurink.

"Nobody kind of realized what was going on and all of a sudden comes this wall of riot police spraying mace and tear gas," Western Michigan student Kevin Wordelman told Grand Rapids television station WOOD. "People were just running, screaming down the street, terrified."

Two police officers were hospitalized with injuries, and 21 people were arrested on charges ranging from inciting a riot to assaulting a police officer, Geurink said. Forty-six other revelers received citations for underage drinking and other misdemeanors.

It's not known what incited the melee, which broke out around midnight Saturday in a largely student neighborhood near Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College with a history of excessive noise and underage drinking, Geurink said.

Small earthquakejolts Los Angeles area

LOS ANGELES -- An earthquake shook the greater Los Angeles area Sunday afternoon, but there were no reports of serious damage or injury.

The quake had a magnitude of 4.2 and was centered about one mile south-southeast of West Hollywood, said Lucy Jones, scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey office in Pasadena. It was a new quake, unrelated to any previous event.

The quake was felt in downtown Los Angeles where it rolled for about four seconds and shook in the suburban areas of Van Nuys, Whittier and Glendale. The quake was felt as far away as Lancaster, about 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

An estimated 10 million people likely felt the quake, Jones said.

Report: Americans inrural areas less healthy

WASHINGTON -- Small-town Americans tend to smoke more, lose more teeth as they age and die sooner than suburban and many big-city residents, a government snapshot of the country's health shows.

Overall, Americans are healthier today than they were 25 years ago, and an annual report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some reasons: longer life expectancy, better infant survival, fewer smokers, less hypertension and lower cholesterol levels.

The news is not all good, say researchers. People who live in rural areas are not getting as much preventive care and medical treatment as other Americans. Long distances and the high rate of poverty among rural residents are two factors that make it tough to attract medical services.

The report this year offers a different look at the nation's health: by community size.

Americans in big cities are more likely to die violently and go untreated for substance abuse. Like those in rural areas, urban dwellers are less likely than suburban residents to have health insurance.

Involvement in plot

SANTIAGO, Chile -- The United States and Henry Kissinger were more deeply involved than was previously thought in a 1970 plot to prevent a left-wing politician from becoming Chile's president, CBS television news reported Sunday.

The program "60 Minutes" quotes an independent researcher as saying that the CIA sent a cable to its office in Chile instructing agents there to continue fomenting a military takeover. The cable came following a conversation with Kissinger, who at the time was President Nixon's national security adviser and later became secretary of state.

According to researcher Peter Kornbluh, the order also came a day after Kissinger has said he cut off any attempt to undermine Chile's democratic government.

The plot did not prevent the Marxist Salvador Allende, who had won a September 1970 presidential election, from taking office the next month. But the right-wing plotters killed Chilean Gen. Rene Schneider, described as an opponent of the Chilean military's involvement in politics.

Three years later, Allende committed suicide while his palace was being bombed by the Chilean military, and Gen. Augusto Pinochet took over as the country's military dictator.

Associated Press




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