Sunday, December 1, 2002
University presidentto be subpoenaed
BOSTON -- University of Massachusetts president William Bulger will be subpoenaed to testify about his fugitive crime boss brother after refusing requests to appear voluntarily, an official said Saturday.
James Wilson, head lawyer for the House Government Reform Committee, said Bulger's lawyer, Thomas Kiley, told him his client would not show up at a Friday hearing in Boston.
"Because Mr. Kiley was so emphatic in his message that Mr. Bulger will not appear, we started our process to issue a subpoena," Wilson told The Associated Press.
The congressional committee chaired by Dan Burton, R-Indiana, is investigating how the Boston FBI became corrupted during a decades-long practice of using mobsters as informants, including Bulger's brother, James "Whitey" Bulger.
James Bulger, 73, fled in 1995 just before he was indicted on racketeering and extortion charges. He has since been indicted on additional charges related to 18 murders, and is on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.
French troops evacuateforeigners in rebel city
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- French troops evacuated foreigners Saturday from a rebel-held city in western Ivory Coast as loyalist troops headed toward the area with orders to oust the insurgents.
Eighty-three of 160 foreigners seeking to leave the city of Man were flown south to Abidjan, the commercial capital of this former French colony.
The others were expected to follow on a second plane during the night, said Lt. Col. Ange-Antoine Leccia, spokesman for the French force.
It was not known if there were any Americans among the evacuees, half of whom are believed to be French citizens.
Earlier, the French soldiers got into gunbattles with the rebels in Man while trying to secure the airport for the evacuation. One French soldier was wounded and at least five rebels were killed, Leccia said.
It was not the first time French forces have flown to the rescue of foreigners trapped by fighting. In September, French and American soldiers rescued hundreds of French, American and other Westerners from northern towns seized by rebels.
Giant oil slick threatensSpanish coastline
MADRID, Spain -- An enormous oil slick advanced toward one of Europe's busiest fishing regions Saturday as mariners and fishermen raced to intercept it with floating barriers and oil-skimming boats.
The giant, multimillion-gallon sheen bobbed in the waves off the northwest Galician coast Saturday. The region has been mopping up its beaches and rocky coastline for the past two weeks after the first slick from the tanker Prestige washed ashore.
On Saturday under cloudy skies, hundreds of volunteers in protective white jumpsuits, masks and gloves continued shoveling oil-soaked, mucky sand into plastic-lined buckets for hauling away. The face masks and gloves shielded skin and lungs from the sulfur in the fuel oil.
Offshore, half a dozen boats skimmed oil from the ocean, while maritime officials and fishermen deployed more floating orange barriers between the advancing slicks and the coast. The slicks contained about 2.4 million gallons of toxic fuel oil.
Spaniards viewing the tarry slicks through binoculars steeled themselves for the "black tide" they have dreaded since the tanker broke apart Nov. 13 in a storm and sank. The Prestige was carrying about 20 million gallons, and about 4 million gallons seeped out.
Zsa Zsa's condition
LOS ANGELES -- Zsa Zsa Gabor remained in serious condition Saturday after being injured in a car crash earlier in the week on Sunset Boulevard, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Gabor was likely to remain hospitalized for about a week at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, husband Frederic von Anhalt said.
"I talked to her, she whispered, but you can hardly understand her," von Anhalt said Friday night. "She looks at me and she recognizes me."
Hospital spokeswoman Leslie Porras did not release further details.
The 85-year-old film and television actress suffered broken bones in the crash and received stitches to her head, hands, arms and legs, von Anhalt said. She was expected to undergo surgery to help broken bones in her arms heal, he added.
Gabor was a passenger in the front seat of a car that struck a light pole on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The car was driven by her hairdresser, who was treated for minor injuries at the scene, police said.