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Ruling on Vieques inflames Sharpton



Published: Sat, January 5, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Ruling on Viequesinflames Sharpton

NEW YORK -- The Rev. Al Sharpton said he's willing to go back to jail to protest the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking an end to naval bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

"I'm willing to go back to jail if it becomes necessary," Sharpton said Wednesday. "I hope that the president will listen to the will of the people of Vieques. But if that doesn't happen and the appeal fails, I'm willing to go back to Vieques and risk imprisonment."

Sharpton was responding to a federal judge's decision to dismiss the Puerto Rican government's attempt to stop Navy training on Vieques under a local law banning loud noises along the island's shores.

During a news conference at his National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, Sharpton called the ruling "an outrageous decision that must be appealed and resisted." The Puerto Rican government said Wednesday it would appeal.

Sharpton served a 90-day federal prison sentence for trespassing on a Navy bombing range to protest the Vieques bombardment. He lost 30 pounds during a 43-day hunger strike in prison.

He was released in August and returned full force to New York City politics, endorsing mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer and publicly weighing a 2004 presidential run.

Singer arrestedat fight scene

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter was arrested on charges of refusing to follow police officers' orders to leave a Tampa nightclub after a fight broke out.

The youngest of the five-member group at age 21, Carter was charged on Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of resisting/opposing a law enforcement officer without violence. He was handcuffed, placed in a squad car and released on his own recognizance.

His first court appearance is set for March 4, Tampa Police spokesman Joe Durkin said Thursday.

Police were called to the Pop City nightclub early Tuesday evening because of a fight and returned later that night to break up another disturbance. While officers made arrests and tried to restore peace, Carter became involved in an argument with a woman, according to the arrest affidavit.

He was told to leave the nightclub more than 10 times until officers told him to leave by "the count of 3" or he would be arrested. Carter continued the argument and was arrested, the arrest affidavit said.

Today's birthdays

Sun Records founder Sam Phillips is 79. Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 74. Actor Robert Duvall is 71. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Chuck Noll is 70. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 64. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 60. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 56. Actor Ted Lange is 55. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 52. Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 49. Actor Clancy Brown is 43. Actress Suzy Amis is 41. Singer Iris Dement is 41. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 36. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 33. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 33.




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