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White supremacists converge on Pa. city



Published: Sun, January 13, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



White supremacistsconverge on Pa. city

YORK, Pa. -- Witnesses reported minor confrontations in the streets Saturday as police kept hundreds of demonstrators at bay during a rally by white supremacists in a city still feeling the effects of deadly race riots more than 30 years ago.

Matthew Hale, leader of the white supremacist group World Church of the Creator, spoke to about 70 supporters inside a library while police officers in riot gear, some on horseback, separated shouting groups of his supporters and anti-racist protesters.

"We seek the advancement of white people, our people, without any apologies, any compromise, any groveling before anybody," Hale told supporters and spectators inside the library.

Witnesses reported seeing car windows broken and minor confrontations in the streets throughout the afternoon. Witnesses reported a clash between the two sides before Hale arrived, although police did not confirm it.

York was the scene of riots in July 1969 after a black teen-ager was wounded by a white man. A police officer was killed on the second night of the violence while he rode in an armored car. Four days later a black woman was slain by shots fired from a white mob as she and her family drove to a grocery store.

Envoy resumes talkswith Colombian rebels

SAN VICENTE DEL CAGUAN, Colombia -- Hours from a government deadline, a United Nations envoy met with commanders of Colombia's largest leftist rebel army Saturday to try to revive peace negotiations.

Envoy James LeMoyne held a second day of talks in a rebel haven amid cautious hopes that he could patch up the 3-year-old peace process between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the government.

"We think that we're advancing, but we're still working," said LeMoyne, who warned earlier that the South American country hung between peace and all-out war.

A rebel commander involved in the talks was seen burning a document, something the rebels have traditionally done with working papers during the negotiations.

A few hours earlier, a car bomb exploded near the wall of a military base a few miles north of the rebel haven, injuring 15 civilians, the army news agency said. Troops had been arriving at the base in the town of Granada ahead of the deadline. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

Ex-Catholic favoredto lead Anglicans

LONDON -- The next archbishop of Canterbury could be a former Roman Catholic who converted to Anglicanism as a young man, the Church of England said Saturday.

A church spokeswoman said there was nothing unusual about the spiritual path of the Right Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, a city 25 miles east of London.

Pakistan-born Nazir-Ali is considered the favorite to replace Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, who retires in October as spiritual leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans.

"It is wholly unremarkable that someone has started on their path as a Roman Catholic and later moved to the Anglican church," the spokeswoman said, on customary condition of anonymity.

"There are many people in the church who have moved from one to the other. It is just that the bishop happens to be a prominent member of the Anglican Church."

According to the Times newspaper, Nazir-Ali was baptized an Anglican but became involved with the Roman Catholic church while attending Catholic school as a teen-ager. He re-entered the Anglican church at about 20, the newspaper said.

Fraud sentence

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A man was sentenced Friday to nearly four years in prison for a fraud scheme in which he used variations of the name of a law firm from a Three Stooges episode to obtain cashier's checks from banks.

Patrick Michael Penker also was ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution and forfeit about $900,000 in cash and property to the United States. He had faced up to 40 years in prison.

Penker pleaded guilty in August to federal charges stemming from his one-man operation that, over several years, bilked $1 million from credit card companies and gambling casinos.

A banker at American State Bank in Lubbock became suspicious about the firm's name -- derived from the fictional law firm "Dewey, Cheetum and Howe" -- and contacted the FBI. Penker was arrested in March.

Associated Press




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