4 Boy Scout leaders die while setting up Jamboree
BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- Four adult Boy Scout leaders were killed Monday afternoon in an electrical accident during the opening day of the organization's 2005 Jamboree. Jamboree spokesman Gregg Shields said the accident occurred between 4:30 and 5 p.m. while the leaders were setting up camp. One other leader and a contract worker were injured, and were hospitalized in stable condition, Shields said. No youth Scouts were seriously hurt, he said. He did not say how many might have sustained minor injuries. More than 40,000 Boy Scouts, leaders and volunteers from around the world are attending the 2005 National Scout Jamboree.
hActivists re-enact unsolved mass lynching
Rosie Crowley, portraying a pregnant Dorothy Malcom, is dragged down an embankment by a person portraying a Ku Klux Klansman during the re-enactment of the 1946 lynching at the Moore's Ford Bridge outside of Monroe, Ga. Civil rights activists marked the 59th anniversary of the unsolved lynching Monday by re-enacting the brutal slayings of two black couples who were forced out of their car by a mob of white men and killed. Activists said they staged the re-enactment to gain support for the prosecution of anyone who may have been involved in what they called the last mass public lynching in the United States.
S.F. Chronicle, labor union reach tentative agreement
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Chronicle and a union representing about 900 of its employees have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract. The agreement avoids any immediate layoffs, but union leaders described it as a major setback since it calls for so many concessions from workers. Despite their misgivings, negotiators for the Northern California Media Guild are recommending that the affected employees approve the proposed five-year contract in a vote scheduled for Wednesday night. "This is a terrible contract but it's the best we are going to do," said Michael Cabanatuan, president of the union local representing workers in the newspaper's news, marketing, circulation, advertising, online and finance departments.
North Korean envoy calls denuclearization top issue
BEIJING -- The North Korean envoy to six-nation talks on his country's nuclear program said today that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was the fundamental issue of the negotiations. He promised that his delegation would work toward that goal. The round of talks that began today is the fourth in a series that thus far has produced no major progress.
Israel angry at pope for not condemning attacks
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI faced the first major conflict of his 3-month-old papacy when Israel summoned the Vatican envoy Monday to express outrage that the pope "deliberately failed" to condemn terrorist attacks against Israelis. The pontiff also said in separate comments Monday that he didn't see any anti-Christian motive in recent attacks blamed on Muslim extremists and urged dialogue with the best elements of Islam. The German-born Benedict, who has consistently reached out to Jews since assuming the papacy, was criticized by Israel for remarks Sunday from his Alpine vacation retreat in northwestern Italy.