Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nation Briefing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nation Briefing

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BLACK RELIGIOUS LEADERS PLAN BEATING PROTEST

PHILADELPHIA -- Black religious leaders said yesterday they can no longer ask their congregations to remain calm about the police beating of a black suspect that was caught on videotape last week by a TV news helicopter.

The Rev. Vernal Simms, pastor of Morris Brown AME Church, said it was time to mobilize and scheduled a rally Sunday evening at his church -- a few blocks from where officers kicked and hit suspected carjacker Thomas Jones.

Simms, president of Black Clergy of Philadelphia, said the rally was being sponsored by his group and the Nation of Islam. Majority-white churches, including the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, were also being invited.

ATRIUM REPLACING LIBRARY AT COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL

LITTLETON, Colo. -- The library where 10 Columbine High School students were killed last year has been replaced by a two-story atrium with a view of the Rocky Mountain foothills.

The families of the Columbine victims raised $3.3 million for the atrium.

Construction crews worked yesterday to put the finishing touches on the atrium, which will be decorated with a ceiling mural of treetops and sky. The atrium is to be ready when school resumes Aug. 14.

Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting rampage at Columine on April 20,1999, killing 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide. Most of the carnage took place in the library.

LAKE ERIE JET SKIERS FOUND AFTER 14 HOURS IN WATER

SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Two men whose Jet Ski ran out of gas spent 14 hours floating in Lake Erie before the Coast Guard rescued them 3 miles from shore yesterday.

"We prayed a lot and gave each other words of wisdom," said Matt Stookey, 31.

Stookey and Peter Sostaric, 33, had become stranded Monday night too far from shore to swim, said Joe Yingling, an Ohio Division of Watercraft officer. …

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