Mayor, Jesse Jackson Arrested In Sit-in
Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson
were among 20 demonstrators arrested Thursday for blocking a street
on Capitol Hill in a continuing effort to obtain statehood for the
Others arrested by U.S. Capitol Police were social activist
Dick Gregory; the mayor's husband, James Kelly; and District of
Columbia Councilman Kevin Chavous.
The sit-in was part of a series of weekly demonstrations that
were being held outside the Longworth House Office Building by
activists who support turning the city into the state of New
Columbia. Officials charged the demonstrators with blocking
traffic, a misdemeanor.
A bill that would give the nation's capital full congressional
representation is before the House D.C. committee.
Blacks Win Control Of Selma City Council
Blacks finally won control of the City Council in Selma, Ala.,
three decades after a bloody clash between civil rights marchers
and police galvanized the nation and spurred passage of the Voting
Rights Act in 1965.
Blacks make up 58 percent of the town's 24,000 residents, but
it took a court-ordered redistricting plan for blacks to win five
of nine seats in Tuesday's election.
After the 1990 census, the council approved a redistricting
plan that allowed whites to keep a 5-4 majority. Black council
members sued and won.
"With this new council I think the black people of Selma and
the white people are going to feel better about being represented,"
said McArthur Williams, one of the new black council members. They
take office in October.
Governor Issues Hurricane Emily Alert
The first Atlantic hurricane of the 1993 season burst to life
Thursday hundreds of miles east of Florida, and Gov. Lawton Chiles
urged residents to watch it closely.
The transformation of the storm, from Tropical Depression 5
into Tropical Storm Emily and then into Hurricane Emily, took only
three hours. It came two days after residents in southern Florida
marked a wary first anniversary of Hurricane Andrew. By Thursday
evening, Emily had top sustained wind of near 75 mph.
Because Emily was too far out in the Atlantic - more than 1,200
miles east of Florida - officials at the National Hurricane Center
in Coral Gables, Fla., were unable to predict where it would wind
up, said Bob Sheets, the center's director. Still, Chiles urged
"every family and business - particularly those on the east coast
of Florida - to closely monitor reports about the progress of the
storm and to review their own emergency preparedness plans."
Many Killed As Rival Guerrillas Clash
Ninety more Afghans were killed Thursday in fighting between
rival guerrillas in the southern province of Kandahar, Afghan
sources in neighboring Pakistan said.
The killings raised the toll in five days of battles to 220.
More than 400 other people have been wounded in the battles between
the followers of President Burhanuddin Rabbani and Prime Minister
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, mujahideen guerrilla sources in the
southwestern Pakistani town of Quetta said. …