2 On O.J. Jury Dismissed, Paper Reports
Two of the jurors in the O.J. Simpson murder case have been
dismissed by Judge Lance Ito less than a week before opening
arguments in the case, it was reported Saturday.
The Los Angeles Daily News identified the jurors as a
38-year-old Hispanic female letter carrier and a 48-year-old black
man who works for the Hertz rental car corporation.
The letter carrier has been in an abusve relationship and the
Hertz employee had falsely told lawyers during jury selection that
he had never met Simpson, the newspaper said.
The two were expected to be replaced by alternate jurors, the
Clinic To Treat Victims Of Toxic Waste
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will
fund a clinic near two hazardous waste sites in Torrance, Calif.
The clinic at the University of California-Irvine will help
treat people who have been exposed to toxic substances from the Del
Amo and Montrose Superfund sites.
Del Amo is a former rubber manufacturing plant, from which
benzene emissions are considered dangerous, said EPA regional
spokeswoman Paula Bruin. Montrose is a former DDT plant.
New U.S. General Takes Charge Of Troops
A new U.S. general took over command of the 6,000 U.S. troops
in Haiti Saturday as pressure builds for the United Nations to take
over the peacekeeping functions from the Americans.
Maj. Gen. George Fisher officially replaced Maj. Gen. David
Meade, the man who had been in charge for much of the time since
the Sept. 19 arrival in Haiti of U.S. troops.
The U.S. Army peacefully invaded Haiti to help restore exiled
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Although no date for the pullout has been announced,
speculation has been that the Americans would hand over military
control to a U.N. force sometime in March.
Gunmen Holding 15 Foreign U.N. Staff
Up to 30 armed Somalis formerly employed by the United Nations
seized about 15 foreign U.N. staff in Mogadishu Saturday, held
them hostage and demanded payment.
Maj. Zubair Chattha, a U.N. military spokesman, said the former
U.N. staff workers, demanding what they said were overdue payments,
entered the residential office in a U.N. compound near Mogadishu
airport and seized the foreign employees.
The gunmen barricaded the office and began negotiations,
The U.N. office has dismissed about 600 of its 2,500 Somali
employees so far and plans to lay off many others, seeking to
withdraw from Somalia by the end of March.
3 Killed In Protests After Talks Break Off
Two civilians and a bodyguard were killed Saturday in violent
protests in Monrovia over the breakdown of peace talks aimed at
ending Liberia's 5-year-old civil war. …