NATION IN BRIEF

Mourners hold photographs of Dashon Harvey, Iofemi Hightower and Terrance Aeriel after funeral services for Hightower. The three friends were killed last weekend in an apparent robbery attempt.
Mourners hold photographs of Dashon Harvey, Iofemi Hightower and Terrance Aeriel after funeral services for Hightower. The three friends were killed last weekend in an apparent robbery attempt. (By Tim Larsen -- Associated Press)

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Mayor Calls for End To Newark Killings

NEWARK -- The mayor of New Jersey's largest city pounded a lectern and yelled, "Enough is enough!" at the funeral Saturday for one of the three friends killed by shots to the head in a schoolyard.

Mayor Cory A. Booker was applauded at Metropolitan Baptist Church as he urged Newark residents to help fight the city's alarming murder rate.

"We need to raise our children," he said at the service for Dashon Harvey, 20.

Services for another victim, Terrance Aeriel, 18, were held at New Hope Baptist Church. The funeral for the third victim, Iofemi Hightower, 20, was to be held at Grace Temple Baptist Church.

State political leaders were among the mourners.

"As a human being, not just your governor, I am here with a broken heart, a sad heart, a heavy heart," Gov. Jon S. Corzine (D) said at Harvey's funeral. "These children deserved better."

The friends were shot on the playground of an elementary school last weekend during an apparent robbery attempt.

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· CHICAGO -- A national assembly of Evangelical Lutherans urged its bishops to refrain from defrocking gay and lesbian ministers who violate a celibacy rule, but it rejected measures that would have permitted the ordination of gays churchwide. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's standards require ministers to "abstain from homosexual sexual relationships." In the resolution, the assembly "urges and encourages" bishops to refrain from or "demonstrate restraint in disciplining" ministers who are in a "mutual, chaste and faithful committed same-gender relationship."

· CAPE CANAVERAL -- Two spacewalking astronauts installed a new beam on the international space station while engineers on Earth scrutinized images of a gouge in shuttle Endeavour's heat shield. The three-inch gash in the shuttle's belly will be inspected in greater detail Sunday, when the crew pulls out the shuttle's 100-foot robotic arm and extension boom and probes the difficult-to-reach area with lasers.

· MINNEAPOLIS -- Divers searching for five people still missing from the Interstate 35W bridge collapse worked to clear debris kicked up in the Mississippi River by a strong, overnight thunderstorm, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

-- From News Services


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