Blagojevich's political future; arrests at L.A. rave party; gangs nabbed in Arizona

Monday, August 23, 2010; A03


Blagojevich has an eye on the future

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich thinks a future in politics is still a possibility. The Democrat said he won't rule out another run for political office if federal prosecutors are unable to convict him at a second trial, according to an interview on "Fox News Sunday."

His comments came days after he was convicted of lying to federal agents. Jurors, however, deadlocked on 23 other more serious charges, including that he had tried to sell President Obama's old Senate seat.

"I didn't lie to the FBI. And I'm not lying to you, and I'm not lying to the people," Blagojevich told talk-show host Chris Wallace. When asked whether he would run for office again, Blagojevich answered, "If you're asking me, do I believe that there's a potential political comeback in the future, when I'm vindicated in this case, absolutely I do."

-- Associated Press

Potential hurricane forms: Tropical Storm Danielle formed over the Atlantic far from land Sunday and could become a hurricane by Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The fourth named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season was located 725 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and was moving northwest at 23 mph. It was expected to remain over open seas through Friday, forecasters said.

Arrests at L.A. rave party: Authorities say more than 80 young people were arrested at a rave party in Los Angeles, mostly on drug charges. Fire Department officials said paramedics treated 16 people for minor injuries at the 18th annual Love Festival late Saturday and early Sunday and three concertgoers were taken to hospitals. Several minors were arrested for using false identifications to attempt to enter the electronic music party, attended by about 4,100 people.

Partygoers had to show proof that they were at least 18.

Arizona gangs booked: Arizona authorities say 27 people have been booked on charges ranging from attempted murder to participation in a criminal street gang after shootings involving members of rival motorcycle gangs, the Vagos and Hells Angels. Detectives say at least 50 rounds were fired Saturday in the small community of Chino Valley, north of Prescott.

Yavapai sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said at least five people were shot but none of the wounds was life-threatening.

He says detectives are trying to locate one injured gang member who was helped away from the scene in an unknown vehicle.

-- From news services

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