Boy Cuts Fence, Boards
Jet Bound for London
BOSTON -- A teenager who said he wanted to impress the Israeli intelligence agency sliced through a fence at Logan International Airport, settled into a seat aboard a British Airways jet and flew to London.
The airport, the airline and the boy, identified as 17-year-old Abraham Derman of Brookline, Mass., could be fined for the July 12 escapade. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, and the airline is considering asking the youth to pay the $3,300 fare. Officials at the Massachusetts Port Authority said the breach of security was rare but extremely serious.
Lawsuit Against Liddy
RICHMOND -- A federal appeals court reinstated a woman's defamation lawsuit against Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy, who has said she procured prostitutes for Democratic National Committee visitors in the early 1970s.
Ida M. Wells is not an "involuntary public figure" and therefore is entitled to a trial on her claim that Liddy's remarks damaged her reputation, a unanimous three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
In several speeches, Liddy has promoted a theory that the Watergate burglars wanted to look for photos of John Dean's fiancee among call-girl pictures kept in Wells's desk. Dean was President Richard M. Nixon's chief lawyer.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A man reported to be the Florida state leader of the white supremacist World Church of the Creator has been found guilty of a racially motivated hate crime for beating and kicking a Cuban American. Jules Fettu, 26, was convicted of battery as a hate crime late Wednesday for beating and kicking William Salas, 42, when he tried to protect his 17-year-old son from being attacked by skinheads at a concert. Fettu was acquitted of aggravated battery on Salas's son, Jesiah.
DENVER -- Preliminary ballistics reports are complete in the Columbine High School attack, but it could be weeks before investigators determine if a third gunman was involved, officials said. The question is whether Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, acted on their own in killing a dozen classmates and a teacher before killing themselves on April 20.