Attempted Murder Charges for Troopers
TRENTON, N.J.--Two white state troopers were indicted on attempted murder charges yesterday for shooting three black and Hispanic men on the New Jersey Turnpike--one of a series of cases that have stirred a nationwide debate over racial profiling by police.
John Hogan, 29, and James Kenna, 28, could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
The troopers are accused of firing 11 shots into a van containing four young men on their way to North Carolina in 1998. Two black men and a Hispanic man were wounded, and they have filed civil rights and injury lawsuits against the troopers and the state.
Hogan and Kenna have said that they stopped the van because the driver was speeding and that they opened fire because the van was backing up to hit them.
The shooting triggered protests and internal investigations that embroiled the New Jersey State Police in the controversy over racial profiling--or stopping motorists on the basis of race.
Seriously Hurt Student Returns to Columbine
LITTLETON, Colo.--Sean Graves, one of the most seriously wounded students in the Columbine High School shooting, returned to classes.
Graves, 15, was shot four times when two of his fellow students opened fire in April, killing 13, then fatally shot themselves. He was released from the hospital July 7 after months of rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury that nearly paralyzed him from the waist down.
"On one hand, I want to move on with my life and I am excited about seeing my friends. On the other hand, I feel cheated about missing the summer," Graves said in a statement.
Hundreds of Gallons Of Oil Spill in California
EUREKA, Calif.--A dredging vessel spilled hundreds of gallons of oil into the waters outside Northern California's Humboldt Bay but appears to have avoided causing serious environmental damage, officials said.
Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Richard Teubner said the Stuyvesant began leaking oil late Monday after one of its dredging booms accidentally pierced an on-board fuel tank. The vessel reversed course and left the mouth of Humboldt Bay, an environmentally sensitive area about 260 miles north of San Francisco, and the crew stemmed the oil flow.
He said initial estimates put the spill at 500 to 1,700 gallons.
The boat's operator, Bean Dredging Co. of Louisiana, has agreed to pay the cleanup costs, Teubner said.