Boston to Be Site of 2004

Democratic Convention

BOSTON -- A political center since colonial times, Boston won its first major-party convention yesterday after rigorous lobbying by state Democrats and the promise of millions in corporate cash.

Mayor Thomas Menino said the 2004 Democratic National Convention will showcase the city's refurbished image and pump $150 million into the state economy.

Organizers said the convention, which will be held the week of July 26, will create 5,000 jobs and draw 50,000 delegates, journalists and other visitors.

Boston edged out New York, Miami and Detroit for the right to hold the gathering, the first time in the city's history it would host a major party's national convention.

Surrounded by business and community leaders, Menino received a congratulatory phone call from national Democratic Party Chairman Terence McAuliffe and Massachusetts Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry in Washington, D.C.

6 Whites Get Prison Terms

In 1969 Race Riot Slaying

YORK, Pa. -- Six white men received sentences of as much as three years in prison in the shooting death of a black woman during a 1969 race riot, all but closing the books on a case that has haunted the city for 33 years.

The defendants apologized before they were sentenced, but the victim's daughter, Debra Taylor, complained that none of them had expressed any sorrow for the slaying of Lillie Belle Allen until they were in court, where an apology might lessen their punishment.

All six men pleaded guilty in August, and some testified for the prosecution in the trial earlier this year of York's former mayor and two other white men. The mayor was acquitted; his co-defendants were found guilty.

Arthur Messersmith was sentenced to 18 months to three years. He had faced as much as nine years in prison for attempted murder and conspiracy. Rick Knouse, William Ritter and Clarence Lutzinger were sentenced to nine to 231/2 months in jail, and Chauncey Gladfelter and Tom Smith were given three to 231/2 months in jail. The five, all of whom pleaded guilty to conspiracy, had faced as much as two years behind bars.

* CINCINNATI -- Alan Kalmanoff, who was appointed to oversee police-community relations as Cincinnati recovered from race riots in 2001, resigned after city officials complained that his bills were excessive.

* NEW YORK -- The firefighters' union announced a tentative agreement with the city on a wage increase after drawn-out negotiations complicated by a budget crisis and the hero status accorded New York's bravest after Sept. 11, 2001. The firefighters would receive a retroactive 10 percent raise for the two years they worked without a contract, union president Steve Cassidy said.

* SAN FRANCISCO -- University of California President Richard Atkinson, 73, announced that he will step down next fall after shepherding the 170,000-student system through its first years without affirmative action and prompting changes in the nation's top college entrance exams.

-- From News Services