FBI Warns of Protests

By Environmentalists

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The FBI has told at least 10 police departments nationwide that radical environmentalists may stage protests, possibly violent ones, this weekend in support of a jailed arsonist.

The FBI sent bulletins to police saying that the Earth Liberation Front reportedly was planning a "day of action and solidarity" that could include acts of eco-terrorism, according to Olympia police Commander Tor Bjornstad.

The general warning was part of a weekly intelligence bulletin the FBI distributed to 18,000 law enforcement agencies on Wednesday, said FBI spokesman Bill Carter.

No specific targets were identified in the bulletin, Bjornstad said. He said his department contacted what it considered potential targets, including auto dealerships, building contractors and the Port of Olympia, which exports timber.

Bjornstad said the bulletins were sent to police departments in Olympia; Eugene, Ore.; San Francisco; Modesto, Calif.; Morgantown, W.Va.; Portland, Maine; Worcester, Mass.; Lake Worth, Fla.; and Lawrence, Kan.

ELF has been linked to fires and vandalism at agriculture research labs, logging operations, car dealerships and construction sites. Jeff Luers is serving a 22-year sentence in Oregon for a 2000 arson at an auto dealership and an attempted arson at an oil company.

* BOSTON -- Construction vehicles rolled onto the site of next month's Democratic National Convention after protesting police officers took their fight from the Fleet Center sports arena, where they had blocked work for three days, to City Hall. While the standoff with police continues, Mayor Thomas Menino reached a tentative deal with four bargaining units represented by Service Employees International Union Local 888, the largest union without a contract.

* NEW YORK -- Two crew members on the Staten Island Ferry were suspended 30 days for allegedly violating safety rules, which were revised after a fatal crash last year. The Department of Transportation said Mate Steven P. Lupo and deckhand Richard M. Weinberg repeatedly neglected to take up their assigned lookout positions.

* PHOENIX -- A man aboard a sightseeing helicopter opened a door and jumped to his death in Grand Canyon National Park in an apparent suicide, officials said.

* WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Military officials are testing a system for jamming signals from navigational satellites -- an experiment that could disable global positioning system devices and cell phones in cars and boats through June 20. The jamming zone could extend 60 miles offshore from North Carolina and northern and central Florida, the Coast Guard said.

* OMAHA -- TV cameraman Jeff Frolio, 45, was struck and killed by a car while shooting video of a dangerous intersection where two teenagers died in a wreck a month ago. Frolio and a reporter were working on a report about plans to make the intersection safer.

* ATLANTA -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) lost a legal challenge to President Bush's appointment of former Alabama attorney general William H. Pryor Jr. to a federal appeals judgeship. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that Kennedy missed an April 28 deadline for raising his argument that the appointment was unconstitutional.

* RICHARDSON, Tex. -- A woman who was pulled from a car during a roadside argument and thrown to her death from an 85-foot overpass fought ferociously to save herself, a witness said. The unidentified woman's assailant, Paul Stephens, 30, jumped from the overpass and died later at a hospital, police said.

-- From News Services