Governors Agree on Plan
To Clean Up Border Town
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The governors of New Mexico and its southern neighbor, the Mexican state of Chihuahua, agreed Friday to bulldoze or board up buildings in a semi-abandoned border town that is a haven for would-be immigrants and smugglers.
Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza also said they hoped to establish a police presence to end lawlessness in the Mexican community of Las Chepas, which is considered a staging ground for migrants and drug and human smugglers.
It was the governors' first meeting since Richardson, citing growing violence, declared a state of emergency in New Mexico's four border counties earlier this month.
* SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge ordered the government to expedite the delivery of green cards or other documents to at least 12,500 immigrants nationwide who have been granted legal residency in the United States but have been waiting, sometimes years, for legal documents proving they are in the country legally. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ordered immigration officials on Thursday to come up with a plan within 60 days for expediting the documents. The government argued that the delay in issuing at least temporary documents, which would allow the immigrants to obtain Social Security cards, driver's licenses and jobs, was in part due to a backlog of security background checks after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
* SELMA, Ore. -- A wildfire burned five rural homes and forced the evacuation of at least 30 more, and 800 firefighters were called in to fortify a crew of about 200 tackling the fire. The flames had already spread to 1,800 acres of dense forest in southwestern Oregon one day after the fire started, a forestry official said.
* ATLANTA -- Ted Turner, Henry Aaron and the late Maynard Jackson Jr. were among 11 people inducted to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Other inductees were comedian Dick Gregory; the late newspaper editor and columnist Ralph McGill; Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.); singers Nancy Wilson and Harry Belafonte; activist Addie L. Wyatt of Chicago; the late Elbert Tuttle Sr., chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit; and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth of Cincinnati.
* SPOKANE, Wash. -- A federal bankruptcy judge ruled that all the parish churches, parochial schools and other property of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane can be liquidated to pay victims of clergy sexual abuse. The decision is a defeat for Spokane Bishop William Skylstad, who had argued he did not control individual parishes and thus they were not available to cover settlement costs.
* ATLANTA -- Coretta Scott King will remain hospitalized for at least another month to undergo rehabilitation for a stroke and mild heart attack, according to her doctor, Maggie Mermin. King, 78, is being fed by mouth and can say a few short sentences at a time, Mermin said.
* CHICAGO -- Mayor Richard M. Daley said he answered two hours of questions from representatives of the U.S. attorney, whose office is investigating corruption in City Hall. Daley said he does not believe he is a target of the investigations into bribes for jobs in a city trucking program or alleged fraud in city hiring practices.
-- From News Services