Miami to Conduct

Anti-Terror Operations

MIAMI -- Miami police announced plans Monday to thwart terrorists by staging random "in-your-face" security operations at "soft" targets such as city buses and sports arenas.

The idea behind the "Miami Shield" program is to make such targets less attractive to terrorists and improve vigilance among citizens. Deputy Police Chief Frank G. Fernandez said al Qaeda and other terrorist groups plot their attacks based in part on surveillance that identifies flaws and patterns in security.

Random, high-profile security operations will keep terrorists guessing about where police might be next, he said.

Police Chief John Timoney, a member of the local FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, said there is no specific, credible threat of an imminent terrorist attack in Miami.

* NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn teenager was charged Monday with pushing a friend onto subway tracks, where he was struck by a train and killed, police said. Richie Molina, 19, was arrested Sunday in the death of Edison Guzman, 22, police said. Molina faces two counts of murder in the second degree, which is punishable by 25 years to life in prison. The friends were arguing on an elevated platform of the 7 line in the Woodside section of Queens. Police said Molina punched and kicked Guzman, knocked him to the ground and rolled him onto the tracks at about 5 a.m. Sunday as the train approached. Relatives of Guzman said the two had been friends since high school.

-- From News Services