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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 60

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Tuesday, December 2, 1997
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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 3A Russia detains U.S. man on suspicion of spying Student 'sorry' after killing two . .... .1 '.. . - t ,-.-.y: t "311 , . V A U.S. Embassy official, though, said the businessman is not a spy. By Charles W. Holmes Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MOSCOW Russia's intelligence service has detained an American businessman suspected of espionage in the southern region of Rostov-on-Don, but a U.S. Embassy spokesman denied he was spying. The Federal Security Service said Monday that Richard L Bliss, who works for San Diego-based Qualcomm telecommunications company, was detained on Nov. 25 for using sophisticated satellite equipment to conduct topographic and other surveys in restricted areas near the cities of Rostov-on-Don and Bataysk. The equipment used by Bliss had been illegally imported, according to a spokesman for the Russian intelligence agency. "He has not been formally charged with any crime. According to the Russian government, he is being investigated on the suspicion, of espionage," State Department spokesman James Rubin said in Washington. U.S. officials said Bliss was operating a global positioning system device to collect data for the development of a cellular telephone network in the region. Qualcomm, a manufacturer ;of telecommunications systems, has contracts for projects 'in Moscow, Chelyabnisk and Rostov-on-Don. ; Bliss and Qualcomm "have asserted that they had all proper documentation for the operation of this equipment in Russia," Rubin said. ; Another U.S. businessman who was not named was questioned and released. U.S. Embassy spokesman Richard Hoagland told reporters; in Moscow that Bliss and the second businessman "have no connection with the U.S. government and certainly are not spies." ! A14-year-old calmly put in earplugs and then randomly started shooting students. The Associated Press WEST PADUCAH, Ky. A 14-year-old boy who warned last week that "something big's going to happen" inserted earplugs, drew a gun and shot eight students as a prayer meeting ended in a high school lobby Monday. Two girls were killed and a third was in critical condition. The boy, who had three spare clips of ammunition and four other guns, surrendered when Ben Strong a pastor's son and leader of the prayer circle grabbed the teen after he stopped shooting. Afterward, the boy told Heath High School Principal Bill Bond, "I'm sorry." "He acted just like he had been caught with some minor offense," Bond said. "Really, the main question is, Why?' " Sheriff Frank Augustus said. "He stated there was no personal vendetta against anyone. It was just a random shooting." Strong said the boy hung out with people who claimed to be atheists. The teen, who was not identified because of his age, carried into school a .22-caliber handgun with three spare clips of ammunition, two rifles and two shotguns. He wrapped the rifles and shotguns in blankets and told classmates they were THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Students and parents share grief Monday outside Heath High School, where a student gunman shot eight, killing two. piIJ.U.lllM T INDIANA d St. Louis t N X- ILLINOIS VT4 r KENTUCKY ") TENNESSEE mC7 : 100Miles nearby when the shooting began. "I hear gunshots, about 10 in a row, just bang, bang, bang, bang, bang," he said. "People were just laying on the ground. People were screaming, running out of the hall." Kayce Steger, 15, died at a hospital about 45 minutes later. Jessica James, 17, died in surgery. Five other students were admitted to hospitals, one girl in critical condition. An eighth wounded student was treated. "I ran up to him and I just kind of pushed him against the wall," said Strong, who was warned by the gunman not to be in the lobby Monday. "And props for a science project. The gunman warned friends in this western Kentucky community last week that "something big's going to happen," Bond said. The principal said an informal prayer meeting of about 35 students ended at 7:40 a.m., with the shooter and about a dozen others standing nearby. He said the teen calmly inserted earplugs, then drew the pistol from a backpack. "Only the first three shots could have been aimed," Bond said. "After that, it was just as fast as he could pull the trigger. It was just random shooting." Ben Heady said he was n ' MOBILE SILK , showroom 11 Consultation SEAN TEVISStaff Artist Call for appointment 56W53-4443 We Bring The Showroom TO YOU! he was, like, 'I can't believe I'd do this.'" The student was charged as a juvenile with murder, attempted murder and burglary. The Palm Beach Post mm UF1 guarantees a value equal to mnniiiT n Sr greater than the cost of Only one coupon per person per visit your newspaper everyday. may be used. Valid 122 - 12897. 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