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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 4

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Wednesday, December 3, 1997
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msi c THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 3A,,, mi, in mini, hi .i p in i I rigs f ' Mlth Albright to meet Arafat, Netanyahu c Brawley sticks by her '87 rape story f As a defamation suit nears, Tawana Brawley insists it was rape. 'The Associated Press ?s NEW YORK Tawana Brawley, breaking a decade of , public silence, insisted Tuesday , '.' eight that she was kidnapped and ;- raped by white attackers, even ; though a grand jury declared her ' fctoryahoax. "For 10 years they've been " lying to you," Brawley said in front of 600 people at a Brooklyn ;! church. "You should know that the hoax was pulled on you." - Her brief speech came on the 6ve of opening arguments in a v $150 million defamation lawsuit ? against three men who had ad-' vised her in the case: Alton Mad- dox, attorney C. Vernon Mason and the Rev. Al Sharpton. SiV ..V. 4 U I process, despite an Israeli decision in principle Sunday to give Palestinians more West Bank land without setting the scope or precise timetable for a troop withdrawal. In Jerusalem, the Israeli gov-, ernment said the idea of Netan,-, yahu meeting Albright came, up after he spoke to her by telephone, Tuesday to brief her about the redeployment plan. ' There has been little headway, in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, since March when Netanyahu, decided to break ground on, a. Jewish housing project in East Jerusalem, seen by Palestinians as the capital of a future Palestine ian state. The Clinton administration, whose patience has been sorely tried by the sluggish pace o( Netanyahu's peacemaking, has welcomed the pullback plan but' declined to say if it met the U.S.' "significant and credible" stan? dard for a withdrawal. Rubin said Tuesday a subsequent war of words between Arafat and Netanyahu was neither constructive nor helpful to Middle East peace talks. XI! Earlier Tuesday, Netanyahu's office said he would meet top, cabinet ministers today to forf mulate the withdrawal plan. - 't Israeli-Palestinian borders? and the future of Jerusalem are just two of the tough issues to b ironed out in a final accord. Israel; annexed Arab East Jerusalem after its capture in 1967 in a move not recognized internationally. v-z' Students embrace an adult Tuesday upon arrival at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky., the day after the shootings that left three dead. Youths see no explanation for why classmate opened fire and killed Renter WASHINGTON Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Tuesday scheduled weekend meetings in Europe with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in her second attempt in three weeks to break the Middle East deadlock. The State Department announced she would meet Friday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris and Saturday with Palestinian President Yasser "Arafat in Geneva. The announcement coincided with a war of words between Netanyahu and Arafat over the Palestinian leader's vow to declare a Palestinian state should the two sides fail to meet a May 1999 deadline for a final accord. "The secretary will be following up on recent meetings with both leaders in her continuing effort to find a way to put the Middle East peace process back on track," State Department spokesman James Rubin said in a statement. State Department officials said Albright then planned to go ahead with a previously announced six-nation Africa tour due to start Monday in Ethiopia. The arrangement closely mirrors her most recent foreign trip last month, when she met Netanyahu in London Nov. 14 and Arafat in Berne, Switzerland, the next day at the start of a long-planned tour of the Gulf and Indian subcontinent. Since then there has been little visible progress in the peace F J. ft - - n ft. Jft 1 ointe i Golf & I CU ennis 13535 East Pointe Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens The Palm Beach Post onarantrps a value eniial to (I Carneal and said: "Put down the gun. Don't shoot anybody. What are you doing?" The boy, who had fired as many as 12 shots into a prayer circle of Christian students, dropped a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol to the floor. But police were no closer to discovering a motive Tuesday. Some wondered whether they ever would. Sheriff Frank Augustus of McCracken County said the boy admitted firing at the students, one of whom had been to dinner at his house. None of them were known to have abused him. The bespectacled ninth-grader, who played the saxophone in the school band and seemed mostly normal, if a little fidgety, came to school Monday with a bundle of guns. He told a mildly suspicious teacher that it was his science project. Later, just as a small group of his friends and classmates finished their prayers in this small Kentucky school, the boy calmly A THE ASSOCIATED PRESS stuffed earplugs into his ears, drew the pistol from his backpack and shot at the circle. As students screamed and sobbed and the blood pooled on the tile floor, the school's principal took him to his office. The boy, the son of a respected lawyer and elder in the Lutheran Church, has been charged with three counts of capital murder, five counts of attempted murder, and one count of burglary he was accused of stealing the guns from a neighbor. Investigators said Tuesday that they only knew that he had planned the shooting, warning classmates about a week ago that "something big is gonna happen on Monday at prayer meeting." He even warned some students, including Benjamin Strong, not to be at the meeting. But most people said they thought he was joking or that he planned a prank. "If he was here now," said Benjamin Strong, "I'd talk to him like a friend. I'd see why he did it and I'd pray with him." The New York Times WEST PADUCAH, Ky. "It was kind of like I was in a dream, and then I woke up," Michael Carneal, the 14-year-old high school student accused of firing into a group of students standing in prayer, told his principal after the shooting on Monday. But Tuesday, this small town woke up to confront the best of itself and the worst the football-playing, preacher's son, Benjamin Strong, who talked Corneal into giving up, and a bright, relatively unremarkable youth who is accused of bringing a bundle of guns into Heath High School and opening fire, wounded eight students, three of whom died. "Most of us will be able to forgive Michael," said James West, a 17-year-old junior. But why did he do it? "There's no answers," he said. "Just a bunch of blank minds." In the midst of this Ohio River town's tragedy, Strong emerged as the hero who walked up to or greater than the cost of Only one coupon per person per visit your newspaper everyday. may be used. Valid 123 - 12997. Please Patronize our Daily Deal 25 W off , holiday accessory sale 3 Former prosecutor Steven Pagones contends that the trio of f advisers defamed him by impli-' eating him in the alleged 1987 attack on Brawley, then 15. ; a. Brawley, who reportedly lives ;V,ln Washington and has adopted the Muslim name Maryam Mu-hammad, stuck to her story in her f first public comments on the in-1 ' eident in 10 years, and blamed - .white reporters. i: "They write that I am a liar," v she said. "So, why are they here ? i. . They know something hap-' '" pened and they know who did it." . , Brawley told investigators a '.'.' group of white law enforcers ab-ducted and raped her over four " days in November 1987. She was I; fpund smeared in feces and with f " racial slurs written on her body in '"charcoal. Pagones was a former assis-. tant district attorney for Dutchess County when he was accused of being one of the rapists. He was exonerated in 1988 by the same C grand jury that concluded Braw-l' ley's claim was without merit. Pagones won a default judgment , : against Brawley in 1991 after she failed to answer depositions. Earlier Tuesday, Pagones of-' ' fcred Brawley a chance to avoid a possible multimillion-dollar defamation judgment against her .-' three former advisers if she . -would finally testify in court. 1- Sale runs through Decembers. V I I A u size fits guess-work required! Bag a qreat qrtt 11 Beginners Tennis Clinic Call5616271637 Merchants! Your zip code . r THE FLORIDA STORE 0 m siagxiw,. . 1 . 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