The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 14, 2001 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, April 14, 2001
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A8 SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2001 NATION THE SAUNA JOURNAL T CINCINNATI SHOOTING Violence follows years of tension City has a history of discord between police and blacks By LIZ SIDOTI The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The racial tension that erupted in violence in the streets of Cincinnati this week has been building for years. Blacks have long complained they are harassed by police and that their neighborhoods are neglected economically They note that 15 blacks — and no whites — have died in confrontations with Cincinnati police since 1995. Four of those deaths have come since November "All this has been festering for some time," city historian Herbert Shapiro said Friday after three days of riots followed the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. The city along the Ohio River has grabbed ugly headlines before — for the racial slurs of Cincinnati Reds owner Marge The Associated Press NAACP President Kweisi Mfume (top left, with arm raised) speal(s to a crowd Thursday at New Friendship Baptist Church in Cincinnati, where protests about the police shooting of an unarmed biacli man stretch into a fourth day. Schott, for example, or the trampling deaths of 11 people at a concert by The Who in 1979. But Cincinnati is in the spotlight this week because of violence that has injured dozens, caused thousands of dollars in damage and led to more than 150 arrests. Behind the riots is discord between police and blacks dating to the Civil War, when Cincinnati became a hotbed for runaway slaves. Blacks now make up 43 percent of the population but only 28 percent of the city's 1,000- member police force. Black residents live in rundown areas like Over-the- Rhine, where the riots broke out among pawn shops and mom-and-pop markets that line the cramped streets. Whites live in quaint historic districts or, more often, in distant suburbs outside the city of 331,000. Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Cincinnati Black United Front sued Cincinnati, accusing the police department of failing to end 30 years of police harassment of blacks. "Outside of Oakland (Calif.), I don't believe there is a city that has this many people dead at the hands of police," Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Adr vancement of Colored People, said Thursday while touring the streets of Over-the-Rhine. "The fact is, Cincinnati police do not use force as often as other police departments and do not shoot as often," Mayor Charles Luken said. City officials claim they have made strides in race relations. They created a citizen police review board and last month adopted a requirement that officers record the race of every driver during traffic stops as a hedge against racial profiling. T BOEiNG 747 to have longer range By The Associated Press SEATTLE — Boeing officials said Friday the company may build a larger version of its 747400 for longer-distance flights. The announcement comes after the aerospace company canceled plans earlier this month for the 747X, a new line of super jumbo jetliners. The longer-range aircraft would include only eight more seats than the existing 747-400, which typically seats 416 people. But it would be able to fly 775 miles beyond the current range of about 8,400 miles, without af­ fecting speed or cargo capacity It would include some features planned in the 747X design. Many have seen Boeing's plans to drop the superjumbo jet as a sign it will not directly compete with its chief rival, European consortium Airbus Indus- trie, and its planned A380, which could seat up to 550 people. But Boeing spokesman Gary Lesser said Friday the company could still compete in the su­ perjumbo market. The company estimates that it would take five years to design, build and deliver the longer-range plane. ciBsoiiap PHARMACY & OPTICAL Yes... We're StiU Here!!! In the same location for 30 years! Specializing in Custom Prescription Compounding, Nebulizers & Respiratory Medication Medicare Provider • Medicaid • Commercial Insurance Locally Owned and Operated, Dan Daley, RPH 321 S. Broadway • In the Ace Home Center Salina, KS 67401 • 785-825-0524 • 785-825-6540 (fax) T iNTERNET Yahoo takes porn off its site By The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. — Leading Internet portal Yahoo will remove pornographic products from its shopping, auctions and classifieds Web pages. The move is in response to angry e-mails from Yahoo users following news reports this week the company quietly had expanded its online offerings of porn videos, Jeff Mallett, president and chief operating officer, said Friday Yahoo had offered adult products on its shopping pages — where the company gets a cut of the sales — for two years. Mallett said Yahoo had not significantly increased its adult offerings in recent months, but rather had created a new category for them on its shopping pages and tightened its access controls to keep children out. Still, the perception that Yahoo was embracing porn was enough to lead to the change, Mallett said. "Our main concern is our users. Their opinion matters most," Mallett said, "It's not a case of what has changed or not changed." Yahoo also announced that it would stop entering into new contracts for banner advertisements for adult merchandise. The changes will be made in the United States over the next few weeks. 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