The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 17, 2001 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, April 17, 2001
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A8 TUESDAY. APRIL 17. 2001 NATION THE SAUNA JOURNAL T CINCINNATI RIOTS The Associated Press People pray Sunday at a memorial set up at the site where 19-year-old Timothy Thomas was shot and killed by police April 7. Cincinnati lifts curfew Racial unrest was the worst for Ohio city since 1968 By The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Promising to make police more accountable, the mayor lifted a citywide curfew Monday that helped end days of rioting over the police shooting of an unarmed black man. "Now that the disturbances have subsided, they must never occur again," Mayor Charles Luken said. "We have an opportunity for a new Cincinnati." However, the mayor did not lift a state of emergency, which allows him to impose curfews and other restrictions. The 8 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew was imposed Thursday after three nights of arson, looting, attacks on white motorists and clashes with police. Dozens of people were injured, more than 800 were arrested and arson damage was put at more than $200,000 in the worst racial unrest in Cincinnati since the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The streets were mostly quiet over the weekend, and city officials had hoped to lift the curfew because it was hurting businesses. Joining Luken at a news conference were religious, business and commvmity leaders who have been discussing ways to address underlying causes of the violence. "If we put our heads back in the sand, that sand will once again grow hot with rage. The opportunity will be lost," said Ross Love, speaking on behalf of black community leaders. Luken said he will appoint a commission to look into solutions. Unlike previous groups, he said, the panel will be able to oversee implementation of its plan?. That would require City Council approval. The flash point for the protests was the fatal shooting April 7 of Timothy Thomas, 19, as he fled from officers trying to arrest him on 14 warrants, mostly for traffic offenses. The FBI, police and the county prosecutor are investigating the shooting by Officer Stephen Roach, who is white. Roach, 27, was placed on leave. T CHURCH BOMBING Jury selection begins Ex-Klansman is accused of killing four black girls By JAY REEVES The Associated Press BLANTON John Robbins BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A jury pool three times larger than normal was summoned Monday for the trial of a former Ku Klux Klansman accused in one of the most notorious crimes of the civil rights era: a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls. Thomas Blanton Jr., 62, entered the courthouse without comment. "He's nervous ... scared, as any human being would be under the scrutiny he's received," defense attorney said. If convicted, Blanton could get life in prison. About 100 prospective jurors were called. Jury selection is expected to extend into next week. Circuit Judge James Garrett told the prospective jurors the jury will be sequestered for the trial, which is expected to last at least two weeks, and the jurors will be anonymous, identified in court only by number. The explosion at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963, killed Denise McNair, 11, and three 14-yearolds: Addie JVIae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson. The bombing galvanized the civil rights movement. Blanton is one of four men suspected of planting the dynamite. Only one — Robert Chambliss — has been tried. He was convicted of murder in 1977 PENTAX 2320Plfmci:; Galaxy Center, 827-2497 ww.lastfi)cuiin'cccitt' New Museum Logo Mugs & T-Shirts aiorc 211 West Iron Open Tuesday-Friday 12-5, Satufday 10-5 & Sunday 1-5 Doii*t Forget Administrative Professionals' Week AprU 23 - AprU 27 Fettle's Flowers 341 Center, Salina Flowers For All Occasions.^ettlesflowers Two For er Recliner Two For Wing Recliner Rrice! 'u&(SlIgEQHSGIIEfl M ^1 COLLINS McNAIR and died in prison. Another suspect, Herman Cash, died in 1994 without being charged. And last week, the judge indefinitely postponed the trial of Bobby Frank Cherry for tests on whether the 71- year-old is mentally competent. At the time of bombing, blacks were integrating Birmingham's all-white schools and the church was a gathering site for protest marches. The FBI concluded within two years the bombing was the work of the four men, but closed the case in 1968 without filing charges. Case reopened The case was reopened by state prosecutors in the 1970s, resulting in Chambliss' conviction. Blanton and Cherry were indicted last May after black ministers asked the FBI to take another look. In • recent years, other civil rights-era murder cases also have been revived. In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of assassinating civil 823-7512 ROBERTSON WESLEY rights leader Medgar Evers in Mississippi in 1963. In 1998, former Klan imperial wizard Sam Bowers was convicted in the 1966 firebomb; killing of an NAACP leader in Hattiesburg, Miss. In 199§ three men were convicted ifl Mississippi of the 1970 killing of a black sharecropper. 2001 Spring Poetry Reading Series ksday Evenings Dave Smith April 17 7:30 p.m. Capers Cale and Bakery 109 N. Santa Fe $2.50 Admission sponsored by the Salina Arts & Humanities Commission and the Salina Public Library. 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