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A-10 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2000 COURIER NEWS Thousands By JESSE J. HOLLAND The Associated Press WASHINGTON - In an atmosphere of joyous fellowship, thousands of men and women and their children gathered amid the nation's monuments Monday to celebrate racial and religious unity and the central role of the family in American life. Called by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on the fifth anniversary of his Million Man March, people of all races and religions spread out on blankets and lawn chairs in the National Mall and laughed, clapped and shouted as speakers urged them to improve their family lives. "The family is the basic unit of civilization so everything must be done to take care of the family unit," Farrakhan said during his speech of more than two hours. He, along with rabbis and ministers of other faiths, then presided over a mass "sacred marriage blessing" reminiscent of the mass weddings conducted by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, whose Unification Church was a major sponsor of the march. "There will be many trials, many tribulations, but you must never think to back out of the word you give to God Factory shooting video is revealed By KIM CURTIS The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. A company surveillance video from a sausage factory where three meat inspectors were killed earlier this year shows the factory owner loading several handguns, firing at the inspectors and later returning to shoot each in the head. The 1 5-minute video was played for the media on Monday for the first time. Factory owner Stuart Alexander could face death if convicted in the June 21 deaths of the two U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors and one state inspector. Alexander's lawyer, Alameda County assistant public defender Michael Ogul, has said his client "was pushed over the edge and shot in a heated rage," an emotional state that precluded the premeditation necessary for first-degree murder, and the death penalty. The inspectors had come to the Santos Linguisa Factory in San Le-andro to cite Alexander, 39, for operating without a permit. Alexander, whose factory had recently closed and reopened as he struggled to meet health code requirements, called local police for help in removing "trespassers. He then turned on the video surveillance system. The soundless video shows Alexander pacing his office, then loading three handguns. Outside the office, in the factory's retail stores, the inspectors can be seen waiting while two customers make purchases and leave. "Come 20 00 60 Mo. $in00 200 W V Mo. 500 SAtoo 1 BONUS I PLAN " Nev nation Only Of Year Contract Required Early Termination Fee And Other Restrictions luKKD 1 20 HAIR STYLISTS NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY 561-1044 MON-FRI 9-7 SAT 9-5 SUN 9-2 mssm Em SENSOR PERMS MATRIX PERMS celebrate family unity m fehington and to each other," Farrakhan told the already married couples lined up in the crowd, on the U.S. Capitol stage and at the Lincoln Memorial. The assemblage appeared to be considerably smaller than the Million Man March, but it was expect- ed to be the largest gathering of black people since that 1995 event. The National Park Service said the Million Man March brought an estimated 400,000 people to Washington, but Farrakhan insisted it drew more than 1 million. The park service stopped making crowd estimates after the 1995 "The family is the basic unit of civilization so everything must be done to take care of the family unit" Lous Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader event and the controversy over its size. But several speakers Monday said they thought there were at least a million people spread out between the Capitol, the Ellipse behind the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Large television screens were scattered throughout the area so participants could see the speeches. Ben Muhammad, the Million Family March's national director, said at least 3 million people 4 it t 7 k r ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata smiles Monday on the flight deck of Discovery after his crewmates completed a 7-hour spacewalk. Astronauts attach new docking port By MARCIA DUNN The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Two spacewalking astronauts working with a crewmate inside shuttle Discovery attached a new docking port to the international space station on Monday. The clearances were tight, and Jeff Wisoff and Michael Lopez-Ale-gria floated alongside the space station, calling out instructions, as Koichi Wakata gently nudged the docking port into place with the space shuttle's robot arm. "Wow. This is just outstanding," one of the spacewalkers said when it was over. "Definitely," was the reply. It was the second and final space station piece to be installed during the 240-mile-high construction mission. An aluminum framework holding antennas and motion-con ' CELLULAR K1E Directly To The Source" Minutes FREE Minutes Choice of phone Minute (nights t wefcKfj J Car Adaptor Leather Case Caller ID Voice Mail 400 Minutes" 500 Minutes EKi. Boston-Wash. 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In a wide-ranging speech that touched on everything from the Middle East strife to the presidential race to poverty and sexism, the Nation of Islam leader continually came back to promoting unity between the races and religions. "It's the mutual respect between people and the mutual love between people that will save humanity," Farrakhan said. - ASs trol devices was attached to the station on Saturday and wired up by another pair of spacewalkers on Sunday. Wisoff and Lopez-Alegria encountered problems as soon as they floated out the hatch. At first, their power drills wouldn't loosen the four latches holding down the docking port in Discovery's cargo bay. "Who's scripting this, anyway?" one of them asked. Once the latches were freed, Japanese astronaut Wakata lifted the 2,700-pound docking port on the end of Discovery's robot arm and positioned it on the space station. The spacewalkers, one on each side, sounded like moving men as they advised Wakata during the final 1 124 feet: Go in 3 inches, pitch up 1 degree, turn one-quarter of a degree to the left. Apply. (COMPLETE) f f w 4SgL 1 J ! ALL LEATHER CASES L L i f N-J A99 I v w. w i HANDS FREE HEAp&ET . - kielij j"1 gl0r"c')'1"l'a' 1 AlIcAfl CHARGERSj I tlt?io4ste I POTAMKIN I I SIPERSTEIN I CHEVROLET PAINT I 1 5c nri itc nr -7 HUIC LL r I S ll DANTE I I LrW I ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan holds a bouquet of flowers Monday as he addresses the crowd gathered for the Million Family March on Capitol Hill. Battle over assisted suicides could delay adjournment By JOHN HUGHES The Associated Press WASHINGTON - A fight over physician-assisted suicide could complicate lawmakers' plans to wrap up the congressional session this week and head home to campaign. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Don Nickles, R-Okla., plans to insert language restricting assisted suicide into one of the budget bills that must pass before Congress adjourns for the year. "We are hopeful and optimistic that it will be sent to the president's desk and become law," said Nickles' spokesman, Brook Simmons. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a chief defender of his state law allowing physician-assisted suicide, is prepared to filibuster any budget bill containing the language. He said he doesn't care if the stall delays lawmakers' dash home to campaign for control of the House, Senate and White House. "I'm going to do everything I can to block it," Wyden said Monday. (r dJ5 3-Month CD $10,000 Minimum If you're uncertain which way interest rates are headed, World's new 3-Month CD is the perfect place to park your money while you wait and see. And as the chart below shows, you'll earn an APY that's up to 50 higher than our competitors pay. 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