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123456 156TH YEAR—NO.348 CHICAGO TRIBUNE 50 ¢ SATURDAY,DECEMBER14,2002 INDEX BUSINESS SEC.2METROSEC.1 P.15 CLASSIFIEDS SECS.2, 4, 5NATION SEC.1 P.8 COMICS SEC.1 P.36-37SPORTS SEC.3 Weather: Hazy; high 46, low 33 24 hours a day go to INSIDE “I am profoundly grateful to the Holy Father for having accepted my resignation as Archbishop of Boston. It is my fervent prayer that this action may help the Archdiocese of Boston to experience the healing, reconciliation and unity which are so desperately needed. “To all those who have suffered from my shortcomings and mistakes I both apologize and from them beg forgiveness. “To the bishops, priests, deacons, religious and laity, with whom I have been privileged to work in our efforts to fulfill the Church’s mission, I express my deep gratitude. My gratitude extends as well to so many others with whom I have been associated in serving the common good; these include those from the ecumenical, Jewish, and wider interreligious communities as well as public officials and others in the civil society. “The particular circumstances of this time suggest a quiet departure. Please keep me in your prayers.” Law’s statement By Stevenson Swanson Tribune national correspondent BOSTON—In a sign that the Vatican now recognizes the seriousness of the sex abuse scandal that has engulfed this city for 11 months, Pope John Paul II on Friday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, the highest-ranking American ever to lose his post in the Roman Catholic Church. Law, whose initial offer to resign in April was rejected by the pope, will be replaced by Rev. Richard Lennon, a Boston bishop. Lennon will serve as a temporary administrator while the beleaguered Boston archdiocese tries to settle hundreds of lawsuits and restore its credibility. To many Bostonians, the news of Law’s resignation, which was announced here shortly before sunrise, signaled the dawn of a new, more hopeful period. For months, the city has endured sordid disclosures about predatory priests who for decades preyed on children, women and men as they were shifted among parishes by Law and other church officials. “It’s about time something like this happened,” said Patrick McSorley, who was abused by John Geoghan, a former priest whose long history of misconduct ignited the scandal in Cardinal resigns under fire Pope allows Law to quit amid abuse scandal that has shaken U.S. Catholics AP photo by Arturo Mari Pope John Paul II (left) meets Cardinal Bernard Law on Friday in Rome, where the pope accepted the Boston prelate’s resignation. PLEASE SEE CARDINAL, PAGE21 By Cam Simpson Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Under fire for potential conflicts of interest between his consulting work and his chairmanship of a commission to investigate the Sept. 11terrorist attacks, Henry Kissinger surprised observers Friday by resigning the commission post just days after his ap- pointment by President Bush. In a letter to Bush on Friday, Kissinger said he was quitting even though he believed “specific potential conflicts” could be resolved regarding the clients of his consulting firm. Nonetheless, he told the president the controversy might spread “to the consulting firm I have built and own.” “I have, therefore, concluded that I cannot accept the responsibility you proposed,” he wrote. Kissinger’s resignation was a clear setback for the fledgling panel and for the president, especially coming on top of the departure of the panel’s top Democrat, former Sen. George Mitchell of Maine. Mitchell quit Wednesday, saying he feared the commission post would interfere with his work for a law firm. The panel has gotten off to a rocky start in other ways as well. Bush had opposed its creation, then embraced it after it gained momentum in Congress. Some critics, including family members of the Sept. 11vic- AP photo by Rick Bowmer Henry Kissinger says Friday that he is resigning his post on the Sept. 11inquiry panel. Kissinger leaves 9/11panel PLEASE SEE KISSINGER, PAGE18 $43 billion to help ease the entry process for the new candidates, but a faltering European economy forced the union to cut back to $41billion. The Poles threatened to spoil the party if the EU did not sweeten the aid package, and in the end the EU leaders decided to split the difference and throw in another $1billion. Much of this haggling was for the benefit of domestic audiences. Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller had to convince a skeptical electorate that he can drive a hard bargain and that Poland would not be joining the European club as a second-class member. At the same time, Germany, the EU’s main paymaster, needed to calm its worried voters, who fear that the EU’s huge eastward expansion would come at their expense. The most divisive issue on the table at Copenhagen was the candidacy of Turkey. Since the early 1960s, the Turks have been promised a place at the European table, but an inflation- plagued economy and a poor human-rights record gave the Europeans ample excuse to keep By Tom Hundley Tribune foreign correspondent COPENHAGEN — After two days of brinkmanship and sharp-elbowed diplomacy, the 15 members of the European Union wrapped up their summit Friday by inviting 10 nations, mostly from Europe’s less affluent eastern half, into the club but bitterly disappointing Turkey by offering only to “review” its application at the end of 2004. Most EU summits are carefully choreographed affairs, heavy on photo opportunities and champagne toasts, but this one had the feel of a Middle Eastern bazaar with lots of theatrical haggling over farm subsidies and milk quotas. Poland, the largest and most important of those invited, held out until the last moment, demanding an extra $2 billion in financial assistance to help new members meet start-up costs. Three years ago, the EU pledged Turkey left out of EU festivities Ankara angered by put-off as 10 nations invited in AFRICA 500 MILES Members: 15 Invitees: 10 RUSSIA TURKEY SPAIN PORTUGAL FRANCE SWEDEN GER. NETH. BELG. LUX. DEN. ITALY AUST. FINLAND GREECE BRITAIN ICELAND LATVIA ESTONIA IRELAND LITHUANIA POLAND CZECH SLOVAKIA CYPRUS MALTA HUNGARY SLOVENIA ATLANTIC OCEAN Med. Sea EU expands The European Union on Friday formally invited 10 nations to join. S ources: ESRI, news reportsChicago Tribune AP photo by Virginia Mayo PLEASE SEE EU, PAGE14 Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul says Friday in Copenhagen that the EU is guilty of discrimination. Turkish parliament approves constitutional amendments that would allow convicted politician to run. PAGE 14. By Christie Tatum Tribune staff reporter A college student bilked out of $3,000 rallied a determined band of Macintosh users nationwide to track down a Chicago man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars in computer equipment sold on Internet auction site eBay. Markham police on Thursday charged Melvin Christmas, 38, with two counts of forgery in connection with the thefts. Police said Christmas confessed and that more charges are forthcoming. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Markham Police Sgt. Jim Knapp said of the Apple computer users’ persistence. “They have this strong bond that’s about a lot more than their com- puters.” Last month, Eric Smith, a 21- year-old student at the University of New Orleans, set off the frantic search for the person who sent him a bad $3,000 check for the Apple laptop he had sold on eBay and sent to a Chicago address. Smith posted pleas for help on Internet message boards and chat rooms popular among Mac users. He explained that he had only three clues to the thief’s identity: an e-mail address, a cellphone number and the street address on the city’s South Side where he had sent the computer. He correctly suspected the address was a drop point and not the buyer’s home. More than a hundred Apple Victim rallies Net posse to nab suspect in eBay scam PLEASE SEE APPLE, PAGE22 By Gary Washburn Tribune staff reporter The Daley administration Friday lifted a freeze on land- marking of Wrigley Field in a move that Chicago Cubs officials said would delay completion of a proposed bleachers expansion until at least the 2005 season. The decision, seen as a blow to the Cubs, means that the land- marking process will proceed as avariety of other Wrigley-related issues are dealt with separately. “I would say we are disappointed to the extent we would have preferred a negotiated settlement,” said Cubs President Andy MacPhail. “I think this is likely to kill the [expansion] project at least [through] the 2004 season, and I think that is bad for our fans. It denies them services and amenities that they might have had.” It also denies the Cubs—at least temporarily—hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue from the nearly 2,000 new seats that would be a key component of the bleachers project. The Cubs are owned by Tribune Co., which also owns the Chicago Tribune. In negotiations that have stretched over two years, city officials and Cubs executives have sought to hammer out a single accord that would permit landmark designation; the proposed expansion; an increase in the number of night games at Wrigley; a new neighborhood protection plan dealing with congestion and fan rowdiness; and Wrigley expansion plans take abig hit PLEASE SEE WRIGLEY, PAGE14 HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN Invest in the season Do your part, give to the McCormick Tribune Foundation. COUPON, PAGE 6 By Jill Zuckman Washington Bureau WASHINGTON—Attempting to salvage his political career, Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott called segregation “a stain on this nation’s history’’ as he faced reporters Friday in his hometown of Pascagoula, Miss., to apologize anew for suggesting that the nation would have been better off with a segregationist president in 1948. “I’ve asked, and I’m asking, for forbearance and forgiveness as I continue to learn from my own mistakes,’’ said a contrite and sometimes rambling Lott, who has faced withering criticism from President Bush, other Republicans, Democrats and civil rights organizations since his Dec. 5 comments. Lott is scheduled to take over as Senate majority leader in January, but some GOP senators said they would scrutinize his latest mea culpa and decide whether Lott should remain their public face and the primary person responsible for shepherding the president’s agenda through the Senate. Lott was occasionally defiant Lott calls segregation ‘stain’ on U.S. PLEASE SEE LOTT, PAGE2

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