Newsday from New York, New York on November 17, 1996 · 6
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Newsday from New York, New York · 6

New York, New York
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Sunday, November 17, 1996
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O kY SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17 1996 redevelop the block and dean up Its image including the $34 million Disney theater and store “Sex sella?” History has now forgotten who first said that But whoever it was wasn’t on 42nd Street yesterday afternoon Sex doesn’t sell on the Deuce anymore Mouse ears sell Goofy sweatshirts sell Lion King huggable dolls sell big-time But sex? No sex doesn’t sell at all “Look how cute” Robyn Sneed was saying inside the new Disney Store on 42nd Street Robyn a secretary at a travel agency had come in on the bus from Harrisburg Pa for a weekend of shopping with her mother The two women were oogling something called a “New York Cabby Mickey’ It was Mickey Mouse dressed in a little leather jacket and a gold-colored cap which I suppose is Disney’s idea of how New York taxi drivers dress Both the women seemed quite charmed "It’s so New York” agreed the mother who said her name is Cathy Steele “What do you think?” the daughter asked showing her mother the $20 price tag “Oh do it” said her mom Now it used to be that when people said “do it" in Times Square they weren’t talking about buying a Mickey Mouse doll Around here the animalistic urges didn’t focus by and large on rodents dressed up cute But that was a long time ago The huge Disney Store has been open for a month now at the southwest corner of 42nd and Seventh Word came Friday night that Warner Brothers will lease the entire building at 1 Times Square So a few months from now a huge Bugs Bunny-and-Road-runner emporium will compete with Mickey Goofy and the Lion King At the same time the new Virgin Super-store (How’s that for a Times Square name?) is already open on the northeast comer of 42nd and Broadway right across from the Gap And much much more is to come The theme-parking of Times Square has just begun In the crisp cold air yesterday workers were installing a new sign at the rehabbed New Victory Theater And don’t expect any bump-and-grind inside The big show this week? “Sesame St Film Fest 1119-1124” In fact between Seventh and Eighth Avenues on 42nd Street not a single X-rated product was for sale yesterday No adult videos No full-body massages No oil-wrestling shows There was a huge red “PEEP SHOW” sign at the rear of the temporary Visitors Center halfwqy down the block But it was just a gag hanging over a large round conference ta- ' ble part of a photographic display of Times Square’s past - For the moment ground-zero for all of this is the bustling Disney Story We might be 1000 miles from the' nearest Magic Kingdom We might be 3000 from the Warner Brothers lot Please see HENICAN on Page A41 Race Troubles Go Beyond Riots By Stephanie Saul STAFF CORRESPONDENT St Petersburg Fla — In 1964 a young black copy clerk at this city’s newspaper was walking home from work through a white neighborhood when police stopped him and asked for identification The young man Joe Waller Jr ended up in jail that night after challenging the police His cause was taken up by the NAACP which defended him in a case that highlighted police harassment of blacks in white neighborhoods More than 30 years later Waller now known as Omali Yeshitelahas emerged as the political leader of the city’s black community during a time of racial violence triggered by the Oct 24 shooting of black motorist TyRon Lewis by a white police officer during a traffic stop Police said Lewis was shot after he failed to comply with their orders then lurched his car forward at an officer in front of the car A crowd of several hundred reacted violently to the fatal shooting and in the resulting riot that night a dozen people were iryured and 28 fires were set One white-owned furniture store a local landmark was burned to the ground Police allege that Yeshitela’s black separatist group Uhuru spews militant rhetoric calling for the execution of police and inflaming teenagers in Hie neighborhood Uhuru is the Swahili word for “freedom" Many mainstream black activists in St Petersburg have historically rqgaj--ed Iftiurpasjoq ?? was arrested for tearing down -whathe - 3TV lY IAV3T - vk ‘l - I Ij t- Abas frrtr ‘j-1 m -S'-Affi- ' —s ’r J Aj jr1 -"' s v j iA- r-' -t v-' yv :MX ? A s - : ' £ 'V 4: V V Vi AP Photo Slwriirt deputy watches firefighters battle Maze Wednesday In SL Petersburg Fla Riots broke out after a ury cleared a white pollca otflcar in a fatal shooting of a black motorist last month said was a racist mural at St Petersburg City Hall He served time in jail for that In Oakland Calif where Uhuru has an office he once commandeered the may- braced him in this time of racial tension “He’s getting a lot of stuff done” said Michael Atwater who operates a landmark soul food someone who is going to run across the grain” It was apparently an awareness of Yeshitela’s growing influence that led police to attempt to place some Uhuru members in custody on Wednesday the day a grand jury refused to indict James Knight the officer who shot Lewis Police Chief Darrel Stephens said the police had feared Uhuru members would cause violence because Knight wasn’t charged with a crime only suspended from the force for two months Police went to Uhuru’s large headquarters where many black residents had gathered in an auditorium to discuss the grand jury inaction They arrested several people on outstanding warrants for minor charges such as expired driver’s licenses When a crowd outside began protesting by throwing rocks and bottles police returned to the area and declared the Uhuru meeting an unlawful assembly The group was given five minutes to disperse then police launched tear gas into the building That served only to aggravate the rioting By the end of the night there was $1 million in damage from 33 fires at least two of them started by police tear gas canisters At least a dozen people were injured including two police officers who received minor gunshot wounds Police said that citizens had fired automatic weapons during the rioting and that a sheriffs department helicopter was shot in flight Ten people were ar- restaurant called s cbjr during a city council meeting Atwater’s Cafeteria that was opened 48 rested The rioting was 'more than two busmessFCCjiYes Iv&fWu WPPt You need tffjug sRltfr$ oj £e Ml 9i Wj( -ad 1st lii r -v w&wvvis'afeaf

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