McDougal is sentenced today in Whitewater case

  John Bacon; Jonathan T. Lovitt


  USA Today


  Page 03A

  (Copyright 1997)


  Sentencing is today for James McDougal, a partner of President Clinton and first

  lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in the failed Whitewater land development deal in



  McDougal, convicted in May of 18 fraud and conspiracy counts, faced up to 84

  years in prison and $4.5 million in fines before agreeing to aid independent

  counsel Kenneth Starr's Whitewater probe. The probe centers on a fraudulent

  $300,000 loan that former banker David Hale made to Susan McDougal in 1986,

  when she was McDougal's wife. Hale says Clinton pressured him to make the

  loan. Clinton and James McDougal have denied it. McDougal reportedly is now

  supporting Hale's account of the deal.


  TAX PROTEST: The New York State Thruway was closed for 45 minutes while

  200 demonstrators at the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation protested state

  collection of sales taxes on Indian businesses. Dozens of officers in riot gear

  responded, but no arrests were made. The Seneca and St. Regis Mohawk nations

  have no agreement with the state on collecting taxes on gas and cigarettes sold to

  non-Indians. Earlier this month, state tax officials seized fuel trucks heading to

  Seneca and Mohawk land.


  COSBY CASE: A lawyer for the man charged in the killing of Ennis Cosby says

  prosecution documents provided to him don't connect the .38-caliber revolver

  used in the killing to his client. Darren Kavinoky, lawyer for Mikail Markashev,

  also says he's puzzled that Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams announced

  the arrest and displayed a photo about a half-hour after a key witness failed to

  identify Markashev during a 22-minute lineup. Kavinoky is scheduled to appear

  on NBC-TV's Today show this morning. Cosby, 27, son of entertainer Bill

  Cosby and his wife, Camille, was slain along a highway Jan. 16 as he changed a

  flat tire on his Mercedes convertible. -- Jonathan T. Lovitt


  TEN COMMANDMENTS DEFENDED: Thousands rallied at the state Capitol

  in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday to support a judge who refuses to remove a

  display of the Ten Commandments over his bench. An Alabama court has found

  that Judge Roy Moore's display of the Christian tenets violates the Constitution

  by promoting one religion in a government setting. Moore is appealing, and Gov.

  Fob James has threatened to call out the National Guard and state troopers to

  defend Moore's plaque. The judge, a Baptist, invites others to pray with him in

  court -- as long as they're not Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist.


  GIVING THANKS: Survivors of the Southern Airways Flight 242 crash, which

  killed 72 people 20 years ago, returned to New Hope, Ga., Saturday to thank the

  people who rescued them from the fiery wreckage. The DC-9, carrying 85 people

  to Atlanta from Huntsville, Ala., crashed while trying to land on a highway on

  April 4, 1977. Eight people on the ground were among the victims. About 100

  people listened to speeches by passengers and rescuers. ``I saw a lot of horrible

  things but I don't want to talk about that,'' said passenger Jerry Causey, who has

  scars from burns that covered more than half of his body. ``The last 20 years

  have been great for me.''


  DIPLOMAT CITED: A Ukrainian diplomat faces drunken-driving charges after

  a three-car accident in Washington, D.C., the Secret Service said. Olesy

  Yarotskiy, 45, is exempt from prosecution, but the State Department is expected

  to seek a waiver of immunity. It is the third time this year that a diplomat from a

  former Soviet republic has been cited in an accident. Georgian diplomat

  Gueorgui Makharadze faces charges in a collision that killed a teen-ager in

  January. His government waived immunity in that case.


  ALSO . . .


  McVEIGH TRIAL: Jury selection enters its third week today in Denver in the

  Oklahoma City bombing case. So far, 62 prospective jurors have been

  questioned. Arguments to remove jurors are not public, and many dismissals

  have not been announced. Timothy McVeigh faces murder and conspiracy

  charges in the death of 168 people at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building two

  years ago.


  FIREFIGHTERS HURT: More than 20 firefighters in Sturgis, Mich., were

  injured battling a petroleum-products plant fire as exploding barrels shot into the

  air. Damage at the Oak International Inc. plant was estimated at $2 million.


  `MOST WANTED' TIP: Frank Whitman, 64, wanted on charges of molesting his

  granddaughter in Snohomish, Wash., was arrested Saturday in Wilmington, N.C.

  The arrest came hours after police received a tip following the case's profile on

  the TV show America's Most Wanted.


  FAKE MONEY: Authorities in Bay City, Mich., have traced counterfeit $10

  bills to a 15-year-old boy. Police say he admitted printing the bills on his home



  Dispute arises over Farrakhan rally


  The Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan will lead an interfaith anti-racism rally in

  Philadelphia today. But some faiths are balking over the rally's leader.


  Mayor Edward Rendell invited Farrakhan, whose rally replaces a proposed

  5,000-man march that local Nation of Islam leaders had planned. Rendell feared

  the march, to protest the beating of a black family in the Grays Ferry

  neighborhood two months ago, could have led to rioting.


  Outraged Jewish leaders complained to Rendell, citing sometimes-brutal remarks

  Farrakhan has made against Jews, Catholics, gays and others. The Catholic

  archdiocese said it won't send a representative. Farrakhan said the boycott is a

  mistake. ``If I might respectfully say, Mayor Rendell is Jewish,'' Farrakhan said.

  ``And I would hope that the Catholic Church would not fasten on words while

  we could fasten on deeds.''

  PHOTO, B/W, Kevin M. Polowy, Evening Observer; PHOTO, B/W,John

  Bazemore, AP; PHOTO, B/W, AP