Malibu mudslides kill 3, close road
Paul Leavitt; Jonathan T. Lovitt ; Gary Fields
A predawn downpour in Malibu, Calif., Sunday triggered mudslides that
damaged 21 homes and caused three traffic deaths. Up to 2 inches of rain
deluged the area, sending mud and debris cascading onto Pacific Coast Highway.
A 6-mile stretch of the road will remain closed today. And geologists worry
built-up debris in canyons could threaten lower grounds. "If we get a good
soaking I'd hate to see what's going to come down here," said Los Angeles
County Fire Capt. Larry Collins. Elsewhere: Residents thawed out this weekend
with record highs stretching from North Carolina to Caribou, Maine. A week of
above-average temperatures in the Midwest brought melting and local flooding
but eased the spring flood threat. Still, forecasters said conditions there over the
next month - March typically brings heavy snow - could increase flood potential.
CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT: The NAACP said Saturday it will include
controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in an upcoming national
summit, despite concerns that he embraces racist and anti-Semitic views.
Saturday, on Black Entertainment Television, Farrakhan said there's a Jewish
media conspiracy to destroy him. "Why is it that we have so many stories about a
Jewish Holocaust," he asked, "but there is nothing that is said of the holocaust to
black people, which was 100 times worse." A poll of 504 blacks, conducted for
Time magazine and CNN and released Saturday, found 32% admire Farrakhan,
54% said he speaks the truth, 45% say he's "a good role model for black youth"
and 29% said he's "a bigot and a racist.
BUZZARDS: A flock of about 200 black vultures in Stafford County, Va., have
eaten ducks and attacked dogs, cats and horses, horrified residents say. The
species is more aggressive than the common red-headed turkey vultures. Virginia
agriculture official Bob Thomas says even toddlers might not be safe from the
birds. "When they're hungry, meat's meat."
CLINTON CHANGES COURSE: President Clinton, wearing a T-shirt with "In
the line of fire" emblazoned above cross hairs, changed his usual jogging route
Saturday, at one point going down a dead-end alley. It wasn't known if the
change was linked to the arrest last week of Ronald Gene Barbour, 39, of
Orlando, Fla., charged with threatening to kill Clinton during a jog. The T-shirt
refers to a recent Clint Eastwood film about a presidential assassination plot.
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CHURCH POLL: Most Roman Catholic priests and nuns disagree with the
church's ban on married clergy and artificial birth control, but overwhelmingly
support opposition to abortion, euthanasia, sex between singles and homosexual
behavior, a Los Angeles Times poll Sunday found.
NATIONALIST DIES: Oscar Collazo, a militant advocate of Puerto Rican
independence jailed 29 years for the 1950 attack on President Truman's
temporary home in Washington, died Sunday of a stroke. He was 80.
BOAT CAPSIZES: The U.S. Coast Guard helped search for up to 40 Haitians
tossed into the Atlantic Ocean when their 23-foot boat bound for Florida
capsized off the Bahamas. At least five drowned: a woman and four children.
HOMOSEXUAL BIAS BAN: The $8.6 billion Los Angeles earthquake relief bill
signed by President Clinton last week includes a prohibition against
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Homosexual-rights advocates
hailed the provision as a first. It was part of a a last-minute compromise in a ban
on quake aid to illegal immigrants.
HEALTH STUDY: The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., will
investigate to see if there is a link between high cancer rates among neighbors
and the hazardous waste it burned for decades, Newsweek reports.
Plunging into 50th anniversary
Oscar Mendoza and his war buddies took a big leap Saturday - from 3,000 feet.
The World War II paratroopers, some in their mid-80s, want to jump into
Normandy, France, again to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the June 6,
1944, invasion. Pentagon officials, cool to the idea, said the men must practice
before they'd even be considered. There were no injuries when 33 veterans of the
82nd and 101st Airborne landed in a muddy field near San Diego. "The war was
a big thing in my life," said Mendoza, 74, of San Gabriel, Calif. "The jump
means an awful lot."
Contributing: Cathy Chestnut, Steve Marshall and Jane Schmucker
PHOTO,b/w,Bob Riha Jr.,Gamma-Liaison; PHOTO,b/w,Robert A. Martin,The
Free Lance-Star; PHOTO,b/w,Dana Fisher,AP