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Postal Service suspends official over racist e-mail
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Postal Service suspended a postal official
in New York on Tuesday after he allegedly sent a risque glossary of
“ebonies” terms on the service’s electronic mail system.
The list of 16 words and their supposed meanings in common par
lance among Macks was rife with sexual and racial stereotypes. A postal
workers’ union labeled the e-mail a “vicious, racist message.”
Roy Betts, spokesman for the Postal Service, said it was investigat
ing the incident to determine what disciplinary action should be taken.
Backed by snipers, workers begin Jewish housing project
JERUSALEM — Yellow bulldozers began clearing away rocks and
earth Tuesday for a Jewish housing project in disputed east Jerusalem,
triggering ‘Palestinian protests and warnings that Mideast peace was
Hundreds of troops in riot gear, backed by snipers and helicopters,
sealed off the pine-covered hill where 6,500 Jewish apartments are to
be built on land claimed by the Palestinians as part of a future capital.
There was scuffling around the site, and scattered protests broke
In the nearby West Bank town of Bethlehem, the scene was remi
niscent of the 1987-93 Palestinian uprising. Teen-agers burned tires,
blocked roads with garbage bins and whistled at Israeli soldiers, dar
ing the soldiers to chase them.
A combative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his de
cision to go ahead with the construction. Both sides have made the
project a test of their resolve on Jerusalem, the deal-breaker of the Is
“We’re not going to change our policy because of the threat (of
Palestinian violence),” he said.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said he had ordered that there be
no violence, but Netanyahu accused him of giving “the green light” to
Replacement candidates for CIA post considered
WASHINGTON—Reeling from Anthony Lake’s sudden withdrawal,
the White House considered a quick move TUesday to name acting CIA
^SraiOT White House officials, Republican senators and even Lake
himself advanced Tenet’s name as a noncontroversial way to bring a
new chief to a CIA that has been without a confirmed directin' since
early December. Other names were on President Clinton’s shot list,
but Tenet was undergoing a final White House review and, hairing a
snag, could be nominated as early as today. >
“I have a lot of respect for him. We believe he’s capable,” said Sen.
Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Commit
tee and the man who orchestrated much of the criticism of Lake that
led to Ids withdrawing his name Monday night. Shelby said the com
mittee-could move quickly on a Tenet nomination—in sharpcontrast
\;-jto the drawn-out consideration of Lake’s nomination.
• Matt Haney/DN
Penis severed, sent aloft by wife
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Police were looking Tuesday for a
woman accused of drugging her husband and cutting off his penis,
then reportedly sending it aloft attached to a bunch of balloons.
Prayoon Ekklang, a 47-year-old taxi driver in the northeastern city
of Nakom Ratchasima, was hospitalized Saturday after trying in vain
to catch his wife when she ran with his penis, said police Capt. Chompoo
Prayoon took two sleeping pills that his wife told him were allergy
medicine, Chompoo said. Later, he awoke to intense pain in his groin
and saw his wife holding a knife in (me hand and his penis in the other,
Local newspapers reported that she attached his penis to a bunch of
balloons and released them into the sky. Police could not confirm that.
“Prayoon is sad and said that ho could not imagine his wife would
dare to do such a thing,” Chompoo said.
Chompoo said Prayoon’s wife, La-ong Paerthong, was drunk and
had argued with Prayoon about his girlfriend before the assault.
Cases of Thai wives retaliating against philandering husbands by
cutting off their sexual organs are not rare. One result is that Thai
doctors have pioneered techniques for reattaching severed penises.
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By David Briggs
In a major setback to Christian
gay-rights activists, the Presbyterian
Church (U.SA.) has voted to make its
ban on the ordination of homosexuals
part of church law.
The ban got the majority it needed
Tuesday with approvals from regional
bodies in Miami and Charlotte, N.C.
The Book of Order — the church’s
constitution—will be changed to re
quire chastity of single ministers.
“It says to the country that
Presbyterians are committed to reaf
firming their biblical center for faith
and practice,” said the Rev. Jack
Haberer, moderator of The Presbyte
rian Coalition, a group favoring the
However, Scott Anderson, co-mod
erator of Presbyterians for Gay and
Lesbian Concerns, said the change
will force more gay and lesbian
presbyterians out of die 2.7 million
“It’s (me more club that has been
used to beat up gay and lesbian people
in the Presbyterian Church,” he said.
An announcement of the vote is not
expected for another week or two as
votes are sent to church headquarters
It’s one more club that has been used to
beat up gay and lesbian people in the
Presbyterians for Gay and Lesbian Concerns
in Louisville, Ky. But advocacy groups
said the 172 districts so far have voted
88 in favor and 60 against.
Hie United Church of Christ is the
only major Protestant denomination to
permit the ordination of homosexuals.
Opinion polls show a majority of
people in the pews oppose having gay
and lesbian ministers.
But the issue continues to convulse
In a decision last May that averted
the first heresy trial of an Episcopal
bishop since the 1920s, a church court
ruled that Episcopal doctrine does not
explicitly ter the ordination of prac
ticing gays. It also declared a 1979
resolution against the ordination of
non-celibate gays is not binding.
The Presbyterian General Assem
bly, the church’s chief legislative body,
affirmed in 1993 past church policie
forbidding the ordination of non-celi
bate homosexuals. The church's Bool
of Order, however, has not specificall;
addressed the issue of gay ordinations
Last year, after a three-yea
churchwide study of sexuality, th<
General Assembly sent out a propose*
constitutional amendment forbiddinj
the ordination of individuals who fai
to five “either in fidelity within th
covenant of marriage of a man and
woman, or chastity in singleness."
In practice, the amendment give
church policy banning gay ordination
the “status of church law," said spokes
man Jerry Van Marter.
Haberer predicts “a couple of year
worth of skirmishes” to test th
strength of the amendment, but sai
its passage should settle the issue.
Zaire s prime minister may be out
KINSHASA, Zaire (AP) — With
many pro-government legislators ab
sent, Zaire’s Parliament voted over
whelmingly Tuesday to oust the prime
The government immediately de
nounced the vote as invalid, saying not
enough lawmakers were present. _
It remained unclear late Tuesday
whether Leon Kengo wa Dondo,
widely Mamed fin* sweeping military
losses to rebels in eastern Zaire, re
mained prime minister. The vote came
only hours after Kengo left for
Nairobi, Kenya, for a meeting on the
insurgency sweeping through eastern
But with President Mobutu Sese
Seko lying in a hospital bed in Mo
naco, Zaire was left rudderless Tues
day. Its two top leaders were out of
the country, its third largest city was
in the hands of rebels and the Parlia
ment had no constitutional way to
choose a successor to Mobutu.
There was great concern in
Kinshasa, the capital, that if Mobutu
dies or the army attempts a coup, ri
ots would break out among soldiers
and civilians. Riots in 1991 and 1993
killed hundreds of people and de
stroyed many businesses.
Parliament spokesman Kinkela Vi
K’ansy, a member of the opposition.
said 464 members, nearly two-thin
of the 740-seat transitional Parlii
ment, took part in the vote IViesdi
night. Nine members voted again
Kengo’s removal and 10 abstained,!
But government spokesman Jeai
Claude Biebie Ekalabo said the ccn
stitution requires three-quarters (
Parliament — 555 lawmakers — ft
a vote to be valid.
It wasn’t immediately clear if ti
pro-government lawmakers had into
tionally missed the vote. Parliam©
sessions in Zaire often are sparse!
EU team assesses Albanian damage
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Piles
of silvery ashes, some still holding the
shape of stacked books, lay amid the
twisted wreckage of the library. In the
shattered laboratories, only a few mi
croscope slides remain whole.
Before looters left the palm- and
pine-dotted campus of Albania’s ag
ricultural institute they scratched a
message into the bare walls: “This is
“This was a well-equipped labora
tory, on the same standard as other
European labs,” said lab technician
Rita Jano, glass shards crackling un
der ho- feet. “Within a couple of hours,
it was destroyed.”
While Albanians started to clean
up the debris of two weeks of may
hem, a fact-finding mission from the
European Union — hoping the worst
turmoil had ended — assessed
Albania's needs for assistance.
Though the capital was largely
calm, 12 towns in southern Albania
remained under rebel control, making
a complete damage assessment inpos
The speaker of the Parliament,
Pjeter Arbnori, warned Tuesday of a
possible coup. He said the insistent
by a group of former army officers ai
secret police that President Sa
Berisha resign by Thursday threaten*
the constitutional order.
In the south, the insurgent N
tional Salvation Council warned <
more unrest unless Berisha ste]
down. If he capitulates, they said, 1
would be replaced by a committee th
EU officials traveled to Albania
biggest seaports, Durres and VIora,
determine how to deliver food ai
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