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Tycoon Ted Tbrner in land dispute
with African Americans about S.C. island
ATLANTA - Media mogul Ted Turner is waging a legal bal
tle over 68 acres on Si. Helena Island in South Carolina thai is
also claimed by descendants of slaves who inhabited (he coastal
According to court documents in
Beaufort. S.C.. Turner says the
wooded land is part of 298 acres he
acquired for recreational use in 1979.
But heirs to property bought by
jfj^jultah men in 1920 ciaim the land
IJB|Peirs. The Gullah men descended
? tern the slaves who inhabited the sea
?Jetause ?* ihet isolation,
they were able to maintain S distinct
languajjje and culture.
The .heirs told The Atlanta Jour
nal-Constitution that they have a
deed and plat for the tjispuMd prop
erty as well as a 1996 coins order
showing ihe laiul belongs to them.
W. Foster Gaillard;a Charleston lawyer representing the
CNN founder, said Tui aer filed suit against Lands End |pst year
because he wants to prrrcct his ?MveUhhent
Gaillard said Turner knew nothing about the heritage of the
Lands End people.
Lands End claims the land is part of 320 acres their ancestors
bought 82 years ago for $3,200. also for recreational use and
Carlwright said some people in the Lands End group fear the
property will be usgd for more than recreation. Since the 1960s,
the sea islands have experienced intense commercial develop
ment - notably nearby Hilton Head Island and Fripp Island.
Turner has been called the nation's largest private landown
er. w ith 1.7 million acres. His holdings include 15 ranches in six
Western and Midwestern states, according to AOL Time Warner,
of which he is vice chairman.
Chief fined $9,500 for racial slur
KEANSBURG, N.J. - The borough's acting police chief
was fined $9,500 for making a racist remark while directing a
police officer to order a group of blacks to move on before they
committed a crime.
Under a penalty announced Friday. Chief Michael Kennedy
can pay the tine in cash, by forfeiting unused vacation or com
pensatory time, or a combination of both.
Mayor Michael Minervini called it a "swift and severe pun
ishment that will also work as a deterrent against any such sim
But the decision angered local black leaders, who wanted
Kennedy removed from his post.
Kennedy called police headquarters the evening of May 2
and told a patrolman to disperse "a bunch of (expletive) niggers"
near a bank cash machine on Main Street where, he suggested,
they could be lying in wait for an ATM customer.
At a news conference. Kennedy said he is ashamed of "using
such horrible language in the performance of my duties."
"I know in my heart that I am not a racist," Kennedy said.
"However, after 24 years as a street cop. I should know that this
behavior is not acceptable for anyone, and I am deeply sorry for
any embarrassment I may have caused this community."
Kennedy will be required to attend cultural diversity and sen
Howard L. West Sr., president of the NAACP's Asbury Park
Neptune BrSnch. said the only appropriate penalty would have
been Kennedy's immediate dismissal from his $106.(XX)-a-year
"Timing is an element." he told the Asbury Park Press for
Saturday's editions. "If they wait long enough, (officials) think
people will forget. But this is a marathon; we're not going
Detroit Democrats ready to make
pitch for 2004 national convention
DETROIT - The Motor City's diversity and its importance
to the labor movement are among the keys to bringing the 2004
Democratic National Convention to Detroit, local officials say.
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's office
ana tne Detroit Metropolitan Con
vention & Visitors Bureau are organ
izing a three-day visit by the party's
site selection committee.
New York. Boston and Miami
also are'on the Democrats' short list
of finalists for the weeklong conven
tion. which is expected to attract
50.000 people and generate $150
million in local spending.
The local officials' pitch uses the
slogan "The drive to the White
House starts in Detroit," the Detroit
Free Press reported in a Saturday
The 25-inemher rnmmittpp\
Detroit visit will include dinner at the mayor's residence, break
fast with labor leaders, lunch at the Charles H. Wright Museum
of African-American History and entertainment at the Fox The
They also will visit potential venues, including Ford Field.
Cobo Hall and Joe Louis Arena, where the Republican National
Convention was held in 1980.
But organizers also will have to prove that Detroit, with only
3.(HX) hotel rooms, can quickly get delegates from the suburbs to
the convention site.
Democrats are to visit New York on July 29. DNC Chairman
Terry McAuliffe will choose among the four cities after consult
ing with the site selection delegates. A decision on where and
when the convention will be held will be announced after the
Nov. 5 general elections.
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Criminal justice system discriminates
against Latino youths, new report says
BY LHSLIK MILLER
THE ASSOCIATED PRI SS
WASHINGTON - Treat
ment of Latino youths in the U.S.
juvenile justice system is harsher
than for non-Hispanic white juve
niles - and it's getting worse,
according to a report commis
sioned by several groups that
sponsor a campaign to end such
The report said disproportion
ate numbers of Latino youths are
detained before trial in most
It also said the percentage of
Latino youths in the nation's
detention centers rose by 84 per
cent between 1983 and 1991,
compared with an 8 percent
increase for non-Hispanic white
youths over the same period and a
46 percent increase for youths
They are arrested more often,
stopped more often, detained
more often, incarcerated more
often and for longer periods of
time," said Nancy Walker, co
author of the report and associate
director of the Institute for Chil
dren, Youth and Families at
Michigan State University.
Even when. Latino kids are
charged with the same offenses as
their white counterparts, they're
punished more severely, the report
founds Latino youths who've
never been detained are 13 times
more likely to be incarcerated for
drug offenses than non-Hispanic
white youths - and they'll spend
more than twiee as much time irt
jail, the report said.
The report's other co-author.
Francisco Villarruel, blames
recent anti-gang statutes for the
apparent crackdown on Latino
youths. He said he is hearing more
stories from Latino youths picked
up by the police for simply stand
ing on street comers.
"It's bad. but chances are it's
worse," said Villarruel. associate
professor of family and child ecol
ogy at Michigan State University.
"This is only w hat we can see."
The data are inadequate
because state and county govern
ments don't have a single catego
ry for "Hispanic" or "Latino." he
A child with a Puerto Rican
father and black mother, for
example, would be "African
American" in California. "His
panic" in Michigan and "biracial"
in Ohio. In Arizona, children can
define their own race or ethnicity.
The report also found:
? In Los Angeles County in
1998, Latino youths were 1.9
times as likely as non-Hispanic
white youths to be arreted for
? In 36 states in 1993. Latino
juveniles 10 and older charged
with property offenses were incar
cerated an average of 45 days
longer than white youths.
? In 21 states in 20(X), La^no
youths were two to 17 times more
likely to be incarcerated with
adults as white youths.
The study was commissioned
by Building Blocks for Youth, a
campaign by groups - such as the
Youth Law Center and the Juve
nile Law Center - seeking to end
the justice system's disparate
treatment of minority youths.
The number of young Latinos being detained in the United
States rose by more than 80 percent between 1983 and
1991, according to national statistics.
Urban League moves convention
BY ANDR1A Y.CARTER
THE CINCINNATI HERALD
CINCINNATI, Ohio -
The city's suspension of its
highest ranking African
American police officers and
the picketing of the National
Urban League's local affiliate
here this week were the rea
sons given for the organiza
tion's decision to move its
2003 convention from-Cincin
Hugh Price, president of
the National Urban League,
said, "The combination of the
timing of the disciplinary
action of Lt. Col. Ron Twitty
and coupled with the boycott
taking out their difference
with us by picketing, who
"It's not worth it. It's just a
convention. It's a big country
and there are lots of places to
go," Price said.
The convention will be
held at the Los Angeles Con
vention Center July 27-31.
Price said several affiliates
were very excited about com
ing to Cincinnati. Organiza
tion officials were hoping to
stage a convention that not
only assisted boycott leaders
to take hard look at Cincin
nati. but also provide a nation
al focus on the Kerner Com
mission report released in the
1960s and how relevant it is
Price added that Sheila
Adams, the local Urban
League president, understood
why he made the decision to
pull the convention. "She felt
blindsided by the police as
industry has lost more than
$10 million since the boycott
was announced last year. The
National Urban League would
have brought about 5.000 peo
pie to the city and would have
pumped about $4 million into
the local economy.
Lisa Haller. president of
the Greater Cincinnati Con
vention and Visitors Bureau,
said the Urban League's can
cellation makes it much more
difficult to attract conventions
to ^Cincinnati. She noted that
organizations are making their
decisions right now concern
ing conventions in 2004 and
2005, and the Urban League's
actions will influence their
"We salute and strongly
support the concerted efforts
of Sheila Adams and the
Greater Cincinnati Urban
League to promote healing,
justice and progress in the
'City." Price said. "The Nation
al Urban League hopes that in
the months and years ahead,
leaders from city government,
the private sector and the
aggrieved communities will
succeed in reforming the
Police Department and closing
the opportunity gaps in educa
tion. employment, affordable
housing and economic devel
opment that isolate our people
from the economic and social
mainstream in Cincinnati."
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