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Virginia Backs Abortion Curbs

The Washington Post


The Virginia Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would require physicians to notify at least one parent before performing abortions on girls age 15 or under, similar to a measure already passed by the House of Delegates.

The Senate's 27 to 12 vote came on a bill that both sides said could produce the most important restriction on abortion rights in Virginia in the nearly two decades since the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision.

The version passed by the House sets the age at which girls' parents must be notified at 17 and under. If the two houses compromise on the age, the issue would go to Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, who was elected in 1989 on a strong abortion-rights platform.

Bonn Calls for Honecker's Return

Los Angeles Times


Germany launched a major diplomatic offensive Thursday<\!s>to get former East German Communist leader Erich Honecker out of the Chilean Embassy in Moscow, where he has sought refuge, and into a Berlin jail, saying Honecker was well enough to travel even though he says he has cancer.

German ambassadors delivered messages in atypically unfriendly language informing Chile and Russia that Bonn wants the 79-year-old Honecker delivered to German prosecutors immediately. Bonn wants him to stand trial for the deaths of more than 200 East Germans killed trying to cross into the West.

Honecker, the builder of the Berlin Wall, has been holed up inside the Chilean Embassy since December, when the collapse of the Soviet Union removed his protection from German authorities. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev had guaranteed his former ally's safety when the Soviet army smuggled Honecker out of Germany after German unification.

Chilean officials have said they allowed Honecker to stay at its embassy on humanitarian grounds, reporting repeatedly in recent months that Honecker was seriously, even fatally, ill. But Russian physicians who examined Honecker over the past week said they found no sign of illness.

L.A.Officers Acquitted on 14 Counts

Washington post


The federal civil rights trial of six Los Angeles County narcotics officers ended late last night as the jury added one more acquittal to a string of not-guilty verdicts but deadlocked on the remaining corruption charges.

In a split decision that left defendants elated, the jurors acquitted the officers of 14 criminal counts. However, they told U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi that they could not reach a verdict on 13 others, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial in the 6-month-old trial.

The defendants had worked together as members of a successful anti-drug team in the Lennox area of Los Angeles before the team expanded into a joint Los Angeles Police Department-Sheriff's task force targeting cocaine dealers in Southwest Los Angeles.

The veteran officers were indicted last year for allegedly beating drug dealers with flashlights and fists, stealing cocaine that was used to plant on suspects, and skimming cash and valuables from drug traffickers.

Jurors said after the trial that many of them believed that the defendants were guilty but that the government had failed to prove the case.

Prosecutors said they had not yet decided whether to retry the officers on the unresolved counts.


"Backdoor" cooling

By Michael C. Morgan
Staff Meteorologist

A backdoor front, a sure sign of the season, will be located to our south by late this afternoon. Most cold fronts cross our area from northwest to southeast. Sometimes, during the spring and the summer, cold fronts cross the area in a "backwards" fashion - moving south or southwestwards across tha area. These fronts are the "backdoor" fronts.

An anticyclone moving eastward through southeastern Canada will provide onshore winds and the attendant cooler temperatures. As the anticyclone moves offshore, winds will become more southeasterly and lower and middle level clouds with coastal drizzle will develop. An approaching cyclone from the Midwest will increase out chances of precipitation late Saturday and early Sunday.

Where is the cold air? Despite our brief cool down today and Saturday, above normal temperatures will persist through early next week. Cold air now in northwestern Canada may reach the Northeast late next week.

Friday afternoon. Partly cloudy and becoming chilly. Highs around 40 (4C).

Friday night. Becoming cloudier with some drizzle and fog developing - especially along coastal locations. Low 35F (2C).

Saturday. Increasing clouds with rain showers arriving from the southwest. High around 45F (7C). Low 37F (-3C).

Sunday. Rain and rain showers ending with partial clearing during the afternoon. High near 50F (10C). Low 35F (2C).