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Daily Sitka Sentinel (Newspaper) - February 4, 2013, Sitka, Alaska Page 8 Daily Sitka Sentinel, Sitka, Alaska, Monday, February 4, 2013 Offi cers Storm Bunker, Rescue 5- Year- Old Boy Beating, Killing Spark Protests of Egypt Police Syria Opposition Chief Renews Offer to Assad French Troops to Leave Timbuktu, Move North Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban Speaks on Video Time to think visitors! Full Color rate for ONLY an additional $ 275 Reach the maximum number of visitors with the most cost- effective publication - the Daily Sentinel’s All About Sitka. Deadline for early bird discount February 8. Final deadline: March 1. • No contract required • Online one year at no extra cost • No billing until June For more information: Call Susan at 747- 3219 • e- mail susan@ sitkasentinel. com or just stop by 112 Barracks CAIRO ( AP) — The video outraged Egyptians, showing riot police strip and beat a middle- aged man and drag him across the pavement as they cracked down on protesters. The follow- up was even more startling: In his fi rst com ments afterward, the man insisted the police were just trying to help him. Hamada Saber’s account, which he has since acknowledged was false, has raised accusations that police intimidated or bribed him in a clumsy attempt to cover up the incident, which was captured by Associated Press footage widely shown on Egyptian TV. “ He was terrifi ed. He was scared to speak,” Saber’s son Ahmed told The AP on Monday. Saber recanted his story on Sunday after his family pushed him to tell the truth and acknowledge that the police beat him. The incident has fueled an outcry that security forces, notorious for corruption, torture and abuse under former President Hosni Mubarak, have not changed in the nearly two years since his ouster. Activists now accuse Mubarak’s Islamist successor, Mohammed Morsi, of cultivating the same culture of abuse as police crack down on his Egyptian relatives of Mohammed Saad, a 20- year- old protester who died of wounds sustained during clashes last Friday near the presidential palace, grieve during a funeral procession in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 4. ( AP Photo/ Amr Nabil) opponents. The outcry was further heightened Monday by the apparent torture- death of an activist, who colleagues say was taken by police from a Tahrir Square protest on Jan. 27 and held at a Cairo security base known as Red Mountain. Mohammed el- Gindy’s body showed marks of electrical shocks on his tongue, wire marks around his neck, smashed ribs, a broken skull and a brain hemorrhage, according to a medical report. Blatant abuses by security forces under Mubarak were one factor that fueled the 2011 revolt against his rule. The highly public nature of the new cases put new pressure on Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, which was long repressed by security forces, to hold security offi cials re sponsible for any abuses. Egypt’s presidency said it was following up on el- Gindy’s death, adding that there will be “ no return to violations of citizens’ rights.” The Interior Ministry denied that el- Gindy was ever held by police. Morsi met with top police offi cials Monday, but the state newspaper Al- Ahram said DAMASCUS, Syria ( AP) — The leader of Syria’s main opposition group urged President Bashar Assad on Monday to respond to his offer for a dialogue, insisting he is ready to sit down with members of the regime despite sharp criticism from some of his colleagues. Mouaz al- Khatib, leader of the Western- backed Syrian National Coalition, said he is extending his hand to the regime to “ facilitate its peaceful departure.” And some anti- regime activists are behind him, threatening even deeper fractures in the already divided movement to oust Assad. Al- Khatib’s offer, fi rst made last week, marks a departure from the mainstream opposition’s narrative insisting that Assad step down before any talks. It has angered some of his colleagues who accuse him of acting unilaterally. It is likely to be rejected by Syr ian offi cials who insist Assad will stay in power at least until his term ends in mid- 2014. And even if accepted, he will likely not have broad enough backing among the opposition to make any deal meaningful. More than 60,000 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad began almost two years ago. The revolt, which began with largely peaceful protests, has turned into civil war now locked in a deadly stalemate with sectarian overtones. Al- Khatib’s overture refl ects the realization among some opposition leaders that a victory is unlikely to be achieved on the battlefi eld as well as disillusionment with an international community that has largely failed to stem the bloodshed and has balked at military intervention to help topple Assad. “ The major powers have no vision. ... Only the Syrian people can fi nd a solution to this crisis,” he said in an interview with Qatari- based Al- Jazeera television. His initiative follows meetings he held separately with Russian, U. S. and Iranian offi cials on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich over the weekend. Russia and Iran are Syria’s two closest allies. MIDLAND CITY, Ala. ( AP) — Of fi cers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5- year- old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the boy’s abductor dead, offi cials said Monday. Steve Richardson with the FBI’s of fi ce in Mobile said at a news confer ence Monday afternoon that negotiations had deteriorated with 65- year- old Jimmy Lee Dykes. Dykes, who a week earlier had abducted the child from a school bus after fatally shooting the driver, had been seen with a gun. Offi - cers believed the boy was in imminent danger, Richardson said. Offi cers stormed the bunker just af ter 3 p. m. CST to rescue the child, who was taken to a hospital in nearby Do than. Offi cials have said the child has Asperger’s syndrome. However, it was not immediately clear how Dykes died. Daryle Hendry, who lives about a quarter- mile from where Dykes’ bunker was located, said he heard a boom Monday afternoon, followed by what sounded like a gunshot, all around the time offi cials said they stormed the bunker. Melissa Nighton, the city clerk in Midland City, said a woman had been praying in the town center Monday afternoon. Not long after, the mayor called her with news that Dykes was dead and that the boy was safe. “ She must have had a direct line to God because shortly after she left, they heard the news,” Nighton said. Neighbors described Dykes as a man who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property, and patrolled his yard at night with a fl ashlight and a fi rearm. Government records and interviews with neighbors indicate that Dykes joined the Navy in Midland City, serving on active duty from 1964 to 1969. His record shows several awards, including the Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. During his service, Dykes was trained in aviation maintenance. He had some scrapes with the law in Florida, including a 1995 arrest for improper exhibition of a weapon. The misdemeanor was dismissed. He also was arrested for marijuana possession in 2000. He returned to Alabama about two years ago, moving onto the rural tract about 100 yards from his nearest neighbors. LONDON ( AP) — In her fi rst video statement since she was nearly killed, a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban remained defi ant in arguing for girls’ education, saying Monday she would keep up the same campaign that led to her attack. Speaking clearly but with the left side of her face appearing rigid, 15- year- old Malala Yousufzai said she is “ getting better, day by day” after undergoing weeks of treatment at a British hospital. “ I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organized the Malala Fund,” she said in the video, made available by a public relations fi rm. Malala drew the world’s attention when she was shot in the head by Taliban militants on Oct. 9 while on her way home from school in northwestern Pakistan. The Islamist group said it targeted her because she promoted girls’ education and “ Western thinking” and criticized the militant group’s behavior when it took over the scenic Swat Valley where she lived. The shooting sparked outrage in Pakistan and many other countries, and her story has captured global attention for the struggle for women’s rights in her homeland. In a sign of her impact, the teen made the shortlist for Time magazine’s “ Person of the Year” for 2012. “ Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone,” Malala said. TIMBUKTU, Mali ( AP) — In a new phase of the Mali confl ict, French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight Monday, as French forces planned to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army this week. After taking control of the key cities of northern Mali, forcing the Islamic rebels to retreat into the desert, the French military intervention is turning away from the cities and targeting the fi ghters’ remote outposts to prevent them from being used as Saharan launch pads for international terrorism. The French plan to leave the city of Timbuktu on Thursday, Feb. 7, a spokeswoman for the armed forces in the city said Monday. French soldiers took the city last week after Islamic extremists withdrew. Now the French military said it intends to move out of Timbuktu in order to push farther northeast to the strategic city of Gao. “ The 600 soldiers currently based in Timbuktu will be heading toward Gao in order to pursue their mission,” said Capt. Nadia, the spokeswoman, who only provided her fi rst name in keeping with French military protocol. She said that the force in Timbuktu will be replaced by a small contingent of French soldiers, though she declined to say when they would arrive. On Monday, French troops in armored personnel carriers were still patrolling Timbuktu. In the city’s military camps, newly arrived Malian troops were cleaning their weapons Monday and holding meetings to prepare to take over the security of the city once the French leave. There are signs that the Islamic rebels are beginning a guerrilla- type of confl ict from their desert retreats as land mine explosions have killed four Malian soldiers and two civilians throughout the northern region in recent days. Richard . . . Continued from page 1 Obama . . . Continued from page 1 Agenda. . . Continued from page 1 SRG. . . Continued from page 1 Voucher . . . Continued from page 1 tiative petition to put that question on the ballot in 2008. The sale to Silver Bay Seafoods would not have been affected, but if passed the initiative would have applied to such land sales in the future. The city clerk rejected the petition on several grounds, including that the language was misleading and confusing. SRG sued, Superior Court Judge David George upheld the city’s ruling, and the case ended up in the state Supreme Court. Last April the Supreme Court reversed George’s ruling, and sent the case back to him to decide issues in the SRG appeal that he had not addressed in his original ruling. Michael Gatti, an Anchorage lawyer the city hired to help with the case, and Municipal Attorney Theresa Hillhouse represented the city in Friday’s hearing. SRG was represented by Juneau attorney Joe Geldhof. Gatti argued a public vote on a land sale would be giving the voters power to make an appropriation, which Alaska law says is not permissible in a citizen initiative. He cited a Supreme Court ruling ( ACT v. Kenai Borough) in which the court ruled that initiative process could not be used to approve or veto capital projects. He argued that decisions affecting the industrial park require “ tremendous expertise” that should be handled at the administrative level, with a fi nal decision made by the Assembly members. Also, he said, the city’s position is justifi ed by the need to protect public health and safety. “ The sale of land is clearly within the ACT case,” Gatti said. “ ACT is really on point here.” He said granting the SRG demand for elections on land issues would interfere with the Assembly’s functions and its ability to protect and follow the comprehensive plan. Arguing for SRG, Geldhof said the case goes to the heart of a citizen’s right to directly enact legislation. He said the city is engaging in a “ full- on defense against the right of citizens to do this, and any encroachment on elected lawmakers’ decision- making powers.” “ What’s wrong with allowing the citizens to have their say?” he said. The ballot question itself is not an appropriation, and citizens already have the right to approve or veto sales and leases of city land in Sitka, he said. He said the SCIP parcel is not particularly special, and is managed with the consultation of citizen volunteers. “ Jeff and Mike’s proposal does not destroy that, it does not undo the special development area,” Geldhof said. Later he added, “( They) are not hotheaded reactionary folks trying to eliminate the function of government.” Geldhof added that SRG is only asking for the right to put their question on the ballot, so the issue of whether a public vote on a land sale is an appropriation is not before the court. ACT, therefore, does not apply, he said. “ ACT is not controlling,” Geldhof said. The day prior to the hearing Judge George issued a ruling dismissing one of the city’s arguments in the case, the allegation that the language of the proposed initiative was confusing and misleading to voters. In its April 20 ruling on other aspects of the case, the Supreme Court said the language of the petition was not unclear or misleading, and Judge George quoted that language in his Jan. 31 decision. In that decision the high court also ruled that the petition was not contrary to law, and rejected the city’s claim that the issues in the case were moot. The city had argued in its original brief that the last date at which an election on the petition could be held was in October 2008. The Supreme Court said in its April 20 decision that the SRG complaint “ does not request inclusion in any particular election,” and there continued to be “ a live, defi nite and concrete controversy ... touching on the parties’ legal rights, and concerning attainable relief.” that will seek out the truth about the real Richard III,” she said. Langley, who helped launch the search for the king, said she could scarcely believe her quest had paid off. “ Everyone thought that I was mad,” she said. “ It’s not the easiest pitch in the world, to look for a king under a council car park.” The location of Richard’s body was unknown for centuries. He died in August 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field in the English Midlands, and records say he was buried by the Franciscan monks of Grey Friars at their church in Leicester, 100 miles ( 160 kilometers) north of London. The church was closed and dismantled after King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1538, and its location eventually was forgotten by most local residents. There were tales that the king’s bones had been dug up and thrown in a nearby river in the 16th century. Then last year a team led by University of Leicester archaeologist Richard Buckley identifi ed a possible location of the grave through map regression analysis, starting with a current map of the general area of the former church and analyzing earlier maps to discover what had changed and not changed. Ground- penetrating radar was used to fi nd the best places to start digging. The team began excavating in a parking lot last August. Within a week they had located thick walls and the re mains of tiled fl oors. Soon after, they found human remains — the skeleton of an adult male who appeared to have died in battle. He had been buried unceremonious ly, with no coffi n or shroud — plausible for a despised and defeated enemy. Increasingly excited, the researchers set out to conduct a battery of scientifi c tests, including radiocarbon dating to determine the skeleton’s age, to see whether, against the odds, they really had found the king. They found the skeleton belonged to a man in his late 20s to late 30s who died between 1455 and 1540. Richard was 32 when he died in 1485. Archaeological bone specialist Jo Appleby, a lecturer in human bioarchaeology at Leicester, said study of the bones provided “ a highly convinc ing case for identifi cation of Richard III.” Appleby said the 10 injuries to the body were infl icted by weapons such as swords, daggers and halberds and were consistent with accounts of Richard being struck down in battle — his helmet knocked from his head — before his body was stripped naked and fl ung over the back of a horse in disgrace. Appleby said two of the blows to On Wednesday, along with HJR4, House Judiciary is set to hear HB24, which would allow for use of deadly force in self- defense, in any place the person has a right to be. Rep. Mark Neuman, R- Big Lake, has tried for years, without success, to get the bill passed. Debate over his proposal last year came amid controversy over “ Stand Your Ground” laws following the deadly shooting of a Florida teenager. — GAS: House Resources is sched uled to hold its fi rst hearing Monday on HB4, a measure Reps. Mike Hawker, R- Anchorage, and Mike Chenault, RNikiski, aimed at advancing an in- state natural gas pipeline project. The bill is a priority for Chenault, Alaska’s House speaker, who has said the in- state project looks to be the only pipeline project moving forward in Alaska. A different version of the bill died last year in the Senate, where concerns were raised about the power that would have been given to the group behind the project, the cost and what customers would pay. students between private, religious and public schools, eventually improving education all the way around. It “ infuses competition into a monopoly,” said supporter Rep. Lynn Gattis, R- Wasilla, the chairwoman of the House Education Committee. Citing studies from the Friedman Foundation, Keller said the amendment “ actually introduces more money into, for education.” The National Education Association of Alaska, the major teachers union in the state, staunchly opposes the plan and doubts Keller’s assumption. “ It’s frustrating to see that the leadership of Alaska seems to be engaged in helping for- profi t companies increase their profi ts, and at the same time are holding education — public education in Alaska — hostage,” union president Ron Fuhrer said. youth and helping rehabilitate young people who have already perpetrated crimes. In January, Minneapolis also hosted a regional summit on gun vio lence for elected offi cials from around the Midwest. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau and Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek are also among the of fi cials Obama has consulted as he pur sues his anti- gun violence measures. Stanek has also been leading a group of Minnesota sheriffs pushing for stronger background checks for people trying to buy guns. The ban on assault weapons faces more obstacles in Congress, where Republicans and some Democrats are aligned against it. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on ABC’s “ This Week” Sunday that he’s willing to take a look at legislation that would ban certain semi- automatic weapons, but he also noted that he voted against a ban on such weapons in 1994 because it “ didn’t make sense.” In Friday’s 90- minute hearing George asked the attorneys a number of questions as they outlined their positions, and announced at the end that he was taking the case under advisement. Mike Litman and Jeff Farvour, the named appellants in the case, and a handful of other observers were in court for Friday’s hearing. Offi cial ju dicial proceedings continue to refer to the case as “ Sitkans for Responsible Government v. Sitka,” even though SRG, an informal organization, has been disallowed as a party to the suit. the head could have been fatal. Other scars, including a knife wound to the buttock, bore the hallmarks of “ humili ation injuries” infl icted after death. The remains also displayed signs of scoliosis, a form of spinal curvature, consistent with contemporary accounts of Richard’s appearance, though not the withered arm Shakespeare describes. DNA from the skeleton matched a sample taken from Michael Ibsen, a distant living relative of Richard’s sister. The project’s lead geneticist, Turi King, said Ibsen, a Canadian carpenter living in London, shares with the skeleton a rare strain of mitochondrial DNA. The same DNA group also matches a second living descendant, who wants to remain anonymous. King said that between 1 and 2 percent of the population belongs to this genetic sub- group, so the DNA evi dence is not defi nitive proof in itself of the skeleton’s identity. But combined with the archaeological evidence, it left little doubt the skeleton belonged to Richard. Ibsen, a 17th great- grand- nephew of Richard’s older sister, said he was “ stunned” by the discovery. “ It’s diffi cult to digest,” he said. Some scientists felt qualms about the haste with which the Leicester team announced its results. The fi nd ings have not been published in peer reviewed scientifi c journals, though the university said they soon would be. “ It’s a bizarre way of going about things,” said Mark Horton, a professor of archaeology at the University of Bristol — although he said “ overwhelming circumstantial evidence” identifi ed the skeleton as Richard’s. Archaeologist Mike Pitts, editor of British Archaeology magazine, also said he found the evidence persuasive. “ I don’t think there is any question. It is Richard III,” said Pitts, who was not affi liated with the research team. The discovery is a boon for the city of Leicester, which has bought a building next to the parking lot to serve as a visitor center and museum. On Monday, the king’s skeleton lay in a glass box in a meeting room within the university library. It was a browned, fragile- looking thing, its skull pocked with injuries, missing its feet — which scientists say were disturbed sometime after burial — and with a pronounced s- shape to the spine. Soon the remains will be moved to an undisclosed secure location, and next year Richard will, at last, get a king’s burial, interred with pomp and ceremony in Leicester Cathedral. It is a day Langley, of the Richard III Society, has dreamed of seeing. “ We have searched for him, we have found him — it is now time to honor him,” she said.

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