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Attorney: I was too sleepy during trial
MEMPHIS — A defense attorney tried a different argument to win his convicted client a new murder trial: The attorney was too sleepy.
Charles R. Curbo wrote in a motion for a new trial that he could not properly represent the defendant, Tony Wolfe, because he was tired during the six-day trial in January.
Prosecutor David Zak said he saw no lack of enthusiasm from the defense.
Wolfe was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Leondus Hawkins, 27, in September 2004 at a service station parking lot. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Candidates clash on Iraq, security
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Democratic presidential candidates clashed Sunday on Iraq and over the security of the country since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, trailing both New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in national polls, criticized their cautious approach in forcing President Bush to withdraw troops from Iraq.
While some members of Congress spoke out “loudly and clearly” last month against legislation to pay for the war through September but without a withdrawal timetable, “others did not,” Edwards said.
Both Clinton and Obama voted against the bill — which passed — but without making a strong case against the legislation.
Clinton disagreed with Edwards, both in his comments on her role on Iraq and in his characterization of Bush’s global war on terrorism as a “political slogan, a bumper sticker.”
As a New Yorker, “I have seen firsthand the terrible damage that can be inflicted on our country by a small band of terrorists,” Clinton said.
Still, she said, “I believe we are safer than we were.”
3 arrested in food fight at Ill. school
AURORA, Ill. — A high school senior accused of starting a massive food fight that left a police officer injured was among three students arrested in the prank.
At least 200 students were in West Aurora High School’s cafeteria when french fries, milk, sandwiches and pizza slices were hurled in a free-for-all, authorities said.
The alleged instigator, Demetrius Oglesby, 18, faces a felony charge of resisting arrest after authorities said he ran from a police officer. The officer tripped over another student who had fallen during the food fight, breaking his foot. A school official also suffered minor injuries.
Lebanese army bombards camp
TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Lebanon’s army pounded Islamic militants hiding in a bombed-out Palestinian refugee camp Sunday for the third straight day, while fighting erupted outside another camp in the south, stoking fears of widespread violence breaking out in the country.
Fierce fighting has engulfed the outskirts of the Nahr el-Bared camp in Northern Lebanon since Friday, when the Lebanese army launched an offensive to drive the Fatah Islam militants from their positions inside the settlement.
Dozens pose naked in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — Dozens of women posed naked on their bicycles on a bridge over one of Amsterdam’s historic canals Sunday — a unique sight even in a city famed for its relaxed attitude toward nudity and sex.
They were among 2,000 men and women who participated in a series of four nude group photos in the city in the early hours of the morning as part of the latest project of U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick. The first and largest composition was in a decidedly prosaic location: a parking garage on the outer ring of the city.
The women on bikes were selected from the larger group and posed with their chins pointed triumphantly upward toward the sky.
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