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June 26, 2000

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Park shooting leaves 8 wounded
CHICAGO - A shooting in a park on the city's South Side left at least eight people wounded Sunday night, police said.
Two people were in critical condition and one was in serious condition. Other victims were in good or fair condition.
One person was in custody and another was being questioned, police spokesman Matthew Jackson said. The shooting occurred about 8:15 p.m. near a basketball court in Jackson Park, Jackson said.
Witnesses said the park was crowded when the shooting broke out.
Police recovered at least two weapons, including a TEC-9 assault rifle.


Tutu calls for end to death penalty
Nevada - Two days after a Texas inmate's execution prompted a loud outcry over capital punishment, Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged the United States to abolish the death penalty.
Too many innocent people have been sent to death row, Tutu told reporters at a news conference before he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Nevada at Reno.
"I don't want a moratorium on the death penalty. I want the abolition of it," he said. "I can't understand why a country that's so committed to human rights doesn't find the death penalty an obscenity."
Gary Graham, 36, received a lethal injection Thursday night for killing a man outside a Houston supermarket in 1981. The state parole board and appeals courts rejected Graham's arguments that he was convicted on shaky evidence from a single eyewitness and that his trial lawyer did a poor job.


Presidential retreat on preservation list
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hidden away in a retirement community in the District of Columbia is the house Abraham Lincoln called home during his presidency, a place where he escaped the pressures of the wartime White House and could climb trees with his son Tad. Rarely seen by the public, the house at the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home has been in continual use for more than 150 years.
Concerned that the little-known building was deteriorating because of years of heavy use, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has placed it at the top of its annual list of America's most endangered historic places for 2000. The list of private and public buildings is meant to bring public attention and financial support to historic sites that are threatened by neglect or demolition.
The list of 11, released today, includes 39 vintage buildings of the Eisenhower medical center in Leavenworth, Kan., and an art deco structure threatened by the expansion of the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, Calif.

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