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Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2001

Nation Briefs

August 18, 2001

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NEW YORK: Sharpton leaves prison

The Rev. Al Sharpton walked out of a federal prison Friday to several hundred supporters waving Puerto Rican flags and chanting "free at last."

"We'll come again, if we have to, to stop the bombing," said Sharpton, who served 90 days for trespassing on U.S. Navy property while protesting bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Sharpton lost 30 pounds during a 43-day hunger strike staged to pressure the government into ending the exercises. President Bush has said he will withdraw the Navy from Vieques in 2003; opponents want it to leave now.

Florida: Drug charges filed are family affair

Three generations of a family in MacClenny were arrested on drug charges after officers said they bought prescription drugs at the family home.

Arrested Thursday were Mary Alice Church, 61, charged with sale and delivery of prescription drugs; her daughter, 40-year-old Teala Myers, charged with trafficking in OxyContin; and Church's granddaughter, Queintina Stoutamire, 25, charged with trafficking in morphine.

Baker County Sheriff Joey Dobson said the trio also will face charges for sale of prescription drugs and morphine.

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