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October 31, 2004

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Washington, D.C.

Cardinal remembered by the poor, powerful

The poor and the powerful came together Saturday for the funeral of Cardinal James A. Hickey, a champion of the poor who served 20 years as the archbishop of Washington.

Latin hymns echoed through the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as religious and political leaders joined with ordinary people in observing the funeral Mass for Hickey. He died Oct. 24 at age 84.

A procession of priests, bishops and cardinals passed through a cordon of the Knights of Columbus in ceremonial capes and plumed hats. More than a dozen pews were filled with nuns, their veils of white, gray, blue and black identifying their orders.

Guantanamo Bay

Two detainees decline to go before tribunal

Two men accused by the United States of being members of al-Qaida -- including one who allegedly attended a camp with Osama bin Laden -- declined to appear before a U.S. military review panel at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an official said Saturday.

A 30-year-old detainee was accused of being an instructor at the al-Farouq terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, said Lt. Cmdr. Daryl Borgquist, spokesman for the Combatant Status Review Tribunals.

Another man accused of belonging to al-Qaida was allegedly at the al-Farouq camp when bin Laden reportedly was there between July 2001 and September of 2001, Borgquist said.

The two men declined to appear before the tribunal, which has been set up by U.S. military officials to determine whether some 550 detainees in Guantanamo should remain held as enemy combatants.

North Carolina

Man kills wife, three family members, self

A man who was charged this month with raping and kidnapping his estranged wife went house to house and fatally shot her and three family members before killing himself, Marshville authorities said.

The body of David Edward Wyzanowski, 37, and his wife, Michelle, 31, were found inside a burning house Thursday after a passer-by saw smoke coming from the home, Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. A 22-caliber rifle was found with the bodies.

Several hours later, investigators went to a mobile home 10 miles away where relatives lived and found the bodies of three men, believed to be Michelle Wyzanowski's father, Ronald Eugene Faulk, 52, and her brother, Ronnie Joe Deese, 19. The third victim, a young man, was believed to be another family member, the sheriff said.

The Wyzanowskis were separated. David had been charged Oct. 12 with rape and kidnapping, but he was released on $50,000 bond.

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