BUSINESS

Putting CP on a different track

ANTHONY WILSON-SMITH November 16 1998
BUSINESS

Putting CP on a different track

ANTHONY WILSON-SMITH November 16 1998

World NOTES

BLASTING PEACE

Two car bombers killed themselves and injured 21 people in Jerusalem’s main street market, forcing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s right-wing cabinet to immediately halt discussions on whether to ratify the land-for-security accord he signed with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat last month at the White House.

RAPES CONFIRMED

An independent fact-finding commission concluded that 66 women, many of them ethnic Chinese, were raped during the May riots that brought down Indonesian president Suharto. The report also said the military incited many of the disturbances, which left 1,200 people dead in Jakarta.

TERRORISM CHARGE

Fugitive Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden and a top aide were indicted in a Manhattan court for the bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. Washington accuses bin Laden of conducting a terror campaign against U.S. targets around the world.

ARBOUR BLOCKED

Yugoslavia refused to issue a visa to the United Nations’ chief war crimes prosecutor, Canadian Judge Louise Arbour, who had planned to investigate human rights abuses in the war with ethnic Albanian separatists.

CELL BREAKTHROUGH

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin have grown human stem cells, a step welcomed by cell biologists trying to make advances in transplantation and gene therapy. Stem cells, the precursors to all other cells, could be used to repair body parts, such as a damaged spine or diseased heart—or, eventually, aid in cloning a human.

VOLUNTEER HOSTAGE

Rejecting the advice of Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy, a mining company owner from Raymond, Alta., Norbert Reinhart, 49, has traded places with an employee held hostage since June 24 by leftist guerrillas in the remote jungle of Colombia. “He’s one hell of a man, is what I think he is,” said freed drill foreman Edward Leonard of Crestón, B.C., who met Reinhart for the first time when the guerrillas allowed the exchange to take place on Oct. 6.

A HERO RETURNS'John Glenn,who in 1962

became the first American to orbit the Earth, touched down in the shuttle Discovery at Cape Canaveral, Fla.,

after a nine-day voyage with six crewmates. Glenn, 77, the oldest person to fly in space, conducted experiments to determine the effect of weightlessness on the body. One, measuring bone loss in astronauts and sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency, could eventually help to treat osteoporosis. Besides being used as a guinea pig for geriatric research, Glenn brought a lustre to the space program not seen since the moon missions of the 1960s and ’70s.

Prison for the 'Black Widow'

Reggiani socialite, Martinelli, broke into 49, once tears a in glamorous a Milan courtroom as she was sentenced to 29 years in jail for arranging the murder of her exhusband, billionaire fashion mogul Maurizio Gucci. The sentencing of the so-called Black Widow came at the end of a melodramatic fivemonth trial that gripped Italians with tales of money and sex inside one of the fashion industry’s most famous families. Gucci, the last of his clan to hold a stake in the maker of luxurious shoes, handbags and other high-priced accessories, was shot four times as he walked into an office building on March 27,1995.

Prosecutors alleged Martinelli paid her four co-defendants, who received prison sentences ranging from life to 25 years, to kill Gucci. They painted her as a greedy woman who was not content with the $1.3 million she received annually in alimony. Martinelli maintained that her clairvoyant friend Giuseppina Auriemma, who received 25 years, organized the killing to blackmail her. But according to Auriemma’s testimony, Martinelli nagged her almost daily to find someone to knock off Gucci. In the end, the jury decided the $565,000 that Martinelli gave the other defendants was payment not for blackmail but for murder.

Manhunt after an abortion doctor's murder

Police in Canada and the United States were searching for a man whose car was spotted near the home of Barnett Slepian, 52, the Buffalo, N.Y., abortion doctor who was murdered by a sniper on Oct. 23. James Kopp, 44, of St. Albans, Vt., who is known inside the anti-abortion movement as the self-proclaimed “Atomic dog,” is also wanted for questioning in three nonfatal shootings of abortion doctors in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Hamilton between 1994 and 1997, all around the time of Remembrance Day. Staff at The Hamilton Spectator identified Kopp as the man who left a picture of Slepian in the newspaper’s washroom shortly before the doctor’s murder in the nearby U.S. city.