As thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators flooded into the nation’s capital for a massive protest march today to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion, leaders on both sides were girding for a tense confrontation in the wake of a deadly wave of violence which many activists believe has marked a watershed in the nation’s bitter and emotional debate over abortion.
The shooting sprees in late December outside clinics in Brookline, Mass., and Norfolk, Va., which left two women dead and five wounded, have added a new level of scrutiny and tension to today’s annual “March for Life.” The march in Washington always has been peaceful, and mainstream anti-abortion leaders are urging peaceful activities.
But abortion-rights advocates are taking extra security precautions at abortion clinics here and around the nation.
Telephone cables cut by vandal Fargo, N.D.
A vandal cut two bundles of telephone cables, leaving thousands of residents in northwestern Minnesota without service Sunday - and perhaps for days.
The cables connected a US West office in Fargo to all or parts of four counties in Minnesota, including the city of Moorhead.
Both sets of cables were cut inside boxlike concrete structures, called utility openings, that stand 3 to 4 feet high.
Auto plant workers vote to end strike Flint, Mich.
Workers at a crucial General Motors parts complex overwhelmingly ratified a deal Sunday to end a four-day strike which forced shutdowns at other GM plants in the United States and Canada.
The agreement includes a GM commitment to hire more than 600 additional workers by mid1996 and to add new products to the complex’s output, the United Auto Workers said.
“They were trying to take a lot of your jobs to Mexico … and we stopped them,” UAW negotiator Scott Campbell told workers.