Briefs

Posted: April 12, 1993

MONTGOMERY, ALA.

HUNT GETS HIS DAY IN COURT

Guy Hunt, Alabama's first Republican governor this century, goes on trial today, charged with using his office for personal profit.

Hunt, 59, insists he is innocent of diverting more than $200,000 from his 1987 inaugural fund for his personal use, and said the money went to repay debts from his 1978 gubernatorial campaign. He lost that race.

BALTIMORE

12 INJURED IN STREET GUNFIRE

As many as five gunmen opened fire on a busy streetcorner over the weekend in an inner-city neighborhood, injuring 12 people before running off.

The victims ranged in ages from 14 to 40, said police spokesman Doug Price. Five were in critical condition at area hospitals.

Police had several people in custody for questioning, but no arrests were made immediately, Price said. Police did not know the motive for the shooting, he said.

SAVAGE, MD.

HE CAUGHT WIFE'S SLAYING ON VIDEO

As he proudly videotaped his wife and their daughter leaving for her first day of preschool, Biswanath Basu didn't know he was also filming two men who would be accused of killing his wife in a carjacking.

The videotape likely will be shown by prosecutors as the first of two trials gets under way today in the slaying of Pam Basu.

Pam Basu's arm became tangled in a seat belt as she was forced from her BMW at a stop sign a block from her home, police said. She was dragged almost 1 1/ 2 miles before the driver ran up against a fence to dislodge her.

DALLAS

SUING OVER A HOTEL RESERVATION

A Jewish "countermissionary" group said yesterday that it was denied use of a Dallas hotel ballroom it had reserved to compete with a Passover dinner by the Jews for Jesus, which seeks to win converts for Christianity.

Daniel Davis, a Jews for Judaism spokesman in Dallas, said his group had asked the American Civil Liberties Union to investigate the Marriott Park Central for possible civil-rights violations in refusing them the $75 room, down the hall from where the Jews for Jesus were attending a function Saturday.

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