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SIKH TRUCK DRIVER WOUNDED
BY 2 IN ARIZONA SHOOTING

A truck driver who was shot and seriously wounded was apparently targeted because he is a Sikh who wears a turban, police said.

Avtar Singh, 52, an Indian immigrant, was the second Sikh in less than two years to be shot in Arizona.

In the other case, a gas station owner was killed in Mesa just days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, apparently because the gunman thought he was an Arab.

Singh had parked his 18-wheeler late Monday and called his son, who was a few blocks away, to pick him up. While he was waiting, at least two young white men pulled up and started yelling, Singh said at a Phoenix hospital Tuesday.

"I hear that voice: 'Go back to where you belong to.' And at the same time I heard the shot," Singh said.

The men wounded Singh in the lower abdomen and upper thigh.

Local and federal authorities were investigating it as a hate crime. No suspects had been found.

Singh, of Phoenix, wears a turban and untrimmed beard as part of his faith.

Detroit hospital system
cuts jobs, medical services

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit's largest health care provider is eliminating 1,000 jobs and cutting patient services because of more than $300 million in losses it says stem in part from treating low-income patients.

The Detroit Medical Center, a 10-hospital chain that is one of the city's leading employers with 13,000 jobs, warned that the cuts are not enough to solve its financial problems, which could lead to some hospitals shutting their doors at the end of the year.

Dr. Arthur Porter, the chain's chief executive, said the hospitals had lost more than $300 million in the last five years in part because of rising health care costs, low rates paid by Medicaid and the cost of providing free care for people without insurance. The chain provided $130 million in charity care last year.

Porter said Tuesday that Detroit Receiving Hospital will eliminate inpatient services and become an emergency and trauma center only. Hutzel Women's Hospital will stop performing all but high-risk deliveries, a reduction of 2,500 to 3,000 births a year.

"To date, no public authority has come forward with necessary funding" to maintain jobs and services, Porter said Tuesday.

Chicago-area mothers face
alcohol charges in hazing

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) -- Two parents were charged Wednesday with supplying alcohol to students at a suburban Chicago high school who participated in a brutal hazing incident captured on videotape.

Christine Neal, 49, was charged with delivery of alcohol to a minor for buying three kegs of beer, two of which were found in the park where the hazing took place, prosecutors said. Marcy Spiwak, 49, was charged with allowing her home to be used for underage drinking.

Neal is the mother of Dominic Vargas, 18, a student who was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a minor. Authorities said Vargas brought the kegs to the May 4 "powder puff" event where junior girls were brutally hazed by seniors.

"The violence that we all saw on the tapes from the melee at Chipilly Woods was fueled by alcohol," Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine said. "The adults who bought this liquor or hosted a party where beer was consumed will be held accountable."

Videotape of the event shows juniors from Glenbrook North High School being covered with mud, paint, feces and garbage as onlookers, some hoisting beer cups, cheered.

Neal, who was arrested Tuesday, and Vargas were released on $100 bond each. An arrest warrant was issued for Spiwak, the mother of a junior girl at the hazing.

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