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Killer felt like 'scum'

WASHINGTON -- Convicted serial sniper Lee Boyd Malvo said in a newspaper interview published Sunday the devastated reaction of a victim's husband made him feel like "the worst piece of scum."

Malvo expresses remorse in the interview with the Washington Post and urged the families of victims to try and forget about him and his partner John Allen Muhammad so they can move on. Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the deadly spree in the Washington area carried out by Malvo and John Allen Muhammad. The pair has been linked to 27 shootings across the country, including 10 fatal attacks in the Washington area.

Malvo, 27, told the Post in a rare interview that the look on the face of victim Linda Franklin's husband right after she was shot stands out in his memory of the rampage. Franklin, a 47-year-old FBI analyst, was killed as she and her husband loaded supplies outside a Home Depot store in Falls Church, Virginia.

"They are penetrating," Malvo said of Ted Franklin's eyes. "It is the worst sort of pain I have ever seen in my life. His eyes.... Words do not possess the depth in which to fully convey that emotion and what I felt when I saw it. ...You feel like the worst piece of scum on the planet."

Shooting victim mourned

MINNEAPOLIS -- A business owner who was one of five people gunned down by a newly fired employee was remembered Sunday as a generous man of humble beginnings.

More than 1,000 mourners attended the service for Reuven Rahamim, founder of Accent Signage Systems. Rahamim, three other Accent employees and a UPS driver making a delivery were killed at the company Thursday when police say Andrew Engeldinger, 36, began shooting. He had been fired before the rampage, Minnesota's deadliest workplace shooting.

Three other people were wounded in the attack before police say Engeldinger took his own life.

Rahamim, 61, immigrated from Israel and spent three decades building Accent Signage Systems after starting it in his basement. The business employed 28 people as of July.

"Reuven had everyone's back," Rabbi Alexander Davis said at Sunday's service for Rahamim. "He was present in everyone's lives, and he wanted to make a difference in the world."

Rahamim will be buried later this week in Israel.

Not in touch with emotions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Arnold Schwarzenegger says his lifelong penchant for secrecy and ability to put his emotions "on deep freeze" led him to keep many secrets from his wife Maria Shriver, eventually causing the dissolution of their marriage when he was forced to admit he fathered a child with the family's housekeeper years earlier.

Throughout their strained 25-year marriage, Schwarzenegger says he did not want to tell Shriver about crucial life decisions such as major heart surgery and running for California governor because he feared she would overreact and tell her well-connected family and friends.

In his new autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, and in an interview that aired Sunday on the TV news magazine 60 Minutes, the former California governor acknowledged his inability to be honest with people has hurt those closest to him.

"That's the way I handle things. And it always has worked. But, I mean it does not -- it's not the best thing for people around me because I sometimes -- some information I just keep to myself," Schwarzenegger tells reporter Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes.

Civil war claims more

BEIRUT -- A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a Syrian security compound in a remote, predominantly Kurdish town Sunday, killing at least four people, state media said, in a new sign that the country's largest ethnic minority might be drawn into a widening civil war.

Opposition activists said at least eight Syrian intelligence agents were killed and several dozen people wounded in the attack in the northeastern town of Qamishli, more than 700 kilometres from the capital Damascus.

Syria's more than two million Kurds, long marginalized, have largely stayed out of the fighting, though some have participated in protests against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Campaigning turns tragic

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Supporters of Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles had just set out for an afternoon of campaigning in a caravan of cars when they came to a road blocked by a crowd of supporters of President Hugo Chavez.

Witnesses said some of those in the caravan had gotten out to try to convince the Chavez supporters to let them through when gunfire rang out. Two Capriles supporters were killed in the violence on Saturday in western Barinas state.

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said on Sunday one suspect has been arrested in the killings.

Opposition politician Pedro Castillo, who witnessed the violence, said there was no physical confrontation before the shooting erupted.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 1, 2012 A10

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