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Senate Urges Crown Heights Probe

In a move hailed by Jewish groups, the Senate voted unanimously last week to seek a Justice Department investigation of the 1991 disturbances in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

In a 97-0 vote last Wednesday, senators called for a federal investigation into the rioting two years ago between Jews and African Americans.

Two members of the House of Representatives who have been urging Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate the disturbances, New York Democrats Charles Schumer and Nita Lowey, welcomed the news Wednesday.

Reno is expected to announce soon whether she will pursue an investigation. In early September, she was expected to announce that she would not pursue a federal investigation, but she postponed the decision at the urging of Schumer and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

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