- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 14, 2000

Expelled teens charged with robbery

DECATUR, Ill. Three of the teens whose expulsions from school for a football-game brawl set off protests and a campaign by Jesse Jackson have been charged with robbery.

Roosevelt Fuller, 19; Errol Bond, 17; and Bruce Manns, 17, were arrested after another teen-ager told police they and a fourth teen beat him Tuesday and stole $120.

The four were jailed on preliminary charges of robbery and felony mob action, police said. At a hearing yesterday, bond was set at $50,000 for Mr. Fuller, and $12,000 each for Mr. Manns and Mr. Bond, who was later released after paying the total.

The 17-year-old who filed the complaint had minor injuries, police said.

The three were among six students expelled for two years after the stands-clearing brawl at a high school football game a year ago.

Mr. Jackson used the boys' case as a platform for a national crusade against "zero tolerance" school policies that require expulsion for any form of violence.

Guard divisions teamed with active-duty units

The Army for the first time will align National Guard divisions with active-duty Army corps, making it more likely that part-time soldiers will ship out if war erupts in Korea or the Persian Gulf, Army officials said yesterday.

The change reflects Army leaders' search for ways to make better use of the National Guard at a time when the active-duty force is stretched thin by a variety of peacetime missions across the globe.

Gen. Eric Shinseki, the Army chief of staff, is to announce the plan today at a National Guard convention in New Jersey.

Clinton case to wait until next year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. President Clinton's disbarment case probably won't be heard by an Arkansas judge before the president leaves office next year, the judge's law clerk said yesterday.

Judge Leon Johnson has a full docket and won't make any special effort to squeeze in a Clinton hearing sooner, clerk Chantel Mullen said. The president leaves office Jan. 20.

However, some cases scheduled for trial are in settlement talks, and one could drop off the docket, allowing the Clinton case to come up by the end of the year as requested by the state Supreme Court disciplinary panel, the clerk said.

Summer was warmer than normal

Summer 2000 was warmer than normal in the United States, though it didn't quite make the top 10 hot summers, government scientists reported yesterday.

Indeed, this year's meteorological summer June through August was the 11th warmest U.S. summer since records were begun in 1895.

There was considerable variation, however, with cooler and wetter than usual conditions prevailing in the Northeast and Midwest, while it was warmer and drier than normal across many states in the deep South and West.

Mass. court rejects appeal on fetus order

BOSTON The state's highest court yesterday turned away an appeal that claimed all women's rights were harmed when a state judge ordered into custody a pregnant religious sect member to protect her fetus.

Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court noted that the appeal wasn't filed by the woman herself, Rebecca Corneau, who has refused an examination on religious grounds and is suspected of covering up the death of her last baby.

The court said the plaintiff, Barbara F., did not have a role in the matter.

Airlines announce anti-fatigue program

The nation's major airlines launched an anti-fatigue campaign yesterday, which includes educational materials for workers and a new advisory panel to research ways to reduce tiredness on the job.
Air Transport Association members also agreed to end the so-called "tail-end ferry flights," where pilots who have used up their legal hours of flying passengers can still be assigned to fly empty planes to where they will be needed the next day.

Hurricane danger growing, officials say

With one American in five now living in areas vulnerable to hurricanes, a new study warns that a storm disaster is increasingly likely and calls for changes in the way the nation prepares.
"It's just a matter of time before a hurricane strikes a vulnerable area causing serious damage and loss of life," Richard Greenfield, director of atmospheric policy programs for the American Meteorological Society, said yesterday.

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