- The Washington Times - Friday, April 14, 2006

Professor urges destruction of display

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — A university professor is under investigation after some of her students pulled up crosses from a pro-life display on campus and dumped them in the trash.

The crosses, put up last week by a student group called Northern Right to Life, were meant to represent a cemetery for aborted fetuses.

Sally Jacobsen, a professor of literature and language at Northern Kentucky University, said nine students in one of her graduate-level classes dismantled the display Wednesday.

“I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom of speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to,” Miss Jacobsen said. She declined to say if she took part.

University President James Votruba said any evidence of criminal activity would be turned over to prosecutors.

Coroner says family of 6 died instantly

LEOLA, Pa. — Six family members who were beaten to death over the weekend were attacked with so much force that each died almost instantly, a county coroner said yesterday.

Jesse Dee Wise, the grandson of the oldest victim, admitted killing his relatives and dumping their bodies in the basement of the family home, police said. He was charged Thursday with six counts of criminal homicide.

Mr. Wise confessed to strangling three of the victims and bludgeoning three others, according to court documents, although Lancaster County Coroner Dr. G. Gary Kirchner said “there was nobody that we could say definitely was strangled.”

Mr. Wise, 21, lived with his grandparents in Leola, a small village in Lancaster County’s rural Amish country, and in 2004 had been arrested for burglary, theft and agricultural vandalism.

Vet dies a day after getting medals

VENTURA, Calif. — An 87-year-old World War II veteran who was finally awarded the Bronze Star he had earned for heroism died a day after the ceremony at his nursing home.

Adam N. Macht, a former Army corporal, died Thursday in his apartment at Cypress Place Senior Living, according to his stepdaughter-in-law, Lou Matthews. He suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Macht served in Tunisia, Algeria and French Morocco during World War II. On Wednesday, he was pinned with the Bronze Star for heroic service and the Purple Heart for combat wounds.

It was not clear why Mr. Macht never received the medals. The oversight was discovered when officials at the nursing home checked to see if Mr. Macht, a new resident, was eligible for veterans’ pension benefits, said Jim Duran, the facility’s executive director.

DEA agent to sue agency

ORLANDO, Fla. — A DEA agent who accidentally shot himself in the foot while demonstrating gun safety to school children is suing the agency, saying video of the incident has made him the joke of the Internet.

Lee Paige was making a presentation to children at the Orlando Youth Minority Golf Association on April 9, 2004, when he shot himself. Moments before the shooting, the 14-year agency veteran was displaying his firearm and telling students he was the only one in the room professional enough to handle a gun.

He was suspended for five days without pay after the accident, and the video was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The lawsuit filed April 7 in federal court in Washington charges the agency leaked the video to the public.

After it surfaced, the tape soon became popular on the Internet. It aired on television, including late-night talk shows.

Bartenders’ makeup stays on, court rules

RENO, Nev.— A casino company’s requirement for female bartenders to wear makeup does not amount to sexual discrimination, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

Lawyers for Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. said the 7-4 ruling against Darlene Jespersen — who was fired in 2000 for refusing to wear makeup after 21 years as a bartender at Harrah’s in Reno — affirms the right of employers to adopt reasonable dress and grooming standards.

But Miss Jespersen’s lawyers said the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has opened the door for more anti-discrimination lawsuits by outlining what must be proven to establish sex stereotyping through dress codes.

The court ruled that Harrah’s policy burdened women no more than men, partly because men were required to cut their hair while women were not, and women had to wear makeup but men were prohibited from doing so.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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