- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 22, 2008

School apologizes for race rules

COLUMBIA, S.C. | Bob Jones University has apologized for racist policies including a one-time ban on interracial dating that wasn’t lifted until almost nine years ago and its unwillingness to admit black students until 1971.

The private fundamentalist Christian school founded in 1927 said its rules on race were shaped by culture instead of the Bible, according to a statement posted Thursday on the university’s Web site.

“We failed to accurately represent the Lord and to fulfill the commandment to love others as ourselves. For these failures we are profoundly sorry. Though no known antagonism toward minorities or expressions of racism on a personal level have ever been tolerated on our campus, we allowed institutional policies to remain in place that were racially hurtful,” the statement said.

The interracial dating ban was lifted in March 2000, not long after the policy at the Greenville-based university, which has about 5,000 students, became an issue in the Republican presidential primary that year.

Bob Jones University President Stephen Jones decided to issue the apology because the school still receives questions about its views on race.

Council head admits sex setup on rival

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. | A former president of the Atlantic City Council has pleaded guilty to helping set up a political rival in a videotaped sex session.

Former council President Craig Callaway is already in prison for bribery. He pleaded guilty Friday in state Superior Court in Mays Landing to conspiracy to commit invasion of privacy.

He admitted in a plea agreement to renting rooms in an Absecon motel where Councilman Eugene Robinson was secretly filmed receiving oral sex from a prostitute. Callaway will not have to testify against other defendants.

Mr. Robinson, a Baptist minister, has said that the sex was consensual and that money he gave the woman was to buy sodas.

Father in coma case denies beating girl

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. | A man accused of beating his stepdaughter so severely that she suffered a permanent brain injury - triggering a euthanasia case - testified Friday that he never hit her and believed his wife’s claims that the girl injured herself.

Jason Strickland denied prosecutors’ claims that he and his late wife, Holli, beat 11-year-old Haleigh Poutre into a coma in September 2005.

Haleigh was at the center of a euthanasia case in which the state received court permission to remove her feeding tube and starve her to death. But she began showing signs of improvement days later and can now perform simple tasks such as feeding herself and writing her name. She remains in a Boston rehabilitation hospital.

Mr. Strickland, 34, portrayed Haleigh as a troubled child who was once admitted to the hospital for an eating disorder. He said she had a habit of biting the side of her mouth until it bled and that her nose was “typically red” from continually picking at an old scab. He testified that his wife told him repeatedly over a five-year period that Haleigh caused a litany of injuries, including bruises, burns and cuts to various parts of her body.

He said that during the year before Haleigh suffered her near-fatal brain injury, Mrs. Strickland was taking her to see a nurse practitioner on a weekly basis to perform body checks “because Haleigh was hurting herself.”

Mr. Strickland said that on the weekend Haleigh went into the coma, his wife told him the girl was in bed sleeping because she did not feel well.

Plant managers charged over aliens

DES MOINES, Iowa | A federal grand jury has returned a 12-count indictment against a kosher slaughterhouse and some its managers on charges including conspiracy, harboring illegal immigrants and bank fraud.

The superseding indictment includes three new defendants - Brent Beebe, Hosam Amara and Zeev Levi - who haven’t previously faced federal charges in connection with the Agriprocessors plant in Postville. The indictment was issued Thursday and unsealed Friday.

Former CEO Sholom Rubashkin and human resources worker Karina Freund, who were already facing federal charges, also were named in the indictment.

It lists charges including conspiracy to harbor undocumented immigrants for profit, harboring and aiding and abetting undocumented immigrants for profit, conspiracy to commit document fraud, aiding and abetting document fraud, aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft and bank fraud.

Federal immigration agents raided the northeast Iowa plant in May and arrested 389 workers. Arrests of Agriprocessors managers have come in the ensuing months, as have state charges of labor and safety violations.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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