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Body found in river stolen from grave

STAMFORD — A body found in a New Jersey river this week belonged to a 2-year-old girl whose remains were apparently stolen from a grave in Connecticut, police said Tuesday.

Two men fishing in the Passaic River on Sunday afternoon in Clifton, N.J., found a girl’s body in a bag at the shoreline. An investigation led authorities to the grave of a girl who was buried in Stamford in 2007.

Authorities exhumed the grave and found an empty coffin.

Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin would not release the child’s identity Tuesday but said authorities think she was properly buried.


Professor loses bid to reclaim job

DENVER | A judge refused Tuesday to reinstate a University of Colorado professor who was fired on plagiarism charges after he likened some Sept. 11 terrorist attack victims to a Nazi leader.

If it stands, the ruling means Ward Churchill cannot return to the classroom even though a jury ruled in April that his firing was politically motivated.

Mr. Churchill wrote an essay after the 2001 terrorist attacks calling the World Trade Center victims “little Eichmanns,” a reference to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi leader who orchestrated the Holocaust.

University officials were pressured to fire Mr. Churchill after that essay gained wide attention in 2005, but they concluded they couldn’t because of First Amendment protections.

However, they launched an investigation into the research behind his other writings, and in 2007 he was fired on the plagiarism charges and other research misconduct allegations. Mr. Churchill sued, and jurors ruled in his favor.

Under Colorado law, the decision on whether to reinstate Mr. Churchill was left up to Judge Larry J. Naves of Denver District Court.

Judge Naves ruled Tuesday that the decision by the university’s Board of Regents “occurred with sufficient procedural protections.” He also noted that jurors awarded Mr. Churchill only $1 in damages.

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