- - Thursday, April 8, 2010

ARKANSAS

Boy, 16, accuses mom of Facebook slander

ARKADELPHIA — A 16-year-old Arkansas boy is claiming in a criminal complaint that his mother slandered him on his Facebook page.

Denise New of Arkadelphia is charged with harassment and her son, whose name has not been released, is asking that his mother be prohibited from contacting him.

Authorities say the boy lives with his grandmother, who has custodial rights.

Mrs. New said she thinks she has the legal right to monitor her son’s activities online and that she plans to fight the charges.

CALIFORNIA

Injunction would bar gangs from Skid Row

LOS ANGELES — Authorities are trying a new legal tactic to keep gang members from selling drugs on Skid Row.

Officials said Wednesday they are seeking a first-of-its-kind injunction that would bar members of 31 gangs from entering the downtown district populated by thousands of homeless people.

The move targets 80 individuals and is aimed at reducing rampant drug sales in the impoverished area. It still needs a judge’s approval.

Gang members barred from Skid Row could face up to six months in jail if they violate the injunction.

NEW YORK

Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer

NEW YORK — Tennis great Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with a noninvasive form of breast cancer and her prognosis is considered excellent.

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