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Case against lacrosse players dropped
BRIDGEPORT — Prosecutors have dropped their case against three Sacred Heart University lacrosse players accused of conspiring to sexually assault a woman in a Connecticut dorm room.
A judge dismissed charges Wednesday against Nicholas Travers, 18, of Smithtown, N.Y. Prosecutors said they also won’t pursue charges against Zachari Triner, 18, of Mansfield, Mass., and Timothy Sanders, 19, of Ashburn, Va.
All three were charged in November with conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault. Mr. Sanders also was charged with first-degree unlawful restraint.
Lawmaker: Ban first-cousin marriages
ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland state legislator said it’s time to ban marriages between first cousins and stop playing what he calls “genetic roulette” with their offspring.
Delegate Henry B. Heller, Montgomery County Democrat, said he wants to bring Maryland “into the enlightened world of other states such as West Virginia and Arkansas” that already prohibit unions of first cousins.
Mr. Heller is a retired special education administrator. He said couples who are first cousins are at an increased risk of having a child with birth defects.
The bill would make an exception for people who are older than 65 or infertile. Mr. Heller said he has “no problem” with those couples if they want the companionship.
Twenty-four states prohibit marriage between first cousins.
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