- - Tuesday, July 20, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Lindsay Lohan begins jail sentence

LOS ANGELES | Lindsay Lohan began a 90-day jail sentence Tuesday, trading nightclubs and Twitter messages for a small, isolated cell and an orange jumpsuit.

Miss Lohan, 24, was booked into the 2,200-bed Century Regional Detention Facility, an all-female jail in South Los Angeles, after surrendering in court for violating her probation on two 2007 drunken-driving and cocaine possession charges.


The “Mean Girls” actress, whose promising career has foundered during two years of strenuous partying, looked tired and tense during a brief, silent appearance at a packed Beverly Hills courtroom where she was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Miss Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, told reporters that Miss Lohan is “scared as anyone would be … and she’s resolute. She does her time just like anyone else.”

INDIANA

Aid cuts seen as federal violation

INDIANAPOLIS | For at least a decade, as many as 6,000 of Indiana’s neediest adults have had some of their state aid payments slashed simply because they receive food stamps — a practice that advocates and legal analysts say is a clear violation of federal law.

The issue apparently went unnoticed until this month, when the father of a severely autistic Indianapolis man challenged it in court.

Under the current system, when the federal government raises food stamp amounts, Indiana officials reduce grocery allowances so a person’s total food benefits do not exceed $200 a month.

Federal law bars states from counting food stamps as income or using them to reduce any other public benefits. But a spokesman for the state welfare agency said it does not think the policy breaks the law.

MASSACHUSETTS

New law gives dogs, cats a voice

BOSTON | Massachusetts on Wednesday will become the first state to ban the surgery that devocalizes dogs and cats, which many animal rights advocates see as a cruel and unnecessary procedure.

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