- - Tuesday, July 6, 2010

CALIFORNIA

34 illegals caught after coming ashore

SAN DIEGO | The U.S. Border Patrol said two groups of seafaring, illegal immigrants have been caught coming ashore along Southern California’s coast — including 18 people who landed at the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton.

U.S. Border Patrol agent Michael Jimenez said agents detained 16 Mexican citizens traveling in a skiff after they came ashore around 1:50 a.m. Tuesday near Leucadia.

He said agents acting on a call from military officials also detained 18 others walking across Camp Pendleton a few hours later after they had been dropped off by a boat.

CONNECTICUT

Priest accused of $1.3 million theft

NEW HAVEN | A Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut was charged Tuesday with stealing $1.3 million in church money over seven years to use for male escorts, expensive clothing and luxury hotels and restaurants.

The Rev. Kevin J. Gray, former pastor at Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny, Waterbury police said.

Father Gray, 64, used the money to stay at such hotels as the Waldorf-Astoria and on expensive clothing labels including Armani suits and Brooks Brothers, said Capt. Christopher Corbett. He also paid the college tuition and rent of two men he met, Capt. Corbett said.

GEORGIA

Transgender woman wins case over firing

ATLANTA | A federal judge has ruled in favor of a former Georgia state legislative aide who claimed she was fired after telling her boss she would come to work dressed as woman as she prepared for a sex-change procedure to transform from man to woman.

U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story ruled Friday that Vandy Beth Glenn’s firing violated her constitutional rights under the equal protection clause.

Ms. Glenn is a transgender woman formerly known as Glenn Morrison. She claimed that legislative counsel Sewell Brumby fired her from her job as a legislative editor because the gender transition would make her colleagues feel uncomfortable and would be seen as “immoral” by Georgia lawmakers.

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