- - Tuesday, December 27, 2011

ARIZONA

‘Biased’ Mexican-American program illegal, judge rules

PHOENIX — An administrative law judge ruled Tuesday that a Tucson school district’s ethnic-studies program violates state law, agreeing with the findings of Arizona’s public schools chief.

Judge Lewis Kowal’s ruling marked a defeat for the Tucson Unified School District, which will have to change the program or risk losing state funding.

The ruling said the district’s Mexican-American Studies program violated state law by having one or more classes designed primarily for one ethnic group, promoting racial resentment and advocating ethnic solidarity instead of treating students as individuals.

The judge said the law permits objective instruction about oppression, but “teaching oppression objectively is quite different than actively presenting material in a biased, political and emotionally charged manner.”

MICHIGAN

Police: Killer may be targeting Detroit escorts

DETROIT — Detroit police fear a killer may be targeting escorts after finding that three of four women found dead in car trunks over the past week had placed sex-related ads on the same website.

Police Chief Ralph Godbee says authorities find the link “disconcerting.”

The latest victims were found Christmas morning, when Detroit firefighters discovered two badly burned bodies in the trunk of a car that had been set ablaze in a garage.

RHODE ISLAND

Ex-stripper files lawsuit against police chief

PROVIDENCE — A former Rhode Island stripper has filed a federal lawsuit against a police chief who is accused of stealing $714 from her purse after an August car chase.

Pawtucket resident Justina Cardoso, 21, is seeking $250,000 in damages from Col. John Whiting. Mr. Whiting, 57, of North Attleborough, Mass., has been suspended from his job as police chief in North Providence.

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