- - Thursday, July 14, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Law to teach gay history signed by governor

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a landmark bill adding lessons about gay history to social studies classes in California’s public schools.

Mr. Brown, a Democrat, signed the bill Thursday, making California the first state in the nation to require public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies curriculum.

The Democratic-majority Legislature passed the bill last week on a largely party-line vote.

The bill has drawn criticism from some churches and conservative groups that argue such instruction would expose students to a subject that some parents find objectionable.

Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, the bill’s author, has said that teaching gay history in public schools will teach students to be more accepting of gays and lesbians.

FLORIDA

Anthony’s account gets a boost by donors

ORLANDO — Supporters from as far away as Canada have sent money to Casey Anthony’s jailhouse commissary account since she was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

Records released Thursday show Miss Anthony’s account has gone from around $264 just before the jury verdict last week to more than $470.

Supporters are sending the checks and money orders to the Orange County Jail, where Miss Anthony is scheduled to be released Sunday.

Miss Anthony was found guilty of four counts of lying to police, but with time served and good behavior credits, she won’t serve out her four-year sentence.

MASSACHUSETTS

Cardinal O’Malley to sell 6 churches

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