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Jennifer Tressler told the Patriot-News of Harrisburg she made the decision Monday after being told Connor had to remove the body art, which depicted a flag, the date of bin Laden’s death and the letters U-S-A.

Central Dauphin School District spokeswoman Shannon Leib said the paint violated the student dress code. Ms. Tressler removed Connor before the Middle Paxton Elementary School principal presented her with the option of having the boy wash his face, Miss Leib said.

An American Civil Liberties Union lawyer said the district overreacted. “There’s a difference between discussion and debate, which schools should encourage, and a breakdown of discipline in the classroom,” ACLU attorney Mary Catherine Roper told the newspaper.


Border station may stay open

MONTPELIER | Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, who last year helped persuade the federal government to close a little-used Vermont border station in Franklin now wants officials to explore options for keeping it open.

The Morses Line Port of Entry, located on the U.S.-Canadian border, was slated for expansion last year by federal officials who planned to seize land from a neighboring dairy farm to make room. The Rainville family, which owns the land, fought the plan and Mr. Leahy took up their cause.

Now, the Vermont Democrat citing overwhelming community support for the station is asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection to consider land swaps by nearby property owners or a smaller renovation that would bring Morses Line up to 21st century security standards without seizing land.


New drugs used in killer’s execution

HUNTSVILLE | A man convicted of raping and strangling a woman in 2001 was executed Tuesday, becoming the state’s first inmate put to death using a new three-drug cocktail.

Cary Kerr, 46, insisted he wasn’t responsible for the crime outside Fort Worth. “I am an innocent man,” he said. “Never trust a court-appointed attorney.”


Judge: U.S. must pay damages in bear attack

SALT LAKE CITY | A federal judge has awarded nearly $2 million to the family of an 11-year-old boy killed by a bear at a campsite in 2007.

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