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He testified for the prosecution in the child-endangerment trial of Monsignor William Lynn, who served as secretary for clergy in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004.

Mr. Lynn, 61, is the first Catholic church official in the U.S. charged with child endangerment for allegedly failing to protect children from suspected priest-predators.

NEW YORK

N.Y. group to organize PTA for gay students

GARDEN CITY —A New York group has won approval to organize what would be the only Parent Teacher Association unit in the country currently dedicated to the needs of gay and lesbian youths.

An official with the national PTA says a Washington group formed a gay parent-teacher-student association in Puget Sound in 1999, but it later disbanded.

Organizers said anyone is welcome to join the new group.

PENNSYLVANIA

Judge refuses to dismiss charges against Sandusky

BELLEFONTE — A judge has refused to throw out child sex abuse charges against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Judge John Cleland rejected an argument by Mr. Sandusky’s lawyer that the statute of limitations may have run out for 8 of the 10 alleged victims.

Judge Cleland also rejected defense motions that some of the charges against Mr. Sandusky were not specific enough and that evidence was lacking in others. But the judge said Thursday that Mr. Sandusky can make those arguments again before a June trial.

Mr. Sandusky is charged with more than 50 criminal counts that allege sexual abuse of 10 boys over 15 years. He has denied the accusations.

ILLINOIS

Chicago homicides up 60 percent in 3 months

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