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Room change request at issue in webcam case

NEW BRUNSWICK — A jury will hear about a Rutgers University student’s request for a room change days before he committed suicide, but not that he told university officials his roommate used a webcam to spy on him.

The issue came up Monday in the trial of Dharun Ravi, who is charged with invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and other crimes.

A judge said roommate Tyler Clementi’s online request for a single room can be presented to jurors. But they won’t hear that Clementi also wrote that Mr. Ravi used a webcam to spy on him.

Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge days after the alleged spying on his gay encounter in September 2010.


Cleveland neighbors rescue bedridden man from fire

CLEVELAND — A bedridden Cleveland man was rescued by neighbors who saw smoke pouring from his two-story home and knew he wouldn’t be able to get out.

The man was not injured but was taken to a local hospital to be sure he was all right.

The Plain Dealer newspaper of Cleveland reported Monday that Lawrence Davis had just gotten home from work when he saw smoke at the house across the street.

The 33-year-old Mr. Davis rounded up neighbors to help the bedridden man, knowing he couldn’t get out on his own.

Firefighters are continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze, which caused heavy damage to the house and left its occupants without a place to live.


New trial denied for ex-security chief

CHARLESTON — A federal judge has denied a new trial for an Upper Big Branch mine-security chief convicted of lying to investigators after the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades.

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