- The Washington Times - Friday, August 18, 2000

Teachers accused of cheating on tests

JACKSON, Miss. At least 52 teachers from five states cheated on competency tests by paying $1,000 bribes to exam supervisors for extra time and help with answers, officials said yesterday.

The teachers from Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Arkansas are accused in the scheme at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark.

The test, required of teachers in 34 states for certification, involves a four-hour general knowledge examination and a survey of the candidate's subject matter.

Philander Smith President Trudie Kibbe Reed said a former employee who worked for the college in 1998 at the time of the suspected violations ran the scam.

Criminal gets life terms in vanishing of O'Hair

AUSTIN, Texas A career criminal was given two life sentences yesterday and ordered to pay restitution for his part in the 1995 disappearance of atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks sentenced Gary Karr, 52, after his conviction in June for extortion and three lesser charges in a plot to kidnap Mrs. O'Hair and her two children and rob them of $500,000 in gold coins.

Judge Sparks sentenced Karr to another 330 months in prison and $542,000 as restitution for the coins and other stolen items, on top of the life sentences. Karr was already in jail on a weapons charge and had at least three previous felony convictions, making a life sentence mandatory.

Ohio professor accused of leaking report

CLEVELAND A lawsuit says a Cleveland State University government professor leaked a secret government report on drug charges against one of Mexico's most prominent families.

A federal suit filed this week in Cleveland says Donald Schulz gave the draft of the report written by the National Drug Intelligence Center to news reporters and congressional staffers.

The leak jeopardized U.S.-Mexico relations and ruined the reputation of Carlos Hank Rohn and his family, the suit charges.

Mr. Schulz has denied leaking the document.

College Board selling e-mail addresses

PHILADELPHIA High school students whose mailboxes overflow with college publications each summer and fall may soon find the same onslaught in their virtual mailboxes.

The College Board is selling students' e-mail addresses to colleges and universities this summer for the first time.

Only e-mail addresses of students who register on-line about 38 percent of the 750,000 students who took the test between January and June are available right now, said Brad Quin, executive director of admission with the Reston-based College Board.

Judge strikes Ohio law on abortion procedure

DAYTON, Ohio A federal judge yesterday blocked an Ohio law that criminalized "partial-birth" abortion.

U.S. District Judge Walter Rice, who struck down a similar Ohio law in 1995, issued a 10-day temporary restraining order preventing enforcement of the law.

In the procedure known medically as dilation and extraction, a baby is partially delivered and then its brains are sucked out and its skull crushed before removal.

Judge Rice's 1995 ruling blocking a similar state law was upheld by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, but struck down a similar Nebraska law earlier this year.

Law requires sale of 'fire-safe' cigarettes

ALBANY, N.Y. A measure that could make New York the first state to require that all cigarettes be self-extinguishing was signed by Gov. George Pataki.

The "fire-safe" cigarette legislation is designed to reduce fires that occur when smokers fall asleep or otherwise handle a cigarette carelessly.

By mid-2003, all cigarettes sold in New York must be designed in such a way that they will go out after a while if the smoker does not take a puff.

Fire officials estimate that at least a third of the fire deaths in the state happened in blazes sparked by careless smoking.

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