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Ivy-trained researcher accused of two killings

MORRISTOWN, N.J. A former physician and cancer researcher was ordered held on $2.5 million bail yesterday on two counts of murder in the deaths of her parents.
Idella Kathleen Hagen, 54, a Harvard Medical School graduate who became the first woman to head a urology department at a U.S. medical school, smothered her parents in the New Jersey home she shared with them, then waited days to report their deaths, authorities said.
Police found the bodies of her parents, Idella F. Hagen, 92, and James Hagen, 86, Saturday in twin beds in the home the three shared in the affluent suburban town of Chatham. The couple had been dead for several days and each bore signs of asphyxiation, according to a county medical examiner's autopsy.
Defense attorneys said they probably would invoke an insanity defense for Miss Hagen.

Ambulance driver fired over doughnut stop

HOUSTON An ambulance driver was fired after being accused of stopping for doughnuts while taking a patient to the hospital.
Larry Wesley, a 20-year ambulance driver, was dismissed Monday by Fire Chief Lester Tyra.
The incident occurred July 10 while Mr. Wesley, 49, was taking a boy to the hospital with a leg injury. The injury was not life-threatening.
The boy's mother filed a complaint. Mr. Wesley could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Florida's Bush hails admissions figures

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The number of minority students newly admitted to Florida's public universities increased during the past year despite an end to racial preferences, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said yesterday.
Mr. Bush called the preliminary figures a vindication of his decision last fall to eliminate race as a factor for admission to Florida's 10 public universities.
Citing preliminary admission figures, Mr. Bush said 1,234 more black, Latino, American Indian and Asian students had enrolled in Florida's public universities this fall than last year. Minority students represent 36.8 percent of new incoming students, up 0.2 percentage points from last year.

Animal rights activists release lab animals

WELLINGTON, Colo. Animal rights activists claimed responsibility for a break-in in which scores of birds and rats were released from a commercial laboratory into the wild.
Genesis Laboratories, which studies rat control methods, said it lost 70 quail, 11 ducks and an undetermined number of rats early Monday.
The North American Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility via ALF spokesman David Barbarash. The ALF said the lab traps animals for toxicology tests. "It's nothing short of out-and-out torture," Mr. Barbarash said.

Aggressive men put germs on defense

Tough guys also have tough immune systems, a study suggests.

Men who have had occasional fights or trouble with the law, either as an adult or youth, have immune systems that more readily mount an intense defense against germs, according to the study in the August issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.

"We've observed this relationship in animal studies, but this is the first time a connection has been made between aggression and immunity in humans," said co-author Douglas Granger.

Veterans park vandals to learn some history

PORT ARTHUR, Texas Nine teens must watch the movie "Saving Private Ryan" and read "The Greatest Generation" after admitting to wrecking a veterans park.

District Judge Charles Carver also ordered the nine to write 1,000-word essays due Dec. 7, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The teens could have received 180 days in jail.

The judge said the vandals should learn about the sacrifices veterans made for their freedom from the Steven Spielberg movie and the Tom Brokaw book, both about World War II soldiers.

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