- The Washington Times - Monday, April 2, 2001

1 in 5 teen boys took weapon to high school

LOS ANGELES A majority of U.S. teens say they used violence in the past year, and one in five high school-age boys took a weapon to school, according to a new survey conducted by the California-based Institute of Ethics.

"The seeds of violence can be found in schools all over America," said Institute of Ethics President Michael Josephson, who also heads the institute's "Character Counts" initiative dedicated to teaching character-building skills to young people.

The random survey, conducted last year among more than 15,000 teen-agers at schools nationwide, showed that 75 percent of boys and 60 percent of girls said they had hit someone out of anger in the past year.

Girl Scouts get a makeover

SAVANNAH, Ga. Striped blouses and pleated skirts are out, stretchy tops and cargo pants are in. The Girl Scouts are getting a new look after years of moaning that their uniforms are fashion duds.

The organization hopes a hip wardrobe will combat an image among teens that only the uncool stay in Scouting years after trading in their Brownie beanies.

About 800 council executives and mothers from across the nation got a look at the new outfits targeting girls 11 to 17 this weekend in Savannah, where Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization in 1912.

Beginning next month, Scouts will don zippered, stretch-fabric navy tops in place of loose blouses with blue and yellow stripes. Flared cargo pants and khaki shorts replace pleated, pull-on skirts. Floppy-brimmed bucket hats replace baseball-style caps. A variety of casual shirts and short skirts complete the ensemble.

Uniforms for 6-to-8-year-old Brownies will not change.

Suspect to be charged with murder today

GARY, Ind. A teen-ager accused of fatally shooting a student outside a high school was scheduled to be formally charged with murder today.

Investigators said Donald Ray Burt Jr., 17, a former student at Lew Wallace High School, admitted shooting sophomore Neal Boyd, 16, on Friday.

Mr. Burt's half-brother, Sidney Abrons, 21, told the Post-Tribune of Gary that Mr. Burt was expelled from the school nearly two years ago for truancy and a history of fighting. Mr. Abrons said Mr. Burt had been attending another school to earn his general education diploma and hoped to become a mechanic.

Spanish king visits oldest U.S. city

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. Spanish King Juan Carlos stepped back in time yesterday with a visit to the oldest permanently occupied European settlement in the United States, a city of old stone buildings that evokes Spain's deep stamp on the history of the Americas.

Juan Carlos, accompanied by his wife, Queen Sofia, on a six-day visit to the United States, was the first Spanish monarch to visit St. Augustine, and an enthusiastic crowd of as many as 6,000 people turned out to see him in Constitution Square.

Red and yellow Spanish flags fluttered around the central Florida city, which was founded by Spaniard Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565.

Juan Carlos left for Miami, where he was to meet Florida's Gov. Jeb Bush at a reception in the evening. Today he is set to meet local officials and members of the Spanish business community before leaving for home in the evening.

Incoming editor ousted from law journal

CHICAGO The John Marshall Law Review ousted its incoming editor in chief after the student-run editorial board discovered he had served time in prison for arranging an attack on his ex-wife.

Thomas Gionis, 47, a former Los Angeles-area orthopedic surgeon and second-year student at the Chicago law school, was elected to the post in March.

But editorial board members changed their minds after learning that Mr. Gionis was convicted of hiring two men in 1989 to attack his ex-wife, Aissa Wayne, the daughter of actor John Wayne, amid a custody dispute.

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