- The Washington Times - Friday, April 20, 2001

Superintendent fired at board meeting
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Citys school superintendent was fired during a surprise emergency board meeting.
Four members of the Board of Education walked out rather than attend Wednesday nights meeting, which was hastily convened after Superintendent Benjamin Demps Jr. failed to show up for a previously scheduled mediation session.
The remaining five board members voted to oust Mr. Demps, the citys 19th superintendent in 30 years.

Columbine parents reach settlement
DENVER — The parents of two teen-agers who carried out the Columbine High School massacre and two persons who furnished them weapons have agreed to pay $2.65 million to victims in a partial settlement.
The parents of Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, have agreed to pay the victims nearly $1.6 million, to be covered by their insurance carriers.

Court lifts desegregation order
ROCKFORD, Ill. — Twelve years after parents sued the Rockford public school district for racial discrimination, a federal appeals court has declared the district desegregated.
Judge Richard Posner wrote in Wednesdays ruling that Rockford had met its legal duty to desegregate its schools, even though minority childrens achievement still lags behind that of white children.

Former governor dies at 89
ORFORD, N.H. — Former Gov. Meldrim Thomson, whose conservatism and anti-tax stance brought him three terms in office, died yesterday at his home. He was 89.
"Mel Thomson was Ronald Reagan before Ronald Reagan was president," said Charles Perkins, vice president of editorial for the Union Leader of Manchester.

CDC gives warning of livestock bacteria

ATLANTA — Thousands of children are being exposed to dangerous E. coli bacteria at petting zoos and county fairs, the government said yesterday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited E. coli outbreaks last year that sickened 56 persons, including dozens of children, at a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and a petting zoo in Washington state.
The children touched goats, cows, chickens and other farm animals, then put their hands to their mouths.

Holocaust council criticizes chairman

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council yesterday criticized its chairman, Rabbi Irving Greenberg, for writing a letter in support of the pardon President Clinton gave fugitive financier Marc Rich.
In its resolution, the council said it was a mistake for Mr. Greenberg to have written a letter on Richs behalf and dissociated itself from the pardon appeal.

'Internet Twins return to U.S.

ST. LOUIS — After a months-long international custody dispute, the "Internet Twins" have been returned to Missouri, where a court will decide when and how they will live with their biological parents.
Family Court Judge Steven Ohmer said yesterday that the 10-month-old twins are in the custody of state social service workers.
The custody case will be combined with the divorce of birth parents Tranda and Aaron Wecker, he said.

Ceremony marks bombing anniversary

OKLAHOMA CITY — Church bells rang out yesterday as survivors and relatives of those killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building marked the sixth anniversary of the blast.
On the memorial marking the spot, speakers read the names of the 149 adults and 19 children killed April 19, 1995.
The families stood silent for 168 seconds, ending with the ringing of church bells and the song "Let There Be Peace on Earth."

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