- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 24, 2001

Man indicted in 'hate crime
CINCINNATI — The first "hate crime" indictment stemming from Cincinnatis riots was handed up yesterday against a white man accused of shouting racial slurs at a black man and then throwing a brick through the mans car window.
Craig Carr, 20, was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury on charges of ethnic intimidation, criminal damaging and aggravated menacing, charges that carry a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Police said Mr. Carr was riding in a car on April 12 when he was angered by a black male driving a car. Mr. Carr is accused of getting out of his car, shouting racial epithets at the other man and then throwing a brick through his window.

San Francisco delays sex-change benefits

SAN FRANCISCO — A move to make this city the first to include sex-change procedures among medical benefits for municipal employees was sidelined yesterday after a supervisor who had supported the proposal switched sides.
Supervisor Mark Leno got his peers on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to delay voting on his plan until next week to ensure the legislation would have enough votes to pass.
Mr. Leno maneuvered to delay the vote after Supervisor Tony Hall stood up during a Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday and announced he would oppose the legislation because sex-change operations are elective surgery.

Justice settles desegregation suit

The Justice Department and a group of Mississippi residents yesterday reached a $500 million agreement with the state to settle a lawsuit brought 25 years ago to desegregate Mississippis higher education system.
The agreement brings to an end a class-action lawsuit filed in 1975 by black Mississippi residents to desegregate the states public colleges and universities. The lawsuit was brought to improve academic programs and facilities at the states three historically black universities: Jackson State, Alcorn State and Mississippi State.
The lawsuit also sought to increase access for all students to the states four-year colleges by removing barriers to choice. The government intervened in the case as a plaintiff shortly after the lawsuit was filed.
"This important agreement that we have reached with the state of Mississippi will increase access to quality educational opportunities and benefit all of Mississippis students and citizens, " said Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Eminem cops a plea on weapons charge

PONTIAC, Mich. — Rap star Eminem pleaded no contest yesterday to weapons charges stemming from an argument with associates of a rival Detroit rap group.
Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris said she was not considering jail time, but said that could change after she reviews the case.
Eminem, 28, pleaded no contest to carrying a concealed weapon — a five-year felony — and to a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm in public in the June 3 argument in Royal Oak. Eminem will be sentenced on June 5.
The rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, pleaded guilty on April 10 to a weapons charge in Macomb County Circuit Court and received two years probation.

Music industry fails to curb marketing

LAS VEGAS — The music industry has done little to improve its practices since a report last year found that companies routinely market explicit recordings to underage audiences, federal regulators have found.
The progress report by the Federal Trade Commission comes more than half a year after the agency concluded that the movie, video game and music businesses were aggressively peddling products that carry adult ratings to children.

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