- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 3, 2001

Jordan to receive NAACP's highest honor

BALTIMORE Vernon Jordan, a Washington power broker and confidant of former President Clinton, will receive the NAACP's highest honor this year, the largest U.S. civil rights organization said yesterday.
Mr. Jordan will be presented with the Spingarn Medal in July at the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The award recognizes distinguished merit and achievement among black Americans and was first presented in 1915 by then-NAACP Chairman Joel E. Spingarn.
The award ceremony will be held July 12 in New Orleans.

Education association names new president

The American Council on Education (ACE) named a new president yesterday.
David Ward, a former chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and current director of the school's Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, succeeds Stanley O. Ikenberry, who resigned after five years on the job.
Mr. Ward, 62, is a native of Manchester, England, and becomes the higher education association's 11th president since it was founded in 1918. He starts work on Sept. 1.

Yale, gay activist agree on donation

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Homosexual activist Larry Kramer has ended his dispute with Yale University, agreeing to give some of his papers to the school while his brother donates $1 million toward gay and lesbian studies at their alma mater.
Four years ago, Mr. Kramer, author of plays such as "The Normal Heart" and "The Destiny of Me," accused Yale of homophobia after it rejected his plan for a homosexual studies program as too narrow a focus for a permanent professorship. Writer Calvin Trillin, a classmate of Mr. Kramer's, helped work out the reconciliation.
His papers will go to Yale's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Mr. Kramer's brother, lawyer and financier Arthur Kramer, has agreed to donate $1 million over five years to create the Larry Kramer Initiative for Gay and Lesbian Studies.

Cloned cows die at state university

CHICO, Calif. Two of three cloned heifers at the California State University at Chico farm have died and the third may be in trouble, officials said.
One of the three calves died at the farm last week. Another died over the weekend at the University of California at Davis, which has also participated in the cloning experiment.
The three heifers were born March 9 to two surrogate cows.
Charles Crabb, dean of the university's College of Agriculture, said the cows probably died from a bacteria buildup in their stomachs.

More remains found in Confederate sub

CHARLESTON, S.C. Scientists uncovered the remains yesterday of a sailor they say may have been the second-in-command of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.
Including yesterday's discovery, scientists say they have salvaged the remains of four sailors from the silt-filled hull of the Hunley, which sank off the Atlantic Coast moments after becoming the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.
Researchers found a thigh bone, an arm bone and a shoulder blade belonging to a crewman, project director Bob Neyland said. A sole of a shoe or a boot also was discovered nearby.
The excavation is expected to take another month or two.

Parental abuse, neglect continue decline

Reports of child abuse and neglect declined for the sixth year in a row, but there were still more than 800,000 victims, the government said yesterday.
The Department of Health and Human Services said reported cases of child abuse, provided by the states, fell from just over 900,000 children in 1998 to an estimated 826,000 victims in 1999.

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