- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 5, 2001

University removes Confederate portrait

LEXINGTON, Ky. Transylvania University removed a portrait of alumnus Jefferson Davis from a residence hall after racial slurs were found scrawled on a black student's door.

University President Charles L. Shearer decided to remove the portrait of the Confederate president from Jefferson Davis Hall after meeting with a group of students who were upset by the act.

"If you have African-American students who live in that hall, and we do … I can understand how that would make them feel," Mr. Shearer said.

Republican Party keeps college leader

he Republican Party is allowing the head of its college recruitment arm, accused of sexually harassing female colleagues and misusing party funds, to keep his job with an apology.

The Republican National Committee said it found no evidence that the actions of Scott Stewart, chairman of the College Republicans, met the legal definition of sexual harassment.

Jennifer Gorski, Kathleen Kirst and Youmna Salameh said in affidavits that Mr. Stewart made unwanted sexual advances and spoke obscenely to and about female employees.

Teen arraigned in Mardi Gras death

SEATTLE A teen-ager has pleaded not guilty in the death of a 20-year-old man who was attacked during a Mardi Gras riot.

Jerell A. Thomas, 17, was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Kristopher Kime during the Feb. 27-28 disorder.

Witnesses said Mr. Kime was struck while trying to help a woman who had been knocked down in the unruly crowd.

Girl admits guilt in school shooting

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. A 14-year-old girl who shot and wounded a 13-year-old girl in a Roman Catholic school last month asked for forgiveness in open court yesterday, and her victim cheerfully granted it.

Elizabeth Bush admitted guilt to juvenile charges that she walked up behind fellow eighth-grader Kimberly Marchese in the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann High School on March 7 and shot her once in the right shoulder.

Lycoming County Judge William Kieser ordered her to undergo treatment at a juvenile detention facility near Reading, Pa., and said she would remain a ward of the court until the maximum age of 21.

Watts to lead delegation to Africa

House Republican Conference Chairman Rep. J.C. Watts Jr. of Oklahoma will lead a bipartisan delegation to Africa to discuss trade, health care and democracy.

The six House members Reps. Michael R. McNulty, New York Democrat; Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican; Wes Watkins, Oklahoma Republican; John Cooksey Louisiana Republican; and Bob Schaffer Colorado Republican will visit Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Morocco during the six-day mission, which begins today.

Museum may withdraw Virgin Mary collage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The archbishop of Santa Fe says a bikini-clad version of the Virgin Mary shown in a folk art museum depicts her "as if she were a tart" and should be removed.

But Alma Lopez, the artist who designed the photo collage on a computer, says she doesn't see what's offensive about showing the Virgin of Guadalupe as "a strong woman, like us."

The regents of the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe yesterday began considering whether to remove the work from the Museum of International Folk Art.

DNA links rapist to California killings

SAN FRANCISCO A man suspected of raping as many as 40 women in Northern California has been linked through DNA to at least six killings in the southern part of the state, authorities said.

The suspect, who has never been caught, is believed to have killed six women between 1980 and 1986. Investigators matched DNA from three Northern California rapes to the homicides.

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