- The Washington Times - Friday, August 24, 2001

School changes policy on religious, gay clubs

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. School officials scrapped an 11-year policy that had banned religious and homosexual student clubs on high school campuses.

Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent James Fleming said officials feared possible lawsuits and they didn't want to deprive students of opportunities that could help them get into college.

Landlord sues tenant for faking identity

NEW YORK A tenant is being sued for more than $5 million for impersonating someone else since 1964 to keep a rent-controlled apartment.

Judge Peter Wendt ruled Aldo Vigliarolo, 65, has until December to move out of the $550-a-month, one-bedroom apartment in prime Greenwich Village, where he has been living under the name of photographer Robert Ferraro.

Mr. Vigliarolo, a retired city worker, has denied fooling anyone, saying that his identity has been an open secret since 1964, when Mr. Ferraro signed the lease.

Third child drowns in same lake

On Nov. 19, 1998, Arla Kleppe, 4, and her 2-year-old brother, Anders, drowned in northwestern Minnesota's Six Lake. Their parents, Arne and Carol Kleppe, had lost sight of them while doing farm chores.

On Sunday, the couple's 3-year-old son, Alex, whom they adopted from Russia after the tragedy, drowned in the same lake. In this case, too, the couple lost sight of him while doing chores.

Arne Kleppe recovered the bodies of all three of his children.

An autopsy determined that the boy drowned, Clearwater County Undersheriff Lyle Colligan said. After "exhaustive interviews" with the parents, rescue workers and others, he said he's satisfied that the death, like the two previous ones, was accidental.

Parents charged with child endangerment

ST. LOUIS The parents of three young children who died after playing unsupervised in a hot car near their home have been charged with child endangerment.

The children Marcus Jackson Jr., 2; his sister Markeisha, 1; and their cousin, Mark Wagner Jr., 2 were found unconscious in 114-degree heat inside the unlocked car Aug. 12.

Markeisha and her cousin died of hyperthermia that day, and Marcus died two days later at a hospital.

The children's mothers sisters Latasha Goodson and Latricia Bradford and Marcus and Markeisha's father, Marcus Jackson, were at the home at the time, but Mr. Jackson and Miss Bradford were both napping, police spokesman Adella Jones said. Witnesses reported seeing Miss Goodson, who was Marcus and Markeisha's mother, on the front porch, Miss Jones said.

Judge blocks ban on rave paraphernalia

NEW ORLEANS A federal judge ruled yesterday that prosecutors cannot force the organizers of a rave dance party tonight to ban pacifiers, glow sticks or other paraphernalia used to enhance the effects of the drug Ecstasy.

U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous's ruling blocks part of a plea bargain between prosecutors and a company that puts on raves at the State Palace Theater.

Prosecutors had indicted the company under federal laws aimed at shutting down crack houses. They say raves are often hotbeds of drug abuse particularly Ecstasy.

Girl in coma after snake attack

PITTSBURGH An 8-year-old girl remained in a coma one day after her family's 10-foot-long Burmese python nearly strangled her by wrapping its coils around her neck, hospital officials said yesterday.

Amber Mountain was listed in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, about 25 miles from her suburban home in Irwin, Pa., where the family kept five exotic snakes, according to police.

The python apparently escaped from its tank in the bedroom of the girl's parents, Marcie and Robert Mountain, and attacked Amber in the kitchen.

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