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ACLU sues schools over T-shirt rule
ALBANY, Ga. — A chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing a school system on behalf of nine students who were forced to turn their Confederate T-shirts inside-out or face disciplinary action.
The First Amendment lawsuit, filed in federal court Monday against Seminole County school officials, is believed to be the first in Georgia challenging policies that discourage or bar students from wearing Confederate symbols.
"Basically, the Supreme Court has said time and again that kids have a right to express themselves freely in school unless it causes a disruption," Gerry Weber, the Georgia ACLUs legal director, said yesterday. "These T-shirts are mostly about hunting and fishing, and they just happen to have the Confederate flag in the background. They have worn them to school for years."

Ex-principal, girl found at hotel

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — A former Baptist school principal accused of running off with an 11-year-old girl was captured yesterday by the FBI after the two were found together in a Las Vegas-area hotel.
William A. Beith, 28, was arrested on federal charges of coercing and enticing a minor into sexual acts and transporting a minor across state lines for sexual purposes, said FBI Agent Doug Garrison in Indianapolis.

Contraceptive patch called as safe as pill

CHICAGO — A contraceptive skin patch, which is awaiting approval by U.S. authorities, is just as effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies as birth-control pills, a study released yesterday said.
The study, the most comprehensive yet to compare the two forms of contraception, found that the transdermal patch was about 98 percent successful — about the same rate as the pill.

NASA to help find heavenly coffee

In the search for a heavenly cup of coffee, NASA will send an unmanned solar-powered aircraft soaring above a Hawaiian plantation so growers know exactly when to pick the beans for the most flavorful brew.
The craft will take color images of the crops and give precise information, down to the day, on when to harvest, which could be a key to producing excellent coffee, NASA said in a statement yesterday.

Zuckerman nomination faces objections

NEW YORK — Several Jewish organizations are objecting to the nomination of publisher Mortimer Zuckerman to lead the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.
Four Reform organizations, a fraction of the conferences membership, wrote a letter to the other members that said Mr. Zuckerman "cannot fulfill his obligation as chairman of the Conference while at the same time writing articles in a personal capacity on the Middle East or other issues of Jewish concern."
The conference, which speaks out on domestic and foreign issues, is made up of 54 Jewish groups across a broad spectrum of religious and communal organizations.

Goldin sees humans traveling to Mars

Humans could venture to Mars in 20 years or less, NASA chief Daniel Goldin said yesterday.
"We have been locked in Earth orbit for too long, but we are going to break out," Mr. Goldin told a symposium on the 40-year history of U.S. human space flight.
"Lets burn into our brains that this civilization is not condemned to live on only one planet," he said. "Lets burn it into our brains that in our lifetimes, we will extend the reach of this human species onto other planets and to other bodies in our solar system and build the robots that will leave our solar system to go to other stars, then ultimately to be followed by people."
He detailed NASAs plans to launch a precision lander spacecraft toward Mars in 2007, returning Martian samples to Earth by 2009 to 2011.


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