- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 15, 2001

Hardships to be weighed in California colleges
SAN FRANCISCO A University of California regents committee voted yesterday to adopt a new admissions policy that would take into account any personal hardships a prospective student had to overcome.
The move to look at more than grades and test scores comes six years after the university system eliminated race-based affirmative action.
The 13-2 vote sends the issue to the full board of regents today, when it is expected to be approved.
The policy, known as comprehensive review, involves looking at grades and test scores plus such things as whether a student overcame poverty or has special talents or did well in a bad school. It has been criticized as a covert way of reviving race-based admissions, now banned by state law, though supporters maintain it is race-neutral.

Ohio man arrested in trade center scam
CANTON, Ohio A man has been arrested for accepting donations from co-workers after falsely telling them he had to raise his sister's 7-year-old daughter because her mother was killed in the World Trade Center attacks.
Ronald Davis, 49, turned himself into police and faces a theft by deception charge, said Canton Police Chief Thomas W. Wyatt. If convicted he could be sentenced to up to a year in jail.

Senate panel backs debt relief for Russia
A Senate panel yesterday approved a proposal that would forgive portions of Russia's debt to the United States in return for concrete steps by Moscow toward the nonproliferation of weapons.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously for a plan to reimburse Moscow for the costs of selected nonproliferation programs by forgiving an equal amount of debt to the United States.
Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat, who developed the proposal along with Indiana Republican Sen. Richard G. Lugar, said Moscow has about $3.5 billion in debt to Washington and about $30 billion to European nations, but was interested in eliminating those debts in order to boost its standing with international lending institutions.

SLA member trying to alter guilty plea
LOS ANGELES After twice pleading guilty to bomb charges, former radical fugitive Sara Jane Olson has had a major change of heart and is now begging a judge to let her stand trial in the 26-year-old case, court documents unsealed yesterday show.
"After deeper reflection, I realize I cannot plead guilty when I know I am not," said Mrs. Olson, who spent nearly a quarter-century on the run before her 1999 arrest, in a declaration filed with the court. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler set a hearing for Nov. 28 to consider the motion.
Mrs. Olson, the former Kathleen Soliah, is charged with conspiring to plant bombs under Los Angeles police cars in 1975 to avenge a police shootout with the radical Symbionese Liberation Army that left six SLA members dead. Mrs. Olson's lawyers have said they convinced her to plead guilty in part because they thought jurors could not be fair following the September 11 attacks.

Former hippie guru gets new murder trial
PHILADELPHIA A judge granted a new trial yesterday for Ira Einhorn, a onetime hippie guru and longtime fugitive convicted in absentia in the 1977 murder of his girlfriend.
In issuing his decision, Common Pleas Judge D. Webster Keogh said he would wait to address other issues raised in court filings by Einhorn's attorneys, including the constitutionality of the law that allowed Einhorn to seek a new trial.
Einhorn, 61, jumped bail and fled the United States in 1981, shortly before he was scheduled for trial in Pennsylvania. He was convicted in absentia in 1993 and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Holly Maddux, whose mummified remains were found stuffed in a steamer trunk in the couple's apartment 18 months after Einhorn said she went to the store and never returned.
Einhorn was returned to the United States in July after a European court refused to halt his extradition from France.


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