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Judge bars formation of school anarchy club

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Circuit Court Judge James Stucky ruled yesterday that a 15-year-old sophomore cannot form an anarchy club or wear T-shirts opposing the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan because it would disrupt school.

Katie Sierra was suspended from Sissonville High School for three days for promoting the club. She was also told she could not wear T-shirts with messages such as: "When I saw the dead and dying Afghani children on TV, I felt a newly recovered sense of national security. God Bless America."

In a complaint filed jointly with her mother, Miss Sierra argued her right to free speech was being denied.

Donations withdrawn over '60s radical

CHICAGO Some Northwestern University alumni are withholding donations after learning former Weather Underground radical Bernadine Dohrn is on the law-school faculty.

She has been on the faculty for 10 years, but nobody complained until the recent release of a memoir her husband wrote about their days with the Weathermen, said Ronald Vanden Dorpel, vice president for development.

Northwestern said it will lose about $11,300 this year because of Miss Dohrn. She served seven months in prison for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigating a 1981 armored truck robbery in Nyack, N.Y., in which the radicals killed two policemen.

New trial ordered in gay estate case

OLYMPIA, Wash. Homosexuals may be entitled to the estates of lovers who die without wills, the Washington Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

The decision came as the justices ordered a new trial for Frank Vasquez, who is claiming the $230,000 estate of his longtime partner. A lower court had found the claim invalid because two persons of the same sex cannot marry in Washington.

"Equitable claims are not dependent on the 'legality' of the relationship between the parties, nor are they limited by the gender or sexual orientation of the parties," Justice Charles Johnson wrote in the unanimous decision.

Black man pleads insanity in racial killings

PITTSBURGH A black man who killed three white men and wounded two others during a shooting spree in suburban Pittsburgh is dangerously insane and should be institutionalized for life, his lawyer said yesterday.

"Was it really the person that caused the problem? Or was it the person's disease that killed the other people?" defense lawyer John Elash asked during opening arguments as the murder trial of Ronald Taylor, 41, got under way yesterday.

Mr. Taylor faces death by lethal injection if convicted of murder in the March 2000 rampage.

Assistant District Attorney Edward Borkowski reminded jurors that the defendant was methodical in selecting victims at a Burger King restaurant near his home, even telling a black woman that she was safe because he only meant to shoot whites.

Rivera to become war correspondent

NEW YORK Geraldo Rivera is quitting his prime-time talk show on CNBC to become a war correspondent for Fox News Channel, saying yesterday he couldn't bear to stay on the sidelines during a big story. His last CNBC show after seven years will be Nov. 16. He will leave for Afghanistan the next day. His legal-affairs show is one of CNBC's top-rated programs, although down from its heights during the O.J. Simpson trials.

Florida bans feeding of sharks for tourists

MIAMI Florida wildlife officials voted yesterday to ban shark-feeding sessions for tourist divers, a practice that became controversial this summer amid a spate of shark attacks. The state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to ban marine life feeding by divers. The FWC said that while there was no evidence of links between feedings and attacks on humans, the practice was harmful as it alters the natural feeding habits of marine predators.

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