- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Yale to fund students with drug convictions
NEW HAVEN, Conn. Skirting a federal policy, Yale University will become the fourth college in the country to reimburse students who lose financial aid because of convictions for drug possession.
Yale joins Hampshire College and Swarthmore College in adopting such a policy in response to the federal "Drug-Free Student Aid" law. Western Washington University gives a scholarship of $750 to those who lose aid.
The Ivy League university will not reimburse students convicted of drug offenses other than possession, the Hartford Courant reported yesterday.

25 charged in charity scams
NEW YORK Twenty-five persons were charged yesterday with using a variety of schemes to steal nearly $150,000 from charities helping victims of the World Trade Center attack.
Those charged included Woodrow Flemming, a 48-year-old homeless man who hired 13 other homeless people to help him steal more than $100,000 from the Red Cross and another charity called Safe Horizon, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said.
The other 11 defendants included three city employees and a Safe Horizon employee. They are accused of stealing relief money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross and Safe Horizon.

Governor's son in fight club
SALT LAKE CITY Gov. Mike Leavitt's 18-year-old son has been accused of participating in a fight club at a Mormon chapel.
Chase Leavitt was charged Monday with battery, a misdemeanor, plus disturbing the peace and trespassing, both infractions.
Prosecutor Simarjit Gill said yesterday that organizers had keys to the church meetinghouse but did not have permission to stage the Dec. 14 fight, which drew 25 to 75 teen-agers who paid admission to watch.
Mr. Leavitt was charged because he was the only adult shown on a seized videotape throwing a punch at a minor, the prosecutor said. Both were wearing boxing gloves.

Priest arrested in attack on journalist
SAN FRANCISCO A Catholic priest facing charges he raped a 14-year-old girl found himself in even hotter water when he was arrested yesterday for reportedly attacking a press photographer, prosecutors said.
Inactive priest Donald Kimball, 58, was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon after he lunged at a newspaper photographer as she tried to take his picture outside a courtroom in Santa Rosa, police said.
San Francisco Chronicle photographer Penni Gladstone suffered a cut to her right cheek after the former youth minister lashed out as she raised her camera to her eye to snap him leaving the scene of his trial, authorities said.

L.A. police panel nixes second term for chief
LOS ANGELES Police Chief Bernard Parks' bid for a second five-year term was rejected yesterday by a civilian panel whose president said the understaffed and oft-criticized police department is in a crisis.
"The department is suffering a profound loss of confidence," said Rick Caruso, head of the Police Commission.
Chief Parks, who has been chief since 1997, vowed to appeal the panel's 4-1 decision, which can be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the City Council. He criticized Mayor James Hahn for publicly opposing his reappointment.
"This process has become much too politicized," the chief said at a news conference outside police headquarters.

Priest bought hotel that catered to gays
A priest accused of molesting children in Boston more than two decades ago bought a homosexual-themed hotel after he was transferred to Southern California in 1990, property records show.
The Rev. Paul Shanley and another former priest bought the four-room Cabana Club Resort in December 1990. Father Shanley left the San Bernardino Diocese in 1993 and sold the hotel two years later.
Court papers in a Boston sex-abuse lawsuit say Father Shanley praised pedophilia at a 1979 meeting where the North American Man Boy Love Association apparently was formed.
The hotel owned by Father Shanley and John J. White was located in the Warm Springs area of Palm Springs, known for its businesses catering to homosexuals.
From wire dispatches and staff reports

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