- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 15, 2002

School boards say violence no big concern
School shootings may loom large in the public's mind, but school board members have bigger problems only one in nine says school violence is a "major concern."
A survey released yesterday by the National School Boards Association shows that its members consider student achievement, special education, teacher shortages and balancing the budget more pressing issues.
The survey of 837 board members suggests that despite high-profile school shootings raising tests scores and hiring enough teachers are the "real issues that schools are dealing with day in and day out," said survey author Frederick M. Hess, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia.

Ex-officers sentenced on corruption charges
Two former Prichard, Ala., police officers were sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Charles Butler in Mobile on corruption charges, the Justice Department said.
Former detectives Frederick Pippins and Anthony Diaz had been charged along with four other officers as part of a 25-count Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act indictment charging police corruption from July 1999 through September 2000.
The indictment said the six former Prichard officers abused their official positions by, among other things, extorting, robbing and soliciting bribes from individuals detained by police in return for not pursuing criminal charges.

Archdiocese knew priest was 'beyond repair'
BOSTON The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston knew in the early 1990s that a homosexual priest now facing charges of child rape was psychologically damaged "beyond repair," medical records released yesterday showed, but still let him work at a church hostel.
Medical and psychiatric records released in a civil suit show that archdiocesan officials and doctors exchanged correspondence about the Rev. Paul Shanley in which they expressed concern about his condition and future actions.
The documents were sought in a suit brought by Gregory Ford, 24, against Boston Cardinal Bernard Law.

Bush signs anti-terrorism bill
President Bush signed legislation yesterday to hire more investigators and invest in new technologies to keep tabs on foreign visitors. The Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act provides for 200 new investigators and 200 inspectors for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. It requires foreign visitors to carry passports and visas that are tamper-resistant.

Tutor never confessed, Skakel prosecutors say
NORWALK, Conn. Prosecutors at the murder trial of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel sought yesterday to show that a family tutor once suspected in Martha Moxley's 1975 death never confessed.
Mr. Skakel and Martha were both 15 when she was beaten to death with a golf club and stabbed through the neck with the broken shaft. The slaying happened the night after tutor Kenneth Littleton moved into the Skakel household.
Mr. Littleton's ex-wife, Mary Baker, testified that she had lied when telling police earlier that Mr. Littleton had confessed during an alcoholic blackout.


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