- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 15, 2003

'Preppie Killer' released after serving 15 years
AUBURN, N.Y. Robert Chambers, the "Preppie Killer" who strangled a young woman during a tryst in Central Park in 1986, was released from prison yesterday after completing his 15-year sentence for manslaughter.
Wearing a red sweater and green pants, Mr. Chambers, 36, ignored reporters as he walked out of the state prison at Auburn.
Mr. Chambers had confessed to strangling Jennifer Levin, an 18-year-old he had met at a trendy bar in New York City. He said he killed her accidentally during rough sex. Prosecutors said he was drunk and high on drugs, and killed her in a rage when he was not able to perform sexually.
On the eve of his release, he issued a statement of regret through his attorney.
"There has not been a day since Jennifer Levin's death that I have not regretted my actions on that day," he said. "I know that the Levin family continues to suffer her loss, and I am deeply sorry for the grief I have caused them."

New system to track foreign students begins
A revamped system intended to give the Immigration and Naturalization Service quicker access to information about foreign college students is set to go online today.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program, known as SEVIS, is meant to be a faster-moving version of long-standing procedures that require colleges to monitor the academic status and addresses of foreign students.
Instead of maintaining the files on campus, SEVIS requires colleges to forward that information to a national computer database.
Reaction among foreign students has been mixed, and some critics have said the program is too intrusive.

Barge leaks heating oil into Long Island Sound
NORWALK, Conn. A barge hauling home-heating oil struck bottom in the Long Island Sound early yesterday and leaked 10,000 to 15,000 gallons, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
An early observation by air found that the slick was about 50 yards by 2,000 yards, the Coast Guard said. The oil is expected to dissipate during the next 24 hours and is not expected to reach land. The effect on shellfish beds in the sound is not yet known, the Coast Guard said.
The Hornbeck Offshore Transportation barge, which was being towed by a tug, struck bottom shortly before 2 a.m. about two miles south of Norwalk, the Coast Guard said. Several cargo tanks were damaged.

Videotaped officers file racial discrimination suit
LOS ANGELES Two white police officers facing criminal charges in the videotaped beating of a handcuffed 16-year-old are suing the city of Inglewood, saying they are victims of racial discrimination.
In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the officers contend they were treated more harshly than a black officer involved in the case.
The officers' colleague, Antoine Crook, was "simply suspended for four days without pay," according to the lawsuit.
Inglewood policeman Jeremy Morse was fired in October, accused of assaulting Donovan Jackson, a black teen, in a traffic stop July 6. Mr. Morse's partner, Bijan Darvish, was suspended.
A bystander's videotape showed Mr. Morse lifting a handcuffed Jackson to his feet, slamming his head on a squad car, and punching and choking him.

Woman taped beating daughter pleads guilty
SOUTH BEND, Ind. An Indiana woman caught on a security camera beating her 4-year-old daughter in a scene broadcast repeatedly on television news shows, pleaded guilty yesterday and avoided a jail sentence.
Madelyne Toogood, 26, was given a one-year suspended sentence, one year of probation and fined $500 on a misdemeanor charge of administering the beating in September to her daughter.
In exchange for the guilty plea, Toogood, a member of the nomadic Irish Travelers group, avoided more serious charges of battery of a child and lying to police.
On the videotape, an enraged Toogood was seen glancing around for any onlookers in a shopping mall parking lot before smacking the girl several times as she sat in the back seat of their sports utility vehicle.

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