- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 12, 2005

Anonymous donors offer scholarships

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — High school grads in Kalamazoo who want to attend a state college or university will get up to 100 percent of their tuition paid under a new program underwritten by anonymous donors.

Starting with the Class of 2006, it will cover all tuition and mandatory fees at Michigan public colleges for graduates who have been enrolled in Kalamazoo public schools since kindergarten.

Partial scholarships will be available to students who entered the district after kindergarten.

The benefactors for the program announced Thursday, called the Kalamazoo Promise, wanted anonymity, officials said.

Schwarzenegger drops fight with nurses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has dropped his fight with California nurses over hospital staffing levels after a bitter feud that escalated last year when he boasted, “I’m kicking their butts.”

Acting on behalf of the governor, California’s attorney general Thursday dropped his legal battle over a new state rule requiring one nurse for every five patients. For the past year, Mr. Schwarzenegger has been trying to block the rule in favor of a 1-to-6 ratio.

Mr. Schwarzenegger’s office and Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s spokesman had no comment.

The 1-to-5 staffing ratio was not among the issues decided at the ballot box Tuesday but has been a long-sought goal of the 60,000-member California Nurses Association. Mr. Schwarzenegger sided with the hospital industry in opposing the 1-to-5 ratio, citing the added financial burden and the nation’s nursing shortage.

Ex-GOP official faces conspiracy trial

CONCORD, N.H. — A former national Republican Party official will stand trial on charges he conspired to jam Democratic get-out-the-vote phone lines on Election Day 2002, a federal judge said.

Ruling Thursday, Judge Steven McAuliffe rejected an argument by James Tobin that the conspiracy charges should be dismissed because the government’s accusations were insufficient.

A trial for Mr. Tobin, who in 2002 was political director of the national committee working to get Republican senators elected, is scheduled for Dec. 6.

He is accused of helping arrange hundreds of computer-generated hang-up calls that paralyzed Democratic get-out-the-vote and ride-to-the-polls phone lines in New Hampshire cities for more than an hour on Nov. 5, 2002.

Exonerated man faces murder charge

CHILTON, Wis. — A man who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit will be charged with killing a woman whose vehicle was found near his home, a prosecutor said yesterday .

Steven Avery’s blood was found inside Teresa Halbach’s sport utility vehicle, said Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz, who plans to charge Mr. Avery with first-degree intentional homicide by Tuesday.

Mr. Avery has denied involvement in the disappearance of Miss Halbach, 25, who was last seen Oct. 31.

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