Saturday, September 3, 2005

Students accused of hacking grades

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Three teenagers face felony charges for purportedly hacking into their school computer system to “fix” grades — not for themselves, but for friends.

The 16-year-olds are enrolled in advanced computer classes at Bay High School, and sheriff’s investigator Paul Vecker said they didn’t need to change their own grades.

“These are three young men who are quite intelligent,” he said.

One of the teens is charged with offense against intellectual property and the other two face charges of being principal to offense against intellectual property.

Pilot killed in crashinto post office

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. — A small plane crashed into a post office building near Teterboro Airport late Friday, killing the pilot and injuring a passenger, authorities said.

The single-engine Cessna struck the South Hackensack Post Office building as the plane was trying to land, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates the airport.

The plane ended up crumpled nose-first against a brick wall near a loading dock.

The Cessna was diverted to Teterboro after the pilot reported an engine problem, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Murray said. She said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Teenagers accused of vandalizing home

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Four high school students have been accused of vandalizing the home of a Jewish family with swastikas.

Adam Stanley Sugg-Jacobs, 17, and two of the other juveniles, whose names were not released, live in the same neighborhood as the family whose home was vandalized.

The suspects were accused Thursday of damage to property and terrorist threats. Mr. Sugg-Jacobs remained in a detention center without bail, but the others were released to the custody of their parents.

Counties say immigration costs up

TUCSON, Ariz. — The cost of dealing with illegal immigration exceeds the emergency $1.5 million Gov. Janet Napolitano agreed to send to southern Arizona, county officials say.

Citing security shortcomings by the federal government, Miss Napolitano and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, both Democrats, last month declared emergencies on their states’ borders with Mexico. That freed up emergency funds — a total of more than $3 million for the two states — for law enforcement overtime, repairs of border and cattle fences and costs related to illegal aliens’ deaths.

However, officials of Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties said Friday they likely will have to spend at least $5 million over the next six months to a year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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