- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Panel backs firing of leftist professor

DENVER — A majority of a University of Colorado committee investigating professor Ward Churchill yesterday recommended firing the ethics-studies professor for academic misconduct.

In a 22-page report issued yesterday, six members of the Standing Committee on Research Misconduct said Mr. Churchill should be dismissed. Three members said he should be suspended without pay, with two members recommending a five-year suspension and one member favoring a two-year suspension.

Last month, a faculty committee concluded Mr. Churchill had committed “serious” misconduct by plagiarizing, falsifying data and misrepresenting research in his books and scholarly writings.

The committee’s recommendations will be forwarded to Susan Avery, interim provost, and Todd Gleeson, dean of the college of arts and sciences. Their separate recommendations will then go to interim Chancellor Phil DeStefano, who will make the final decision on Mr. Churchill’s future with the university.

Mr. Churchill, who has called the charges against him politically motivated, drew national attention last year over his comparison of the September 11 victims to a Nazi war criminal. The university investigation dealt only with charges of academic misconduct, not those remarks.


Former mayor jailed for tax evasion

ATLANTA — Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, who presided over one of the most prosperous and dynamic periods in Atlanta history, was sentenced yesterday to 2 years in prison and fined $6,300 for tax evasion.

U.S. District Judge Richard Story handed down the sentence soon after ruling that Campbell had obstructed justice, and that he owed $62,823 in unpaid taxes.

Campbell, 52, was convicted in March. The sentencing guidelines had called for 2 years to 3 years and one month in prison.


Study: Prozac no help for anorexia relapses

CHICAGO — The antidepressant Prozac and its generic equivalents, often prescribed for patients struggling with anorexia, do not help prevent relapses of the life-threatening eating disorder, a study said yesterday.

The finding came from a test involving 93 women with anorexia nervosa who were discharged after regaining a healthy weight. Some were then given fluoxetine — the antidepressant originally sold as Prozac — and others an inert placebo.

After a year, there was “absolutely no difference” in the relapse rate between the two groups, said Dr. B. Timothy Walsh, a physician at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Medical Center, chief author of the study, with over half of both groups again suffering the problem.

Earlier studies have found that a third to a half of patients with anorexia suffer a relapse within one year after they are discharged from a hospital with a healthy weight, the report said, and a substantial number are given antidepressants to help prevent that.


Soldier held after refusal to return to Iraq

EUGENE — A 21-year-old woman who refused to deploy with her Army unit to Iraq for a second tour has been arrested and will be returned to Fort Lewis, Wash., Eugene police said Monday.

Eugene Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Stronach said Spc. Suzanne Swift, 21, told officers she did not want to go back to Iraq. She was picked up Sunday night at the request of the Army. She was arrested at her family’s home without incident.

She was listed as AWOL late last year, and her unit left for Iraq without her. She served her first tour in Iraq with a military police unit in 2004, her mother, Sarah Rich, told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Spc. Swift’s mother said her daughter broke down and said she could not return because of the war and the way she was treated. She said her daughter was belittled, called names and frequently propositioned.

Spc. Swift was expected to be returned to Fort Lewis yesterday.


Ex-cantor pleads guilty to sex assaults

NORRISTOWN — The former cantor of a prominent New York synagogue pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a young relative starting when the boy was 3 years old.

Howard Nevison, 65, entered a plea agreement Monday after fighting the charges for four years. He acknowledged the assaults occurred when he visited Philadelphia relatives, but did not admit to all of the prosecution’s accusations.

“The reason we reached this agreement was that the family felt that it was in the victim’s best interest,” First Assistant Prosecutor Risa V. Ferman said. Prosecutors felt they could win the case at trial, but feared the appeals would go on for years.

Nevison, the longtime cantor at Congregation Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue, faces up to 19 years in prison, but could get probation, she said. He was put on leave in 2003 by the Reform synagogue, which has many prominent members.

The attacks continued from 1993 until 1997, when the boy was 7. Two other relatives have served time for sexually assaulting the same boy.


Historic flag to be displayed at museum

NASHVILLE — The last time the first U.S. flag to be known as Old Glory flew prominently in Nashville, Union forces had to give it a protective escort downtown so it could be raised over the state Capitol.

Now more than 140 years after the flag became a legend when it was flown to celebrate the capture of Nashville from Confederate forces in 1862, Old Glory will spend Flag Day resting safely under glass at the Tennessee State Museum. During an eight-month exhibit, museum visitors are learning how the flag came to be named, hidden and honored by William Driver, a sea captain who had relocated from New England to the South.

The 182-year-old homemade flag is 10 feet by 17 feet and has to rest horizontally to keep stress off the very fine and thinning fabric. The blue background behind the stars has become almost translucent and the edges are tattered and torn after years of use.

The flag is on a rare loan from the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution and has to be very delicately shipped and displayed because of its fragile condition.


New dress code bans holes in pants

NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen High School has a message for its students: Please pull up your pants and button them. And they better not have holes.

The regulations about pants are part of the school’s new dress code. It bars pants with holes in the seat and thighs, as well as gym shorts and short skirts. It also requires that shorts be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.

The code says that violators will be sent home to change, though Assistant Principal Barbara Logue estimates that 90 percent of students caught breaking the rules have a change of clothes. Repeat violators can face additional discipline.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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