- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 27, 2006

ARKANSAS

Monitoring upheld in desegregation

LITTLE ROCK — A federal appeals court yesterday upheld a decision keeping the Little Rock School District under federal desegregation monitoring, which has been in effect since 1965.

A three-member panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis agreed with a 2004 ruling by U.S. District Judge William R. Wilson in the long-running desegregation case involving the Little Rock district, the North Little Rock School District and the Pulaski County Special School District.

Judge Wilson had ruled that the Little Rock district did not successfully evaluate its academic programs for how well they helped black students. Otherwise, the district would have been released from the remaining desegregation monitoring it has faced since 1965.

CALIFORNIA

Scrawled threat closes down port

PORT HUENEME — A Southern California port was closed for several hours yesterday afternoon while authorities investigated a suspected terrorist threat on a cargo ship.

A dock worker at the Port of Hueneme in Ventura County discovered a threatening message written in the cargo hold of the 30,000-ton refrigerated vessel the Wild Lotus, which was carrying bananas from Guatemala. Federal authorities said the message was written in English and scrawled in marker on a metal pillar in the ship: “Nitro + glycerin my gift for G. W. Bush and his Jewish gang.”

No nitroglycerine or other explosives were found during a thorough search, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. Authorities were investigating, and divers were called in to inspect surrounding waters.

COLORADO

Chancellor plans to fire Churchill

BOULDER — The top official at the University of Colorado’s flagship campus said yesterday he intends to fire Ward Churchill, the professor who called World Trade Center victims “little Eichmanns” and then landed in hot water over accusations of academic misconduct.

Interim Chancellor Philip DiStefano said Mr. Churchill has 10 days to appeal his decision to a faculty committee. Mr. DiStefano said he has told Mr. Churchill that he plans to dismiss him.

The tenured professor of ethnic studies has denied charges of plagiarism and other misconduct and has said he would file suit if fired. Mr. Churchill did not return telephone messages yesterday.

The school’s committee on research misconduct said Mr. Churchill “has committed serious, repeated and deliberate research misconduct.”

FLORIDA

Limbaugh detained over Viagra bottle

WEST PALM BEACH — Top-rated talk-show host Rush Limbaugh was detained for more than three hours yesterday at Palm Beach International Airport after authorities said they found a bottle of Viagra in his possession without a prescription.

Customs officials found a prescription bottle labeled as Viagra in his luggage that didn’t have Mr. Limbaugh’s name on it, but the names of two doctors, said Paul Miller, spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

A doctor had prescribed the drug, but it was “labeled as being issued to the physician, rather than Mr. Limbaugh, for privacy purposes,” Limbaugh attorney Roy Black said.

Mr. Miller said the 55-year-old radio commentator told sheriff’s investigators that the Viagra was for his use, and that he obtained it from his doctors. Investigators confiscated the drugs and Mr. Limbaugh, who had returned from the Dominican Republic in his private plane, was released without being charged. The sheriff’s office plans to file a report with the state attorney’s office.

IDAHO

ACLU urges state to build more prisons

BOISE — The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho called on state officials to build more prisons. The organization said the state is failing to provide adequate care to its inmates because overcrowding is forcing many to be housed in Texas.

In recent months, two Idaho inmates escaped from the Texas prison and three employees there were disciplined for reportedly roughing up Idaho prisoners.

ILLINOIS

Coffee tied to cutin diabetes risk

CHICAGO — Coffee, especially the decaffeinated kind, seems to offer protection against adult-onset diabetes, a study said yesterday.

What causes the apparent effect is not clear, the report from the University of Minnesota said, but minerals and nonnutritive plant chemicals found in rich amounts in the coffee bean may favorably affect blood-sugar levels or protect the pancreas from stress.

The finding, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, was based on a study of more than 28,000 post-menopausal women in Iowa who were followed for 11 years.

Women who drank more than six cups of any type of coffee per day were 22 percent less likely than those who drank no coffee to be diagnosed with diabetes, the study found. Those who drank more than six cups of decaffeinated coffee daily had a 33 percent risk reduction compared with those who drank no coffee at all, it said.

LOUISIANA

University mounts fundraising campaign

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana State University has begun a $750 million, four-year fundraising effort that exceeds any previous money-raising initiatives at the college but comes on the heels of raised attention for the school after Hurricane Katrina.

Chancellor Sean O’Keefe said the national campaign is designed to wrap up as the state’s largest public university hits its 150th anniversary. About $175 million has been collected so far, he said yesterday.

The money raised will be poured into LSU’s endowment, which is one of the lowest endowments of similar public universities in other states, at $262 million. The endowment earnings will finance new faculty positions, increase graduate and other student aid, boost laboratory space and library collections, and construct and renovate facilities.

NEW YORK

Trade center insurers sued over rebuilding

NEW YORK — In the latest twist in an acrimonious battle over rebuilding the World Trade Center, developer Larry Silverstein yesterday sued insurers to demand that they pay for the buildings destroyed in the September 11 attacks.

With new architectural plans for the site to be shown this week, Mr. Silverstein and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a lawsuit that the insurance companies have delayed payments of the more than $3.5 billion owed, impeded the rebuilding process and tried to shirk their responsibilities.

Some insurers have suggested they might not make future payments owed for redevelopment because the original plan has been changed. Insurance companies named in the lawsuit include units of St. Paul Travelers, Zurich American Insurance Co., Allianz AG and Swiss Re.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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