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NYT columnist pied at Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A student faces disciplinary action after two people threw green whipped cream pies at New York Times columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman as he began an Earth Day speech at Brown University.

A video of the Tuesday incident posted on YouTube.com shows Mr. Friedman telling the audience, “It’s great to be back here at Brown,” shortly before Margaree Little, a senior English literature major, and an unidentified man stormed the stage.

Mr. Friedman managed to avoid most of the cream, although his shirt and the back of his head were splattered and he appears to slip on cream on the stage. He said yesterday he was not pressing charges and is “leaving it for Brown to decide what kind of values they want to uphold on their campus.”

Miss Little, who’s scheduled to graduate in December, said she was undergoing disciplinary action by the dean’s office and expulsion was “not off the table.” She called Mr. Friedman’s environmentalism a “sham,” because, she says, he supports biofuels that reduce the availability of food.

Florida, Michigan may get half-votes

A plan to award Michigan and Florida half-delegates to the Democratic National Convention will get a hearing before party leaders.

The co-chairmen of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee sent members a memo yesterday announcing a meeting May 31 to consider the idea.

The committee stripped Michigan and Florida of their national convention delegates because they held primaries earlier than party rules permitted. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won both states, though Sen. Barack Obama wasn’t even on the Michigan ballot and neither candidate campaigned in either state.

All superdelegates from both states would get a regular vote, and pledged delegates could cast a half-vote. Michigan lost 128 pledged delegates and 28 superdelegates, for a total of 156. Florida lost 185 pledged and 25 superdelegates, or a total of 210.

Wounded teller loses unborn twins

INDIANAPOLIS — A pregnant teller shot in a bank robbery has lost the twins she was carrying, and police continued to search for the gunman yesterday.

Katherin Shuffield, who was five months pregnant, was critically wounded when a masked gunman shot her in the abdomen Tuesday morning at a Huntington Bank branch.

Authorities and the family had said the bullets had not hit the twins. Complications set in, however, and husband Jason Shuffield said in a statement that the twins died late Thursday night. He said his 30-year-old wife remained in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital.

“Katherin’s recovery is our top priority and she continues to receive the best possible care,” he said.

Marion County’s chief deputy coroner, Alfarena Ballew said she would examine the twins to determine the causes of their deaths. The gunman, who remains at large, would be eligible for feticide or other charges, though manslaughter charges would have required Mrs. Shuffield to be at least seven months pregnant.

San Joaquin diocese in court fight

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Episcopal Church is again going to court, this time suing Bishop John-David Schofield of San Joaquin for the diocese’s property.

The U.S. church said Bishop Schofield breached his duties to the church when he led a secession effort and aligned the diocese with the Province of the Southern Cone, an Argentina-based member of the worldwide Anglican Communion that supports the historic Christian teachings on sex and biblical authority.

National church leaders deposed Bishop Schofield as the head of the Fresno-based diocese after the secession, a move that Bishop Schofield and most of the San Joaquin diocese’s parishes see as illegitimate. The dispute centers on the legitimacy of the secession and who represents the Diocese of San Joaquin.

Last month, Bishop Jerry Lamb was put forth by the U.S. church as the new bishop of San Joaquin, an appointment ratified by the few parishes that remained in the area but wanted to align with the pro-gay U.S. Episcopal Church.

Bishop Lamb’s lawsuit was filed Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court. He said in a statement yesterday that there was no way to recover church property but to seek court intervention.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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