CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2003 |
Virginia Atty. Gen. Jerry W. Kilgore plans to appeal to the Supreme Court a case involving the Virginia Military Institute's dinnertime prayers after an evenly divided appellate court upheld its previous decision declaring the prayers unconstitutional. "These prayers are part of VMI's educational program and are precisely the kind of prayers recited in the United States military, on ships at sea each night, and before lunch" at the U.S. Naval Academy, Kilgore said.
March 11, 1988 |
A seventh-grader was expelled and a classmate was suspended for 30 days for making three homemade bombs and bringing them to school, allegedly to get back at a teacher, officials said Thursday. The Boone County Board of Education took the action against the unidentified boys after hearings last week, school officials said. A third youth had been suspended for 10 days but is back at Madison Middle School.
July 2, 2012 |
A framed copy of the Ten Commandments that had been on display at a Virginia public high school will be replaced by a page from a history textbook depicting the commandment tablets and highlighting their role in the "roots of democracy. " The swap is being made under a proposed settlement of a lawsuit that contended displaying the text of the commandments violated the Constitutional requirement for separation of church and state. The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, which sued the Giles County school board, and Liberty Counsel, which represented the school board, applauded the proposed settlement.
May 7, 2002 |
Some southern West Virginia schools won't be able to reopen this year because of damage from last week's deadly floods, officials said Monday. Floods and mudslides caused by torrential rainfall were blamed for at least six deaths in West Virginia and two in Virginia. Six people were still missing Monday in West Virginia, and one man was unaccounted for in Kentucky. Damages continued to mount Monday as residents braced for more rain this week.
February 25, 1993 |
Everybody knew about it, said Dean and Mary Simpson. It was openly discussed. The Richmond public schools wanted to keep white parents happy. Whites had been fleeing in droves since a federal court ordered the schools to desegregate in 1970. To lure them back, school officials offered special treatment. Mary Simpson describes how they did it.
April 17, 1992 |
Petersburg High will play its entire 1992 football season on the road because gunshots at a home game last year frightened students and parents. School Superintendent Willis B. McLeod said the school decided to abandon Cameron Field to ensure the safety of students and players. He also said the move was linked to poor ticket sales in recent years. "It was not a decision reached easily," McLeod said Wednesday. No one was injured when a gun discharged at a home game Oct. 25.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2012 |
Jean Harris, the onetime headmistress of an elite girls' school whose trial in the fatal 1980 shooting of the celebrity diet doctor who jilted her generated front-page headlines and national debates about whether she was a feminist martyr or vengeful murderer, has died. She was 89. Harris, who spent nearly 12 years in prison for the shooting death of her longtime boyfriend, "Scarsdale Diet" doctor Herman "Hy" Tarnower, died Sunday at an assisted-living facility in New Haven, Conn., of complications related to old age, her son James said.
October 20, 1996 |
Angelica Garza and Amy Abraham are spending the weekend at Virginia Military Institute to learn what life will be like as "Sister Rats." VMI's first male-female open house since deciding to admit women a month ago included a tour of the 157-year-old campus, a night spent on wooden cots--and television cameras, of course. "I don't see what the big deal is," Abraham said. "We're just normal people who are wanting to look at a great college." The U.S.
March 14, 2011 |
President Obama, "heartbroken" by the unfolding tragedy in Japan, reiterated Monday that the United States stood ready to support its ally in the aftermath of Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. "The United States will continue to offer any assistance we can as Japan continues to recover from multiple disasters," Obama said. His remarks came at a Virginia middle school, the latest event in what the White House has called "Education Month. " The president used Monday’s event to call on Congress to reauthorize "No Child Left Behind" before the start of the next school year.
February 23, 2005 |
A former Virginia high school valedictorian held in a Saudi Arabian prison for 20 months was accused in federal court Tuesday of conspiring with Al Qaeda to assassinate President Bush. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, an American citizen, and at least 10 unidentified co-conspirators allegedly planned in 2002 and 2003 to kill Bush either by shooting him or by detonating a car bomb, according to an indictment released at a hearing before a U.S. magistrate judge in Alexandria, Va.