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Wednesday, April 27, 2005; Page A24

Black Student Charged In Hate Mail Case

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. -- A black college student was charged with a hate crime Tuesday for allegedly mailing racist threats to fellow minorities on campus, apparently because she was homesick and wanted to convince her parents the school was dangerous, authorities said.

The hate mail at 3,300-student Trinity International University spread fear among blacks and Hispanics on campus, and prompted authorities at the Christian school to move more than 40 minorities out of their dormitories and into a hotel last week.

Alicia Hardin, 19, of Chicago was charged with disorderly conduct and a hate crime. The hate crime charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Police said she confessed, saying she was unhappy at Trinity and wanted to leave.

LAS VEGAS -- Anna Ayala, who was arrested after claiming she bit into a human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili, waived extradition, telling a judge she was eager to return to California to face charges of attempted grand larceny for Wendy's millions in losses after Ayala said she found the finger.

COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. -- A smoky fire that began on the top floor of a Southern Adventist University dormitory killed Kelly Weimer, a junior English major from Woodridge, Ill. Two others were rescued from their windows.

TALLAHASSEE -- With a National Rifle Association lobbyist at his side, Gov. Jeb Bush (R) signed a Florida law to give people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves on the street.

-- From News Services


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