The Selma, Ala., City Council named Woody Melton to the school board, giving blacks a 6 to 5 majority for the first time under a court-ordered agreement in which blacks and whites will rotate control of the panel annually.

Rep. Dan Blue (D), elected the first black speaker of the North Carolina House since Reconstruction, compared the 1991 session to the sessions of 1931 and 1933, when the General Assembly reformed state government to meet the challenges of the Great Depression. Many legislators say the economic problems faced at this session are the worst since then.

An actor who dropped his pants on stage and an actress who appeared in a short nude scene in a performance of the musical "Hair" were cited for violating the nude dancing ban in Wichita, Kan., after about 15 local nightclub employees and dancers picketed the theater to encourage the citations, saying the ordinance that prohibits nude dancing in bars was not being applied to the eight-second nude scene in the musical.

Stephen Lopez, the 17-year-old alleged ringleader of a "wilding" spree that included the beating and rape of a woman known as the Central Park jogger, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery for robbing a male runner the same night. Lopez, who agreed to a plea bargain, had been charged with attempted murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, assault and riot.

Calling nighttime convenience store clerks "live bait" for criminals, Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth recommended that the Legislature pass a law requiring store owners to hire two clerks for night shifts or install bullet-resistant glass enclosures for lone cashiers.