Suspect in 4 Ohio Slayings Captured

SIDNEY, Ohio -- The suspect in last week's slayings of three teenage girls and a Bible study teacher surrendered to police in Sidney, Ohio, yesterday after a two-hour standoff at a gas station in which he took three hostages.

Lawrence Hensley, 30, allegedly wounded a motorist on a local interstate highway, but the later standoff with police was resolved without any shots being fired. Sidney police Lt. Rod Austin said the hostages -- a clerk and two customers -- were freed unharmed.

The shooting victim was hospitalized in serious condition with wounds in the arm and abdomen, police said. Hensley was taken into custody and charged with four counts of aggravated murder.

Hensley was charged with the murders in Sidney of Sherry Kimbler, 16; her cousin, Tosha Barrett, 16; Amy Mikesell, 14; and Brett Wildermuth, 37.

U-Ga. Race-Based Admissions Faulted

ATLANTA -- The University of Georgia wrongly awards "racial bonus points" to minority applicants but didn't discriminate against a white student whose application was rejected in 1997, a judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield said Craig Green would not have been admitted regardless of race, due to his academic record. But Edenfield also said the university "cannot constitutionally justify the affirmative use of race in its admission decisions."

Green's suit argued the University System of Georgia uses quotas to illegally segregate Georgia's public colleges.

The university uses the same academic standards for all students. Borderline applicants, who comprise about 25 percent of admitted freshmen, are awarded extra points for being minorities. Extra points are also given to applicants whose parents are alumni or who live in rural or poor areas of the state, regardless of race.

University officials justified the system as a way to diversify the campus, where blacks make up 6.2 percent of students. The state population is 28.4 percent black. But Edenfield wrote that the policy "stigmatizes non-white students, the vast majority of whom earned admission without the benefit of the . . . racial preference."

University President Michael Adams said school officials will review admissions practices to ensure they are nondiscriminatory.

Fearful African Wins Deportation Stay

NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court has blocked the deportation of an African woman who sought asylum out of fear her tribe would mutilate her genitals or kill her for losing her virginity.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Adelaide Abankwah's fears were credible and that her request should not have been denied. The case returns to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Abankwah, 29, was detained in 1997 after fleeing her 400-member tribe in Ghana. An immigration judge denied asylum, saying her testimony was not detailed enough. But the appeals court said her claims were "compelling in light of the general conditions present in Ghana."