2 Denver Transients Decapitated

DENVER--Homeless people armed themselves with knives, pipes and railroad spikes yesterday after the decapitated bodies of two transients were found in the same area where five homeless men were beaten to death.

The headless corpses were spotted by a homeless man Wednesday in a weed-covered field behind Union Station, Denver's main railroad station. Mayor Wellington Webb said the FBI is joining the investigation.

NAACP Attacks College Tests

The NAACP, at a news conference today in Los Angeles, will announce its campaign to deemphasize standardized college entrance exams and to help minority and low-income students prepare for the tests.

The group says college entrance exams are unreliable and unfair to minorities and is appealing to colleges to stop using the tests as the primary factor in admissions.

The NAACP says that until colleges reduce their reliance on such exams, states should help minority students prepare for the tests.

Ex-New York Official Arrested

NEW YORK--A former top aide and personal confidant of Mayor Edward I. Koch during the 1980s was arrested and charged with setting off noxious fumes aboard two airliners last year after a dispute over frequent-flier miles.

Victor Botnick, 45, was charged with a single count of federal law that prohibits interference with a flight crew. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Botnick, who headed the city Health and Hospitals Corp. in the Koch administration, was released on a $150,000 personal recognizance bond.

Expelled Students Enter New Schools

DECATUR, Ill.--Six high school students who faced expulsion over a football game brawl began enrolling in alternative schools yesterday as Jesse L. Jackson continued to press for their return to regular classes.

Jackson led five of the students and their mothers into the Macon/Piatt Regional Office of Education for a closed-door orientation session. They were later joined by a sixth student and mother. The students were to begin classes in one of the area's four alternative education programs Monday.

Jackson seeks a compromise that would make the students eligible for reinstatement to regular schools as early as January if they do well in the alternative schools. The school board has refused.

Michigan Sheriff Accused of Rape

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.--A sheriff has been charged with raping a woman while attending the state's Sheriffs' Association conference last month.

William Hackel, a 23-year veteran sheriff of Macomb County, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each offense carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

The alleged assault occurred at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, about 60 miles north of Lansing.