Local Bans on Tobacco Ads Rejected by U.S. Appeals Court

SAN FRANCISCO--Local governments do not have the right to ban outdoor advertisements of tobacco products, a federal court for nine western states has ruled.

On Friday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a 1997 ordinance in Pierce County, south of Seattle, violated a 1969 federal law prohibiting the governments from applying any "requirement or prohibition based on smoking and health" to cigarette advertising.

The Pierce County ordinance prohibits all tobacco advertising that can be seen from the street, with the exception of signs outside stores of plain design that list only cigarette prices. Even those signs are banned within 1,000 feet of schools and other areas frequented by minors.

N.Y. to Crack Down on Homeless

NEW YORK--City officials plan a crackdown on people who sleep on the streets after a random attack on a woman by an apparently homeless man.

"Streets do not exist in civilized societies for the purpose of people sleeping there," Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said Friday during his weekly radio call-in show on WABC-AM.

The mayor's remarks were prompted by an attack last week in which a woman was critically injured when a man believed to be homeless smashed her in the head with a brick, police spokeswoman Marilyn Mode said.

Police Commissioner Howard Safir said all precincts would be urged to inform the homeless about city shelters and social services available to them.

Boy Dies After Schoolyard Brawl

PALMDALE, Calif.--A schoolyard fight with an older classmate left a 13-year-old boy dead.

The fight broke out shortly before 2 p.m. Friday when the two eighth-graders began throwing punches outside Juniper Intermediate School, said Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Bruce Thomas.

The boy fell and hit his head on a cement sidewalk, then went into convulsions, said School Superintendent Nancy Smith. He was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital about an hour later.

N.M. Student Dies of Wounds

DEMING, N.M.--A 13-year-old girl who police said had been shot in the head by a fellow student at a New Mexico school died yesterday.

Araceli Tena died at Thomason Hospital in El Paso, Tex., where she had been rushed by ambulance Friday shortly after she was shot in Deming Middle School, police said.

Victor Cordova Jr., of Palomas, Mexico, was wearing a camouflage jacket when he fired a single shot from a .22-caliber handgun, police said. Police say the boy is 13 years old, but his family says he is 12. Cordova has been charged with attempted murder, assault, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Investigators were trying to determine a motive for the shooting.