Swim Club Settles Race Bias Suit

The owners of a private swim club agreed yesterday to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a black teenager who claimed that she was denied entrance because of her race, and by two white families who said they were expelled from the club after voicing concern over the matter, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

Marci Shepard, an African American, said she was denied entrance to Le Terrace Swim Club in Nutley, N.J., by owners Patrick, Ray and Patricia Nardone. Shepard was trying to attend a party thrown by Annmarie and Philip Giordano. She was a guest of Michael and Catherine Russ. Both couples were expelled after voicing concern.

Anne P. McHugh, a lawyer who volunteered to try the case for the ACLU, argued in Superior Court that the club owners violated the civil rights of the families and their guests. Clubs have a First Amendment right to associate with whomever they please, but only if they are member-owned, with a board of directors made up of members who make the rules, she said.

Town Relents on Gay Marriage

BOSTON -- Under pressure from Gov. Mitt Romney (R), Provincetown officials said they will stop issuing marriage licenses to out-of-state gay couples. The Cape Cod town, popular with gay tourists, was one of four communities that defied Romney's order not to let nonresident gay couples wed when same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts on May 17.

* SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A jury convicted furniture store owner Thomas Lucie, 46, of raping his 11-year-old daughter, who later committed suicide.

* LOUISVILLE -- Doctors implanted an AbioCor artificial heart in a critically ill patient this week, the second such surgery this month.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports