Bikers in Ohio Convicted

Of Racketeering Charges

TOLEDO -- Ten members of a motorcycle club accused of running a violent drug enterprise in the Midwest during the 1990s were convicted of racketeering Tuesday.

Two other members of the Outlaws were convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering, and two were cleared of all counts in federal court.

A few of those convicted, sporting graying beards, fought back tears when the verdicts were announced.

The club's leader, James "Frank" Wheeler, was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to distribute drugs, but was acquitted on a firearms charge. He already is serving a 161/2-year federal sentence, handed down in January, for racketeering and other convictions in Florida.

* SALT LAKE CITY -- A charity accused of cheating schools across the country on fitness equipment filed for bankruptcy protection. The National School Fitness Foundation, which sold the gear with a promise to reimburse schools with money from donations and government grants, said it has as many as 995 creditors.

* NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale's Class of 1954 relied on Wall Street to turn an initial $75,000 into a $110 million donation -- the largest-ever class gift to the school. The proceeds of the 54/50 Donation Fund will be presented to the school during the class's 50th reunion this week.

* TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's attorney general sued a Perry motel, saying the owner placed black customers in inferior rooms and kept them from using the pool. The Southern Inn had separate rooms for black customers that were "markedly less desirable, more poorly maintained and more unattractive" than rooms reserved for white customers, according to the civil rights lawsuit.

-- From News Services