Crematory Owners Reach

Settlement Over Remains

ROME, Ga. -- An $80 million settlement was reached Thursday in a lawsuit against the operators of a crematory where the remains of 334 people were found strewn across the grounds of the business.

The settlement was reached after the start of the trial stemming from a lawsuit filed by nearly 1,700 people who allege that their relatives' remains were mishandled by the northwest Georgia crematory. U.S. District Judge Harold L. Murphy commended both sides for the amicable accord.

Brent Marsh and the estate of his father were sued 21/2 years after the human remains that were supposed to have been cremated were found at the Tri-State Crematory, which served Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. Marsh, who faces 787 criminal charges in an October trial, declined to comment.

The Marshes' insurance company, Georgia Farm Bureau, will pay the settlement, said Robert Darroch, an attorney for the families.

MIT Chooses Woman to Head

Male-Dominated University

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday named Yale Provost Susan Hockfield as its new president -- the first woman to hold the job at the prestigious science university, where men overwhelmingly dominate the faculty and the student body.

While the appointment of a female university president is no longer exceptional, it is significant at MIT, which in 1999 acknowledged past discrimination and has since made significant efforts to improve prospects for women.

Despite those efforts, women make up just 42 percent of undergraduates, 29 percent of graduate students and 17 percent of the faculty at MIT.

* SAN FRANCISCO -- A poll of 600 Arab Americans found that 21 percent reported experiencing discrimination since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "Arab-Americans have experienced more discrimination and are over three times more likely than the non-Latino white population to have experienced racial profiling since the attacks," the survey found. The poll was commissioned by Amnesty International and a San Francisco-based nonprofit group New California Media. A 2002 study reported that 3 percent of whites perceived that they had been subjected to racial profiling.

* PHILADELPHIA -- The federal anti-corruption probe that exploded into public view last fall when an FBI bug was discovered in the mayor's office had its roots in a drug investigation, court papers show. FBI agents were looking for information about a drug gang in 2001 when they tapped the phone of Shamsud-din Ali, a top local religious leader with ties to Mayor John F. Street (D).

* TRENTON, N.J. -- Golan Cipel, the former aide who alleges that he was sexually harassed by Gov. James E. McGreevey (D), said he will consider dropping his plans to sue if the governor apologizes, lawyer Allen Lowy said. McGreevey spokesman Micah Rasmussen said the governor will not apologize because no harassment took place.

-- From News Services