School's Policy of Admitting
Only Hawaiians Struck Down
HONOLULU -- A federal appeals court struck down the exclusive Kamehameha Schools' policy of admitting only Native Hawaiians on Tuesday, saying it amounts to unlawful racial discrimination.
Overturning a lower court's decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco ruled 2 to 1 that the practice at the private school violates federal civil rights law even though the institution receives no federal funding.
The case was brought by an unidentified non-Hawaiian student who was turned down for admission in 2003.
The Kamehameha Schools were established under the 1883 will of a Hawaiian princess to educate "the children of Hawaii." The admission policy was created to remedy the disadvantages suffered by Hawaiians as a result of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.
But the appeals court judges said they "do not read that document to require the use of race as an admissions prerequisite."
Judge Overrules Efforts
To Ease Logging Restrictions
SEATTLE -- A federal judge struck down a move by the Bush administration to ease logging restrictions in the Northwest, saying the government failed to consider the effect on rare plants and animals.
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said authorities had an obligation to show why the restrictions should be changed.
The change, which applied to 5.5 million acres of forests in the Northwest starting in spring 2004, said forest managers no longer had to look for rare species before logging. Instead, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management were to use information provided by state officials in Washington, Oregon and California in determining whether to allow logging, prescribed burns, and trail- or campground-building.
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* CAMDEN, N.J. -- Police searching for three missing boys later found dead in a car trunk ignored recommendations to immediately look in enclosed spaces, a prosecutor's report said. The report also faulted parents of the children for waiting three hours to call police and for not saying that one of the boys had played in the trunk.
* LEAVENWORTH, Wash. -- A wildfire threatening about 140 homes had grown to more than 1,000 acres near Lake Wenatchee in central Washington, fire officials said.
* RALEIGH, N.C. -- An Amtrak passenger train struck a dump truck and derailed, killing driver Chris McCullough, 34, of Garner, and his passenger, Keith Spence, 33, of Raleigh, after McCullough apparently drove around a lowered crossing gate, police said. There were no serious injuries among the 180 passengers and crew on the train, from Charlotte to New York.
-- From News Services