Coretta King Hospitalized;

She Had a Stroke, Friends Say

ATLANTA -- Coretta Scott King remained hospitalized in fair condition Wednesday, and two family friends said the 78-year-old widow of Martin Luther King Jr. had suffered a stroke.

Her family is not discussing her illness, but Piedmont Hospital spokeswoman Diana Lewis said King's vital signs are stable, she is conscious and her indicators are favorable. Lewis said King will spend at least one more night in the hospital.

King was admitted Tuesday, and the family issued a statement later saying she was resting comfortably. It expressed thanks for the "outpouring of care and support that's being sent from around the world."

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery said King had suffered a stroke and was having trouble speaking.

King had canceled some recent public appearances, which raised concerns about her health. Quoting unidentified friends, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that she was diagnosed with a heart malady this spring and has had several small strokes since then before the more serious one Tuesday.

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* MARIETTA, Ga. -- Jewish congregations gathered in a suburban shopping center to remember the lynching of a Jewish businessman on the same spot 90 years ago. Leo Frank was kidnapped from prison and hanged in 1915 after being convicted of killing a teenage girl at a pencil factory. But the evidence against Frank was thin, and the governor commuted the sentence to life in prison. Two months later, a group of about 30 men kidnapped Frank from prison and hanged him.

* Princeton University said it will extend the six-year period for tenure review for faculty members when they are expecting or adopting a child. Under the new rules, men and women faculty members being considered for tenure automatically will be granted a one-year extension of the evaluation term for each child born or adopted. Up to now, the faculty members had to ask for an extension.

* SAN FRANCISCO -- A Pakistani imam and his son were deported after being arrested on immigration violations during a terrorism probe focused on Lodi, Calif., U.S. officials said. Mohammad Adil Khan, 47, who served as an imam at a Lodi mosque, and his son Mohammad Hassan Adil, 19, agreed last month to the deportation. They returned to Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said.

-- From News Services