Cadets' Father Sues
Academy Over Religion
ALBUQUERQUE -- A Jewish father of two Air Force Academy cadets sued the Air Force on Thursday, alleging that senior officers and cadets illegally imposed Christianity on others at the school.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court by Mikey Weinstein, an academy graduate and outspoken critic of the school's handling of religion. Over the past decade or more, the lawsuit alleges, academy leaders have fostered an environment of religious intolerance at the Colorado school, in violation of the First Amendment.
Weinstein has one son who graduated from the academy last year and another who is a junior there. Both were subjected to anti-Semitic slurs from evangelical Christian cadets, he said.
Weinstein, who lives in Albuquerque, alleges that evangelical Christians at the school have coerced attendance at religious services and prayers, among other things.
The Air Force declined to comment.
3 Sentenced in
PHILADELPHIA -- Two bank executives and a Detroit businessman were sentenced to more than two years in prison for their part in a City Hall corruption scandal that broke wide open after an FBI bug was discovered in the mayor's office.
Glenn Holck and Stephen Umbrell of Commerce Bank were convicted of approving loans to Philadelphia's treasurer and others to get the inside track on city banking business. Businessman La-Van Hawkins was found guilty of helping to funnel money to the treasurer.
U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson sentenced Holck to two years and four months behind bars and fined him $200,000. Umbrell received two years and three months and was fined $50,000. Hawkins got two years and nine months and a $25,000 fine.
More than a dozen people have been convicted in the federal corruption probe, which became public when police found a listening device in Mayor John F. Street's office in 2003. He has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged.
* FAYETTE, Ala. -- A judge sentenced Devin Moore to die for the murders of the three-person night shift at a rural police department, slayings the victims' families blame partly on the killer's obsession with a violent video game. Moore was charged in the shooting deaths of Officers Arnold Strickland, 55, and James Crump, 40, and dispatcher Leslie "Ace" Mealer, 38.
* BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Tropical Storm Tammy turned subdivisions into lagoons as ankle-deep water seeped into at least two dozen homes after the storm soaked this port city with more than four inches of rain before weakening to a tropical depression. Tammy was the 19th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.
* NEW YORK -- Police said they believe a body recovered at a Pennsylvania landfill is that of Monica Lozada-Rivadineira, the mother of 4-year-old girl Valery, who was found abandoned and barefoot on a city street after dark.
-- From News Services