Confusion prompts voters to list affiliation

A survey found that tens of thousands of voters, including Demi Moore and other celebrities, have mistakenly registered as members of a conservative minor political party in California in a mix-up over its name, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

The newspaper said that a telephone survey of 500 members of the American Independent Party found that nearly 3 of 4 people did not realize they had enrolled in a political party that opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage and calls for building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The newspaper said voters were confused by the use of the word “independent” in the party’s name. In California, voters who do not want to register with any party must check a box on a registration form for “no party preference.”

— Associated Press

State enacts law for medical marijuana use

Pennsylvania has become the 24th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed the bill into law Sunday afternoon surrounded by a jubilant crowd of supporters at the Capitol building in Harrisburg.

“Marijuana is medicine, and it’s coming to Pennsylvania,” said state Sen. Daylin Leach (D), the bill’s co-sponsor.

The bill’s drafters said it could take two years to write regulations and open retail outlets, but a provision allows parents to legally administer medical marijuana to their children before the legislation takes effect in a month.

— Associated Press

NEw Hampshire
Prep school to look at handling of allegations

Top officials of an elite New Hampshire prep school dealing with a flurry of sexual abuse allegations hired several law firms to examine the school’s handling of misconduct allegations leveled at faculty members.

In a letter to parents and alumni, the principal and top trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy said the school is committed to a “thorough review” of its handling of allegations against former teacher Rick Schubart, who was forced to resign after admitting to sexual misconduct in 2011. He was barred from campus after a second allegation surfaced in 2015. The misconduct occurred dates to the 1970s and 1980s.

Schubart has not answered or returned repeated calls to his home seeking comment.

Principal Lisa MacFarlane said one law firm will investigate allegations that have surfaced since March of this year, when Schubert’s misconduct was first publicized. Another will review the school’s procedures for handling sexual misconduct complaints.

The school said last week that another teacher had been fired for having sexual encounters with a student decades ago.

— Associated Press

3 killed in Philadelphia: Three people were killed by shotgun blasts to their heads at a home in Philadelphia, and a man was arrested there after a standoff. Police responded Sunday morning to a report of a shooting at the home. A man refused to open the door, saying that he had a shotgun, that had shot someone and that he wasn’t coming out, authorities said. The man fired several shots from inside the house at SWAT officers as they were climbing onto the roof, police said. A short time later, he walked out the front door and was taken into custody, police said.

— Associated Press