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Courts hold Brown to tilling
comply with Title IX
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an ac
tion hailed as a victory for sexual
equality, the Supreme Court refused
to free Brown University of rulings
that the Ivy League school discrimi
nated against female athletes.
Although Monday’s court action is
not a decision and therefore sets no
legal precedent for other universities
and colleges, the practical effect may
Lawyers for Brown had argued that
lower court rulings in its case could
require schools nationwide to offer
varsity sports opportunities for women
based on “a stark numerical quota.”
Those courts had ruled that Brown
violated a 1972 law known as Title
The law, credited by many with
changing the face of women’s sports
and influencing society’s attitudes
about women, tens discrimination in
education based on sex. All govern
ment-run schools and private schools
that receive federal money are covered
by the law.
Even before learning of the high
court’s denial of review Monday,
Brown officials submitted a plan for
complying with Title IX. A federal
trial judge’s must approve it.
The plan calls for increasing by
about 60 the number of varsity team
positions available to Brown female
athletes so their total number mirrors
the overall student population.
The school does not plan to cut any
men’s teams, and would give varsity
status to three additional women’s
teams—lightweight crew, equestrian
and water polo.
Brown’s Title IX dispute dates to
1991, when Brown imposed
universitywide budget cuts.
The school, which then funded 16
varsity sports for men and 16 for
women, ended funding for four teams
— men’s golf and water polo and
women’s gymnastics and volleyball.
The move affected 37 men and 23
Some of the affected female ath
letes sued, contending that Brown, in
Providence, R.I., had violated Title IX.
The court’s ruling elated women’s
“I think the message that goes
across the entire country today is that
those who have been dragging their
feet are duly warned that the time is
now,” said Christine Grant, athletic
director for women’s sports at the
University of Iowa. “It’s a very clear
message and long, long overdue.”
In other action Monday, the Su
■ Rejected the government’s effort
to force Texaco to pay at least $1 bil
lion more in taxes on Saudi Arabian
oil it sold between 1978 and 1981.
■ Left intact a $1 million libel
award won against ABC television by
an Iowa manufacturer for a news re
port (xi a Georgia county’s garbage
■ Let stand six Branch Davidians’
convictions stemming from a shootout
that began the 1993 standoff at the
cult’s compound near Waco, Texas.
■ Ruled in an Arizona case that
parents seeking child-support pay
ments from deadbeat ex-spouses can
not sue states to force overall compli
ance with federal efforts to help, but
said some lawsuits might be allowed.
Chirac dissolves parliament,
calls new elections in France
The country’s deficit
must be cut in order to
PARIS (AP) — President Jacques
Chirac dissolved the National Assem
bly Monday and ordered early parlia
Saying France “needs new elan ”
Chirac asked voters for a new man
date in the first round of parliamen
tary balloting on May 25 and the June
1 runoff — about nine months ahead
of the originally scheduled March
Struggling with 12.8 percent un
employment, down in the polls and
facing new budget cuts this year to
qualify for using the European Union’s
“euro” currency, Chirac was gambling
that his conservative coalition could
run now and still win.
Chirac’s chief campaign battle cry
before his May 1995 election was to
fight unemployment. But initial efforts
to slash long-held benefits and privi
leges to create jobs ran into a wave of
strikes that winter.
Since then, unemployment has
crept upward. Speculation had grown
in recent months that Chirac could
lose his majority if he waited for a vote
In a nationally televised speech,
Chirac challenged what he called “ar
chaic solutions founded on ‘always
more’ state, ‘always more’ spending,
‘always more’ taxes.”
The president called for reforms
“to allow a reduction in public spend
ing, the only way to lighten the bur
den of taxes and social charges that
weigh too heavily on you.”
Bomb threats disrupt London’s transit system
LONDON — A string of telephoned bomb threats tied London’s
air, rail and road traffic in knots on Monday and momentarily dis
tracted politicians from the national election campaign. Authorities
blamed the IRA.
Prime Minister John Major, expressing contempt for the Irish Re
publican Army, praised the “stoicism and good humor” of the travel
ing public, which struggled all morning with citywide traffic snarls.
No bombs were found.
No one claimed responsibility, although the people who called in
the threats used recognized IRA code words.
Opposition still demands Netanyahu’s resignation
JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu tried to shore up his gov
ernment and his reputation Monday after escaping prosecution in an
influence-peddling scandal, but opposition leaders demanded he re
sign and face trial.
The opposition asked Israel’s Supreme Court to overrule prosecu
tors’ decision not to charge Netanyahu for his role in a political ally’s
short-lived appointment as attorney general. But such an action ap
Weather keeps investigators from suspected crash site
EAGLE, Colo. — Wind-driven snow Monday kept an Air Force
recovery team known as the “Ninja brain surgeons” from dangling
over a steep Rocky Mountain slope to examine the suspected crash site
of a missing warplane.
A powerful helicopter needed to drop the team was grounded by the
weather at an airport 40 miles away. A blowing snow advisory and
howling winds whipped through the search headquarters, about a mile
below the snowy mountainside where shards of gray metal were spot
The Air Force believes the wreckage is the A-10 Thunderbolt war
plane that vanished April 2.
Jury questioning finished in Oklahoma bombing trial
DENVER — The judge and attorneys finished questioning pro
spective jurors Monday in the Oklahoma bombing trial after a labori
ous 16-day process.
The final panel of 12 jurors and six alternates was tentatively sched
uled to be picked Tuesday after U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch
hears some pending motions. The judge was considering selecting an
anonymous panel to hear the case against Timothy McVeigh.
A total of 99 people — from unemployed contractors to a wealthy
businessman — have been brought in for questioning since March 31.
Six were dismissed in open court and an unknown number were ex
cused after private sessions between the judge and attorneys.
Crooks, don’t go to Smith County, Texas
TYLER, Texas — What more could a sheriff with 238 employees,
horses, a 40-hound search team, boat patrols and personal watercraft
Armored personnel carriers, of course.
Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith has added two to his crime-fight
ing arsenal, unveiling the vehicles last week.
Each 13-too machine holds eight people. They have infrared sight
ing systems and can withstand 50-caliber bullets and even hand gre
nades. Used sparingly in the Gulf War, the vehicles had been stored for
Smith County got them free under a government surplus equipment
program and will make them available to authorities throughout east
The vehicles will be used as a last resort when armed suspects refuse
to surrender. Smith said all the heavy metal may have a “psychological
effect on the crooks.”
, Iowa student killed at VEISHA
Police are looking for
videotapes taken near
where the man was
AMES, Iowa (U-Wire) — A 19
year-old college student died Sunday
after being stabbed during Iowa State’s
VEISHA celebration this weekend.
Harold “Uri” Sellers, 19, was
stabbed once in the chest and found
on the front lawn of Adelante Frater
nity, 318 Welch Ave.
Sellers was stabbed with a sharp
instrument, probably a knife, said Sgt.
Jim Robinson of the Ames Police De
Police believe there may have been
a fight before the attack. It isn’t known
if alcohol was a factor. No arrests have
Sellers, of Monroe, Iowa, was a
student at the Des Moines Area Com
munity College in Ankeny, Iowa.
Friends of his who attend ISU said
Sellers told them he was coming to
Ames Saturday for the VEISHA cel
The man who stabbed Sellers is
believed to have fled the scene with
two other males. Police said witnesses
at the scene saw the three males leave
the area, heading south down Welch
Avenue and then east on Knapp Street.
Police are looking for a white male,
age 19 to early 20s, about 6 feet tall,
medium build, short black hair, pos
sibly with facial hair consisting of a
mustache, goatee and long sideburns,
wearing a black leather coat, blue
jeans and a tan shirt.
Robinson said police have inter
viewed dozens of witnesses and are
attempting to locate any videotapes
that were being filmed on Welch Av
enue at the time of the incident. He
said several Adelante members may
have been on the fraternity’s second
floor balcony, which overlooks the
front lawn, when Sellers was noticed.
Editor’s Note: The Ames Police
Department’s phone number is
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