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September 24, 2018

FRAT INDICTED AFTER STUDENT DIES OF ALCOHOL POISONING

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A fraternity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been indicted about a year after a student suffered alcohol poisoning.

The Northwestern district attorney’s office says the Theta Mu chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity was charged last week with hazing and procuring alcohol for a minor. Office spokeswoman Mary Carey tells the Boston Globe the charges come after a fall, 2017 incident in which a student was hospitalized with alcohol poisoning.

Activities at the chapter were suspended after the incident. A university spokesman says UMass officials will now investigate whether the chapter violated the Code of Student Conduct.

The national Pi Kappa Alpha organization said in a statement last night that the Theta Mu chapter has been “administratively suspended.” The organization called the charges “greatly concerning.”

BOTCHED CIRCUMSICION LAWSUIT

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A law firm says a Georgia jury has awarded $31 million to a boy for a botched circumcision he received as a newborn.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the award was handed down Friday in northern Georgia’s Clayton County.

A lawsuit filed by the boy’s family says he was 18 days old in October 2013 when part of his penis was severed during a circumcision at Life Cycle Pediatrics in Riverdale.

The family’s attorney says nobody recommended emergency surgery to fix the problem. The lawsuit says the boy suffers pain and will have a lifetime of mental anguish.

Attorney Terrell W. Benton represents the nurse midwife and physician who were found liable. Benton told jurors that $1 million should cover the boy’s medical expenses and costs of long-term therapy.

PRIEST REMOVED FOR BURNING RAINBOW BANNER

CHICAGO (AP) — The archbishop of Chicago has removed a priest as head of a North Side church after he burned a rainbow banner, angering the LGBT community.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cardinal Blase Cupich (BLAYZ’ SOO’-pich) announced the removal of Paul Kalchik in a recent letter to parishioners and staff at the Resurrection Catholic Church.

Cupich said he acted “out of concern” for Kalchik and parishioners. He said the 56-year-old priest needed “time away from the parish to receive pastoral support.”

Kalchik told the newspaper Friday he isn’t anti-gay and that he was “about as much of a gay basher as Mother Teresa.”

An archdiocese spokeswoman told the paper the priest’s removal wasn’t “directly due” to banner’s destruction — but had been “in the works.”

SWIPED CIGARETTES

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.

A jury in Pensacola had convicted 48-year-old Robert Spellman of burglary and grand theft in August. Authorities say Spellman took 10 cartons of cigarettes from a stock room in the store manager’s office last December. He was sentenced Friday.

The Pensacola News Journal reports Spellman had 14 felony and 31 misdemeanor convictions before swiping the smokes, which qualified him as a habitual felony offender. That led to the lengthy 20-year prison sentence term imposed by an Escambia County judge.

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