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Harvard to allow military recruiters

CAMBRIDGE

Harvard to allow military recruiters

Harvard University will not challenge a federal rule pressing schools to allow military recruiters on campuses that oppose the military's policy toward gays and lesbians. Harvard's president, Lawrence H. Summers, wrote in a letter last week to a Harvard Law School group that the school would not sign on to litigation challenging the policy, known as the Solomon Amendment. The school released the letter yesterday. The 1996 law allows the Pentagon to pull federal funding from law schools that limit recruiters' access to students. Harvard had forbidden recruiters on campus because of the military's policy forbidding overt gays and lesbians from serving in the armed forces. Faced with the loss of millions in federal aid, Harvard and other schools backed off their bans.

MIT joins budget-trimming trend

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology plans to shutter parts of its campus over the holidays and cut spending and jobs to close a looming $70 million budget shortfall spurred in part by lower-than-expected returns on its endowment. The university also has asked staff and students to save in small ways, such as recycling more and using e-mail instead of regular mail. Departments have been asked to bring brown bag lunches to meetings and to turn down the heat. (AP)

BOSTON

Judge to reconsider asylum request

An Algerian national living in Boston who was ordered deported after he was arrested in an antiterrorist sweep nearly four years ago will get another chance to stay in the United States. A federal appeals court, in a decision issued yesterday, sent Lahouari Haoud's previously denied request for asylum back to an immigration judge. Haoud was among several Algerians arrested in December 1999 by federal officials wanting to question them about possible links to Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian arrested in Washington state on explosives smuggling charges. Haoud, 35, was arrested on a charge of possessing an illegal green card and for overstaying his visa. (AP)

City condemns 2 Back Bay buildings

The Inspectional Services Department condemned two Back Bay apartment buildings yesterday, forcing about 20 tenants to move out. One building, at 529 Newbury St., was damaged in a fire last week, and firefighters found disabled smoke detectors. At 525 Newbury St., city inspectors found holes in the wall and bars on the windows, said Lisa Timberlake, a spokeswoman for the department.

LEOMINSTER

Runaway car crashes into classroom

A car suddenly without brakes rolled over a low wall and crashed into a third-grade classroom filled with pupils, shattering a plate-glass window but stopping before any of the children were injured. "This had unlimited potential," said Deputy Fire Chief Robert J. Halloran of the Monday morning incident at St. Anna's School. "Thank God for miracles." Fabricio Chonin, a mechanic, said he had finished work on a convertible and was parking the car when the brakes failed. The car went over the wall separating his lot from the school property. (AP)

BARRE, Vt.

Family pit bull attacks 5-year-old girl

A 5-year-old girl is recovering after the family's pet dog ripped off her ear and fractured her skull in an attack at her home Saturday. Gianna Somarriba was expected to make a full recovery after surgeons reattached her ear at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Her mother, Dawn Rollins, was treated for lacerations to her forearm after going to the child's rescue. Both were to be released from the hospital yesterday. The dog, a pit bull, was in quarantine at Central Vermont Humane Society. The family has requested that it be destroyed. They described the attack as unexpected and unprovoked. (AP)

ROCKLAND

Student charged with making threats

>A 13-year-old student at Rogers Middle School was arraigned in Plymouth juvenile court yesterday on charges of making death threats that disrupted the school, a felony offense. The unidentified boy is accused of scrawling several death threats on a urinal in the boys' bathroom, including one stating that people would die on Nov. 14. A majority of students stayed home from school on one of the days mentioned in the threat, Nov. 5, and those who did attend were not allowed to take bags into the building.

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