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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Darfur violence increases, U.N. pulls aid workers out

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JUBA, Sudan (AP) – The only international aid group in a Darfur town where rebels reported that dozens of people were killed in a government attack said Wednesday it has pulled out for security reasons. Doctors Without Borders said it could not confirm the deaths but counted at least 39 seriously wounded people – mostly civilians – in the South Darfur town of Muhajeria before it had to evacuate. A U.N. observer in Darfur said Mahalya Arab tribesmen led the attack Monday, but could not say whether they had been sent by the government. The Sudanese army denied involvement, describing the clashes as intertribal battles. Rebels said Sudan’s army and allied Arab militias pulled ethnic African tribal leaders out of a mosque and executed them before burning down half the town. Sudan’s government has long been accused of using Arab militias known as the janjaweed in its fight against Darfur’s ethnic African rebels.

The State Department may phase out or limit the use of private security guards in Iraq, which could mean canceling Blackwater USA’s contract or awarding it to another company in line with an Iraqi government demand, The Associated Press has learned. Such steps would be difficult given U.S. reliance on Blackwater and other contractors, but they are among options being studied during a comprehensive review of security in Iraq, two senior officials said. The review was ordered after a Sept. 16 incident in which Blackwater guards protecting a U.S. Embassy convoy in Baghdad are accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians. The shooting has enraged the Iraqi government.

14-year-old injures five, kills himself in shooting spree CLEVELAND (AP) – A gunman opened fire in a downtown high school Wednesday before killing himself, and five people were taken to a hospital, authorities said. After the shooting, shaken teens called their parents on cell phones, most to reassure but in at least one case with terrifying news: “Mom, I got shot.” Mayor Frank Jackson said three teens and two adults were hurt. He said the children were in “stable, good condition,” and the adults were in “a little elevated condition.” Police said SuccessTech Academy had been secured and that the lone suspect had fatally shot himself. Students said he was enrolled at the alternative school but did not attend class Wednesday. The mayor said two boys, ages 14 and 17, were hurt, as were two men, ages 42 and 57, and a 14-year-old girl he said fell and hurt her knee while running out of the school. The 57-year-old is a teacher and was in good condition, said Eileen Korey, a spokeswoman for Metro Health Medical Center. She said the older teenage student was in stable condition, and that conditions on the other patients were not being released. The shooting occurred across the street from the FBI office in downtown Cleveland, and students were being sent to the FBI site.


STATE NEWS Judge blocks gcrackdown on employers of illegals

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Security forces in Iraq in hot water Associated Press


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge on Wednesday granted a request by labor and civil liberties organizations to temporarily block the U.S. government from proceeding with a plan to crack down on businesses who may be employing illegal immigrants. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security could not go ahead with a plan to send joint letters warning businesses they’ll face penalties if they keep workers whose Social Security numbers don’t match their names. Breyer said the new work-site rule would likely impose hardships on businesses and their workers. The so-called “No Match” letters were supposed to start going out in September, but labor groups and immigrant activists filed a lawsuit claiming the plan would put a heavy burden on employers, and could cause many authorized immigrants and U.S. citizens to lose their jobs over innocent paperwork snafus. The government, however, argued that the rule doesn’t impose an expense, and some businesses want to avoid liability for hiring undocumented workers.

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By Kimberly Carroll/For the Daily Titan Four year old Hamza Ghoshe picks up a pumpkin at the Tanaka Farms in Irvine, California. “It’s kind of a sterile thing to walk into a supermarket and buy your pumpkin from the produce department,” said John Sanders, contracted by Los Rios Rancho for marketing and publicity. “[It’s a] lot more fun to get it right out of the field.” For more, check pages 6 and 7.

Teacher wants to take gun to school Associated Press MEDFORD, Ore. – High school English teacher Shirley Katz insists she needs to take her pistol with her to work because she fears her ex-husband could show up and try to harm her. She’s also worried about a Columbine-style attack. But Katz’s district has barred teachers from bringing guns to school, so she is challenging the ban as unlawful, since Oregon is among states that allow people with a permit to carry concealed weapons into public buildings. “This is primarily about my Second Amendment right and Oregon law and the simple fact that I know it is my right to carry that gun,” said Katz, 44, sitting at the kitchen table of her home outside this city of 74,000. “I have that (concealed weapons) permit. I refuse to let my ex-husband bully me. And I am not going to let the school board bully me, either.” In Oregon, a sheriff can grant a concealed-weapons permit to anyone whose criminal record is clean and who completes a gun-safety course. Thirty-eight states, along with the District of Columbia, prohibit people from taking guns to school, according to the National Council of State Legislatures. But it’s unclear how many offer an exemption for people holding concealed-weapons permits, since the council does not track such exceptions. Superintendent Phil Long insists employees and students are safer without guns on campus at South Medford High School, where Katz teaches. The district plans to make that argument when the case comes before a judge on Thursday. Katz’s request appears to be rare. School security consultant Ken Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services in Cleveland, said he has never heard of a similar case while working in 45 states.

(From Page 1) program and “encouraging and asking faculty members to get on board and commit to use one textbook for two years.” To help remedy soaring textbook prices, Titan Shops offers students alternatives to purchasing new books. Dickerson said used textbooks normally sell for 25 percent less than the price of a new book and titles that will be used again the next term can be sold back for 50 percent of the purchase price. Selected books are available in digital format for roughly 60 percent of the cost of a new book and some titles are available for rent at about 40 percent of the cost of a new book, Dickerson said.

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