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Around the Nation
President marks MLK Day with call for hate crime protection
WASHINGTON (AP)—President Clinton marked Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on
Jan. 15 by urging Congress to step up civil rights enforcement and expand the federal hate
crimes law to include those motivated by bias on the basis of sexual orientation, gender and
disability. "There are still too many barriers and examples of too many Americans facing
discrimination in their daily lives," even though the country is doing better in treating all
citizens equally, the president said in his weekly radio address. A move to expand the law
died last year because of opposition from Republicans in Congress.
Two AIDS hospice officials accused of stealing federal grants
NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Two former administrators of a New Orleans AIDS hospice have
been accused of spending federal grant money on trips to a French Quarter bar and a
Mississippi casino, former Executive Director Sherman David Kiviaho, 38, was booked
Dec. 29 for the theft of more than $500 and for forgery. An arrest warrant has also been
issued for Carlos Anderson, 36, the center's ex-operations manager. Investigators determined that $1,000 in cash was billed at the bar to a corporate American Express card and
similar charges were run up at a casino. "They were shopping sprees," said Kym Whitfield,
a center client advocate, estimating that as much as $200,000 had been misspent.
Ohio Gov. removes 'sexual orientation' from discrimination policy
CLEVELAND (AP)—Gov. Bob Taft removed "sexual
orientation" from a policy banning employment bias in
Ohio government last year. Taft's executive order was
issued at the end of August and declares his administration's goal to "ensure that all Ohio citizens have equal
employment opportunity" in state jobs. Taft spokesman
Scott Milburn said the governor intentionally deleted
the sexual orientation language because he didn't want
to favor any group. "We're not going to go down a laundry list of groups," Milbum said. "Is he going to list specific groups? That's really a Pandora's box." Officials
with gay rights groups responded that Taft's revision is < I
a setback. "It rolls back years of state policy," said Jeff ^ I
Redfield, executive director of the Stonewall
Community Center in Columbus. Ohio's two prior gov- < |
ernors, Democrat Richard Celeste and Republican
George Voinovich, included a specific reference to sexual orientation in their non-discrimination orders. Celeste
lirst issLied the order in 1984and Voinovich continued it,
but allowed it to lapse at the end of his second term so
that his successor could establish his own policies.
Three women sue magazine for photo that alleges they're lesbians
NEW YORK (AP)—Three young women have sued liiitna magazine for $60 million,
alleging that the bilingual glossy used a group photograph of them without their permission to illustrate an article on gav issues. The photo, in the magazine's November 1999
-hows the three—two sisters and their cousin—with their heads together and smiling broadly over the article's title, "My Child Is Gay. Que llago? (What do I do?)" The
women are Peggy Castillo, 24, her sisler Jennifer, 18, and their cousin Jamie Castillo, 21. The
lawsuit, tiled Jan. 11, also names the photographer as a defendant and charges that the
magazine's use of the picture defamed and libeled them and violated their civil rights by
using their likenesses for commerce. The suit charges that the accompanying article by
1 eila Cobo-Hanlon caused the community in which the women live "to believe that the
plaintiffs were homosexual and that the plaintiffs were now revealing their sexual orientation to the public at large by virtue of the appearance of these photographs."
NJ. student beaten, Mich, students threatened for being gay
ELMWOOD PARK, NJ. (AP)—A 16-year-old high school student was allegedly beaten
by a classmate because he was gay, and school officials did not report the incident to police
The victim went to police headquarters and told officers he was beaten near the school
gymnasium around 1:30 p.m., when a freshman tackled him and punched him repeatedly
in the face and body until teachers were able to separate them. The younger boy had threatened his gay classmate earlier in the week, according to the police report. Principal Michael
Nazzaro declined comment on why he did not call police.
Meanwhile, in Holland, Mich., a 15-year-old boy already serving a four-month sentence
in a juvenile detention facility has pleaded no contest to charges of ethnic intimidation.
Prosecutors sav the boy compiled a hit list thai targeted minority students at Macatawa Bay
School. The youth reportedly told his friends that he wanted to "chop up" blacks and
threatened to harm Mexicans, Asians and gays. The boy has a long record of threats and
intimidation, among them a threat last year that, "Maybe I'll just have a nervous breakdown and bring a shotgun and a black trench coat and kill everyone." I le later apologized
and police closed that case as an unfounded threat.
—From staff and wire rciK.rts
Ohto Gov. Bob Toft angered gay
rights groups when he removed
sexual orientation from an
employment bias ban.