New Rules for Blue Devils
Duke University is giving its beleaguered lacrosse team a second chance. Two months after he canceled the season amid allegations that three players raped a woman at a team party, Duke President Richard Brodhead said the team would be welcomed back next season--with conditions. There will be tighter supervision from administrators and new standards of behavior for the team, which has a reputation for partying. A new conduct code, written by the players, prohibits underage drinking, disorderly conduct, and harassment. But it has been a rocky road. Days before Brodhead's announcement in Durham, N.C., a player was suspended from the team after he was charged with driving while impaired and marijuana possession. "I'm making a gamble," Brodhead acknowledged. Meanwhile, legal maneuvering over the earlier charges continued; defense lawyers alleged that medical evidence did not support the rape charge and said that a woman who was with the alleged victim at the party questioned the validity of her accusation.
A Real Education in South Florida
South Florida, it seems, has always had more than its share of the bizarre, the macabre, the just plain wacky. So perhaps the students taking the summer criminology course at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale shouldn't have been surprised at what they discovered on their field trip last week. For a couple of decades now, teacher Sue Messenger has planted fake knives and cardboard skeletons at mock crime scenes in Holiday Park to give those eager students a feel for real crime-scene investigation. But this time, the scene got a little too real when the students discovered the body of a 45-year-old homeless man. A real investigation by the police showed no signs of foul play. As for the kids, "they kind of went into shock and disbelief," Messenger told a local television station. "I mean ... what are the odds that we would be out here?"
With Scott Michels, Will Sullivan and Associated Press