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December 1, 2000

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LOS ANGELES

UCLA professor charged with embezzlement

A professor at the University of California at Los Angeles was charged with embezzling at least $735,000 by taking kickbacks from a sister and girlfriend who made arrangements for academic conferences.

Michael Chase, 62, a tenured physiology professor, surrendered Wednesday on two charges of grand theft and was released on his own recognizance. The charges stem from a 1996 investigation by campus auditors into contracts awarded to two companies, one owned by Chase's former girlfriend, Barbara Gibson, the other by his sister, Judy Franzblau. But the university said some of the money was improperly funneled back to Chase.

Virginia

Charlotte, N.C., schools still ruled segregated

A federal appeals court Thursday refused to free the school system in Charlotte, N.C., from nearly three decades of court oversight, saying there are still vestiges of segregation in the nation's first major urban district to use busing to achieve racial balance.

A divided three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals largely overturned a federal judge's ruling last year that held that the school system is integrated and that race should no longer be considered when assigning students to schools.

Seven white parents had sued to end federal desegregation oversight in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County school system.


WASHINGTON, D.C.

Pentagon cuts anthrax vaccine plan

Because of dwindling vaccine supplies, the Pentagon will cut back further on its plan to immunize all troops against the deadly anthrax virus, officials announced Thursday.

Under the change, only troops that will serve in the Persian Gulf for at least 30 days will receive the shot, said spokesman Kenneth Bacon.

The Defense Department's only vaccine supplier, Bioport of Lansing, Mich., has experienced delays in obtaining certification and starting up its new manufacturing plant, which may not be operational for another year.

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