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October 19, 2000

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California
Parents arrested for child abuse

A couple charged with chaining their two sons to bedposts had a third child who died about 10 years ago and is believed to be buried on their property, authorities said. Investigators found what they believe is the boy's grave on Tuesday. A forensics team was to arrive at the home Wednesday.
Publicity about the child abuse case in the rural desert community of Wonder Valley prompted calls from area residents asking about the family's third boy, said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Cpl. Steve Spear. John Davis, 51, and Carrie Davis, 41, told investigators that the boy was sickly and died when he was about 6, Spear said.




Oregon
Hispanic students sue over harassment talk

Three teen-agers have filed a federal lawsuit against their high school, where they say Hispanic boys were singled out for a lecture on sexual harassment and warned not to touch white girls.
Seniors Mario Rosales and Joshua Corron, of South Salem High School, and Edgar Pozos, who graduated last year, asked a U.S. District Court on Tuesday to stop the school from targeting Hispanic males.
According to court papers, they also want unspecified damages for being among 30 dark-haired students rounded up in November 1999 for a lecture held in the school auditorium by an advocate for migrant workers who promised to "civilize the boys."




NEW YORK CITY
Teens pleads guilty to park attacks

A teen-ager who was arrested in the sexual attacks on women in Central Park after this year's Puerto Rican Day parade has become the first defendant to plead guilty in the attacks.
Imanuel Nunez, 18, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree riot, admitting he was part of a large group of men who doused women with water and groped them on June 11.
Thirty people have been indicted in connection with attacks on women after the parade; 12 are still being sought, prosecutors say. A total of 53 women filed complaints about being molested.




Texas
Welder killed in explosion

A worker using a welder to repair a valve on an oil tanker truck was killed when residue from a flammable gas ignited, causing an explosion that blew a hole in the metal roof of a building.
The explosion Tuesday at Key Energy could be felt a mile away. It killed Ted Upmeyer, 52, a shop foreman. Three other employees received minor injuries.
A federal investigation was under way in the blast, which blew a hole in the shop's metal roof and sent pieces flying across the yard.
Company officials in Kilgore said employees are trained to clean trucks thoroughly before they are returned to shops for maintenance.




OKLAHOMA CITY
Health commissioner convicted of bribery

A former Oklahoma deputy health commissioner was convicted Wednesday of soliciting a bribe from a nursing home owner.
Brent VanMeter was found guilty of seeking a payoff from James Smart to falsify records and help Smart generate an extra $50,000 in federal funds for Smart's nursing homes.
In a taped April 17 conversation between the men, Smart said he had a $50,000 problem. Van Meter said, "I'll take 2 percent of that."
An internal review turned up evidence that nursing homes were routinely tipped off to inspections, that inspectors' reports were altered to benefit some homes and that at least nine people received paychecks for work that could not be documented.

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