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Archive for Friday, April 6, 2001

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April 6, 2001

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Rhode Island

University agrees to pay environmental fines

The University of Rhode Island will pay $800,000 in environmental improvements and fines after being cited for 19 violations at its South Kingstown campus.

During a 1997 inspection, Environmental Protection Agency officials found the university had violated the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, hazardous waste laws and other environmental statutes.

Under the settlement announced Thursday, the university will pay $250,000 in civil penalties. The rest of the money will go toward environmental improvement projects, including building a new hazardous waste container over an aquifer and cleaning the wastewater being released into Wickford Harbor, part of Narragansett Bay.

NEW YORK

Junior high student brings stun gun to school

A 13-year-old brought a stun gun to his Queens junior high school where, police say, he and nine friends used it on themselves. Four received minor burns.

The eight-grader was charged Wednesday night as a juvenile with third-degree assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. He was released into the custody of his mother.

Police learned of the incident when a boy went to a school nurse with a mark on his stomach. He said the mark came from a stun gun, and the nurse contacted school authorities who called police.

Police said the 13-year-old had taken the stun gun from his landlord's apartment.

The boy's family was watching the apartment while the landlord was out of town, police said.

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