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November 29, 2001

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Massachusetts: Fifth teen in court in school bomb plot

The last of the New Bedford High School students accused of plotting to massacre students and teachers turned himself in Wednesday at New Bedford Juvenile Court.

Neil Mello, 16, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Juvenile Court on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Rather than answer the charges, Mello requested a psychiatric evaluation, including a determination of whether he is a danger to himself or others.

The case will be delayed until after his evaluation.

Cincinnati: Police kill black suspect

Police killed a black man Wednesday in the second such shooting since rioting erupted in April over another black man's death.

Four officers both black and white were checking out a report of a gunman involved in an apparent robbery at a bus stop north of downtown and shot the suspect during a chase, authorities said.

Police did not know the man's identity Wednesday.

Racial tensions have been high in Cincinnati since a white officer shot and killed an unarmed black man in April. Three nights of rioting followed until a citywide curfew helped restore order. The officer was acquitted of two misdemeanor charges.

Virginia: ACLU on Falwell's side in property lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union offered to support the Rev. Jerry Falwell in his challenge of Virginia laws that restrict how much property a church can own.

The ACLU offered to file a friend-of-the-court brief in the federal suit against the state and the city of Lynchburg.

Kent Willis, executive director of the state ACLU, said his organization has always operated along clear legal lines, which sometimes makes for "very different bedmates. ... This is an instance we believe Rev. Falwell is absolutely right."

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