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Nation Briefs

September 2, 2001

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CHICAGO: High schools plan sees smaller as better

Mayor Richard Daley and education officials announced a plan Thursday to spend more than $18 million to help four to six struggling large high schools by dividing them into 15 to 20 smaller schools within the existing buildings.

The new schools would be limited to 450 students each. Officials hope that with more individual attention from a smaller pool of teachers, students' attendance and academic performance will improve and fewer students will drop out.

"Despite all of our efforts, many children in our high schools are not prepared," Daley said.

About two-thirds of the money for the five-year project, expected to start next fall, is coming from a foundation established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda.

Connecticut: Mortician faces criminal charges

The operator of a New Haven funeral home where five bodies were found decomposing in a garage was arrested and charged with running the business without a license and improperly disposing of bodies.

Michael Wade, president of Wade Funeral Home, was charged Friday.

The funeral home closed June 26 after police searched the garage on a tip and found the remains of five people who had all been dead at least three years, authorities said.

Only one of the five bodies has been identified. Dr. Wayne Carver, the state's chief medical examiner, said his office was searching the funeral home's files to identify the others.

The home had been operating without a license for a year.

Alabama: Trustees' delay leaves UAB president in limbo

Trustees postponed a decision on the future of University of Alabama at Birmingham President Ann Reynolds, who has been pushed to retire for unspecified reasons.

The delay came Friday after passionate pleas by hundreds of supporters who clapped and cheered to show they want Reynolds to remain the school's president.

Board pro tem Sid McDonald denied allegations that trustees were purposely trying to hurt UAB or force out Reynolds because of her age, 63.

The University of Alabama trustees voted to consider Reynolds' tenure again when they meet in two weeks.

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