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July 26, 2002

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Ohio: Second-largest campus names female president

Ohio State University trustees voted unanimously Thursday to hire the school's first woman president, the latest in a string of appointments of female college presidents across the country.

The trustees appointed Karen Holbrook, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Georgia, to run the nation's second-largest campus.

Holbrook will begin Oct. 1 with a salary of $325,000. She will replace William Kirwan, who left the Ohio State job to become chancellor at the University of Maryland.

At least 20 other women have been selected since January to head American community colleges, four-year schools and universities.

Boston: Yale says Princeton hacked into files

Yale University Thursday complained to the FBI that admissions officers from Ivy League rival Princeton University broke into Yale's online admissions notification system and snooped on student files.

Princeton issued an immediate apology and suspended its director of admission.

Yale accused Princeton of viewing confidential decisions regarding 11 applicants who had applied to both schools in some cases, before the students had learned whether they were accepted.

A security audit by Yale's Information Technology Services showed undergraduate admissions officers at Princeton used applicants' last names, birth dates and Social Security numbers as passwords to repeatedly hack into the system in April. No motive for the alleged breach was offered.

Las Vegas: Coroner: Cocaine led to rock star's death

John Entwistle, the 57-year-old bass player for the rock band The Who, died from a heart attack caused by cocaine use, the Clark County coroner said Thursday.

Coroner Ron Flud ruled the death accidental and said it was not an overdose.

"The heart attack we believe was brought on by the significant amount of cocaine" that was in Entwistle's system at the time of death, he said.

The exact amount of the drug remains unknown.

Entwistle's body was found June 27 in his bed at the Hard Rock Hotel, one day before the band was scheduled to kick off a three-month nationwide tour at the hotel's concert hall.

Philadelphia: Suspects arrested in kidnapping case

Police in Philadelphia arrested two men Thursday in the kidnapping of a 7-year-old girl who escaped from her captors after threats that she would be killed if her family failed to pay a $150,000 ransom.

James Burns, 29, and Edward Johnson, 23, were arrested in southwest Philadelphia after they tried to flee from police.

After detectives complete their questioning of Burns and Johnson, the men will be appear via video-conferencing before a bail commissioner at the Criminal Justice Center.

Erica Pratt was abducted Monday night while playing in front of the family's rowhouse, police said. She escaped Tuesday after she gnawed her way through the duct tape that bound her, authorities said.

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