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FLORIDA: 5 face charges in hazing death

At least five people will face criminal charges in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major on a band bus in Orlando last fall, authorities said Tuesday. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told The Associated Press that multiple defendants will be charged in the death of Robert Champion, 26. The pending charges will bring more scrutiny to a culture of hazing at FAMU and other schools. Champion's death was ruled a homicide by medical examiners, and the case has jeopardized the future of FAMU's legendary marching band and shaken the school's Tallahassee campus.


Child's car taken for a ride

Two grandparents were arrested after police say they hooked their granddaughter's plastic toy car to their sport utility vehicle and gave her a ride. A Sarasota County deputy said he spotted the 7-year-old in a bathing suit and no helmet as she was being towed Sunday. Her toy car was tied to a trailer hitch with dog leashes. She was unharmed. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune said they were going under 10 mph. Paul Berloni was charged with driving under the influence and with a suspended license and child endangerment. Belinda Berloni faces a child endangerment charge. They admitted they had been drinking.


OHIO: Gay den mother defended

A board member for a Boy Scouts group who resigned to protest the removal of a lesbian den mother said he wants the national organization to review its ban on gays. Boy Scouts of America's policy of not allowing gays within its ranks was upheld more than a decade by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is facing renewed questioning in eastern Ohio after Jennifer Tyrrell, the mother of a 7-year-old scout, was thrown out in April. Sims resigned from the Ohio River Valley Council's board Friday after learning of Tyrrell's story. "Ms. Tyrrell's removal goes against my fundamental beliefs of how we should treat our fellow human beings and is, in my opinion, wholly discriminatory," he said in a resignation letter, released by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

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