FBI getting cozy in former frat house

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A new fraternity of sorts has moved in on the Greek row at Louisiana State University: the FBI.

About 50 New Orleans agents displaced by Hurricane Katrina will be living in the red-brick home once occupied by a fraternity exiled for hazing violations.

“They’ve been jokingly referred to as Phi Beta Iota,” Special Agent in Charge Jim Bernazzani said Monday. “We even had T-shirts made up.”

The home has been empty since the Sigma Nu fraternity lost its charter in 2004 after an investigation into allegations of hazing. The fraternity has been barred from campus until the fall of 2006.

The FBI spent $90,000 renovating the house, which had been vandalized.

The federal agency’s own New Orleans headquarters building was severely damaged by Katrina. Repairs could take as long as eight months.

With a lot of the agents suddenly homeless and housing space hard to find in Baton Rouge, the agency jumped at the offer of the fraternity house.

Iowa students, staff seeing red over pink

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The pink visitors’ locker room at the University of Iowa’s stadium is making some people see red.

Several professors and students joined the call Tuesday for the athletic department to do away with the pink showers, carpeting and lockers – a decades-long Hawkeye football tradition.

Critics say the use of pink demeans women, perpetuates offensive stereotypes about women and homosexuality, and puts the university in the uncomfortable position of tacitly supporting those messages.

“I want the locker room gone,” law school professor Jill Gaulding told a university committee studying the athletic department’s compliance with NCAA standards, including gender equity.

For decades, visiting football teams playing at Kinnick Stadium have dressed and showered in the pink locker room. The tradition was started by former Iowa coach Hayden Fry, a psychology major who said pink had a calming and passive effect on people.

1846 anti-dueling law finds new use

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) – Five years into the 21st century, an 1846 anti-dueling law is being used to prosecute two cousins accused of getting in a knife fight.

“The 1800s are alive and well in Mount Clemens,” joked Dean Alan, who heads the Macomb County prosecutor’s office warrants division. It issued warrants Tuesday.

Police say the cousins, ages 19 and 31, disagreed Monday over a $30 dollar debt.

The older man brandished a knife and challenged the younger man to fight outside their Mount Clemens home, and the younger man accepted, said Sheriff Mark Hackel. The teen was stabbed in the stomach.

“He could’ve done any number of things,” Hackel said. “He could’ve called police, he could’ve fled the area. But he took on the challenge and became part of the problem.”

A lawyer specializing in criminal defense said he has never represented anyone charged with dueling but said lawyers for both men could use the same strategy – claiming self-defense.

“If it’s a mutual fight, it’s kind of hard to say it’s one guy’s fault,” said Steven Rabaut. “And just because you’re the injured party, that doesn’t mean you were the good guy.”



CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – David Douglas Griffy II’s alleged escape from authorities seemed to be going well when he broke free from deputies and jumped into the Kanawha River.

But deputies weren’t too worried: Griffy was still handcuffed behind his back. Authorities waited for him on the riverbank and took him into custody again.

Police believe Griffy, 23, smashed a Dollar General store window with a tire tool so another man could steal cold medicine used to make methamphetamine.

He was charged with breaking and entering and fleeing deputies, both felonies. He was being held in the South Central Regional Jail on Tuesday on a $45,000 bond.


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