Villanova law school censured
The law school at Villanova University has been censured for submitting falsified admissions data for several years to the American Bar Association. Villanova's average Law School Admissions Test scores were padded by two to three points from 2005 to 2009, law school dean John Gotanda said. The median GPA was raised by up to 0.16 points. Both data sets often factor into law school rankings. The law school could have lost its accreditation because of the scandal. The school must post the reprimand on its website for two years. School officials described the misreporting as an "odd" scheme, considering the inflation "didn't propel us into the top 50."
Displaced whale dies in Calif. river
A 45-foot gray whale that delighted people for more than a month after taking up residence in Northern California's Klamath River died Tuesday after beaching itself on a sandbar. In June, the whale and its calf took refuge in freshwater for an unknown reason while migrating north from Baja California. Scientists said it may have been escaping from killer whales. The calf swam out to sea on July 23, about the right time for it to go off on its own.
Neighbor stops child abduction
Police in Albuquerque, N.M., are crediting an alert neighbor with saving a 6-year-old girl from a man who snatched her and shoved her into a van as she walked home from a neighbor's house. Antonio Diaz Chacon said he saw the abduction, got in his car and followed the van. Police say, in trying to elude Chacon, Phillip Garcia crashed the van into a light pole. Chacon rescued the girl, and Garcia ran, but was caught by police. Police recovered packing tape, tie-down straps and gloves from the Garcia's van. "It appeared his intentions were not good," Albuquerque police Sgt. Tricia Hoffman said.