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AntiBullying CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOOLS set

The Obama administration is launching a campaign to prevent antigay bullying and other harassment at school, advising educators that federal law protects students from many forms of discrimination. The advisory from the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, to be made public today, does not break new legal ground, officials said. But the officials described it as the federal government's most comprehensive guidance to date on how civil rights law applies to the sort of campus situations that in some cases have led persecuted students to commit suicide. President Barack Obama is expected to help promote the initiative.

Chandra Levy murder trial opens

In opening statements Monday, prosecutors acknowledged that police made a huge mistake nearly a decade ago when they focused on then-Rep. Gary Condit in the disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy, but they told a jury they now have the right man. Ingmar Guandique, a native of El Salvador, is charged with the attempted sexual assault, kidnapping and murder of Levy in the city's Rock Creek Park in May 2001. Levy was romantically linked to Condit, and the California Democrat was once a suspect.

Head of postal system to retire

John Potter, one of the longest-serving postmasters general, announced Monday that he will retire in December. Patrick Donahoe, deputy postmaster general, was named to succeed him. Potter took over in 2001 and has served as the Postal Service struggled to deal with rising costs and a declining mail volume.

Elsewhere

LOS ANGELES: Three boys in a BMW on Monday ran a red light, hit and killed a pedestrian and broadsided a school bus that flipped on its side, leaving the bus driver and 18 high school students injured, authorities said. The three fled on foot and were caught.

ELLENSBURG, Wash.: Central Washington University has determined that the high-alcohol energy drink Four Loko is what sickened students at an off-campus party this month, prompting state Attorney General Rob McKenna to call for a ban on the beverage.

CANADA: The ringleader of a homegrown terrorist group, Fahim Ahmad, was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison for leading a terror cell plotting to attack Canada's Parliament buildings, electrical grids and nuclear stations in 2006.

BELIZE: Hurricane Richard battered Belize, blowing rickety homes off stilts and knocking out power to most of the Central American country, before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.

Times wires

U.S. to launch antibullying campaign in schools 10/26/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 1:11am]

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