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University seeks debt from ex-president

The University of South Carolina credit union has sued the school's former president for repayment of a $10,000 loan. The credit union notified ex-President James Holderman eight times between March and May that the loan was delinquent, the lawsuit said. Holderman resigned as head of the state's flagship university last summer amid criticism of his lavish spending. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of accepting extra compensation and no contest to a tax evasion charge. He was sentenced to five years' probation. The university's Federal Credit Union said Holderman took out the loan last December. "We're treating him as we would treat any other member," said John Cullum, the credit union's manager.Emergency call leads to criminal charge

MARTIN, Tenn. _ A woman who called for emergency medical help when her fiance suffered a fatal heart attack faces criminal charges for failing to tell would-be rescuers he was infected with the AIDS virus. Police and ambulance attendants coming to the man's aid administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and other emergency assistance, said Judge Thomas Moore of Weakly County General Sessions Court. Moore on Friday said Connie Lewis, 37, was charged with a felony offense of reckless endangerment punishable by up to six years in prison. Lewis was arrested after a neighbor, police and ambulance attendants tried to revive 34-year-old James Cobern, who died last week of congestive heart failure, Moore said.

Nude beach is proposed for Hawaii park

WASHINGTON _ The National Park Service is seriously considering a proposal that would sanction nude sunbathing at one of its facilities in Hawaii, an Interior Department official said Saturday. "We're a long way from a formal declaration," said Steve Goldstein, a spokesman for Interior Department Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr., whose agency oversees the park service. Goldstein said the proposal is part of a draft management plan for Koloko-Honokohua National Historical Park in Hawaii, which is scheduled to open in the fall. Goldstein said three factors the department would consider in making its decision would be local and state laws and normal customs governing clothing-optional beaches as well as citizen reaction. The proposal must be considered in public hearings and approved by Park Service Director James Ridenour.