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Woman electrocuted opening her hotel door

Barefoot and soaking wet, Milika Sloan slid her hotel's electronic key card into the steel door's lock, then screamed and crumbled in the doorway.

Sloan, 18, had been electrocuted.

Police were awaiting an engineer's report to determine exactly what happened. But officials think an electrical charge from a faulty air conditioner _ and not the VingCard electronic key _ caused the Cincinnati woman's death.

The VingCard is powered by six 1{-volt batteries. It is used in more than 1-million hotel and motel rooms worldwide.

Mercy clinic to close

DETROIT _ The Margo Janus Mercy Clinic, newly opened by retired pathologist Jack Kevorkian, just lost its lease, the building's owner said Tuesday.

"I'm looking at the pressure from authorities, from the media," said owner Jody Rothermel.

Kevorkian had signed a $500 month-to-month lease on the building, a former hardware store in suburban Oakland County. It was there on Monday that Erika Garcellano, a 60-year-old victim of Lou Gehrig's disease, died. Garcellano was the 24th suicide Kevorkian has aided or witnessed since 1990.

An autopsy Tuesday found that Garcellano died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The death has been ruled a homicide.

DUI charge filed

WASHINGTON _ Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers was charged early Tuesday with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Myers was seen driving on the wrong side of a two-way street about 12:45 a.m., a police spokesman said.

Myers, 33, was released on her own recognizance. She said later that she had gone for dinner and drinks with a friend, and had not realized her condition.

Driving under the influence is a misdemeanor charge.

Elsewhere . . .

NEW YORK _ Dr. Leonard Jeffries, chairman of City College's Black Studies Department and a fiery speaker whose anti-Semitic remarks led the college to sue for the right to strip him of the chair, will step down at the end of this week. Jeffries, department chair for 20 years, did not seek to renew his three-year appointment, college officials said Monday.

On Tuesday Jeffries, who remains a tenured professor, said he gave up the chair to pursue the legal battle. A federal court ruled in April that City College could dismiss Jeffries as chairman for the remarks.

DALLAS _ A grand jury refused Tuesday to indict four Nation of Islam members who work as security guards at a local mall. The four were accused by police of stripping and flogging with belts and bamboo canes four youths accused of stealing $350 in goods and cash from a store. Shopkeepers, mall officials and the guards, who are black, say the Muslim patrols are more effective and welcome than police.

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