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Ohio board eliminates evolution language

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio education officials voted Tuesday to eliminate a passage in the state's science standards that critics said opened the door to the teaching of intelligent design.

The Ohio Board of Education decided 11-4 to delete material encouraging students to seek evidence for and against evolution.

The 2002 science standards say students should be able to "describe how scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory." The standards include a disclaimer that they do not require the teaching of intelligent design.

The board vote represents the latest setback for the intelligent design movement, which holds that life is so complex it must have been created by a higher authority.

Gay bishop acknowledges alcoholism, enters rehab

CONCORD, N.H. - The Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, is being treated for alcoholism, a step that surprised friends and colleagues but seemed unlikely to threaten his position in the church.

A key administrative committee said it stood by Robinson, whose 2003 election as bishop of New Hampshire caused a furor in worldwide Anglicanism because he lives with a same-sex partner.

Elsewhere . . .

GAY BAR ATTACK: In Boston, a man attacked in a gay bar by a hatchet-wielding teenager filed a complaint with the state alleging paramedics gave him substandard treatment because he is gay. Robert R. Perry was hit in the head with the hatchet and shot by 18-year-old Jacob D. Robida, who killed himself during a police chase.

CAGED CHILDREN: Ohio couple Michael and Sharen Gravelle, who are accused of forcing some of their 11 adopted children to sleep in cages, were indicted Tuesday on charges of child endangerment, falsifying adoption applications and lying under oath.

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