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Swastikas spray-painted on Jewish family's home

By wire services
Published September 4, 2005

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Four high school students have been accused of vandalizing the home of a Jewish family with swastikas.

Adam Stanley Sugg-Jacobs, 17, and two of the other juveniles, whose names were not released, live in the same neighborhood as the family whose home was vandalized.

The suspects were accused Thursday of damage to property and terrorist threats. Sugg-Jacobs remained in a detention center without bail but the others were released to their parents.

The teenagers told police neither race nor religious bias was the motive behind the vandalism, said Gwinnett County police spokesman Darren Moloney. But prosecutor Danny Porter said he will evaluate the case to see if it meets the state's criteria for a hate crime.

Two swastikas were spray-painted on the road in front of Ginger Ragans' home and a third was etched onto her lawn, along with the word "Fascist" and an obscenity scrawled in the grass.

Schwarzenegger: Vote could lead to tax hike

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - With his Proposition 76 spending control plan trailing in the polls, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is warning voters he might be forced to reverse his stance and raise taxes if the measure fails in the Nov. 8 special election.

The measure would impose spending caps on everything from education to health care and criminal justice. It also would give the governor new power to make cuts without legislative approval.

A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California showed that Proposition 76 was favored by 28 percent of likely voters, with 61 percent opposed and 11 percent undecided.

Census: More in U.S. living alone, especially in N.Y.

NEW YORK - For all its crowds, Manhattan may also be the country's loneliest metropolis. It has the highest percentage of single-person households of any county in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Some 354,336 people were living alone in Manhattan at the time of the 2000 Census. An analysis of the data was published this month. Overall, the report said, the number of Americans living alone has exceeded the number of households comprised of the classic nuclear family: a married couple and their natural children.

Ariz. counties seek more funds to deal with illegals

TUCSON, Ariz. - The cost of dealing with illegal immigration exceeds the emergency $1.5-million that Gov. Janet Napolitano agreed to send to Southern Arizona, county officials say.

Citing security shortcomings by the federal government, Napolitano and Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico last month declared emergencies on their states' borders with Mexico. That freed up emergency funds - more than $3-million for the two states - for law enforcement overtime, for repairs of border fences and for other costs.

However, officials of Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties said they likely will have to spend at least $5-million over the next six months to a year.

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