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Digest

Student held in killing over Playstation

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 9, 2007


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FRESNO, CALIF.

Police arrested a college student Tuesday who is suspected of opening fire at an apartment during a dispute over a video game console, killing one man and wounding two others. Jonquel Brooks, 19, was taken into custody after a series of intense phone negotiations with police, his parents and an attorney, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said. Police said the shooting across a street from the California State University at Fresno stadium broke out during a confrontation with four men over a PlayStation game console late Monday. Brooks, who was majoring in criminology at Fresno State, was arrested after police and federal agents launched a manhunt for him.

AUSTIN, TEXAS

Governor backs down on vaccine

Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday he won't veto a bill that would block state officials from following his order that all sixth-grade girls be vaccinated against a virus that causes cervical cancer. The Republican governor accused the state legislators of politicizing the debate over his February executive order that required vaccinations against the human papillomavirus vaccine for girls starting in September 2008. However, he acknowledged the Legislature's overwhelming disdain for his program and said he will allow the bill to become law without his signature. "It is time to move this issue from the political arena to the court of public opinion where real lives are at stake, " Perry said.

WASHINGTON

Student loan head stepping down

The head of the Department of Education's student loan office is stepping down amid growing criticism that the agency has been lax in overseeing the student loan industry. Theresa Shaw is leaving her post as chief operating officer of the Federal Student Aid office, a job she has held since 2002, the department said in a statement. The office administers federal student aid programs. The statement said Shaw told Education Secretary Margaret Spellings in February that she planned to leave the department, but not until June 1. Shaw previously worked at student loan giant Sallie Mae, also known as SLM Corp.

COLUMBIA, S.C.

Cracker Barrel pulls hamburgers

Cracker Barrel pulled hamburgers from hundreds of restaurants after a patron in South Carolina reported cutting her mouth on a piece of metal embedded in a patty, authorities and the restaurant chain said Tuesday. "We are putting out a wide net, " said Julie Davis, spokeswoman for the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurants. "We are taking this very seriously." Some 313 restaurants were told to remove burgers produced on and around the same date as those served in the Myrtle Beach restaurant where the woman was cut Saturday night, Davis said. Cracker Barrel has 557 restaurants in 41 states. Cracker Barrel and police are investigating, officials said. The burgers - which are delivered to the eateries frozen and pre-formed - came from Cargill Meat Solutions of Wichita, Kan., which is the restaurant chain's largest burger supplier, Davis said.

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