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ALABAMA

Candidate Withdraws Over Defense Of Slavery

Alabama state Sen. Charles Davidson withdrew his candidacy for Congress Saturday over the reaction to his defense of slavery.

Last week Davidson distributed copies of a speech he had planned to give in the state senate in Montgomery in which he said that Southern farmers had taught slaves about the Bible and converted them to Christianity.

Opponents of slavery, he wrote, "are obviously bitter and hateful against God and his word, because they reject what God says and embrace what mere humans say concerning slavery."

"Although it was not my intent, statements I made in a written speech were taken by some to be racially motivated." said Davidson, a Republican, in his withdrawal announcement. "For that, I do sincerely apologize."

He said he and his family had received threats of physical harm.

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MARYLAND

Protesters March Outside Mitsubishi Car Dealership

About 50 pickets waved signs and shouted slogans as they marched outside a car dealership in Marlow Heights, Md., outside Washington, Saturday to protest alleged sexual harassment at a Mitsubishi assembly plant in Normal, Ill.

The demonstration was one of several planned for this weekend throughout the country.

"We think that public pressure is building," National Organization for Women President Patricia Ireland as she led the protest in Marlow Heights. "We'll be gradually turning up the heat."

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of more than 500 current and former female employees at the plant who say they were subject to obscene comments, fondling and lewd graffiti at the workplace, mostly from fellow employees.

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

New Emphasis On Classes For Younger Students

Stanford University, in Palo Alto, Calif., will expand its faculty by 20 positions - but with a twist. University President Gerhard Casper announced Friday that any academic department seeking funds for a one of new positions must convince him that the new member will spend part of his or her time working directly with freshmen or sophomores.

Departments that find ways to provide an opportunity for each freshman to sit in a small class with a top professor will get more resources. …