Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nation Briefing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nation Briefing

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MISSISSIPPI MAN CONVICTED OF LIFE-JACKET KILLING

BRANDON, Miss. -- A man was convicted of a reduced charge of manslaughter yesterday for wresting a 7-year-old girl's life jacket away from her and leaving her to drown in a Mississippi lake.

Troy Carlisle, 28, told authorities he was trying to save Dallas Reinhardt when he removed her life jacket to pull her to shore.

But Carlisle also testified that he knew the girl would die.

Kerri Peeples, the child's mother, screamed as she left the courthouse, "This is not justice. He murdered my child."

Carlisle faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence at his Oct. 20 sentencing.

He originally was charged under a 130-year-old Mississippi law called "depraved heart murder," which is filed when someone is suspected of placing another person in imminent danger of death. The charge carried a penalty of life in prison.

GAY COUPLE GIVES PENN $2 MILLION FOR CENTER

PHILADELPHIA -- A gay couple who met 17 years ago at the University of Pennsylvania have donated $2 million for a new gay and lesbian student center at the school.

David Goodhand and Vincent Griski said they wanted to help students with a place to meet and get information on things such as career planning and safe sex.

The money donated by Goodhand, 37, and Griski, 36, will be used to renovate a building that will house the university's 18-year-old Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center.

The gift represents the largest single gift to a gay and lesbian campus organization, said Katherine Pease, executive director of the Denver-based Gill Foundation, the largest philanthropic foundation in the country for gay issues.

MAYOR WANTS TO CHANGE UTAH'S ALCOHOL RULES

SALT LAKE CITY -- Mayor Rocky Anderson wants Utah lawmakers to change state liquor laws to make it easier to get a drink during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The mayor said he may urge the mostly Republican state Legislature to drop laws that ban wine sales in supermarkets and require membership in private clubs.

Grocery stores in Utah sell beer with 3.2 percent alcohol. …

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