Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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NATION GINGRICH'S BOOKS Deal Signed, Despite Panel's Warning

House Speaker Newt Gingrich signed a two-book publishing deal with HarperCollins this week just a day after the House ethics committee warned him against assuming the contract complies with the chamber's rules.

On Friday, the ethics panel released the one-paragraph letter it sent on Wednesday to Gingrich's lawyer, Jan Baran. The letter was signed by Chairwoman Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., and senior Democrat Jim McDermott of Washington.

Gingrich, who launches his national book tour next month, signed the contract Thursday. Democrats called the move an open defiance of the ethics review process. Gingrich dismissed the clamor as petty jealousy. "My book will sell; theirs won't," the House speaker said. "Jealousy leads to many things, anger being one of them." AP VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE Males-Only Rule Challenged In High Court

The Justice Department is seeking an end to the Virginia Military Institute's 150-year tradition of educating males only. It told the Supreme Court in documents filed Friday that creating a "women's VMI" at another school only perpetuated sex bias.

Justice Department lawyers said Virginia's plan for a leadership program for women at Mary Baldwin College was as unequal and unconstitutional as the segregated educational opportunities once offered to blacks and whites.

A federal appeals court in January upheld the proposed program as an acceptable alternative to admitting women to VMI, a state-supported school in Lexington, Va. The federal government sued VMI in 1990, saying the college unlawfully discriminated against women. The court is not expected to say until sometime in its 1995-96 term, which begins next October, whether it will review the case. AP BOOTH'S REMAINS Descendants Not Allowed To Dig Up Plot

A judge in Baltimore Friday refused to let John Wilkes Booth's descendants dig up the family plot where Booth is supposedly buried to settle claims that he escaped Union soldiers and lived for 30 more years after he shot Abraham Lincoln in 1865. …

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