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By Beth Ann Conahan
April 11, 2002

Study released on drinking in college

Drinking among college students was studied in a recently released report conducted by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a branch of the National Institutes of Health. The study, “A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges,” unveiled alarming results. Four college students die in accidents as a result of alcohol, 1,370 students are injured and 192 are raped or sexually assaulted.

The number of binge drinkers has risen. .Binge drinkers make up 42 percent of the 70 percent of students who do drink. Binge drinking consists of five consecutive drinks for a male and four consecutive drinks for a female.

The number of non-drinkers has risen, too. Their numbers rose from 15 percent to 19 percent.

Queen Mother dies

The Queen Mother was laid to rest on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The 23 mile long passage from central London to her burial site was clogged with more than a million people bidding farewell. She passed away at the age of 101 on March 30.

London has not seen a commencement as large as that since Diana, princess of Wales’s, funeral five years ago. The numbers of on-lookers was predicted to be much lower than it was. Over 200,000 people came by her coffin in the three days it was at Westminster Hall.

The Queen Mother was buried beside her husband, George VI, and with the ashes of their daughter, Princess Margaret, who dies eight weeks ago.

Four indicted for passing messages to terror group

Four people were indicted in New York on Tuesday for passing messages to Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. Rahman is an imprisoned spiritual leader of the Islamic Group, an Egypt-based terrorist group.

Rahman was convicted in 1995 for plotting to bomb the World Trade Center in 1993, as well as, plotting to bomb other New York landmarks. Lynne Stewart, Mr. Rahman’s lawyor was one of the four indicted.

In 1997, Rahman was restricted from “passing or receiving any written or recorded communications to or from any other inmate, visitor, attorney, or any one else.” Rahman’s lawyers had to sign an agreement that they would follow the restriction and only consult with Rahman about legal matters. They also said they would not pass messages between him and a third party.

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