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October 8, 1996
Web posted at: 1:30 p.m. EDT

Girl in 'Midol suspension' charges race discrimination


FAIRBORN, Ohio (CNN) -- Kimberly Smartt returned to school Tuesday after being expelled for giving a classmate a Midol tablet. School board officials had barred Smartt from attending class until February, but lightened the punishment Monday night.

Earlier Monday, Smartt filed a federal lawsuit charging that because she is African-American, her punishment was harsher than that of the white girl who received the Midol.

The classmate was suspended for nine days, and that sentence was reduced when she agreed to attend drug counseling. The school district said the Midol incident violated its drug policy.

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No postage increase for 1997

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- Postage rates will stay the same for at least the next year, Postmaster General Marvin Runyon said Monday.

Runyon told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce that the U.S. Postal Service has had several profitable years, and expects 1997 to be the same.

The last postage increase, on January 1, 1995, raised the price of a first class stamp from 29 cents to 32 cents.

Harrier jet crashes during training mission

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YUMA, Arizona (CNN) -- A Marine Harrier attack jet crashed Monday night during a training mission with three other planes, Marine officials said.

Only a pilot was aboard the vertical-takeoff jet, but the Marines did not say whether the pilot ejected from the plane or went down with it.

The crash occurred on the Chocolate Mountain Gunnery Range, about 50 miles northwest of the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station.

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