College president pay on the rise

College presidents are getting healthy raises, and a dozen at private universities earn $1 million or more including benefits, according to a survey published Monday.

Salaries at public universities remain a tier lower but also are on the rise, with eight presidents earning $700,000 or more last year, six more than the year before, according to the annual survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The survey published Monday reports salaries from private colleges for 2005-2006, the latest year for which they are available. Figures for public colleges are for 2006-2007.

The highest-paid, still-sitting president was William Brody at Johns Hopkins University, who received $1,938,024 in total compensation.

Mark Emmert of the University of Washington was the third-highest-paid public university president at $752,700.


Teens charged in man’s grisly killing

Two teenagers stabbed an adult acquaintance, took a blowtorch to his corpse and threw his severed head into a river, prosecutors said Monday as they charged the pair.

Canton High School senior Jean Pierre Orlewicz, 17, and Alexander James Letkemann, 18, ambushed 26-year-old Daniel Sorenson on Wednesday in a garage owned by Orlewicz’s grandfather, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said. A tarp had been spread on the floor, she said.

Sorenson, who had worked as a bouncer, was stabbed multiple times in the back, his head sawed off and his body wrapped in the tarp, authorities said. Orlewicz and Letkemann burned his hands and feet with a blowtorch, possibly in an effort to conceal his identity, Worthy said.

The teens loaded Sorenson’s torso in a pickup, dumped it in a cul-de-sac in Northville Township and set it on fire using gasoline, Worthy said. A utility crew found it Thursday morning, police said.

Sorenson’s head was found Saturday in the Rouge River on the border of Detroit and Dearborn Heights, about 15 miles from where the torso was found.


Change for $1? 1,042 quarters

A car wash change machine paid off like a Las Vegas slot for one customer, but he turned over the change to police.

Eldon McCammack put a dollar in the change machine Saturday at the Trojan Car Wash in this city about 40 miles east of Indianapolis. In return, he got 1,042 quarters, or $260.50.

McCammack, 71, said he first grabbed a top from a trash can to catch the coins. Another customer found a plastic container for the overflow.

McCammack brought the jackpot to the police station, where officers counted the quarters, put them in an evidence locker and called the car wash’s owner.

He went back later and washed his car.

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