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Nation in brief: Gabrielle heads to Outer Banks

Sun., Sept. 9, 2007

Tropical Storm Gabrielle swirled Saturday toward North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but its promised rain and high winds weren’t enough to scare residents and vacationers away from the beach.

“When people hear about tropical storms, they assume houses are going to fall in the ocean,” said Margot Jolly, a lifeguard with Nags Heads Ocean Rescue. “They shouldn’t overreact like that. Just relax, stay inside, and have a little hurricane party.”

Forecasters said the storm was likely to strengthen before brushing the Outer Banks this afternoon. Rain from the storm’s outer bands had started falling in the area late Saturday night, but there were no indications Gabrielle would become a hurricane before turning north and curving back out into the Atlantic.

“It’s not going to be one that will go down in the annals of the record books,” said Michael Caropolo, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Sacramento, Calif.

Sex offenders ordered to move

More than 2,700 recently paroled sex offenders in California have been told they have to move because they are violating a new law that bars them from living near schools and parks.

On Friday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation finished notifying 2,741 sex offenders that they have 45 days to find legal housing, or they will be sent back to prison for violating their parole, said spokesman Bill Sessa.

The department previously estimated no more than 2,100 parolees were violating the law approved by California voters in November. Jessica’s Law, named after a 9-year-old child kidnapped and killed by a molester in Florida, prohibits offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park.

Inmate advocates, some lawmakers and the corrections department itself warn that requiring offenders to move could force some to go underground, move to rural areas, become homeless, or ignore warnings and return to overcrowded state prisons.

New York

Former reporter joins think tank

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who spent nearly three months in jail for refusing to testify in the CIA leak investigation, has accepted a position with a conservative think tank.

Miller will serve as an adjunct fellow and contributing editor to City Journal, a quarterly magazine put out by the Manhattan Institute, the organization said in a statement.

“As an adjunct fellow, I hope to continue writing about how best to enhance national security and public safety without sacrificing our freedom and civil liberties,” Miller said in a statement.


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