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In brief: Tornadoes strike central Arkansas

Sat., May 1, 2010, midnight

Clinton, Ark. – Tornadoes ripping through central Arkansas on Friday killed at least one person, injured more than two dozen others and destroyed several homes, authorities said.

The death was reported in Van Buren County – about 75 miles north of Little Rock – where three mobile homes were destroyed, according to state Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Renee Preslar. Further details weren’t immediately released.

Hacker of Palin’s e-mail convicted

Knoxville, Tenn. – The son of a Democratic Tennessee lawmaker was convicted Friday on two charges in the hacking of Sarah Palin’s e-mail account while she campaigned on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008.

The federal court jury reached its verdict against David Kernell, 22, after four days of deliberation. He was found guilty of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to a computer, but was acquitted on a charge of wire fraud.

The jury deadlocked on a charge of identify theft.

Florida GOP selling portrait of Crist

Tallahassee, Fla. – Just hours after Gov. Charlie Crist announced he would run for the U.S. Senate as an independent, the Florida GOP hastened to remove any likeness to the Republican governor they helped elect.

First item to go in the breakup: an oil painting that the Republican Party of Florida purchased for its headquarters in Tallahassee. Party officials say they paid $7,500 for the Crist portrait and another painting.

Florida GOP spokeswoman Katie Betta told the Tampa Tribune that the portrait will be auctioned on eBay.

Woman march topless for equality

Farmington, Maine – A forecast of sunny skies in April seems like the perfect time to put the top down. But a drive in a convertible isn’t what some Maine women had in mind Friday.

Nearly two dozen of them marched topless through this college town to protest what they call a double standard that allows men to take off their shirts on a hot summer day. Many men joined the women, taking off their shirts and marching side by side. Joining the scrum were gawkers snapping photos.

It’s already legal under state law for women to go topless in public in Maine. But the protesters in Farmington want it to become socially acceptable, too.

Friday’s event was organized by 22-year-old Andrea Simoneau, a student at the University of Maine at Farmington who was inspired by her participation in a topless march April 3 in Portland. She’d been going topless downtown and near campus for the past couple of weeks to drum up interest in the march.


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