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Woman accuses Cain of bold sexual advance

Speaking in a halting voice, a Chicago-area woman accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain today of making an unwanted sexual advance against her more than a decade ago, saying she wanted to provide “a face and a voice” to support other accusers who have so far remained anonymous.

Bowdish Middle School teacher resigns

Bowdish Middle School teacher Anthony Cucinotti, who was put on paid administrative leave in March after misconduct allegations, has quit his job. The recent allegations of inappropriate behavior are only the latest for Cucinotti, who has taught sixth grade and middle school in the district since 1992. Documents released by the district in response to a public records request show Cucinotti has received eight verbal and written warnings since 1993 over allegations that he lost his temper with students and had inappropriate contact with female students.

Man Allegedly Harassed Woman On Bus

A 40-year-old Spokane man was in jail Monday after allegedly harassing a woman at the downtown bus station and following her on a bus to the Valley. Spokane County sheriff's deputies arrested Juan Antonio DelgadoHernandez, 9310 E. Montgomery, on Saturday evening. He was jailed Monday in lieu of $10,000 bail on a charge of forcible indecent liberties. A 19-year-old woman told police a man approached her about 5 p.m. as she waited for a bus. She said the man started talking to her and touching her. She told the man several times to stop. At 5:17 p.m., the woman said the man followed her onto the bus and sat next to her. He allegedly made sexual advances to the woman, who told him to stop. When she stood up to move, she was forced back into her seat, according to the sheriff's office. The woman got off the bus at Mission and Felts, and the man again followed her. She ran toward her home, screaming for help, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies responded and arrested Delgado-Hernandez. Sheriff's Detective Jerry Hendren is asking for help finding a witness on the bus. The white woman was described as being in her 40s or 50s with shoulder-length gray hair and glasses. She reportedly asked the victim, who wore a flowered print dress, if she was OK. Any witnesses are asked to call 458-6620.

Jury Clears Naacp Of Blame In Sex Suit

A jury absolved the NAACP Thursday of any responsibility for a $332,400 settlement made by former Executive Director Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. with a onetime aide who accused him of forcing her to have sex. The jury's verdicts were a clean sweep for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the only clear winner to emerge from the two-week trial. The jury also ordered former aide Mary E. Stansel to pay back $63,800 to the civil rights group, and it told Chavis to pay the NAACP $5,400.

Naval Academy Jails Sex Suspect

A senior Naval Academy midshipman was jailed and stripped of his duties while authorities investigate accusations that he sexually assaulted four female midshipmen. The midshipman first class, whose name was not released, has not been formally charged. He is being held in pretrial confinement in the brig at the U.S. Marine Reservation at Quantico, Va. The midshipman was jailed "basically out of concern for the welfare of the alleged victims" after he allegedly threatened one of his accusers, Navy Lt. Scott Allen, an academy spokesman, said Friday.

Target Of Alleged Groping Must Be A Real Lightweight

OK, folks, it's time to set the record straight. We, the age 50-plus women of the world are not and never have been the cringing victims of male abuse that the media twerps make us out to be. We just had less public methods of dealing with it.

Acquitted Officer Fights For Promotion

A Navy officer acquitted last month on charges of harassing a female subordinate is appealing to Navy Secretary John Dalton for a private meeting to argue he should not be denied promotion to rear admiral. Capt. Everett Greene asked that he be allowed to hold a "candid, confidential discussion" with Dalton, the service's civilian chief, to try to dispel doubts about his fitness for promotion. Greene was acquitted on Oct. 19. His promotion, initially sent to Congress for approval last winter, has been on hold since the charges were made.