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Suit seeks to stop chapel graduation

COLUMBIA — A lawsuit filed Wednesday by a humanist group seeks to stop a Greenville County public school from holding its fifth-grade graduation ceremonies at a Christian university.

In the complaint, filed in federal court in Greenville, the American Humanist Association seeks to stop Mountain View Elementary School from holding future ceremonies in a chapel at North Greenville University, which is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

The suit also seeks to stop school-sponsored prayers at future events.

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A SYNTHETIC DRUG linked to several hospitalizations in coastal Georgia has been declared as a controlled substance, Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials said Thursday. Officials had a strain of synthetic marijuana named “Crazy Clown” tested at its crime lab in Savannah and found a new synthetic cannabinoid, GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang said.

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