Originally created 11/28/01

Across the Southeast



ACLU sues counties over Commandments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -A civil liberties group sued four Kentucky counties Tuesday to stop them from posting the Ten Commandments in courthouses, calling it a government endorsement of religion.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed separate federal lawsuits against the counties of Grayson, Mercer, Rowan and Garrard, which was also singled out for posting the commandments in the county hospital.

ACLU attorney David Friedman said many people have found solace in religion since the Sept. 11 attacks, but that it's wrong to extend that fervor to government sanctioning of religion.

Deadly storms destroy several rural homes

PARIS, Tenn. -About 25 homes were seriously damaged or destroyed in the rural west Tennessee community of Oakland, just south of Paris near the Kentucky line. One woman died, and her children and husband were injured.

Two other people - a mother and her 7-year-old daughter - also were seriously injured.

Gov. Don Sundquist, who surveyed the damage Tuesday, said he expects the state to apply for federal disaster aid to help victims.

The tornado hit Henry County, about 80 miles west of Nashville, just before 11:30 p.m., with winds reaching speeds of at least 160 mph, National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Frazier said.

The damage path was estimated about five miles in length and width of about 200 yards.

Student leaves school over war, anarchy views

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -A high school student suspended last month for her anti-war, pro-anarchy stances has been pulled from school by her mother out of fear for her safety.

Katie Sierra, 15, has enrolled in a Kanawha County school program in which she will complete assignments on a computer from home, said her mother, Amy.

Ms. Sierra said her daughter has been physically attacked, threatened and insulted by other students at Sissonville High School.

NASA tightens security for launch of shuttle

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -Security is tighter than ever as NASA counts down toward a launch of space shuttle Endeavour on a mission to deliver new residents to the international space station.

Even more surveillance and safeguards will be in place by the time Endeavour is fueled and seven astronauts are on board for Thursday evening's liftoff. It will be the first space shuttle mission conducted while the country is at war.