Originally created 01/13/02

Across the Southeast



Confederate group opposes Klan rally

NEWPORT, Tenn. -The Sons of Confederate Veterans wants the Ku Klux Klan to call off a rally planned for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, while others are planning a peaceful counter-demonstration.

The rally at the Cocke County Courthouse is set for Jan. 19, the birthday of Confederate Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee, two days before the holiday honoring Dr. King.

Roger McCredie, the Sons of Confederate Veterans' chief of heritage defense, called the Klan's white supremacist views "repugnant" and accused it of doing a disservice to the memory of Civil War veterans.

FBI denies news story of warning on attacks

ORLANDO, Fla. -The FBI dismissed the credibility Friday of a former Seminole County Jail inmate who said he warned agents about the terrorist attacks in New York in advance but was ignored.

FBI agents interviewed Walid Arkeh four times before and after the attacks, but the Jordanian national "never, at any time, provided any specific information/facts about any pending disaster," the FBI said in a statement.

The FBI issued the statement in response to an Orlando Sentinel story published Jan. 6 that detailed Mr. Arkeh's case. Mr. Arkeh, 35, told FBI agents in August an attack on New York was imminent and he would exchange more information for his freedom and asylum, according to the Sentinel.

Study puts new factor in gender math debate

Two researchers say they have found the answer to the long-standing question of why boys do better than girls in math: They don't.

After decades of research showing that boys consistently test higher than girls in math, investigators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published a report staking their position in what has become a testy debate. The problem, they say, is that previous studies have focused on narrow groups, such as super-smart seventh-graders and college-bound SAT takers.

Erin Leahey and Guang Guo examined for the first time the test results of 14,000 pupils in elementary through high school. They found that girls had higher average math scores than boys until about age 11 and higher reasoning scores at ages 11-13.

Boys did, however, tend to progress faster, and by the end of high school that learning edge resulted in a 1.5 percent advantage over girls, which is very small, Ms. Leahey said.