Originally created 01/04/03

Across Georgia



Great Dane mauls 7-year-old to death

THOMASVILLE - A 7-year-old died after being mauled by a Great Dane as he visited the home of a relative Thursday, authorities said.

A man who lives near the site of the mauling saw Jeremy Beckwith in the mouth of the Great Dane, which was shaking him, officials said.

Two other dogs were with the Great Dane, but it was not known whether they were involved in the attack. All three dogs were being held at the animal shelter. The Great Dane will be euthanized at its owner's request.

Chiropractor school sues over accrediting

ATLANTA -Life University filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court, claiming that the Arizona-based Council on Chiropractic Education unfairly revoked its largest degree program.

"If accreditation is not restored very quickly, Life's survival will become impossible," the lawsuit stated.

Chiropractic enrollment is now fewer than 300 students, down from almost 700 in December and 2,600 in June, the suit states.

Paul Walker, the executive vice president of the accrediting council, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Morris Brown plans to end semester early

ATLANTA - Morris Brown College announced Thursday it will abridge its 15-week spring semester into seven weeks, an attempt to aid the financially strapped school.

College officials said the speed-up allows students a chance to complete classes before an accreditation appeal hearing in March. Last month, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revoked accreditation at the private, historically black college.

As it appeals, Morris Brown can retain its accredited status. If the college loses, however, students will not be eligible for federal financial aid.

Morehouse dean joins human-research panel

ATLANTA - A Morehouse School of Medicine dean was named Friday to a federal committee that seeks to protect humans in medical research, federal officials said.

Dr. E. Nigel Harris, the dean and senior vice president for academic affairs at the medical school, was selected to the Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection.

Dr. Harris was one of 11 doctors, scientists and other experts chosen for the committee.