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POSTED October 2, 2012 8:03 p.m.

GIRLS BARRED FROM UTAH DANCE FOR SHORT DRESSES: TOOELE, Utah (AP) — A Utah public high school principal has apologized to dozens of teens who were turned away from their homecoming dance because their dresses were deemed too short, in what parents and students called a "homecoming spirit massacre."

Stansbury High principal Kendall Topham held four assemblies Monday, telling students the school's dress code policy was too vague to be properly enforced and vowing to hold a free dance to make up for Saturday's dress debacle.

As many as half of those who arrived at the dance ended up not going in after their dates and friends were barred from entering. Among those turned away: Homecoming Queen Erica Alvey.

The school's handbook states that dress for formal events should be "at or near knee length," leaving room for interpretation.

"They told me that it was showing my knees so it was too short, and in order to get into the dance I had to put on leggings," Alvey told the Deseret News. "So I did, and I got back in the dance, but that was before I realized that this thing was going to turn into such a big issue."

Students and parents took to Facebook after the dance to protest, posting examples of sparkly dresses an inch or two above the knee that school officials said broke the rules.

POLICE: CREDIT CARD KEY TO PA. BURGLARY, ARREST: SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Two men jailed on charges they burglarized a western Pennsylvania church were caught after state police found a personal credit card one of the suspects dropped, which they had to use to jimmy open a door after locking themselves inside the building.

An attorney for 27-year-old Ian Koval didn't immediately return a call for comment Tuesday, when he and Woodrow Engle, also 27, were scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges. Court records don't list an attorney for Engle.

State police say the men burglarized the Somerset Church of the Brethren on Thursday and stole a church debit card they used to withdraw $904 from an automatic teller machine.

Police say they identified the men from surveillance video at the machine — and by tracing the name on the credit card they dropped.

POLICE: AM. SAMOA JAILERS LET INMATES GO BUY BEER: PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Two corrections officers at American Samoa's only jail are suspected of letting inmates leave to go on beer and food runs.

Officers Fiti Aina and Rocky Tua were charged this week with aiding the escape of a prisoner, permitting escape and public servant acceding to corruption.

A police search at Territorial Correctional Facility in July turned up beer in an inmate's cell.

Police say that while trying to find out how it got there, they learned the officers were sending inmates unsupervised to a nearby store. One inmate allowed out is serving 40 months for assaulting another man with a machete.

Court documents say an inmate told investigators he bought beer for another inmate and chips and cookies for Tua.

Aina and Tua were each held on $10,000 bail.

170-MILE MICHIGAN BATHTUB PUSH PLANNED FOR CHARITY: SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Members of a fraternity plan to push a street-modified bathtub roughly 170 miles across part of the Upper Peninsula this week to raise money for a police department.

The annual Tau Kappa Epsilon fundraiser is Friday.

The trip is planned for between Sault Ste. Marie, which is home to Lake Superior State University, and Marquette, which is home to Northern Michigan University.

In previous years the effort has raised money for research on Alzheimer's disease, the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum and Special Olympics.

Proceeds this year benefit the Marquette police department's K-9 unit.

DOG SURVIVES RIDE IN CAR'S GRILLE FROM MASS. TO RI: TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a dog survived an 11-mile ride from Massachusetts to Rhode Island at speeds as high as 50 mph after it was hit by a sedan and became wedged into the grille.

East Providence Animal Control supervisor William Muggle says the female poodle mix ran in front of the car in Taunton on Sept. 20. The driver slammed on the brakes but didn't see the dog and continued driving.

Muggle tells the Taunton Daily Gazette that it wasn't until the driver reached East Providence, R.I., that another motorist pointed out the dog.

The driver went to the police station, where animal control officials freed the fluffy white pooch. The dog suffered a concussion and possibly a minor bladder rupture.

Authorities are trying to find its owner.



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