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POSTED April 30, 2013 9:06 p.m.

NYC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ADOPTS ALL-VEGETARIAN MENU: NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili.

Public School 244 is the first public school in the city to go all-veggie. The animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it might be the first all-veggie public elementary school in the nation.

The Queens school has 400 students in pre-kindergarten through third grade. It wanted to offer healthy food options and started serving a vegetarian lunch three times a week and then increased it to four times a week. It recently went all-vegetarian.

Principal Robert Groff said Tuesday the kids gravitated toward veggie offerings, including black beans and cheddar quesadillas served with salsa and roasted potatoes.

MARKEY, GOMEZ WIN MASS. US SENATE PRIMARIES: BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey and Republican former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez won their party primaries on Tuesday, setting up a race between a 36-year veteran of Washington politics and a political newcomer for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry.

Markey, of Malden, defeated fellow U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, of South Boston, in the Democratic primary while Gomez, a Cohasset businessman, bested former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Daniel Winslow in the GOP primary, according to unofficial returns. The special election is scheduled for June 25.

The race to fill the seat Kerry left to become U.S. secretary of state has been overshadowed by the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, and the candidates had to temporarily suspend their campaigns.

Even before the April 15 bombing, the campaign had failed to capture the attention of voters compared with the 2010 special election following the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy. Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown won the seat, surprising Democrats, but was ousted last year in another high-profile race by Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

 

AUTISTIC STUDENT CLAIMS DISCRIMINATION IN DRUG BUST: TEMECULA (AP) — The parents of a boy who was arrested for selling marijuana at a Riverside County high school claim he was the victim of discrimination because he's autistic.

The parents filed a claim for damages last week against the Temecula Valley Unified School District. They can sue if it's rejected.

Their son was one of 22 students arrested in December after sheriff's deputies posed as students in drug stings at Chaparral and Temecula Valley high schools.

The claim says the Chaparral student, who was 17 at the time, has autism and is bipolar. They contend the district placed him in harm's way, causing him to be entrapped and prosecuted. He was given probation.

The district says any claims filed will be considered in accordance with law.

POLICE ARREST MOTHER OF BABY ABANDONED HAWAII BABY: HONOLULU (AP) — Police say the woman who reported finding a baby on a Hawaii beach is actually the newborn's mother.

The 21-year-old Honolulu woman was arrested Tuesday for filing a false police report. She was released after posting $250 bail.

She had told police she found the baby crying in the sand in the night after hearing several people screaming. She took the baby girl to a hospital.

State Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman said Monday that the full-term, 8-pound baby was born soon before she was found.

TEACHER LAWSUIT IN CALIF BUCKS REQUIRED UNION FEES: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ten California schoolteachers have sued the politically powerful California Teachers Association to escape paying union fees that they claim violate free speech rights.

The challenge aims at laws that allow unions to collect certain fees from workers who don't want to join. The teachers — represented by the conservative Center for Individual Rights — argue that the dues end up supporting lobbying and political activity, not contract negotiations.

SAN DIEGO-TIJUANA OLYMPIC BID DEALT CRIPPLING BLOW: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A cross-border bid for San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, to host the 2024 Summer Olympics appeared dead before arrival Tuesday when the U.S. Olympic Committee said international rules don't allow two countries to mount a joint candidacy.

The news was delivered as San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and his Tijuana counterpart, Carlos Bustamante, prepared to name a cross-border planning committee within the next week and unveil a logo.

RANGER FILES LAWSUIT FOR $1M DORNER REWARD: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A camp ranger whose truck was taken by Christopher Dorner filed a lawsuit Monday for the $1 million reward offered for information leading to the capture of the rogue ex-cop believed to have committed suicide after killing four others during a rampage and manhunt.

Rick Heltebrake filed a breach-of-contract suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming his call to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department after Dorner ordered him and his dog out of the truck and fled on Feb. 12 directly led to Dorner's hideout in a mountain cabin where he engaged deputies in a final shootout.

Heltebrake "notified law enforcement of Dorner's exact location and whereabouts, provided a description of the vehicle he was fleeing in, and was a substantial factor in the apprehension and capture of Dorner at the cabin location," the lawsuit said.

OREGON MAN ARRESTED IN BAY AREA CARJACKING : GREENBRAE  (AP) — An Oregon resident has been arrested on suspicion of carjacking and kidnapping a man at gunpoint in Northern California and then trying to carjack a woman hours later nearby.

Thirty-year-old Jeffrey Boyce was arrested in the Greenbrae area of Marin County on Monday night. Police say he carjacked a man and forced him to drive to a church around 4:30 p.m. in neighboring Sonoma County. The man got away.

Rohnert Park police Sgt. Aaron Johnson says he later tried to carjack a woman in the Greenbrae area. The woman escaped, and Boyce was arrested a short time later.

Johnson says Boyce's mother told police her son is mentally ill. He says a truck that Boyce was driving before the carjacking contained more than 200 rounds of assault-rifle-style bullets and a loaded .22-caliber rifle.

 

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