Clinic bomb suspect arrested

A WOMAN was arrested Saturday in connection with a bomb planted at a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Albans, Vt.

Helen Virginia Ames was charged with illegal possession of a destructive device. If convicted, she faces up to 1 HD: Ruling Challenges Policy Of Affirmative Action0 years in jail and a fine of $250,000. She was scheduled to appear in court yesterday. Authorities said Ms. Ames resembles a woman seen near the clinic at the time the bomb was discovered.

The bomb, which did not explode, was discovered Aug. 9 before the clinic opened. Planned Parenthood initially did not disclose the discovery, but finally did three days later after a firebomb destroyed a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brainerd, Minn. Neither the Brainerd nor the St. Albans clinic offer abortions.

Urban boarding schools?

A PRIVATE education group is proposing urban boarding schools in an effort to turn around troubled teenagers and improve the city's school system.

The Chicago Cluster Initiative hopes to open the first of three proposed boarding schools in a high-rise building in the Chicago Housing Authority's Robert Taylor Homes in July 1995.

Educators have long argued that the problems of the street - gangs, drugs, teen pregnancy, and parental indifference - are often the reason students fail in the classroom, and housing students on campus can avoid those pitfalls, the group said.

Tentative plans call for the all-volunteer student body to live in the dormitories and take a bus to school. They would visit their families only on weekends. Critics say the idea is extreme and would exercise too much control over students' lives.

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