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Boise man offered tot for sex on Craigslist, federal charges state
Boise, Idaho • A Boise man has been indicted in federal court on 23 charges after prosecutors say he sexually abused a toddler and posted a Craigslist advertisement offering the 3-year-old for sex.
A federal grand jury indicted Jason Lloyd Schaber, 39, on a charge of using interstate commerce for sex trafficking of a child, four counts of producing child pornography, 16 counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.
The Idaho Statesman reported Thursday that Schaber had not entered a plea to the federal charges.
First same-sex spouse to be buried in vets cemetery in Oregon
Washington • The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it's uncertain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit.
In a statement, the Veterans Affairs Department says Secretary Eric Shinseki's decision to grant burial to a same-sex spouse in Oregon was not designed to set precedent. However, it represents a big departure from the past.
In 2008, the National Cemetery Association published a directive stating that individuals in same-sex civil unions or marriage are ineligible for burial in a national cemetery or state veterans cemetery that received federal money.
Retired Lt. Col. Linda Campbell subsequently pressed the VA to allow burial for her spouse, Nancy Lynchild.
Shinseki eventually agreed, citing their committed relationship.
Plans for prom barring gays rocks Indiana community
Sullivan, Ind. • Plans for a prom that would ban gay students have put a small Indiana community under a microscope and been magnified by a teacher's comment that being gay is a choice and that gays have no purpose in life.
The effort to host a "traditional prom" in Sullivan, Ind., arose after a student at Sullivan High School circulated a petition demanding that same-sex couples be allowed to march together at the school's April 27 prom.
But it gained national attention after the comments by Diana Medley, a teacher in a neighboring district who was helping plan the "traditional" prom that would ban gays. She was speaking to Terre Haute television station WTWO at a Sunday planning meeting for the anti-gay dance.
Medley's comments went viral and sparked petitions seeking her dismissal.
Principal David Springer says his school has never barred same-sex couples from the prom. He says the issue has been blown out of proportion.