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2013-02-05T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
February 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Michigan

Rosa Parks honored with new stamp

DEARBORN - Hundreds of people gathered Monday to celebrate the late Rosa Parks on what would have been her 100th birthday by unveiling a postage stamp in her honor steps away from the Alabama bus on which she stared down segregation nearly 60 years ago.

Parks, who died in 2005, became one of the enduring figures of the civil-rights movement when she refused to cede her seat in the "colored" section of the Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man after the whites-only section filled up. Her defiance and the ensuing black boycott of the city bus system helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rise to national prominence.

District of Columbia

McCain tweet on Iran draws criticism

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. John McCain's tweet comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey is drawing criticism from a fellow GOP lawmaker as racist.

On Monday, McCain wrote, "So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week?" He then linked to a news story about Iran launching a monkey into space.

Faced with criticism, McCain said in another tweet, "Lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?"

That didn't satisfy Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who tweeted, "Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes."

New Mexico

Wolf back in captivity after weeks in wild

ALBUQUERQUE - Romance is tough, even for endangered wolves.

After just three weeks in the wild, federal wildlife managers say a male Mexican gray wolf was captured in New Mexico and removed from the wild after he failed to catch the attention of a breeding female.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the male wolf - dubbed No. 1133 - was intended as a new mate for the Bluestem pack's alpha female. His release in early January was timed to coincide with early-season breeding activities. The Arizona pack wanted nothing to do with the male wolf, and it ended up wandering into New Mexico.

Pennsylvania

Girl, 6, crashes car in bid to see dad

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh police say a determined 6-year-old girl didn't hurt anyone when she crashed her mother's car while trying to drive across town to visit her father.

Police haven't released the name of the girl, whose mother was reportedly still sleeping when the girl took the woman's car keys about 9 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the girl hit two parked vehicles, pushing one of them into a third, before hitting a utility pole. Police and the girl's father arrived to take her home after the accident.

Texas

Judge: School finance plan unconstitutional

AUSTIN - The system Texas uses to fund public schools violates the state's constitution by not providing enough money to school districts and failing to distribute it fairly, a judge ruled Monday in a landmark decision that could force the Legislature to overhaul the way it pays for education.

Moments after closing arguments in his packed courtroom, state District Judge John Dietz ruled the funding mechanism does not meet the Texas Constitution's requirements for a fair and efficient system that provides a "general diffusion of knowledge."

He declared that funding was inadequate and that there were wide discrepancies in state support received by school districts in wealthy parts of Texas versus those in poorer areas. He also said the system is tantamount to an income tax, which is forbidden by the state constitution.

Wire reports

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