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Oklahoman Published: March 5, 2009
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EDUCATION

Vice principal punished

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A school administrator was placed on leave for throwing a Dominican flag to the floor and stepping on it during an impromptu student celebration of Dominican Independence Day last week. Robert Perkins, a vice principal, said Wednesday that he was under stress from unrelated school problems, namely teacher complaints about student behavior and absences.

HOMELESS

Changes cited in decline
NEW YORK — The number of homeless people on New York City streets declined 30 percent from last year, thanks to revamped policies, the city said Wednesday. Authorities estimated 2,328 homeless people, down from 3,306 last year and 4,395 in 2005.

ANIMALS

Clinic details chimp attack
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Charla Nash, 55, of Connecticut, was mauled by a chimpanzee two weeks ago. She lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids and may be blind and suffering brain damage, the Cleveland Clinic revealed the specific injuries Wednesday for the first time.

Eagle survives Nevada crash
RENO, Nev. — The eagle has landed — with a thud — after crashing through the windshield of a tractor-trailer on a Nevada highway. Officials said Wednesday that a 15-pound golden eagle with a 7-foot wing span has a swollen head but otherwise appears unhurt.

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