Same-sex cus­tody bat­tle could al­ter law

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TALLAHASSEE | A cus­tody bat­tle be­tween two les­bians could re­de­fine the no­tion of who is a mother and per­haps force Florida law­mak­ers to re­con­sider a 19-year-old state law.

One part­ner do­nated an egg that was fer­til­ized and im­planted in the other part­ner, who gave birth. The Brevard County cou­ple sep­a­rated two years later.

Their fight over the now 8-yearold girl is be­fore the Florida Supreme Court. A trial judge ruled for the birth mother and said the egg donor has no parental rights. An ap­pel­late court sided with the bi­o­log­i­cal mother and said both have rights. The state Supreme Court is con­sid­er­ing whether to hear the case.

At is­sue is a state law meant to reg­u­late sperm and egg do­na­tion and con­sti­tu­tional ques­tions about gay peo­ple’s right to raise chil­dren. trekking across nearly a thou­sand miles of Alaska wilder­ness on sleds, all try­ing to be the first musher to reach the old gold rush town of Nome.

The grand­sons of Idi­tarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s co-founder Joe Red­ing­ton were the first and last mush­ers on the trail.

Ray Red­ing­ton Jr., 36, picked the first spot dur­ing the musher’s draw, hop­ing that his 11th Idi­tarod will im­prove on last year’s sev­enth-place fin­ish. This year’s com­pe­ti­tion is “tough, very tough,” he said, with the rac­ing teams be­com­ing more pro­fes­sional. “They’re get­ting bet­ter. So am I,” he said Sun­day.

His younger brother, 29-year-old Ryan Red­ing­ton, is com­pet­ing in his eighth race but had to wait to get on the trail af­ter pick­ing the last spot.

There are six for­mer cham­pi­ons in the race, in­clud­ing last year’s win­ner, 49-year-old John Baker of Kotze­bue. col­lege in Mas­sachusetts is dis­put­ing claims by a for­mer stu­dent who said the school re­fused her re­quest for a new dorm room af­ter she com­plained that her room­mate was hav­ing sex just feet away from her as she tried to sleep.

Lind­say Blankmeyer said in a law­suit that she suf­fered from de­pres­sion and at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der be­fore she en­rolled at Stone­hill Col­lege, but was driven into a sui­ci­dal de­pres­sion af­ter school of­fi­cials wouldn’t give her rea­son­able hous­ing al­ter­na­tives. Ms. Blankmeyer said her room­mate also had on­line sex in front of her.

Stone­hill said Ms. Blankmeyer never told staff that her con­cerns in­volved her room­mate’s sex­ual ac­tiv­ity. The col­lege said it tried to re­solve the dis­pute through me­di­a­tion and of­fered Ms. Blankmeyer “mul­ti­ple op­tions” for hous­ing, in­clud­ing a pri­vate dorm room. con­victed killer who gained no­to­ri­ety for hav­ing a mur­der scene tat­tooed on his chest re­ceived un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits while he was in jail.

Sher­iff’s Capt. Mike Parker said Satur­day that An­thony Gar­cia, nick­named “Chop­per,” re­ceived more than $30,000 in fraud­u­lent un­em­ploy­ment aid while in Los An­ge­les County jail from 2008 to 2010.

Capt. Parker said Gar­cia’s fa­ther and two girl­friends would get the checks be­fore cash­ing them and de­posit­ing the money in the in­mate ac­counts of Gar­cia and fel­low gang mem­bers.

Gar­cia’s fa­ther 47-year-old Juan Gar­cia, and girl­friends 45-year-old San­dra Jaimez and 25-year-old Cyn­thia Li­mas, were ar­rested Thurs­day on charges in­clud­ing grand theft.

Capt. Parker said au­thor­i­ties have not de­cided whether to charge Gar­cia.

He was con­victed of the 2004 killing of a gang ri­val in Pico Rivera. The ev­i­dence against him in­cluded a tat­too on his chest of the crime scene.

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