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■ Mary Anne Bobin­ski was named dean of Emory Univer­sity’s law school, be­com­ing the first woman to hold the po­si­tion since the At­lanta school was founded in 1916.

■ Isa­iah Thomp­son, 23, of New York, who had been ar­rested seven times pre­vi­ously for rid­ing on the out­side of sub­way trains, has been charged with reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and crim­i­nal tres­pass­ing af­ter po­lice said he rode on the back of a train in Man­hat­tan and pulled the emer­gency brakes.

■ Paula Hunt, a for­mer book­keeper for a tax col­lec­tor’s of­fice in War­ren County, Miss., was ar­rested on an em­bez­zle­ment charge, ac­cused of steal­ing cash from pay­ments the of­fice re­ceived and trans­fer­ring money be­tween bank ac­counts to cover up for the miss­ing funds.

■ Daniel Wil­son, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and was sen­tenced to 20 years in prison af­ter he fa­tally shot the boyfriend of his child’s mother dur­ing an ar­gu­ment.

■ Ralph Weems IV and David Knighten, who were beaten out­side a north­east Mis­sis­sippi res­tau­rant and al­leged that the eatery had al­lowed an at­mos­phere of vi­o­lence on the premises, will not re­ceive the com­pen­sa­tion they sought af­ter a jury found that the res­tau­rant’s owner and se­cu­rity guard were not li­able for their as­sault.

■ Dou­glas Lo­mas, 44, and Stephanie Ching, 35, were ar­rested in Bei­jing and sent back to the U.S. for pros­e­cu­tion in the slay­ing of a Cal­i­for­nia man, af­ter po­lice con­duct­ing a well-be­ing check at the man’s home found his dis­mem­bered body.

■ Ron­ald Martin, 44, a fed­eral agent from Fort Knox, Ky., who po­lice say was shot af­ter he pointed a laser-sighted gun in the di­rec­tion of a uni­formed Louisiana State Po­lice trooper, is no longer fac­ing a hate­crime charge but will face other charges, in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated as­sault, in the in­ci­dent.

■ Kaleb Young, 20, is charged with first-de­gree mur­der in a Tulsa shoot­ing that killed two peo­ple and in­jured two oth­ers, all of whom were stand­ing next to Young’s ex-girl­friend and were sus­pected by Young of shoot­ing up his home a month ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit.

■ John Michael Me­d­ina, 20, of Hous­ton was sen­tenced to 25 years in prison for a se­ries of rob­beries, one in which he pointed a gun at a 7-year-old girl and threat­ened to kill her if her par­ents didn’t pay him, and the girl’s fa­ther handed him $7, all of the money he had with him.

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