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Here they are, back in Atlantic CityMiss America contestants wait to be introduced after arriving in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday. The Miss America pageant is back in the city where it began, six years after spurning the city for Las Vegas. The pageant held a welcoming ceremony Tuesday for the 53 contestants — one from each state plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The competition will begin next week.
Here they are, back in Atlantic CityMiss America contestants wait to be introduced after arriving in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday. The Miss America pageant is back in the city where it began, six years after spurning the city for Las Vegas. The pageant held a welcoming ceremony Tuesday for the 53 contestants — one from each state plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The competition will begin next week.
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SPRING, Texas


1 dead, 3 hurt


in school stabbing


A fight inside a Houston-area high school escalated into a series of stabbings on Wednesday that killed a 17-year-old student and wounded several others, sheriff’s officials said.


Three students described as “persons of interest” were taken into custody after the fight in the cafeteria at Spring High School, about 20 miles north of Houston. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said authorities were not searching for any other suspects and that everyone involved in the fight were students from the school district.


Two victims were hospitalized with minor injuries. A third, identified only as a 16-year-old, was in surgery.


DENVER


NAACP, KKK reps’


meeting a first


A secret meeting between a representative of the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and a Ku Klux Klan organizer ended with the Klan organizer paying $50 to join the civil rights organization, participants said.


Saturday’s meeting between Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper NAACP, and John Abarr, a KKK organizer from Great Falls, Mont., took place at a hotel in Casper, Wyo., under tight security, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.


The Southern Poverty Law Center and the United Klans of America said Tuesday that the meeting was a first.


Abarr said on Tuesday he filled out an NAACP membership form so he could get the group’s newsletters and some insight into its views. He said he paid a $30 fee to join, plus a $20 donation.


BOSTON


Police concerned


over ‘Molly’ drug


Police say they’re concerned there may be a bad batch of the drug known as Molly being sold in the Northeast after multiple overdoses in Massachusetts and New York and likely at least three deaths.


Three people overdosed on Molly, a pure form of ecstasy, last week at the House of Blues club. One of them was a college student from New Hampshire who died.


Over the weekend, there were two non-fatal Molly overdoses at a concert in Boston. And in New York City, two people died and four others were hospitalized during a dance music festival. New York officials said the deaths there appeared to be linked to Molly, also known as MDMA.


HARRISBURG


Chair of Pa. roads


panel ‘critical’


The chairman of the Transportation Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is in critical condition after complications arose after a leg operation, a caucus spokesman said Wednesday.


The medical condition of Rep. Dick Hess, R-Bedford, took a downturn over the weekend, said House Republican spokesman Steve Miskin.


Miskin said Hess, 74, was recovering from a leg operation he had about two weeks ago when the medical issues arose. Miskin said family members provided the update to the legislative staff in Hess’ district office.


As majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee, the 14-term Hess has been a key player in negotiations over a proposal to raise billions of dollars for roads, bridges and mass transit.

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