Columbia University is seeking to change the terms of a fellowship that can only be awarded to white students from Iowa.
The Lydia C. Roberts Graduate Fellowship stipulates that money be given only to "a person of the Caucasian race."
Roberts left Columbia most of her $509,000 estate when she died in 1920 and created the highly restrictive fellowship. In addition to the "whites only" rule, Roberts fellows must be from Iowa, must not study law or several other fields, and must return to Iowa for two years after graduating.
University officials filed court papers last week seeking to change the race provisions of the bequest.
The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/13l65pi ) that Columbia hasn't awarded the fellowship since 1997.
A Columbia spokesman didn't return an email seeking comment Wednesday.
Two hikers lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won't be charged the $160,000 it took to find them.
The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/13wreAd ) reports county supervisors made that decision in closed session on Tuesday. Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson tells City News Service he thinks there's no legal way to force the hikers to reimburse their rescue costs — even though one is charged with a drug crime.
Nineteen-year-old Nicolas Cendoya and 18-year-old Kyndall Jack were rescued from the Cleveland National Forest last month after spending several days there without food or much water.
Authorities say methamphetamine was later found in Cendoya's car. He's been charged with felony possession and could get up to three years in prison if convicted.
Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com