College President: Latvian university professor, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, 61, has unexpectedly been elected president of her country after half a dozen better-known candidates lost in earlier rounds of balloting, or simply gave up. The 100-member parliament cast 53 votes for Vike-Freiberga, two more than she needed to win. From 1965 to last year, a professor of psychology at the University of Montreal, she was not nominated until five other candidates failed to win enough votes. Even then she had to defeat career politicians such as the foreign and economics ministers. She'll be the first female president of Latvia, and the first Latvian to return from exile to take up the post.
Nobel prize for smut: A New Hampshire high school committee has ruled that a book by Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison, is unsuitable for 14 to 16-year-olds. A parent's complaint about its "Playboy" sexual content prompted the decision to remove Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye, from the reading list for 9th and 10th graders at Stevens High School in Claremont.
Published in 1970, the book explores the condition of blacks in America through the story of a girl who becomes pregnant by her father, and then loses her sanity after the child is stillborn.
The committee added teachers must send parents reading lists in good time to veto assignments.Reuse content