Judge: School district violated transgender students' rights
EVANSVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has found that an Indiana school district violated a transgender student's civil rights by not allowing him to use male bathrooms at school.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation last year after the teenager was told to use the female bathroom or bathrooms in the nurse's office.
He was told he would face discipline for using men's bathrooms without permission.
But a judge ruled Friday the district's actions violated the student's Fourteenth Amendment civil rights protections.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports the judge also found the district violated the federal Title IX law by allowing transgender students to use gender-neutral bathrooms but not bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity.
The district's attorney says it respectfully disagrees with the ruling.
'Garfield' licensing firm's former headquarters to be sold
ALBANY (AP) — The former Indiana headquarters of the company that oversees licensing for the lasagna-loving cartoon cat Garfield will be auctioned off this month.
PAWS Inc. employees have moved out of the complex in the eastern Indiana town of Albany, but the business is still in operation, with workers now working from home.
Garfield creator Jim Davis donated PAWS Inc.'s former headquarters to the Ball State University Foundation, which will receive the proceeds from the June 24-26 online auction of two parcels totaling 19 acres.
The Star Press reports that the property includes a nearly 43,000-square-foot main facility, a freestanding studio building, warehouse and maintenance buildings and a commercial greenhouse.
PAWS Inc. was founded by Davis in 1981 to support Garfield's licensing and handle creative and business concerns.
Woman arrested after death of baby with burns, fractures
MUNCIE (AP) — A central Indiana woman has been arrested following the death of her young daughter who authorities say had burns on most parts of her body, multiple bone fractures and apparently was malnourished.
Thirty-two-year-old Sarah Ann Styhl of Muncie is jailed in Delaware County on $50,000 bond and is preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
Court records Monday don't list a lawyer for her.
Authorities responded Saturday to a Muncie YWCA where Styhl and the baby were staying after the mother told a worker the child was unresponsive. Paramedics took 3-month-old Shae Anna Marie Styhl to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Cause of death wasn't immediately released.
Police say Styhl told investigators she'd used ointments and lotions to help with irritation around the baby's face but wasn't aware of other injuries.