University loses rank
George Washington University on Wednesday lost its U.S. News & World Report ranking as one of the top national universities because the school revealed it erroneously reported data on incoming students for more than a decade. The private university held the coveted 51st ranking on the “Best Colleges” listing of the top 200 national universities. But U.S. News said the use of incorrect data in the September publication made the school’s rank higher than it would have been. U.S. News said the school will have an “unranked” status until its 2014 edition.
Plane hits home
Roger Latham had considered taking a short flight Tuesday night in his small plane with his flying instructor and other pilots to attend a conference on flight safety. At the last minute, he decided not to go. Shortly after taking off, the single-engine Piper PA-32 began sputtering and crashed into a home in a west Jackson neighborhood, killing all three aboard and injuring a woman inside the home who escaped. Among the victims was Latham’s flight instructor, John Edward Tilton Jr., 65, a decorated Vietnam War veteran.
Mafia leader sentenced
The acting head of the New England Mafia was sentenced on Wednesday to 6½ years in prison for shaking down local strip clubs for protection money. Anthony L. DiNunzio, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy in September under a plea agreement in U.S. District Court in Providence. The sentence was the maximum amount of time recommended by prosecutors under the plea deal. DiNunzio is the eighth associate of the New England mob to be sentenced after a probe into strip club extortion.
Man charged in ’79 case
A man authorities say confessed to the 1979 disappearance of a boy from his New York City neighborhood has been formally charged with murder and kidnapping, a milestone in a case that has stymied investigators and Etan Patz’s family. The indictment against Pedro Hernandez, 51, of Maple Shade, N.J., was made public Wednesday.
Compiled from wire reports.