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CHILDREN OF 9/11 VICTIMS TO CREATE ARTWORKS

Children of World Trade Center victims will create artworks that will be stitched together and displayed at schools and museums around the country, officials announced Monday.

The "Art for Heart" program was the brainchild of Ali Millard, the 16-year-old stepdaughter of Neil Levin, executive director of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who died at the trade center.

Community centers in Manhattan, on Long Island and in New Jersey will open their doors to victims' children on June 1. Artists will help the children as they create their paintings on square-foot canvasses.

On Sept. 11, 2003, the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the community centers will invite the victims' children to complete their artworks. The Lower Manhattan Development Corp.'s family room, overlooking the trade center site, will also host an "Art for Heart" gathering on Sept. 11.

The program is open to children who lost a parent in the Feb. 26, 1993, bombing of the trade center as well as the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.

Court puts temporary halt
on Indian casino deals

ALBANY (AP) -- A State Supreme Court justice on Monday temporarily halted further action by Gov. George E. Pataki on Indian casino deals.

Justice Joseph Teresi ordered the Pataki administration and the attorneys for the anti-casino coalition suing the state to submit written arguments on Friday to his Albany court. Monday's order restrains the Pataki administration from further action on gambling with Indian tribes and calls for arguments on the constitutionality of Indian casinos.

The coalition's attorney, Cornelius Murray, contends that the state constitution prohibits casino gaming, even on Indian land within New York State. Tribes contend that they are sovereign nations.

The state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, is deliberating a case, also argued by Murray, that questions the ability of governors to enter into compact agreements without the approval of the state Legislature.

Vote on SUNY tuition hike
is not likely until June

ALBANY (AP) -- Anxious State University of New York students and their parents will probably have to wait until at least June to find out how large tuition increases will be.

The SUNY board of trustees is not scheduled to vote on the tuition increase at its meeting today at the State Maritime College in the Bronx, nor was it expected to add the item to its agenda, SUNY spokesman David Henahan said Monday.

The board has another scheduled meeting in June.

The Legislature's budget that last week withstood Gov. George E. Pataki's vetoes includes a tuition increase for state residents of up to $950 on the $3,400 annual tuition. Out-of-state tuition would increase by up to $5,000, from $8,300 a year.

Pataki had proposed authorizing as much as a $1,200 increase for New Yorkers and a similar increase for out-of-state students. The SUNY Board had voted to raise tuition by as much as $1,400, pending approval in the state budget.

Henahan said the board hasn't decided what tuition level to use, although it may reduce out-of-state tuition.

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