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Victim's parents seek privacy prosecutions

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The parents of the Rutgers University student who killed himself after authorities said his intimate encounter with a man was captured by a webcam want invasion-of-privacy cases against his classmates to be prosecuted, but they would not want them to receive harsh punishment. Tyler Clementi's parents, Jane and Joseph Clementi, issued a statement Tuesday, six months after he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.

"The past six months have been the most difficult and painful of our lives," they said. "We have done our best to deal with the grief and pain of the death of our son Tyler, in awful circumstances while dealing with the crush of media attention, the pending criminal investigations and, of course, our own unanswered questions."

Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, and classmate Molly Wei are each charged with two counts of invasion of privacy. Authorities said that last September, they used a webcam to watch part of Clementi's encounter with another man. Within days, Clementi killed himself.



JFK honors cite exec in Egypt, school activist

BOSTON (AP) -- A Google executive who launched a Facebook page that sparked protests in Egypt and a North Carolina school board member who fought school redistricting plans over racial segregation concerns have been named 2011 winners of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Awards, it was announced Tuesday.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation said Wael Ghonim and Elizabeth Redenbaugh will be presented with the awards at the John F. Kennedy Library here May 23.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president, praised Ghonim and his fellow Egyptians for empowering a new generation of citizen activists in pursuit of democracy through protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square. She also praised Redenbaugh, a New Hanover County, N.C., school board member, for challenging residents to preserve good-quality integrated public education.

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