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Band's suspension over hazing expanded

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida A&M University's famed marching band is being suspended for at least one more school year as officials try to cleanse the hazing culture that led to the death of a drum major, the school's president said Monday.

FAMU President James Ammons said the Marching 100 should stay off the field at least until a new band director is hired and new rules for the band have been adopted.

Eleven FAMU band members face felony charges in the November hazing death of Robert Champion, while two others face misdemeanor counts. The band has been banned from performing since soon after he died, and band director Julian White recently retired after it was revealed that at least 100 band members were not students when Champion died.

"There is no question the band must be restructured, there are measures we feel we must take," Ammons said.


500 rally in support of Rutgers webcam spy

TRENTON, N.J. -- Supporters of Dharun Ravi attended a rally in Trenton Monday, calling for the former Rutgers student to receive no prison time for the hate crime conviction he received for using a webcam to spy on his roommate and another man kissing.

The group of about 500 people, as well as Ravi's parents, chanted "Free Dharun Ravi" and "We Want Justice" on the Statehouse steps. Ravi, 20, is set to be sentenced Monday on the 15 charges of which he was convicted in March. He faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence and possible deportation.

His roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in 2010 when he jumped off the George Washington Bridge after Ravi set up his webcam and watched images of Clementi kissing another man. -- The Record (Hackensack, N.J.)