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Congress authorizes increased Pell Grant funding

Congress increased funding for the Pell Grant program Thursday by renewing the Higher Education Act, the Ohio State University's newspaper The Lantern, reported.

The vote was down party lines, The Lantern reported.

"This bill is a victory for students and taxpayers alike today, and in the future," Don Seymour Jr., a spokesman for Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in an e-mail.

The renewal repealed a federal rule placing limits on Pell Grants for students at low-cost schools. The act will allow for year-round funding of the program.

"Law & Order" franchise extends run

NBC has renewed its popular franchise "Law & Order" for one more season, according to E! Online.

The franchise, composed of "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is considered a stable fan favorite due to its fourth place ratings in recent NBC viewer polls.

The mothership series, "Law & Order," has undergone some recent personnel changes with Annie Parisse, who plays Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Borgia, leaving the show.

Catholic U. officials restrict student paper circulation

Catholic University admissions officials removed a stack of issues of The Tower, Catholic University's student-produced newspaper, from a single newspaper rack in the admissions office, after the issue featured a story about crime on campus the George Washingtom Hatchet reported.

The issue ran a front-page story regarding the recent crime wave around Catholic's campus. The issue also coincided with admitted students preview day.

Upon discovering the incident, Tower Editor in Chief Karen McGovern confronted admissions officials, who at first denied involvement. Officials later said they would return 20 issues to the rack on Friday, April 21, and the rest after the admitted students weekend.

Despite the agreement, admissions officials returned the issues on Saturday, April 22.

"I can't say I'd be terribly surprised if it [happens again]. ... We've been at odds with the administration for a few years now," McGovern said.

Catholic University officials did not return phone calls from The Hatchet.

-RYAN GRANNAN-DOLL

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