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Suit over pill Birmingham, Ala. (AP)�An attorney for a 15-year-old girl ordered to an alternative school for taking a Motrin pill wants a judge to rule on the school board’s punishment, calling it too tough for a violation of the school system’s “zero tolerance” policy. The Jefferson County School Board in December recommended that Clay-Chalkville High sophomore Ysatis Jones serve 15 days in the disciplinary program after a teacher caught her taking an ibuprofen pill at a water fountain on Dec. 3. Appealing the board’s decision, Jones said the medicine was for menstrual cramps. Her attorney, Sam Wiggins, said in a recent court filing that a judge can review or revise school board disciplinary actions where “there is a shocking disparity” between a student’s offense and the student’s punishment. The county school system, as well as others in Alabama, classifies possession of unauthorized prescription and over-the-counter medication as major drug offenses. Zero tolerance is given to those who violate the policy. School board attorney Carl Johnson asked Jefferson County Circuit Judge Houston Brown to review the facts and determine that a judgment should be issued in favor of the board. Big gamble Toms River, N.J. (AP)�A man scheduled to be sentenced for masterminding an illegal investment scheme worth more than $1 million went to Las Vegas instead to play poker, according to a published report. Ocean County Superior Court Judge James N. Citta issued a bench warrant for Brian Strahl, 29, of Staten Island, N.Y. Citta called Strahl “a degenerate gambler.” Strahl was scheduled to be sentenced May 14, but faxed Citta from Las Vegas to say he was playing in the World Series of Poker to win money for restitution.

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