News In Brief - October 6, 2007

Obama to visit Rock Hill today

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is set to visit Rock Hill today for an 8 p.m. rally at Northwestern High School.

Tickets for the event were still available as of Friday afternoon. To attend visit sc.barackobama.com.

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

Obama originally planned to hold a town hall meeting at the Freedom Center Sept. 20, but canceled his visit the night before. Obama later apologized for missing the trip, saying he needed to be in Washington for votes on Iraq.

Tickets from the first event will be honored today.

Recent polls show Obama trailing Sen. Hillary Clinton by as much as 33 percentage points. The South Carolina Democratic primary will be held in January.

Northwestern High School is located at 2503 W. Main St.

Duke lacrosse players file civil rights suit

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The three former Duke lacrosse players wrongly accused of rape filed a sweeping civil rights lawsuit today against the city of Durham, N.C., a host of police officers, former District Attorney Mike Nifong, and the DNA laboratory hired by the disbarred former prosecutor.

The 162-page lawsuit called the case "one of the most chilling episodes of premeditated police, prosecutorial, and scientific misconduct in modern American history, which resulted in charges brought and maintained against three innocent Duke University students and lacrosse players over a period of more than one year. "

The three former lacrosse players -- Dave Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann -- were charged with raping an escort service dancer at an off-campus lacrosse team party in March 2006. After taking over the investigation earlier this year, the state Attorney General said no crime occurred and declared the three men innocent.

Durham officials vowed to defend the city and its employees against the suit.